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Choroidal Blood Flow Response to Hand-grip Test in Progressive Glaucoma

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (enrollment problems)
First Posted : January 31, 2006
Last Update Posted : March 10, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Brief Summary:
The present study is designed to compare the response of choroidal blood flow to the hand-grip test in glaucoma patients with and without visual field progression.

Condition or disease
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Detailed Description:
Glaucoma is a worldwide leading cause of blindness. The key features of glaucoma are damage to the optic nerve head and progressive visual field defect, which is not necessarily only related to an increase in intraocular pressure. It has been suggested that ocular blood flow alterations in glaucoma are related to systemic vascular dysregulations.The hand-grip test has been suggested as a potential tool to unravel vascular dysregulation in the ocular circulation. Although applied routinely in clinical practice, a proper study testing the effectiveness of this test is lacking. The present study is designed to compare the response of choroidal blood flow to the hand-grip test in glaucoma patients with and without visual field progression.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Relationship Between Visual Field Progression in Glaucoma and Choroidal Blood Flow Response to the Hand-grip Test
Study Start Date : March 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Flu Glaucoma

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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
patients with glaucoma

Inclusion Criteria: Patients fulfilling two out of three of the following criteria in one or both eyes: a) typical glaucomatous disc, b) visual field damage (a cluster of three points (except rim points) in at least one hemifield reduced by 5 dB or greater and including at least one point reduced by 10 dB or greater; a cluster of two points reduced by 10 dB or greater; or three adjacent points on the nasal horizontal meridian that differed by 5 dB or greater from their mirror points on the opposite side of the meridian), c) intraocular pressure above 21 mm Hg at least at one occasion. Furthermore, patients need to have a series of at least 5 visual field examinations, after exclusion of the first test, for assessment of progression.


Exclusion Criteria:

  • Ametropia > 3dpt
  • Inadequate transparency of ocular media as defined by physical examination
  • Iridocorneal angle extremely narrow with complete or partial closure as determined by gonioscopy
  • Any abnormality which in the physician's view would prevent reliable applanation tonometry or LDF of at least one eye
  • History of chronic or recurrent severe inflammatory eye disease such as scleritis or uveitis
  • History of ocular trauma or intraocular surgery within the past 6 months
  • History of infection or inflammation within the past 3 months
  • History of clinically significant or progressive retinal disease such as retinal degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or retinal detachment
  • Patients with a significant history and/or active alcohol or drug abuse (significant is defined as that which in the opinion of the investigator may either put the patient at risk because of participation in the study or may influence the results of the study or the patient's ability to participate in the study).

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00284440

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University Eye Clinic
Basel, BS, Switzerland, 4031
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
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Principal Investigator: Selim Orguel, MD Chief of department of diagnostics
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Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier: NCT00284440    
Other Study ID Numbers: 072-Leh-2005-001
First Posted: January 31, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 10, 2015
Last Verified: March 2015
Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
Visual field progression
Choroidal blood flow
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Glaucoma, Open-Angle
Ocular Hypertension
Eye Diseases