First Author: F.Tumkaya TURKEY
Co Author(s): E. Cetin E. Arslan F. Ardic
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To assess peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) thickness and macular segmentation in patients with sensorineural deafness.
Tertiary referral hospital
The study included prospective analysis of 15 eyes of 15 patients with sensorineural deafness without ocular disease and 15 eyes of 15 age and gender matched healthy subjects. The patients with best corrected visual acuity lower than 20/20 were excluded. Peripapillary RNFL thickness measurement and macular segmentation analysis were performed by spectral-OCT. The thicknesses of RNFL, ganglion cells, inner plexiform, inner nuclear, outer plexiform, outer nuclear and photoreceptor layers and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in central, superior, nasal, inferior and temporal sectors were documented in the study and the control groups.
The mean age was 30,60±17,95 years in the study group whereas it was 38,13±15,25 years in the control group (p=0,164). Female/male participant ratio was 8/7 and 9/6 in the study and control groups respectively (p=0,713). Peripapillary RNFL in inferotemporal sector was significantly thinner in the study group versus control group (p=0,002).
There was significant sectoral thinning in peripapillary RNFL in patients with sensorineural deafness. More data are needed to clarify whether subclinical neuroretinal alterations occur in this clinical entity.