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Systemic Arterial Stiffness in Patients With Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma

Türkyilmaz, Kemal MD*; Oner, Veysi MD*; Çiçek, Yüksel MD; Kurt, Ali MD; Durmuş, Mustafa MD*

Journal of Glaucoma:
doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e3182955d58
Online Articles: Original Studies

Aim: To evaluate carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (CF-PWV) values of patients with pseudoexfoliation (PEX) glaucoma in comparison with healthy subjects.

Methods: Twenty-five consecutive patients with PEX glaucoma (PEXG group) and 25 controls (control group) were included in the study. CF-PWV was assessed by a noninvasive device by the measurements of pulse transmit time and the distance between 2 recording sites.

Results: The mean age was 64.7±7.3 (range, 55 to 79) years the in PEXG group and 63.8±6.6 (range, 51 to 77) years in the control group. There were 8 men (32%) and 17 women (68%) in the PEXG group and 11 men (44%) and 14 women (56%) in the control group. The CF-PWV of the PEX group was significantly higher than that of the control group (P<0.001).

Conclusions: We have revealed an association between PEXG and increased CF-PWV. Also, increased CF-PWV may be considered as a risk factor for the development of PEXG.

Author Information

Departments of *Ophthalmology

Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Rize

Maya Eye Clinic, Kayseri, Turkey

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Kemal Türkyilmaz, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Education and Research Hospital, Rize 53100, Turkey (e-mail:

Received November 16, 2012

Accepted March 18, 2013

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.