Unrecordable pulsatile ocular blood flow may signify severe stenosis of the ipsilateral internal carotid artery

Y. Barkana, A. Harris, L. Hefez, M. Zaritski, D. Chen, I. Avni

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Aim: To examine the relation between stenosis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) and pulsatile ocular blood flow (POBF). Methods: In 57 eyes of 30 patients who were referred for Doppler ultrasound examination of the ICA we measured POBF and analysed the correlation with degree of ipsilateral ICA stenosis. Results: There was a significant negative correlation between POBF and ipsilateral ICA stenosis (Pearson correlation coefficient, r = -0.516, p <0.0001). In 14 eyes POBF could not be measured by the OBF tonometer, and in 11 of these cases (79%) severe stenosis (>75%) of the ipsilateral ICA was present. When these eyes were excluded from analysis, there was no correlation between POBF and ICA stenosis (r = -0.02, p = 0.91). Among these 43 eyes in which POBF could be measured it ranged 667-2095 μl/min with a mean of 970.72 μl/min. Conclusion: Low or unrecordable POBF may signify severe stenosis of the internal carotid artery. POBF is not a direct reflection of ipsilateral ICA blood flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1478-1480
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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