Last updated on March 2018

Ophthalmological Abnormalities in Hereditary Ichthyosis (ICHTYO-KERATO)


Brief description of study

Presence/absence of subclinical keratoconus with corneal topographic abnormalities (skewed radial axes for forme fruste keratoconus, and inferior steepening for keratoconus suspect) on axial specular topography (TMS-4 Tomey), and elevation topographies: Pentacam (Oculus) and Orbscan (Bausch & Lomb).

Detailed Study Description

Background: Hereditary ichthyosis are rare genetic diseases characterized by an abnormal epithelial keratinization due to mutations in gene involved in skin barrier. Patients present with scales on the whole body. Recent classification basically distinguishes syndromic from non-syndromic forms. Ichthyoses are severe diseases with significant impact on quality of life, due to troublesome symptoms (pruritus, pain), lack of effective therapy and complications such as ophthalmological anomalies. Among ophthalmological abnormalities, some are well known, such as eyelid abnormalities, including ectropion, and sicca syndrome. Conversely, corneal abnormalities such as keratoconus are not or very partially described in ichthyosis. The keratoconus is characterized by a corneal thickening and bulging with progressive loss of vision that may require a corneal transplantation. Its prevalence is 0.05% in its symptomatic presentation but may reach 10% when considering subclinical keratoconus diagnosed on basis of corneal topographies. These forme fruste keratoconus or keratoconus suspect may remain subclinical or instead progress to severe keratoconus. Corneal collagen crosslinking has been shown to strengthen the cornea in order to halt progressive keratoconus, justifying the need for early screening. Keratoconus is a complex condition of multifactorial etiology. With regards to the pathophysiology of the keratoconus, some hypotheses incriminate the corneal epithelial differentiation that is similar to the epidermal differentiation altered in ichthyosis. This link between both dermatological and ophthalmological abnormalities is supported by clinical experience. It's was observed that ichthyosis patients have frequently a subclinical keratoconus. In clinical practice, ophthalmological abnormalities are not commonly investigated in ichthyosis patients and there are no data on prevalence in the literature. Furthermore, there are no guidelines on screening or therapy of ophthalmological abnormities in ichthyosis.

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that the prevalence of subclinical keratoconus (including forme fruste keratoconus and keratoconus suspect) is higher in ichthyosis compared to healthy controls.

Descriptive analysis of the studied population for primary outcome: The proportion of patients with subclinical keratoconus (including form fruste keratoconus and keratoconus suspect) will be described in each study-group and compared between study-groups using Mac Nemar Test.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03464994

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Juliette MAZEREEUW, MD

University Hospital of Toulouse
Toulouse, France
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