Normal Tension and Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma and Cerebrospinal Fluid Composition

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    Kantonsspital Aarau
Updated on 7 November 2020
intraocular pressure
optic neuropathy
normal tension glaucoma


Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) and chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG) occurring progressively with optimal conventional or intraocular pressure reducing surgery are still unsolved problems in ophthalmology. The investigators would like to investigate whether or not the composition of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounding the optic nerve (ON) in these patients is pathologic under certain conditions. They therefore compare the CSF taken during optic nerve sheath fenestration with the CSF taken during a lumbar puncture. The investigators' hypothesis is that, in patients with NTG and COAG, the composition of CSF surrounding the affected ON plays an important role in promoting progressive visual function loss.


We will recruit 30 patients with progressive visual function loss, due to Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) or chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG), despite optimal conventional or intraocular pressure reducing surgery treatment so far. We will proceed with an optic nerve sheath fenestration (ONSF) (according to the studies in the literature, e.g. Wax MB, Barrett DA, Hart WM Jr, Custer PL. Optic nerve sheath decompression for glaucomatous optic neuropathy with normal intraocular pressure. Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(9):1219-28.) and compare the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) taken from the subarachnoid space (SAS) of the optic nerve (ON) with the CSF taken during a lumbar puncture, on the same day. Concentrations of neurobioactive substances will especially be studied. Visual acuity and visual field development before and after ONSF will be studied. Quality of life assessment will be done before and several times after ONSF.

Condition Pigmentary glaucoma
Treatment Optic nerve sheath fenestration
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00306657
SponsorKantonsspital Aarau
Last Modified on7 November 2020


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