A 30 s test for quantitative assessment of a relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD): the infrared pupillary asymmetry (IPA)

Nathalie Stéphanie Meneguette, J. Emanuel Ramos de Carvalho, Axel Petzold

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Background: Detection of a relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD) by the swinging-light test can be challenging in clinical practice (dark eyes, anisocoria, dark environment). We developed a new method of RAPD quantification based on the recording of the infrared pupillary asymmetry (IPA) with a standard optical coherence tomography (OCT) device. Methods: The diagnostic value of the IPA for detection of the RAPD was determined by receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves and area under the curve (AUC). Results: Twenty-nine subjects were included in this study (17 controls and 12 unilateral optic neuropathies). The IPA was significantly greater in unilateral optic neuropathies (0.39) compared to controls (0.18, p = 0.001). The diagnostic value was good with a ROC–AUC of 0.843. Importantly, the IPA correlated significantly with the inter-eye percentage difference of the macular ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (mGCIPL) thickness (R = 0.53, p = 0.01). Assessment of the IPA took less than 30 s. Conclusion: The present data show that the IPA is a practical and rapid test that can be applied in a clinical setting. The IPA may be a valuable functional outcome measure for clinical trials, complementing structural retinal OCT data in a biological meaningful way. The IPA should be further investigated for suitability for optic neuritis treatment trials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-974
JournalJournal of neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2019

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