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Peripheral Retinal Imaging Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Pilot Study

Csincsik, Lajos and MacGillivray, Thomas J and Flynn, Erin and Pellegrini, Enrico and Papanastasiou, Giorgos and Barzegar-Befroei, Neda and Csutak, Adrienne and Bird, Alan C and Ritchie, Craig W and Peto, Tunde and Lengyel, Imre (2018) 'Peripheral Retinal Imaging Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Pilot Study.' Ophthalmic Research, 59 (4). pp. 182-192. ISSN 0030-3747

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine whether ultra-widefield (UWF) retinal imaging can identify biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and its progression. Methods: Images were taken using a UWF scanning laser ophthalmoscope (Optos P200C AF) to determine phenotypic variations in 59 patients with AD and 48 healthy controls at baseline (BL). All living participants were invited for a follow-up (FU) after 2 years and imaged again (if still able to participate). All participants had blood taken for genotyping at BL. Images were graded for the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration-like pathologies and retinal vascular parameters. Comparison between AD patients and controls was made using the Student t test and the χ2 test. Results: Analysis at BL revealed a significantly higher prevalence of a hard drusen phenotype in the periphery of AD patients (14/55; 25.4%) compared to controls (2/48; 4.2%) [χ2 = 9.9, df = 4, p = 0.04]. A markedly increased drusen number was observed at the 2-year FU in patients with AD compared to controls. There was a significant increase in venular width gradient at BL (zone C: 8.425 × 10-3 ± 2.865 × 10-3 vs. 6.375 × 10-3 ± 1.532 × 10-3, p = 0.008; entire image: 8.235 × 10-3 ± 2.839 × 10-3 vs. 6.050 × 10-3 ± 1.414 × 10-3, p = 0.004) and a significant decrease in arterial fractal dimension in AD at BL (entire image: 1.250 ± 0.086 vs. 1.304 ± 0.089, p = 0.049) with a trend for both at FU. Conclusions: UWF retinal imaging revealed a significant association between AD and peripheral hard drusen formation and changes to the vasculature beyond the posterior pole, at BL and after clinical progression over 2 years, suggesting that monitoring pathological changes in the peripheral retina might become a valuable tool in AD monitoring.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; Age-related macular degeneration; Drusen; Vascular biomarker; Image grading; Imaging; Peripheral retina; Fractal dimension; Tortuosity
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 12:24
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:44
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28142

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