Topographic changes measured by the swept source optical coherence tomography in retinal nerve fiber layer, optic nerve head and macula in children with migraine

Research paper by Arif Ülkü Yener, Deniz Yılmaz

Indexed on: 20 Mar '19Published on: 20 Mar '19Published in: Acta Neurologica Belgica


As a vascular-inflammatory disease, migraine affects the brain and some other organs, such as the eye. The aim of this study was to measure and compare the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness, macular ganglion cell layer thickness and optic nerve head parameters to detect structural damage in children with migraine using swept-source optical coherence tomography. Twenty-four children with migraine in the painless period and 26 controls were included in the study. The vast majority of the groups consisted of females (75% for patients and 77% for controls). Certain RNFL quadrants and optic disc parameters revealed significant differences between the patients and controls. In the right and left eyes of children with migraine, nasal quadrant RNFL was significantly thicker than that in healthy subjects (88.82 ± 11.03 vs 77.80 ± 13.77, P = 0.004 for right eyes and 87.71 ± 11.79 vs 77.80 ± 13.77, P = 0.01 for left eyes). Temporal quadrant RNFL in the left eyes was thinner (78.67 ± 9.57 vs 84.44 ± 9.68, P = 0.04). Disc area in the left eyes of the patients was greater (2.29 ± 0.46 vs 1.94 ± 0.28, P = 0.003). There were significant expansions in cup volumes in favor of the patients for right and left eyes (0.15 ± .0.19 vs 0.05 ± 0.05, P = 0.03 and 0.17 ± 0.14 vs 0.05 ± 0.05, P = 0.001, respectively). The only significant difference between the left and right eyes of the migraineurs was the RNFL thickness in the superior quadrant. Ganglion cell layer thickness did not differ between the right eyes, left eyes and controls. In conclusion, children with migraine showed significant variations in specific RNFL and optic disc parameters compared to control subjects.