Assessment of Pupil Light Responses in Patients With Parkinson Disease

2019-10-11 10:03:42 | BioPortfolio


Parkinson diseases (PD) is the second most common degenerative disease of the central nervous system. The development of early diagnostic biomarkers may help identify at-risk individuals and allow precocious interventions at the onset of disease and more precise monitoring of therapies that may slow disease progression.

Proof of concept studies indicated significant differences in pupil light response between PD patients and healthy controls. The feasibility of using pupillometry for assesment of PD will be examined.

Study Design


Parkinson Disease


Pupil response to light stimuli


Goldschleger Eye Research Institute, Sheba Medical Center,
Tel HaShomer


Not yet recruiting


Sheba Medical Center

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Constriction of the pupil in response to light stimulation of the retina. It refers also to any reflex involving the iris, with resultant alteration of the diameter of the pupil. (Cline et al., Dictionary of Visual Science, 4th ed)

A pupillary abnormality characterized by a poor pupillary light reaction, reduced accommodation, iris sector palsies, an enhanced pupillary response to near effort that results in a prolonged, "tonic" constriction, and slow pupillary redilation. This condition is associated with injury to the postganglionic parasympathetic innervation to the pupil. (From Miller et al., Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 4th ed, pp492-500)

Unequal pupil size, which may represent a benign physiologic variant or a manifestation of disease. Pathologic anisocoria reflects an abnormality in the musculature of the iris (IRIS DISEASES) or in the parasympathetic or sympathetic pathways that innervate the pupil. Physiologic anisocoria refers to an asymmetry of pupil diameter, usually less than 2mm, that is not associated with disease.

A syndrome characterized by a TONIC PUPIL that occurs in combination with decreased lower extremity reflexes. The affected pupil will respond more briskly to accommodation than to light (light-near dissociation) and is supersensitive to dilute pilocarpine eye drops, which induce pupillary constriction. Pathologic features include degeneration of the ciliary ganglion and postganglionic parasympathetic fibers that innervate the pupillary constrictor muscle. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p279)

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