The prevalence of primary angle closure glaucoma in European derived populations: A systematic review

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 11-43 Bath Street, London EC1V 9EL, UK
The British journal of ophthalmology (Impact Factor: 2.98). 05/2012; 96(9):1162-7. DOI: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2011-301189
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To estimate the prevalence of primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) in European derived populations.
Systematic review and modelling of PACG prevalence data from population studies. PACG was defined according to the ISGEO definition requiring structural and/or functional evidence of glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Prevalence estimates were applied to the 2010 United Nations projected population figures to estimate case numbers.
The prevalence of PACG in those 40 years or more is 0.4% (95% CI 0.3% to 0.5%). Age-specific prevalence values are 0.02% (CI 0.00 to 0.08) for those 40-49 years, 0.60% (0.27 to 1.00) for those 50-59 years, 0.20% (0.06 to 0.42) for those 60-69 years and 0.94% (0.63 to 1.35) for those 70 years and older. Three-quarters of all cases occur in female subjects (3.25 female to 1 male; CI 1.76 to 5.94).
This analysis provides a current evidence-based estimate of PACG prevalence in European derived populations and suggests there are 130 000 people in the UK, 1.60 million people in Europe and 581 000 people in the USA with PACG today. Accounting for ageing population structures, cases are predicted to increase by 19% in the UK, 9% in Europe and 18% in the USA within the next decade. PACG is more common than previously thought, and all primary glaucoma cases should be considered to be PACG until the anterior chamber angle is shown to be open on gonioscopy.

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    • "South East Asia (0.66%), and India (0.46%). A recent systematic review found that the prevalence of PACG in those 40 years or more in European derived populations is 0.4% (95% CI 0.3% to 0.5%) [53]. Therefore, the prevalence of PACG in Asians, especially in East Asians and South East Asians, is higher than those in Europeans. "
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    • "Power calculations were undertaken to determine if the current cohorts were sufficiently powered to detect genetic association with the disease at α = 0.05 level assuming complete linkage disequilibrium between the disease causing variant and the marker, in both cohorts. The overall prevalence of PACG is estimated to be 0.4% in European derived populations [24] and 0.43% in Nepalese population. [25] The power varies between SNPs and cohorts due to differences in the allele frequencies in each population and the size of each cohort. "
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