Hong Kong Med J 2001;7:118-23 | Number 2, June 2001
Epidemiology of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma in the Hong Kong Chinese population: prospective study
JSM Lai, DTL Liu, CCY Tham, RTH Li, DSC Lam
Department of Ophthalmology, United Christian Hospital, Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
OBJECTIVES. To determine the incidence of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma in the Hong Kong Chinese population, and to identify risk factors for this condition.
DESIGN. Prospective study.
SETTING. University teaching hospital, Hong Kong.
PARTICIPANTS. Patients with acute primary angle-closure glaucoma presenting between 1 March 1998 and 29 February 2000.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES. Demographic data, presenting symptoms and signs, temporal details of the presentation, and precipitating factors. The crude regional incidence was calculated according to the Hong Kong population census of 1991 and the age-specific incidence was calculated.
RESULTS. Seventy-two cases (72 eyes of 72 patients) of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma were recruited. The crude incidence was 10.4 per 100,000 per year in the population aged 30 years and older. Patients at higher risk of attacks were those aged 70 years or older (age-specific incidence, 58.7 per 100,000 per year) and females, who had a relative risk of 3.8 compared with males (95% confidence interval, 1.7-8.4). Only four (5.6%) patients had a positive family history of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma. Seventeen (23.6%) patients were noted to have an upper respiratory tract infection before the attack, and 25 (34.7%) patients had taken antitussive agents. There was a statistically significant inverse correlation between the monthly attack rate and the monthly rate of influenza (Spearman's rank correlation coefficient = -0.388; P=0.031).
CONCLUSION. There is a high incidence of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma among Chinese residents of Hong Kong, with elderly females at highest risk. A significant proportion of patients reported upper respiratory tract infection or the use of antitussive medication prior to attacks.
Key words: Acute angle-closure glaucoma; Epidemiology
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