Ophthalmodynamometry and ocular pneumoplethysmography for detection of carotid occlusive disease

Arch Neurol. 1982 Nov;39(11):690-1. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1982.00510230016005.


The accuracy of ophthalmodynamometry and ocular pneumoplethysmography for predicting pressure-significant lesions of the internal carotid system was compared in a series of 119 consecutive patients (210 arteries) having cerebral angiography. Overall accuracy (92.5%) for ocular pneumoplethysmography was significantly better than that for ophthalmodynamometry (76%). The difference was most apparent in predicting abnormality (85% for ocular pneumoplethysmography and 49% for ophthalmodynamometry), particularly for bilateral lesions (80% for ocular pneumoplethysmography and 37% for ophthalmodynamometry). There were few false-positive results with either test.

MeSH terms

  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Carotid Artery Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Ophthalmic Artery
  • Ophthalmodynamometry*
  • Plethysmography*