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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-85

Acute phase serum proteins in diabetic retinopathy

1 M.V. Diabetes Specialities Centre, India
2 Diabetes Research Centre, India

Correspondence Address:
M Rema
Dept of Ophthalmology, M.V. Diabetes Specialities Centre, 44, Royapettah High Road, Royapettah, Madras - 600 014
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PMID: 8916594

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The serum concentration of various acute phase reactants were studied in patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus with and without retinopathy and in control subjects. The serum levels of haptoglobin was elevated in diabetics with retinopathy and the levels were highest in those with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The levels of serum albumin, alpha-1 acid glycoprotein, alpha-1 antitrypsin and caeruloplasmin were not significantly different between the patients with retinopathy and controls. Haptoglobin increases serum viscosity and this could be the mechanism by which it plays a role in pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy. These preliminary observations need to be confirmed by studies based on larger number of patients. Longitudinal studies on acute phase reactants in various stages of development of diabetic retinopathy would also provide valuable information.

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