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Ann Ophthalmol. 1983 Feb;15(2):128-30.

Cortisol in diabetic retinopathy.


Plasma cortisol levels and its metabolite-17-hydroxycorticosteroids from the urine of 53 patients were evaluated. These 53 patients had early and late stages of diabetic retinopathy. Values were compared with 30 cases of a control group. Plasma cortisol was found to be raised significantly in early as well as in advanced stages of retinopathy, while 17-hydroxycorticosteroid was significantly raised in earlier stages of diabetic retinopathy only. The findings suggest that increased plasma cortisol levels may take some part in the production of diabetic retinopathy.

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