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Rheological studies on patients with posterior subretinal neovascularization and exudative age-related macular degeneration

Abstract

To investigate the potential influence of a decreased perfusion rate of the choriocapillaris on the development of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) with subretinal neovascularization (SRNV) apparently caused by disturbed flow properties of blood, we compared the hemorheological parameters of blood from 35 patients suffering from ARMD with SRNV with those from the 35 healthy patients of the same age. In both groups hematocrit, plasma viscosity, erythrocyte filtrability, aggregation, aggregating proteins, leukocyte and thrombocyte count, differentiation of leukocytes, thrombelastography, PTT, Quick test, and rheological profiles were comparable. The differences were not significant (P>0.05). These results refute the hypothesis that changed flow properties of blood are the primary cause of the pathogenesis of ARMD with SRNV.

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Inhoffen, W., Nüßgens, Z. Rheological studies on patients with posterior subretinal neovascularization and exudative age-related macular degeneration. Graefe's Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 228, 316–320 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00920054

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Keywords

  • Viscosity
  • Potential Influence
  • Perfusion Rate
  • Flow Property
  • Macular Degeneration