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ABSTRACT: Background Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of elderly irreversible vision loss in the world. Since C-reactive protein (CRP) is a potential risk factor that has been known to induce AMD, this study was designed to explore the relationship between AMD and serum levels of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), and endothelin-1 (ET-1).Methods The subjects were 48 males with AMD (28 with wet type and 20 with dry type) having a mean age of 69.4 ± 9.6 years and a matched group of 45 apparently healthy control subjects. The AMD was diagnosed using a slit-lamp with super filled lens, fundus photography and fluorescein angiography. Levels of hsCRP and ET-1 were determined using ELISA methods.ResultshsCRP (6.96 ± 5.15 vs. 3.64 ± 4.67 mg/l, P<0.0001) and ET-1 levels (0.66 ± 0.31 vs. 0.52 ± 0.25 pg/ml, P = 0.025) in the patients were higher than in the controls, but the multivariate analysis also showed a significant difference in cholesterol level (P <0.001). There were no significant differences in the serum levels of hsCRP and ET-1 between the two types of AMD (P>0.05). ET-1 also correlated directly with hsCRP levels (r = 0.284, P < 0.01).Conclusions The results suggest that although the serum levels of ET-1 and hsCRP are higher in the patients with AMD, they are a dependent risk factor.
Tabriz University of Medical Sciences
Tebriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran
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