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Background diabetic retinopathy

Laurence Quant

in Diabetic Retinopathy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199544967
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199544967.003.0005

Series: Oxford Diabetes Library

Background diabetic retinopathy

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• Background diabetic retinopathy consists of • Microaneurysms • Haemorrhages • Exudation • Cotton wool spots • Background changes are, as its name suggests, not visually threatening • Background changes if identified for the first time, are a warning sign that microvascular disease is present. • Back ground changes are common, affecting up to 40% of the diabetic population.

Chapter.  888 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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