2018-17: DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: THE ROLE OF LIPOPROTEIN(A)
Diabetic retinopathy (DR), a microvascular complication of type 2 diabetes (T2D), may lead to local ischemia and inflammatory reactions and, ulimately, to irreversible vision loss. A high Lp(a) concentration comprises a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disorders in general and, apparently also, for DR. It is conjectured that T2D patients with DR have an increased Lp(a) concentration (associated with a reduced number of Kringle IV repeats). The objective of this study is to demonstrate whether a statistically significant difference exists between T2D patients with and without DR.