Increased plasma endothelin-1 levels in patients with progressive open angle glaucoma

Emre, M; Orgul, S; Haufschild, T; Shaw, SG; Flammer, J (2005). Increased plasma endothelin-1 levels in patients with progressive open angle glaucoma. British journal of ophthalmology, 89(1), 60-3.. London: BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bjo.2004.046755

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AIM: To compare the plasma levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1) between patients with primary open angle glaucoma with visual field progression despite normal or normalised intraocular pressure and patients with stabile visual fields in a retrospective study. METHODS: The progressive group consisted of 16 primary open angle glaucoma patients and the group with stable visual field consisted of 15 patients. After a 30 minute rest in a supine position, venous blood was obtained for ET-1 dosing. Difference in the plasma level of ET-1 between two groups was compared by means of analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), including age, sex, and mean arterial blood pressure as covariates. RESULTS: ET-1 plasma levels were found to be significantly increased in patients with deteriorating (3.47 (SD 0.75) pg/ml) glaucoma when compared to those with stable (2.59 (SD 0.54) pg/ml) visual fields (p = 0.0007). CONCLUSIONS: Glaucoma patients with visual field progression in spite of normal or normalised intraocular pressure have been found to have increased plasma endothelin-1 levels. It remains to be determined if this is a secondary phenomenon or whether it may have a role in the progression of glaucomatous damage.

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04 Oct 2013 14:58

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