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Nagy V.,Debrecen University | Balogh Z.,Debrecen University | Kasza M.,Hungarian Military Military Hospital | Ujhelyi B.,Debrecen University | And 5 more authors.
Experimental and Clinical Cardiology | Year: 2014

Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) is a retinal disorder resulting in a progressive, severe loss of visual acuity. Its pathogenesis has not yet been clarified. The aim of our study was to investigate cardiovascular and thrombophilic risk factors, and their interaction. 145 RVO patients and 100 control subjects were examined. Protein C, protein S, antithrombin activity, antigen levels, prothrombin G20210A gene polymorphism, factor VIII level, factor V (Leiden) mutation, plasminogen activity, lipoprotein(a), von Willebrand factor, homocysteine and fibrinogen levels and anticardiolipin antibodies were assessed. Possible relevant pathologies (e.g. diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidemia) were also registered. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that hypertension was a predictive thrombophilic factor in female patients with decreased antithrombin (OR=5.69, 95% CI=2.00-16.14, p=0.0011). Male gender may be a risk factor in patients with normal blood pressure and non-elevated lipoprotein(a) level as well (OR=4.274, 95% CI=1.748-10.448, p=0.0015). Based on our results it appears thatthrombophilia is likely to contribute to the development of RVO, especially if associated with cardiovascular risk factors, like hypertension. In case of justified thrombophilia mainly with hypertension, anticoagulant and/or antiplatelet therapy may be advantageous to prevent fellow eye involvement. © 2013 et al.;licensee Cardiology Academic Press.

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