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Age-related macular degeneration

Dennis M. Marcus, Matthew W. Camp
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 5 Number 3: Page 10 (June 1998)

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Abstract: In its sever exudative or "wet" form, age-related macular degeneration of the retina is characterized by an overgrowth of choroidal blood vessels. Leakage of blood and fluids from these vessels causes retinal scarring. The disorder is poorly understood, but along with diabetic retinopathy, it is a leading cause of vision loss and eventual blindness in the industrialized world. Some patients with age-related macular degeneration are helped by laser photocoagulation. Others are not, so new approaches derived from anti-angiogenic cancer therapy anre now being investigated.

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