Figure 135

Retinopathy. Blindness due to the hemorrhagic and fibrotic changes of diabetic retinopathy is the most dreaded extrarenal complication feared by diabetic kidney patients. The patho-genesis of proliferative retinopathy reflects release by retinal and choroidal cells of growth (angiogenic) factors triggered by hypoxemia, which is caused by diminished blood flow. The interrelationship among hyperglycemia, hypertension, hypoxemia, and angiogenic factors is now being defined. There is reason to hope that specifically designed interdictive measures may halt progression of loss of sight.

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