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Background diabetic retinopathy 

Background diabetic retinopathy
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Background diabetic retinopathy
Author(s):

Laurence Quant

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199544967.003.0005
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date: 21 September 2019

Background diabetic retinopathy consists of

Microaneurysms

Haemorrhages

Exudation

Cotton wool spots

Background changes are, as its name suggests, not visually threatening

Background changes if identified for the first time, are a warning sign that microvascular disease is present.

Back ground changes are common, affecting up to 40% of the diabetic population.

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