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Retinopathy at Diagnosis of Diabetes, with Special Reference to Patients under 40 Years of Age

Br Med J 1969; 3 doi: (Published 06 September 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:567
  1. N. G. Soler,
  2. M. G. Fitzgerald,
  3. J. M. Malins,
  4. R. O. C. Summers


    Diabetic retinopathy was present in 7·5% of 5,157 newly diagnosed patients seen at the Birmingham General Hospital Diabetic Clinic between 1960 and 1967. Although die condition becomes commoner with increasing age it is found in 1·5% of patients aged 20 to 39 years. The aetiology is discussed, the conclusion being that in young as in elderly diabetics asymptomatic diabetes of long duration is the main factor.