Serum taurine level in relation to ophthalmoscopic examination as early marker for diabetic retinopathy

Author(s): Kholod Hamdy

Aim: (Investigate the possibility of using serum taurine level (immune marker) in addition to ophthalmoscopic examination for all diabetic patients as pre- early marker for diagnosis and detection of most common eye complications of diabetes as diabetic retinopathy.

Patients and Methods: eighty diabetic patients presented with blurring in vision which is the main complain for all patients. They are chosen from (ophthalmology clinic) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology after their approval. The age of patients in range between (18-60 years). Twenty healthy volunteers were enrolled as frank control. According to the image of ophthalmoscopic examination diagnosed, patients were classified into four grades (mild, moderate, sever non-proliferative and proliferative) of retinopathy. Complete clinical examination, investigation and biochemical analysis, measuring FBG, HbA1c, VEGF and taurine were measured for all included subjects.