Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 2, P131-137, August 1978

Prostaglandins in blood of diabetic versus non-diabetic humans

  • M.B. Waitzman
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    Laboratory for Ophthalmic Research, Department of Ophthalmology and the Clinical Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA
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  • D. Rudman
    Laboratory for Ophthalmic Research, Department of Ophthalmology and the Clinical Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA
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      We have found a higher concentration of prostaglandins in blood from the diabetic patient under long-term indomethacin therapy as compared with blood from non-diabetics. These findings are generally (qualitatively) similar to previous reports with studies of blood serum from diabetic patients, not on indomethacin treatment, compared with non-diabetics. Certain rationale are presented in an effort to explain the reason why blood prostaglandins in the diabetic are not lowered when the patients are treated with a drug which is clearly established as a blocker of prostaglandin synthesis.
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