Watch for These Subtle Changes in Pregnant Patients

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As pregnancy advances, watch for subtle physiologic, hormonal, and metabolic changes that can induce certain retinal and choroidal diseases, noted experts in a recent article. These deviations include: 

  • Increased serum cortisol.
  • Increases in blood pressure during the third trimester. 
  • Increased blood volume.
  • Insulin resistance with worsening glycemic control.
  • Hypercoagulability.

Such changes can lead to hypertensive retinopathy and choroidopathy, exudative retinal detachment, and retinal vascular occlusive diseases. 

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Charters L. What retinal specialists should know about their pregnant patients. Modern Retina. August 28, 2018.  http://www.modernretina.com/article/what-retinal-specialists-should-know-about-their-pregnant-patients?qt-resource_topics_rightrail=1

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