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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains a leading cause of blindness in United States and can be broadly divided into two forms: non-neovascular AMD (NNVAMD) and neovascular AMD (NVAMD) AMD. Among the several mechanisms underlying AMD, hypoxia and oxidative stress have been implicated and cause upregulation of several signaling proteins. About 20% of patients with NNVAMD develop choroidal neovascularization and hence convert to NVAMD. Upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a critical role in conversion from NNVAMD to NVAMD. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a polypeptide that has been shown to be overexpressed in various fibrotic disorders, suggesting its involvement in scarring. After the development of choroidal neovascularization, subretinal fibrosis may occur and result in permanent reduction of vision. An important question is, does CTGF contribute to subretinal fibrosis. An important first step in addressing this question is to determine if CTGF levels are increased in the eyes of patients with NVAMD and this is the objective of this study. The investigators plan to measure levels of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in the aqueous humor of patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration and compare to controls. Levels of VEGF will be measured as a positive control.


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NCT number NCT05038371
Study type Observational
Source Johns Hopkins University
Contact Gulnar Hafiz, M.D., M.P.H.
Phone 4105020768
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase
Start date September 1, 2021
Completion date December 31, 2022

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