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Hypertensive Retinopathy Underlying Cause

Hypertensive retinopathy is caused by high blood pressure, which damages the small arteries that supply blood to the retina. Over time, the damaged vessels cause damage to the retina.

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Last Updated: Oct 8, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Hypertensive Retinopathy References
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