Laboratory detection of the early stages of diabetic nephropathy.


Three laboratory indicators of impaired renal function (microalbuminuria (MA), N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminidase (NAG), beta-2-microglobulinaemia (beta-2-M)) were studied in sixty diabetics of type 1. 10 times higher MA levels were found in a subgroup of diabetics with identifiable diabetic retinopathy (DR). In a subgroup of diabetics with normal values of excreted albumin the mean MA value was significantly higher than in those who had already contracted DR. Pathological levels of NAG and beta-2-M were mostly seen in those patients who also had pathological MA results. In only four cases were increased NAG or beta-2-M values as the first and only pathological parameter indicative of possible renal involvement due to diabetic nephropathy.

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@article{Perusicov1989LaboratoryDO, title={Laboratory detection of the early stages of diabetic nephropathy.}, author={Jindra Perusicov{\'a} and Jan V Skrha and Eugenia I Marova and J Skachov{\'a}}, journal={Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Medica}, year={1989}, volume={35 7-8}, pages={265-73} }