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I have been diagnosed with Hollenhorst Plague . I know

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Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
Question: I have been diagnosed with Hollenhorst Plague. I know this is a non diabetic eye disease. What I would like to know is if diabetes can contribute to one getting this disease?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
there is an indirect link

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Hollenhorst plaques are cholesterol emboli ( break off from something that may have been bigger and travel elsewhere through the blood stream). They are thought to originate/start off from either the carotid arteries of the neck or the aorta (a large blood vessel in the body).

Cholesterol plaques are related to a condition called atherosclerosis. This is a condition refers to the build of fatty materials and cholesterol in the form of plaques in the blood vessels.

DIABETES is one of the conditions that increases the risk or chance of atherosclerosis. This means that DIABETES increases the chance of formation of cholesterol plaques in the aorta or carotid arteries.
This would then infer that it also increases the chance of the Hollenhorst plaques.

The link is indirect-- Diabetes ( particularly if not controlled)-- increases risk of plaques forming in different parts of the body---- this can lead to hollenhorst plaques (these are commonly not associated with symptoms.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Ok my next question would be does high blood pressure and high cholesterol increases chances of getting this eye disease?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
they are also risk factors for atherosclerosis

Detailed Answer:
Hi

They are also considered risk factors for atheroscelrosis (formation of cholesterol plaques).

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, overweight/obesity, inactivity, unhealthy diet ( use of a lot of saturated fats or trans fats), older age group--- these are all considered risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis.

This means that they increase the risk of plaques developing at different points in the body including the carotid and aorta.
Also the heart and increased risk of stroke unfortunately.

Since they increase the risk of plaques in the carotid and aorta and plaques in these positions are related to this eye disease then yes, these conditions can definitely play a role in this condition.

Please feel free to ask any additional questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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I have been diagnosed with Hollenhorst Plague . I know

Brief Answer: there is an indirect link Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Hollenhorst plaques are cholesterol emboli ( break off from something that may have been bigger and travel elsewhere through the blood stream). They are thought to originate/start off from either the carotid arteries of the neck or the aorta (a large blood vessel in the body). Cholesterol plaques are related to a condition called atherosclerosis. This is a condition refers to the build of fatty materials and cholesterol in the form of plaques in the blood vessels. DIABETES is one of the conditions that increases the risk or chance of atherosclerosis. This means that DIABETES increases the chance of formation of cholesterol plaques in the aorta or carotid arteries. This would then infer that it also increases the chance of the Hollenhorst plaques. The link is indirect-- Diabetes ( particularly if not controlled)-- increases risk of plaques forming in different parts of the body---- this can lead to hollenhorst plaques (these are commonly not associated with symptoms. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions