Researchers shed light on vascular growth factors in thyroid eye disease

Researchers from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear have identified new underlying mechanisms of proptosis, or bulging of the eyes, in patients with acute thyroid eye disease. In a report published online in the journal Ophthalmology, the researchers describe vascular growth factors causing an abnormal proliferation of blood vessels, as well as the rare formation of lymphatic vessels, that may contribute to the dangerous swelling and inflammation that occurs in the orbits of these patients. The findings point to new potential targets for non-surgical therapies to decompress the eye in the acute phase of thyroid eye disease.

and the paper

For us TED's. :-) I have had my first OD two weeks ago and still in recovery. One of the most challenging stages of this disease so far. Will post more when my eyes have settled.

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  • Hi Shambles,

    Thanks for posting. I hope your eyes settle soon.

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