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Angiogenic cytokines in patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia
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  • Published on:
    VEGF in idiopathic interstitial pneumonia

    Dear Editor

    Simler et al. raise an interesting possibility of the prognostic value of plasma VEGF in interstitial lung disease. Meyer et al. in a previous study [1] did not find any difference in serum VEGF165 levels in patients with diffuse parenchymal lung disease. It would have been interesting to know the BALF VEGF levels of these patients as Meyer et al.and Koyama et al. [2] have shown reduced BAL fluid VEGF...

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    Angiogenic growth factors in idiopathic interstitial pneumonia
    • David r Thickett, senior lecturer in medical sciences
    • Other Contributors:
      • Alex G Richter, Gavin D Perkins, Elizabeth O Maughan, Nazim Nathani

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the recent article from Simler et al in Thorax investigating angiogenic cytokines in patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia [1]. We were surprised by their reported high levels of plasma VEGF in the normal control group. Previously, several other groups, including the manufacturers of the ELISA (R&D systems) quote normal plasma VEGF levels in the range of 36-76 pg/...

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