BACKGROUND: The object of this study was to investigate the potential role of FGF23 on plaque stability in type 2 diabetic patients with internal carotid artery stenosis.
In this retrospective observational study, we analyzed FGF23 serum level in 361 type 2 diabetic patients with internal carotid artery stenosis undergoing carotid endarterectomy and in 598 diabetic controls without carotid atherosclerosis.
We found that FGF23 median serum levels was significantly higher in patients than in diabetic controls [67.7 (59.5-77.8) pg/mL and 43.89 (37.5-50.4), P < 0.001] and was significantly and independently associated with unstable plaque in patients with internal carotid artery stenosis [OR, 5,71 (95% CI, 2.09-15.29].
We have found, for the first time, that FGF23 could be associated with unstable plaque in type 2 diabetic patients with internal carotid artery stenosis.
- Internal carotid artery stenosis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Unstable Plaque