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what are the name of the "vessels" effected by these 2 complications? I was told recently that I have NPDR, the beginning stages of diabetic retinopathy and that the same "vessels" are effected in the kidneys so I am now required to have 3-6 month check ups with the Nephrologist as well. I am in the RN classes currently and we are studying the kidneys....the teacher asked me to find out and I can't seem to locate that info.  I'm thinking as far as the kidneys the damage takes place in the nephrons(specifically the glomeruli) are these vessels the same as the small capillaries in the retina?
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