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Plasma ascorbic acid levels in senile cataract patients and in normal individuals: a comparative study

Author(s): Derkhshandeh J | Fooladsaz K | Heydarpour F

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 67;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 562;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Ascorbic acid | senile | cataract | spectrophotometry

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