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Retinopathy of Prematurity

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by Howson A

(ROP; Retrolental Fibroplasia; RLF)

 

Risk Factors

Factors that increase the chance of an infant developing ROP include:
  • Premature birth , especially babies born less than 30 weeks gestation
  • Low birth weight, especially babies weighing less than three pounds
  • Low or fluctuating oxygen levels
  • Respiratory distress
  • Anemia
 

RESOURCES

Healthy Children.org—American Academy of Pediatrics
http://www.healthychildren.org

National Eye Institute
http://www.nei.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Ophthalmology Society
http://www.eyesite.ca

Canadian Pediatric Society
http://www.cps.ca

 

References


American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Screening examination of premature infants for retinopathy of prematurity. Pediatrics. 2006;117(2):572.


Retinopathy of prematurity. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 10, 2013. Accessed June 24, 2013.


Retinopathy of prematurity. National Eye Institute website, Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/rop. Accessed June 24, 2013.

 

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