Retinopathy of prematurity in larger preterm infants

Po Chiung Fang, Hsi Kung Kuo, Tan Yung Ko, Chih Cheng Chen, Kao Pin Hwang, Mei Yung Chung*

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Severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) usually occurs in preterm infants with birthweight < 1500 g or gestational age < 31 weeks. However, some exceptions occur in larger preterm infants. In southern Taiwan, six larger preterm infants with gestational age older than 31 weeks and birthweight > 1500 g had stage III ROP in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Kaohsiung (Taiwan, Republic of China). All six infants were male and had received oxygen supplementation during hospitalization. Only one infant had received previous surgery and frequent packed red blood cell transfusions. Three infants received laser photocoagulation or cryotherapy, and all infants have good outcomes regardless of whether they received treatment. This report provides convincing evidence for expanding the screening criteria in our nursery and emphasizes the importance of assessing the risk of ROP for larger preterm infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 07 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Preterm infants
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Screening criteria


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