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[The early postnatal weight gain as a predictor of retinopathy of prematurity]

Journal article
Authors S. Fluckiger
H. U. Bucher
Ann Hellström
Chatarina Löfqvist
V. Sturm
S. J. Arri
Published in Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde
Volume 228
Issue 4
Pages 306-10
ISSN 1439-3999
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 306-10
Language en
Keywords Comorbidity, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature, Male, Mass Screening/*methods, Premature Birth/*diagnosis/*epidemiology, Prevalence, Prognosis, Reproducibility of Results, Retinopathy of Prematurity/*diagnosis/*epidemiology, Risk Assessment/methods, Risk Factors, Sensitivity and Specificity, Switzerland/epidemiology, *Weight Gain
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


BACKGROUND: Premature infants are often stressed by the current retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening procedure. Additionally, only < 10 % of the screened infants will develop a ROP stadium requiring laser therapy. Therefore the present screening strategy is unsatisfactory. Furthermore, the current guidelines do not take into account postnatal factors. A new method considering postnatal factors is the weight, insulin-like growth factor, neonatal ROP (WINROP) algorithm. This approach is based on the early postnatal weight gain. The aim of this study was to assign the WINROP-algorithm to a preterm population in Switzerland and to analyze its ability for prediction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, all preterm infants with a gestational age (GA) < 32 weeks and/or a birth weight (BW)

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