HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Early treatment of blinding eye disease in infants can prevent severe vision loss

Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and 25 other centers, have concluded that earlier treatment of premature infants affected with severe retinopathy of prematurity can result in better outcomes and a reduced risk of blindness or vision impairment for these infants. This also helped to define high-risk groups among premature infants with the disease most likely to benefit from the treatment.

These findings may also lead to better screening protocols of premature infants' eyes while they are under observation in hospital's newborn intensive care units. The results of the multicenter Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ETROP) study are published in the December issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

A leading cause of vision loss in infants, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding disease that affects premature, low birth weight infants. ROP is the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. These vessels can leak fluid and blood and lead to scar tissue inside the eye, increasing the risk of retinal detachment and severe vision loss.

Each year ROP affects an estimated 14,000 to 16,000 premature, low birth weight infants in the United States and thousands more worldwide. Of these cases, approximately 1,500 infants will develop severe ROP that requires treatment. Despite available treatment, about 400 to 600 infants with ROP still become legally blind each year.

"This study represents another important step in our ongoing efforts to decrease preventable blindness in premature babies, said Graham Quinn, M.D., MSCE, principal investigator at the Philadelphia Center (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital). "We have identified a group of children whose eyes would not have been treated before using the conventional threshold definition, but many of these eyes clearly benefited from earlier treatme
'"/>

Contact: Joey Marie McCool
McCool@email.chop.edu
267-426-6070
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
8-Dec-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Early onset of puberty the EU gets serious
2. Early HIV screening prolongs life and is affordable, Stanford study shows
3. Early supported discharge services can reduce long term dependency for stroke patients
4. Early surgical treatment not always necessary for patients with brain haemorrhage
5. Early seizures after epilepsy surgery predict more seizures
6. Early learning leaves lasting changes in brain, Stanford owl study shows
7. Early detection reduces threat of foot injury in college basketball players
8. Early results shed light on lung cancer screening advance
9. Early disclosure: Post-operative radiotherapy improves progression-free survival in prostate cancer
10. Early reports of thrombosis after insertion of drug-eluting stents
11. Early behavior problems linked with wheezing later in childhood

Post Your Comments:
(Date:1/22/2015)... AZ (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Padre Murphy's ... long supporter of Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA). ... Padre Murphy's in getting everyone, including NFL greats, treated for ... of the leading groups supporting the cause in the valley. ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... AngelWeddingDress, the premier women’s dress supplier, has ... View website of AngelWeddingDress.com to find more ... dresses online for a bridal party. AngelWeddingDress offers a ... them. Its maternity wedding dresses are specially designed for ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... January 22, 2015 Autocarinsurancebest.com has released a ... a commercial auto insurance policy . , Auto insurance ... vehicles. It is no longer necessary to call an agent ... now available online on a single website: http://autocarinsurancebest.com/ . ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... January 22, 2015 Yesterday, Senator ... (D-Concord) and Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) were honored by ... in advancing biotechnology, biomedical science, medical device and ... each received the “2014 Life Sciences Champion” award ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... IPSWICH, Mass. (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 ... Association (AMA) are expanding their relationship in an effort ... journals around the world. While EBSCO has long made AMA ... as a sales agent for The JAMA Network. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Padre Murphy's Holds NFL Retired Players Association Party Star Studded Event With Bud Light and Pro Player Health Alliance Sponsoring 2Health News:Padre Murphy's Holds NFL Retired Players Association Party Star Studded Event With Bud Light and Pro Player Health Alliance Sponsoring 3Health News:AngelWeddingDress Has Recently Released Its Collection Of 2015 Maternity Wedding Dresses 2Health News:Commercial Auto Insurance Provides Several Important Features! 2Health News:California Biomedical Community Honors Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla & Kristin Olsen 2Health News:California Biomedical Community Honors Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla & Kristin Olsen 3Health News:EBSCO Expands Partnership with the American Medical Association 2Health News:EBSCO Expands Partnership with the American Medical Association 3Health News:EBSCO Expands Partnership with the American Medical Association 4
(Date:1/23/2015)... 2015  Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK ) announced ... share repurchase program. The open-ended authorization permits the company ... ordinary shares. "Funding additional initiatives and ... we continue to pursue a range of focused growth ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015  BiOptix is pleased to announce ... Vice President of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Scott joins the company ... Pharmaceuticals, and Amgen throughout the course of his nearly ... "Scott is a nationally recognized thought leader in ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Jan. 22, 2015  Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH ... first member of the new Simple Plex platform through ... launch represents the re-branding of the previously acquired CyPlex ... platform is a transformative immunoassay technology which integrates an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Mallinckrodt plc Announces Share Repurchase Program 2Mallinckrodt plc Announces Share Repurchase Program 3Mallinckrodt plc Announces Share Repurchase Program 4BiOptix Expands Leadership Team with the Appointment of Dr. Scott Klakamp as Vice President of Chemistry and Biochemistry 2Bio-Techne Launches Simple Plex Platform 2Bio-Techne Launches Simple Plex Platform 3
Cached News: