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Retinopathy of Prematurity Associated with More Than Visual Impairment — Physician’s First Watch

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February 5, 2014

Retinopathy of Prematurity Associated with More Than Visual Impairment

By Joe Elia

Children born prematurely with severe retinopathy show a range of non-visual adverse effects by age 5 years, according to a JAMA research letter.

Researchers followed 95 infants born with severe retinopathy. Over a 5-year period, the children showed three to four times the risk for motor and cognitive impairments as some 1500 controls. Severe hearing loss was also higher with retinopathy.

The authors say that although blindness is now a rare complication, severe retinopathy carries a "poor prognosis for child development." They write that their observations "may help improve the ability to counsel parents and to select high-risk infants for long-term follow-up."

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Borgneth Lívia Physician, Other, UFRJ

Rehabilitation need be includ in professional specialty list.
Thanks, Lívia Borgneth

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