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Laser treatment for retinopathy of prematurity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10146213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Threshold retinopathy of prematurity is a level of disease at which 50% of affected infants are predicted to go blind without treatment. The Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity Study has shown that this number can be halved with treatment. Cryotherapy, however, is stressful on the infant, leaves large scars, and is more difficult for the surgeon to administer. Laser photocoagulation with the indirect ophthalmoscope has been shown in pilot studies to be as effective as cryotherapy, less stressful on the infant, and easier for the surgeon to administer. This form of therapy may become the preferred method for treating threshold retinopathy of prematurity.
J A McNamara
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in ophthalmology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1040-8738     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Ophthalmol     Publication Date:  1993 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-27     Completed Date:  1994-01-27     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9011108     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Ophthalmol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  76-80     Citation Subset:  T    
Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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MeSH Terms
Cryotherapy* / adverse effects,  methods
Laser Coagulation* / adverse effects,  methods
Retinopathy of Prematurity / surgery*
Treatment Outcome

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