Identification of risk factors and evaluation of digital funduscopic screening for retinopathy of prematurity in a regional neonatal unit in Australia

Kulathunga, P.A.S.S., and Kandasamy, Yoga (2010) Identification of risk factors and evaluation of digital funduscopic screening for retinopathy of prematurity in a regional neonatal unit in Australia. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 39 (3). pp. 98-101.

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify risk factors significantly associated with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and evaluate the usefulness of digital funduscopy for ROP screening in a regional neonatal unit in Townsville, Australia.

Method: This is a retrospective study. Basic data was retrieved from the department's prospectively maintained database and stored in the digital camera (Retcam) data storage device. ROP candidates were defined as babies who were born with a birth weight at or less than 1250 g and/or, born at or before 28 weeks.

Results: One hundred babies satisfied the criteria for inclusion into the study. There were 44 male neonates. Birth weights ranged from 470-1342g (mean 986±177). Female babies were significantly smaller than males (p0.05). Twenty three babies had ROP. Retinal images from 6 babies were sent for remote expert opinion and 2 babies were transferred for treatment.

Conclusions: ROP is significantly associated with prematurity. More clinical trials on bigger cohorts are necessary to evaluate digital funduscopy on ROP screening.

Item ID: 36513
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2386-110X
Keywords: retinopathy of prematurity, risk factor, digital funduscopic screening
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 06:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1113 Ophthalmology and Optometry > 111301 Ophthalmology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders @ 100%
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