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Optimised retinopathy of prematurity screening guideline in China based on a 5-year cohort study


Purposes To develop an optimised retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening guideline by adjusting the screening schedule and thresholds of gestational age (GA) and birth weight (BW).

Methods A multicentre retrospective cohort study was conducted based on data from four tertiary neonatal intensive care units in Shanghai, China. The medical records of enrolled infants, born from 2012 to 2016 who underwent ROP examinations, were collected and analysed. The incidence and risk factors for ROP were analysed in all infants. Postnatal age (PNA) and postmenstrual age (PMA) of infants, detected to diagnose ROP for the first time, were compared with the present examination schedule. The predictive performance of screening models was evaluated by internally validating sensitivity and specificity.

Results Of the 5606 eligible infants, ROP was diagnosed in 892 (15.9%) infants; 63 (1.1%) of them received treatment. The mean GA of ROP patients was 29.4±2.4 weeks, and the mean BW was 1260±330 g. Greater prematurity was associated with an older PNA at which ROP developed. The minimum PMA and PNA at which diagnosis of treatable ROP occurred were 32.43 and 3 weeks, respectively. The optimised criteria (GA <32 weeks or BW <1600 g) correctly predicted 98.4% type 1 ROP infants, reducing the infants requiring examinations by 43.2% when internally validated.

Conclusions The incidence of type 1 ROP and the mean GA and BW of ROP infants have decreased in China. The suggested screening threshold and schedule may be reliably used to guide the modification of ROP screening guideline and decrease medical costs.

  • Retina
  • Macula
  • Child health (paediatrics)

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