Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Retinopathy of prematurity in surfactant treated infants.
  1. S. J. Rankin,
  2. T. R. Tubman,
  3. H. L. Halliday and
  4. S. S. Johnston
  1. Ophthalmology Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


    Seventy six babies of less than 1500 g birth weight who had surfactant replacement therapy for severe respiratory distress syndrome were studied to assess the presence and stage of subsequent retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). A control group of 90 babies, matched for birth weight and gestational age, who did not have surfactant therapy were also studied. Threshold ROP or greater was found in 1.7% of the surfactant group and 7.8% of the controls. For the babies of less than 1000 g birth weight 4.0% of the surfactant babies and 16.3% of the controls reached threshold disease or greater. It is concluded that surfactant therapy is not associated with an increased incidence or severity of severe ROP in this preterm population.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.