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October 2002

Regression of Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity After Laser Treatment

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(10):1404-1405. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.10.1404

A RAPID proliferative form of stage 3 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) located in zone I, as defined by the Committee for the Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity,1 developed in an infant girl born at 23 weeks' gestation with a birth weight of 471 g. This aggressive form of ROP does not develop according to the architecture described by the committee, but as a flat, lacy network of extraretinal fibrovascular proliferation from the advancing vascularized retina.2 The infant underwent successful bilateral peripheral retinal photocoagulation with a diode laser at 34 weeks' postconception age.

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