Tag Archives: Retinopathy of Prematurity

Bevacizumab or that other more expensive one?

A very interesting and depressing group of articles in today’s BMJ. Retinopathy of prematurity is a small market compared to wet macular degeneration in the elderly, in whom VEGF inhibitors are proven to be extremely effective. Ranibizumab (I will call … Continue reading

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Should we be using bevacizumab for retinopathy of prematurity?

 Geloneck MM, Cet al: Refractive outcomes following bevacizumab monotherapy compared with conventional laser treatment: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Ophthalmol 2014, 132(11):1327-1333. In this follow-up of the BEAT-RoP trial, eyes randomized to have laser were more likely to have severe … Continue reading

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Poietins for the brain?

Ohls RK, Kamath-Rayne BD, Christensen RD, Wiedmeier SE, Rosenberg A, Fuller J, et al. Cognitive Outcomes of Preterm Infants Randomized to Darbepoetin, Erythropoietin, or Placebo. Pediatrics. 2014. I’ve written about this trial before, a smallish 3 arm trial of erythropoietin, … Continue reading

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Oxygen, transfusions, and NEC

What causes NEC! The answer is ‘who knows?’, or perhaps a better one would be ‘its complicated…’ You probably need an immature gut, gut mucosal injury, inflammation and cytokine release, and an abnormal microbiome, all of which probably interact in … Continue reading

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Public citizen are becoming a public danger

Public citizen are at it again, they have written another letter to the director of the DHHSS to try and follow up on their previous nonsense. I didn’t write about this when I first heard about it, as 1. it … Continue reading

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Insulin, nutrition, insulin-like growth factors and the retina

I’d really like to see a good quality review article with that title, there are several that touch on these issues (for example, here and here), but I find the data hard to digest, probably because it is relatively novel … Continue reading

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Omega 3 containing lipid emulsions for the preterm: time for a large RCT

A recent small RCT from Turkey, n=80 (Beken S, Dilli D, Fettah ND, Kabatas EU, Zenciroglu A, Okumus N: The influence of fish-oil lipid emulsions on retinopathy of prematurity in very low birth weight infants: A randomized controlled trial. Early … Continue reading

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