Retinopathy of prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) (formerly referred to as retrolental fibroplasia) is an ocular condition seen in the infant population. It often occurs bilaterally, although usually with significant asymmetry 1


There is often a history of premature delivery, low birth weight, and/or prolonged ventilatory support.


It occurs due to traction retinal detachment as a result of regression of the neovascularization secondary to the prolonged oxygen therapy. It mostly involves the temporal side of the globe.

Radiographic features

The globes are usually asymmetrically small or even normal. Calcification can occur but is rare.

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rID: 10403
Tag: eye, refs, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Retrolental fibroplasia
  • ROP
  • RLF
  • Terry syndrome

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  • Case 2: B-scan ultrasonography
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