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Successful surgery for retinopathy of prematurity on a patient weighing 2900g

Pediatric patient V.N.D (Bac Ninh, Viet Nam) is 3 months old, weighs 2900g, and has a history of premature birth at 26 weeks. After birth, the patient was discovered to have retinopathy of prematurity and was injected intraocularly with a drug that inhibits neovascular proliferation. However, 1 month after injection, through examination at Vinmec - Alina Eye Center, the patient was discovered: both eyes had vitreous hemorrhage in stage 4 retinopathy of prematurity, and surgery was indicated. Hemorrhagic vitrectomy and intraocular laser. Pediatric patients need surgery as soon as possible to avoid the risk of permanent vision loss. The difficulty of the surgery is that the patient has a complicated eye disease and is very underweight and physically weak, so the anesthesia process is difficult, requiring an experienced surgical team and enough support equipment.

On March 13, doctors at Vinmec-Alina Eye Center coordinated with the anesthesia and resuscitation team of Vinmec Times City International Hospital to successfully perform surgery on this particularly complex case. After surgery, the patient recovered well and was discharged from the hospital.


The complex anesthesia process requires the coordination of an experienced anesthesia team at Vinmec Times City Hospital


According to doctors at Vinmec-Alina Eye Center, retinopathy of prematurity can occur in premature babies born before 31 weeks or low birth weight babies under 1500g. The disease causes abnormal development of retinal blood vessels. If not detected and treated promptly, the disease can cause permanent vision damage and even blindness. Premature babies need to be screened for retinopathy of prematurity immediately after birth. However, in some cases, retinal abnormalities are only detected 4-6 weeks after birth, so the child needs to be examined again at this time. In addition, premature babies are also at higher risk of suffering from farsightedness, strabismus, amblyopia, etc., so they will continue to need regular eye examinations as prescribed by the doctor.


Surgeon performs vitrectomy and intraocular laser surgery on a pediatric patient weighing 2900g


Examination and treatment of children's eye diseases requires coordination between ophthalmology and pediatric anesthesiology, especially requiring experienced doctors in this field. In early 2023, Vinmec - Alina Eye Center successfully operated on many cases of complicated eye diseases of young children such as retinopathy of premature infants, congenital glaucoma, strabismus, eye injuries,...


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