Genetics A Key Factor In Premature Infants' Devastating Eye Disease

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Retinopathy of prematurity

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Genetics play a major role in predisposing infants to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease prevalent in premature infants that disrupts normal blood vessel development of the retina and can lead to blindness, researchers at Yale School of Medicine report in the November issue of Pediatrics.

"This is the first definitive study to show that genetic factors are a significant component of retinopathy of prematurity, and to quantify the extent of that genetic contribution," said lead author Vineet Bhandari, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine.

Retinopathy of Prematurity

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