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Effect of laser photocoagulation for retinopathy of prematurity on C reactive protein
  1. J G Daniels1,
  2. G G W Adams2
  1. 1Homerton Neonatal Unit, Homerton Hospital, London E9 6SR, UK;
  2. 2Moorfields Eye Hospital, London EC1V 2PD, UK

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    Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the major cause of blindness in premature babies, and in the developed world it is a disease of the most immature and unwell infants. Treatment is needed more often in extremely premature babies, taking place in 14% of those born before 26 weeks completed gestation.1 Treatment of severe ROP was originally by cryotherapy, but is now more commonly undertaken with laser, either as transpupillary or trans-scleral diode photocoagulation.

    C reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase protein …

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