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Is ethnicity a risk factor for severe retinopathy of prematurity?
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    Could the association between ROP and ethnicity be confounded by growth retardation?
    • Hassib Narchi, Associate professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Alyson Skinner

    Dear Editor,

    In their retrospective observational study of 1960 preterm infants over a 7-year period, Aralikatti et al reported an increased risk of developing threshold retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in Asian and black infants compared to white infants [1]. The proportion of small for gestational age (SGA), by standard growth charts, was also higher in Asian (36.19%) than in white (29.45%) and black infants (...

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    Ethinicity can hardly be considered as an independent factor
    • Hikmet Basmak, chief ophthalmologist
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      • Huseyin Gursoy, Afsun Sahin

    Dear editor, We read with great interest the recent article by Aralikatti et al.1 The authors conducted a well designed study regarding the effect of ethnicity on developing severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). They concluded that asians and black infants have a higher risk of developing threshold ROP compared to white infants. Although ethinicity might be a risk factor, we think that it can hardly be considered as a...

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