Retinopathy of prematurity is a potentially blinding disease, which is associated with low neonatal IGF-I serum concentrations and poor growth. In severe cases impaired retinal vessel growth is followed by pathologic neovascularization, which may lead to retinal detachment. IGF-I may promote growth even in catabolic states. Treating preterm infants with recombinant human (rh) IGF-I to concentrations normally found during gestation has been suggested to have a preventative effect on ROP. A recent phase 2 study treating infants (gestational age between 23weeks+0days and 27weeks +6days) with rhIGF-I/IGF binding protein-3 until 30 postmenstrual weeks showed no effect on ROP but a 53% reduction in severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia and 44% reduction in severe intraventricular hemorrhage. Oxygen is a major risk factor for ROP and during the phase 2 study oxygen saturation targets were increased to 90-95%, due to national guidelines, which might have affected ROP rate and severity making increased IGF-I a weaker preventative factor for ROP.
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