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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4231489, 7 pages
Research Article

Risk Factors Affecting the Severity of Full-Term Neonatal Retinal Hemorrhage

Zhang Yanli,1,2,3 Zhao Qi,3 Lin Yu,3 and Guo Haike1,2

1Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510515, China
2Guangdong General Hospital and Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510080, China
3Department of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan City People’s Hospital, Zhongshan Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Zhongshan, Guangdong 528403, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Guo Haike

Received 17 February 2017; Revised 16 May 2017; Accepted 13 June 2017; Published 19 July 2017

Academic Editor: Hyeong Gon Yu

Copyright © 2017 Zhang Yanli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The purpose of this study was to explore the underlying clinical factors associated with the degree of retinal hemorrhage (RH) in full-term newborns. Methods. A total of 3054 full-term infants were included in this study. Eye examinations were performed with RetCamIII within one week of birth for all infants. Maternal, obstetric, and neonatal parameters were compared between newborns with RH and controls. The RH group was divided into three sections (I, II, and III) based on the degree of RH. Results. RH was observed in 1202 of 3054 infants (39.36%) in this study. The quantity and proportion of newborns in groups I, II, and III were 408 (13.36%), 610 (19.97%), and 184 (6.03%), respectively. Spontaneous vaginal delivery (SVD), prolonged duration of second stage of labor, advanced maternal age, and neonatal intracranial hemorrhage positively correlated with aggravation of the degree of RH in newborns. Conversely, cesarean section was protective against the incidence of RH. Conclusions. SVD, prolonged duration of second stage of labor, advanced maternal age, and neonatal intracranial hemorrhage were potential risk factors for aggravation of the degree of RH in full-term infants. Accordingly, infants with these risk factors may require greater attention with respect to RH development.