Vietnam quadruplets have retina condition, at risk of vision loss

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The quadruplets delivered by a woman from Dong Thap a month ago have been diagnosed with a retina condition that can lead to blindness by doctors at Ho Chi Minh City's leading obstetrics hospital, Tu Du.

The doctors, who performed a C-section June 20 to deliver the baby girls, said Wednesday they had retinopathy, an eye disease common among premature babies and caused by disorganized growth of retinal blood vessels which could result in scarring and retinal detachment, news website VnExpress reported.

Dr Ngo Minh Xuan, head of the hospital's neonatal department, said a retina check was important since they were born as early as in the 32nd week and weighed just 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 kilograms.

Tests found that their retinal blood vessels are not fully grown, with the condition of the youngest and lightest child being the worst.

It is possible that the vessels can stop growing or grow into the clear gel that fills the back of the eye. The vessels are fragile and can leak, causing bleeding in the eye.

The doctors have recommended better breast feeding to nurture the vessels. The mother does not have enough breast milk for all four and mainly feeds them formula.

They said it is a good sign that the babies have gained around 300 grams each since birth.

Mother and babies were discharged a week ago and they were brought more than 150 kilometers from Dong Thap in the Mekong Delta for the checks.

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They will have to come again next week for further retinal checks.

Ho Chi Minh City's Children's Hospital No.1 gets around 400 children with retinal conditions due to preterm birth every year.

Laser surgery can cure it if diagnosed early, doctors said.

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