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J Paediatr Child Health. 2003 May-Jun;39(4):318-20.

Transient paralytic ileus following the use of cyclopentolate-phenylephrine eye drops during screening for retinopathy of prematurity.

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Department of Paediatrics, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074, Republic of Singapore.


Cyclopentolate-phenylephrine eye drops are commonly used for mydriasis during routine screening for retinopathy of prematurity in preterm infants. Although systemic absorption is minimal, it can result in side effects. We report two cases of transient paralytic ileus associated with transient oxygen desaturation and hypertension following the use of cyclopentolate-phenylephrine eye drops.

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