Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
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Understanding Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is a life-threatening condition that impacts about one or two in 1,000 infants. Tragically, as many as 10 to 20 percent die from PPHN.
PPHN restricts the blood flow to the infant’s lungs, limiting the amount of oxygen that goes into the bloodstream. This disorder can result in respiratory failure, as the arteries of the lungs can stay constricted following delivery. That is why it is imperative that the medical staff takes immediate action. Infants with PPHN often require intubation and mechanical ventilation.
Symptoms of PPHN tend to surface within 12 hours after birth. These symptoms may include the following:
- Rapid heart rate
- Flaring nostrils
- Bluish skin
- Extreme drowsiness
- Rapid breathing
A physician might discover additional symptoms after conducting a medical examination, such as an enlarged liver, weak pulse or low blood pressure.
While the cause of PPHN is not always clear, it has been known to result from problems during delivery. It can also occur when the baby is still in the womb.
If your child has suffered from PPHN, you need to speak with an experienced lawyer to find out your rights. An attorney should be able to discover what factors led to your child’s condition.
For a free case evaluation, contact the Louisville birth injury attorneys at the Law Office of Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. You can also contact us by filling out our online form.
We understand the sadness and confusion that accompanies a PPHN diagnosis. We will work with you to uncover the cause of your child’s condition.
Our lawyers have been representing injured victims and their families in Ohio and Kentucky for more than 35 years. We regularly handle cases involving serious birth injuries.