Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
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Babies still in the womb receive oxygen through the umbilical cord. Because of naturally high blood pressure in the lungs, blood in the pulmonary artery is sent to other organs through a fetal blood vessel, the ductus arteriosus. After babies are born, their bodies naturally adapt to the change. The ductus arteriosus closes, the lungs begin to work, and the heart pumps blood throughout the entire body. When a newborn infant’s circulation system is unable to adjust to breathing outside of the womb after birth, persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) occurs. This means that the infant’s lungs fail to supply air to the rest of the body, which often results in hypoxemia, or low blood oxygen levels.
If your baby was born with PPH, you may be able to seek compensation. Medical staff or even drug manufacturers may be responsible for your baby’s injuries. Let our Houston birth injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin pursue justice.
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Symptoms of PPH in Newborns
The symptoms of PPH can manifest in a variety of ways involving the heart or the lungs.
Signs & symptoms of PPH:
- Difficult Breathing
- Low Blood Oxygen Levels
- Heart Murmurs
- Rapid Breathing
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Bluish Skin (Cyanosis)
To determine whether or not a baby has PPH, several imaging and laboratory tests may be used. These may include an ultrasound of the heart or head, a complete blood count test, a chest x-ray, and more.
Types of Treatment
Babies suffering from persistent pulmonary hypertension are treated in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). These treatments help babies gain normal use of their lungs and normal blood flow.
Potential treatment options for PPH:
- Oxygen Therapy: Your baby may receive 100% supplemental oxygen through a plastic hood or mask.
- Assisted Ventilation: A ventilator takes over breathing via a tube inserted through the baby’s windpipe.
- Nitric Oxide: This gas, shown to relax lung blood vessels and improve blood flow, is given through a ventilator.
- High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation: If other forms of ventilation are ineffective, this type may help.
Even babies who undergo prompt treatment may be at risk of short and long-term injury. These injuries may include heart failure, shock, organ damage, hearing loss, or developmental disorders. Due to the serious and potentially long-term effects of PPH, it is crucial that you seek legal counsel and guidance so that you can work to obtain compensation that will cover care, medical expenses, treatments, and more.
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If your child was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension, this was no doubt traumatic for you as well as for the baby. Talk to your doctor about what might have caused the PPH. There are some instances in which the families may be able to take legal action to procure compensation. Many infants with PPH will recover normally in time, but around 25 percent of newborns with PPH will have resulting neurological developmental issues such as hearing loss. Talk to your doctor to learn more about this condition, but do not hesitate to seek legal advice from a capable Houston birth injury attorney at our firm. With years of experience and billions of dollars won on behalf of our clients, we are dedicated to fighting on your behalf and making sure you and your loved ones are cared for.
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