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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
What Caused Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy To My Baby?
A number of neurological disorders resulting from brain damage are
called cerebral palsy. A person’s ability to control their motions and often
their posture can be greatly affected. The majority of these cases are caused
by brain damage that occurs during pregnancy, birth or the neonatal period
which is the first four weeks of life. Abnormalities in the brain are caused;
many of these affect the ability to control the body’s movement.
One of the most common events that may lead to brain damage at or near
the time of birth is oxygen deprivation or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. (HIE)
Hypo ischemic encephalopathy is the most common form of neonatal
encephalopathy (NE) a widely used term describing any impacted neurological
function in a newborn. When the brain does not receive adequate oxygenation,
cell death occurs resulting in brain damage. It is estimated that for every
1000 live births, two to nine, are affected by HIE. A great percentage of these
infants die in the newborn period and approximately 25 percent of them survive
with long-term neurodevelopmental impairments.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is responsible for several types of
disabilities and injuries which include cerebral palsy, seizures, intellectual
and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and learning disabilities. The longer the
infant is deprived of oxygen the more severe and permanent the injury.
The causes of Hypo Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
HIE can occur from a number of complications and medical errors. Some
of the more common causes are the following:
·Umbilical cord injuries:
Complications involving the umbilical cord can cause HIE because they can slow
or cut off the transfer of oxygen to the baby. These complications include
nuchal cords, when the cord becomes wrapped around the baby’s neck, prolapsed
cords, when the cords precedes the baby in the birth canal, and cord
compression, when the cord becomes compressed and can no longer carry oxygen.Placental or
uterine problems: These complications may include uterine rupture, placenta
previa, when the placenta is attached to the uterine wall in proximity to or
covering the cervix, placental abruption, when the placental lining tears
partially away from the uterus and placental insufficiency.
·Brain trauma or
hemorrhage during delivery
maternal conditions: Hypertension (preeclampsia) or infection
·Delayed C Section
·Fetal size or
fluid ( Oligohydramnios)
HIE Diagnostic Processes
Hypo ischemic encephalopathy is confirmed by neuroimaging and blood
Medical professionals will begin ordering tests if there is suspicion
that a hypoxic ischemic event took place. A traumatic delivery or complications
would be reason to begin the diagnostic process. There are instances where the
signs of damage do not appear until the child is older and displays impaired
motor function, delayed growth or delayed development.
Treatment of HIE
Until recently treatment of HIE included prevention of further injury
with ventilation, NICU care, controlling seizures, blood pressure maintenance,
maintaining glucose level and specialized physician care.
Recently, a new therapy has emerged referred to as hypothermia
treatment or brain cooling. The new cooling therapy has shown to reduce the
severity of HIE. The baby’s temperature is lowered to 91 degrees Fahrenheit for
about 72 hours. The metabolic rate is slowed allowing a longer time for cell
recovery. It is imperative that this treatment be employed as soon as the HIE
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyer
An HIE lawyer must have a knowledge of the laws involving medical
malpractice and also medicine. It is paramount that you retain an attorney who is experienced in all types of birth injury cases, especially HIE. The long
term effects on a child with HIE can be extremely costly over time. The child
may need your constant care into and through adulthood. The care and special
needs can have an astronomical cost over time. What if the child outlives you
and your spouse? Who will care for him or her? A qualified medical malpractice
attorney knows the true value of your case and has the skill and resources to
find medical negligence and prove it.
Dolman Law Group has helped countless families who have a child that
was the victim of a birth injury. Our attorneys have understanding and
compassion coupled with tenacity. They will fight relentlessly to get you the
compensation you deserve. Call today for a confidential, free consultation of
your case. The number to call is 727-451-6900.
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900