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Understanding hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

Expecting mothers in Annapolis want only the best when it comes to their deliveries. However, incidents can and do happen, which can lead to devastating conditions. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is one such condition that can cause a range of issues for a new baby, and may even result in a lifelong disability.

As illustrated by HOPEforhie.com, HIE occurs when brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die off. Once the flow of oxygen is returned, the damaged cells produce a dangerous toxin, which can go onto cause further damage. This condition can be identified by numerous symptoms, including a diminished heart rate, poor reflexes, seizures, a blue or pale tint to the skin, among many other indications. In terms of diagnosis, doctors typically use specific diagnostic tools, including ultrasounds

HIE can also have a range of causes. In some cases, it may be caused by a knot in the umbilical cord, which will prevent the proper flow of blood. It can also happen as a result of trauma during a delivery, blood clots in the placenta, decreased maternal blood pressure, uterine rupture, etc. Immediate medical intervention is crucial when HIE occurs to prevent further ill-effects from happening.  

According to Medscape, HIE affects a significant number of births, with some research indicating this condition is linked to up to 23 percent of birth fatalities on a yearly basis. Cerebral swelling is a particularly dangerous outcome, as it can lead to coma or even death.  In some cases, the infant may appear to improve before deteriorating even further. Seizures are a common occurrence to this end, which is indicative of ongoing dysfunction of the brain.  

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