Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a type of newborn brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation during or around the time of birth, has been linked to a variety of pregnancy conditions.
Inna Skarga-Bandurova and colleagues in the Ukraine recently published a study on risk factors for chronic fetal hypoxia (i.e. long-term oxygen deprivation). They analyzed data from 186 pregnant women between 12 and 38 weeks of gestation. Among these women, 81 babies had neonatal hypoxia and 105 did not.
Skarga-Bandurova et al. found that the following combination of parameters increased the risk of neonatal hypoxia:
- Increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) at 21 weeks of pregnancy
- Low/normal ESR at 30 weeks of pregnancy
- Low placental grading at 30-38 weeks of pregnancy
- Normal placental thickness at 30-38 weeks of pregnancy
- Higher amniotic fluid index (AFI) at 30-38 weeks of pregnancy
Other risk factors for hypoxia and HIE
There are a wide variety of pregnancy complications and fetal health issues that can increase the risk of HIE (click here for more info). Even with serious risk factors present, however, HIE can often be prevented with careful monitoring for fetal distress and proper medical care. Unfortunately, many cases of HIE stem from negligent actions by medical professionals.
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ABC Law Centers was established to focus exclusively on birth injury cases. A “birth injury” is any type of harm to a baby that occurs just before, during, or after birth. This includes issues such as HIE, infection, and trauma. While some children with birth injuries make a complete recovery, others develop disabilities such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
If a birth injury/subsequent disability could have been prevented with proper care, then it constitutes medical malpractice. Settlements from birth injury cases can cover the costs of lifelong treatment, care, and other crucial resources.
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Skarga-Bandurova, I., Biloborodova, T., & Nesterov, M. (2019). Extracting Interesting Rules from Gestation Course Data for Early Diagnosis of Neonatal Hypoxia. Journal of medical systems, 43(1), 8.