Could my baby have HIE even if the umbilical cord blood gas test shows normal pH?

It is possible that an umbilical cord blood gas test can come back normal, even when a baby does have a hypoxic-ischemic injury like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which can lead to cerebral palsy (CP) and other disorders. What considerations should be taken into account when analyzing umbilical cord blood gas test results? What parameters…

How is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) diagnosed?

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is generally diagnosed by a physician once signs of oxygen deprivation (birth asphyxia) become evident. The diagnosis is typically based on a combination of medical history, physical and neurological exams, laboratory results, and neuroimaging. Many of these tests and studies assess brain injury severity and evaluate the status of the baby’s organ…