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Hypoxic-ischemic encephalitis often caused by birth trauma

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalitis (HIE) is a type of brain trauma that is found in infants in Texas and across the nation. It occurs when the baby's brain doesn't receive enough blood or oxygen, and this usually happens before or during labor. The condition occurs in 20 infants out of every 1,000 live births. HIE is more likely in premature infants; approximately 60 percent of infants born before 37 weeks gestation experience HIE.

Birth injuries often caused by medical choices

When mothers give birth in Texas, the last thing they may expect is for themselves or their child to emerge with a serious birth injury. However, in far too many cases, medical negligence or mistakes can lead to dangerous outcomes for newborns. Despite advances in scientific knowledge, birth injury continues to pose a serious threat. For example, the rate of brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI) has increased.

Babies with brain injuries may later develop epilepsy

Injuries during birth can lead to significant medical difficulties later in life for many children in Texas. When newborn babies have acute symptomatic seizures, they could develop epilepsy later on. There are a number of reasons why newborns might have seizures, but brain injury during birth is one prominent contributor. However, it is not always clear which factors may be more likely to lead to epilepsy.

Some cases of Erb's Palsy are preventable

Erb's Palsy, a form of brachial plexus palsy, occurs in one or two of every thousand births. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves near the neck that link to the nerves of the arm and shoulder. Fortunately for Texas families, most instances of this condition are relatively minor. The child quickly recovers the ability to feel and move the arm, and physical therapy allows the damaged nerves to heal.

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