Winckler & Harvey, L.L.P.
A Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law Firm
Free Initial Consultations 512-593-7399

Overview of persistent pulmonary hypertension babies

Babies born at 34 weeks or more run the risk of developing a breathing condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension at birth. Before babies are born, they receive oxygen from their mother, and most of this oxygen does not reach the lungs because the blood vessels are closed. Once a newborn takes the first few breaths, the blood vessels open. Mothers in Texas should know that with PPHN, the blood vessels do not open entirely.

This leads to a lack of oxygen being carried by the blood to the brain and organs. Symptoms of PPHN include rapid or slow breathing and low blood pressure. One may notice that the baby's skin is somewhat blue and that the hands and feet are cool to the touch. PPHN can be treated through the use of a ventilator or a heart-lung machine. It can take weeks or months for the baby to recover.

PPHN has no known causes, but several risk factors have been identified. They include infection, respiratory distress syndrome and meconium aspiration where babies inhale a fecal material called meconium into their lungs. To diagnose PPHN, doctors may order blood tests, chest X-rays or an ultrasound of the baby's heart. Oxygen levels in the blood can be measured non-invasively via pulse oximetry.

Since the cause is not clear, it can be hard to link PPHN with medical negligence. There are times, though, especially during difficult deliveries, when doctors or nurses might commit errors that result in birth injuries. Parents may want to see a lawyer about filing a claim. If successful, their claim might cover things like past and future medical expenses, the cost of medical equipment and pain and suffering. Parents may rely on their lawyer to speak on their behalf at the negotiation table.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Want To
Learn More?

At Winckler & Harvey, LLP, we are committed to giving every individual and family we represent the attention they deserve, delivered with the highest caliber of knowledge and skill available. Do not hesitate to get the representation you need.
Email or call us at 512-593-7399.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Lawyers Trusted In Texas And Nationwide

Members of our team have received many honors and awards.

  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers | 2017
  • Best Lawyers of the year
  • Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers in America is a Woodward White Peer-Review Publication
    Our firm has earned the designation of Best Law Firms since 2010
    Jay Winckler has been designated a Best Lawyer since 2009
    Jay Harvey has been designated a Best Lawyer since 2006
  • Super Lawyers (A service of Thomson Reuters)
    Jay Winckler: 2003, 2011-2012, 2014-2019
    Jay Harvey: 2003 - 2019