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New York Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn Risk High If Induced Before 39 Weeks

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn is a potentially fatal condition where a baby’s circulatory system fails to adapt to life outside of the womb. According to Michael A. Bottar, Esq., a Syracuse birth injury lawyer with Bottar Law, PLLC, an upstate New York law firm handling medical malpractice lawsuits through the State, “PPHN accounts for 2-9% of admissions to neonatal intensive care units.”

A baby’s failure to transition from a high pulmonary vascular resistance to a normal low pulmonary vascular resistance causes PPHN. Our team of New York PPHN lawyers is familiar with the labor and delivery complications that are associated with persistent fetal circulation, including meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), severe intrapartum asphyxia, pulmonary vasoconstriction, hypoxia, acidosis and exposure to SSRIs discussed in our blog post titled “Syracuse New York Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn Lawyers Survey Connection To Birth Injury and SSRIs.” Prompt diagnosis of PPHN is critical because, if timely identified and treated, much of the disease process can be reversed.

A pregnant mother is considered full term at 37 weeks. Until recently, a woman could elect to deliver early by c-section at that time. Recently, published data suggests that babies born at 37 and 38 weeks are at a greater risk for developing respiratory problems and pulmonary hypertension than babies born at 39+ weeks gestation. As a result, doctors in Florida and other states are stopping elective early induction.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice and birth injury cases, including those concerning PPHN due to prematurity. If your child was born early and has been diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, you, your child and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, special education, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York birth injury attorney, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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