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Perinatal Asphyxia Nerve Damage Reduced For Syracuse Newborns Receiving Magnesium

According to a recent study published by Pediatrics, early treatment with magnesium can limit nerve damage in babies born with low oxygen levels. A low oxygen level at birth is known as perinatal asphyxia.

Perinatal asphyxia, which can be due to natural forces or medical malpractice, occurs when an unborn baby is deprived of oxygen for a sufficient period of time to cause brain damage, and conditions such as cerebral palsy. When an unborn baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen, the asphyxia causes an increase in the amino acid glutamate in the brain, which causes nerve damage by allowing calcium to pass into cells. Prompt administration of magnesium to a newborn suffering from a birth injury such as asphyxia can close the passageways and limit the extent of brain damage.

Syracuse-area hospitals, such as Crouse Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Community General Hospital, may begin using magnesium after further study.

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 arising out of perinatal asphyxia, hypoxia and ischemia. If your child has been diagnosed with a birth injury, 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.

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