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What Is Leukomalasia
Leukomalacia: Leukomalacia: softening or destruction of the white matter of the brain. Brain tissue that surrounds fluid-filled parts of the brain (ventricles) is destroyed. It tends to occur mainly in premature or newborn babies who have been deprived of oxygen or have poor blood flow to parts of the brain. Intrauterine infections and premature membrane rupture tend to predispose infants to this condition. ...Read more
A problem...: Pvl as defined above is an type of brain injury that occurs in infants; the tissues surrounding the "ventricles"(which house fluid) are damaged leading to 'holes'. The problem arises in that there is no curative treatment for this disorder as of today; treatment focuses on helping the baby/child cope with the developmental and neurological consequences of the disorder in the first 2 years of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PVL is caused by : lack of blood flow & oxygen to the white matter around the ventricles of the brain, an area most susceptible to damage around the end of the 2nd trimester. Severity of impairment varies widely, but isn't seen right away. Start Early Intervention therapy at 4-6 weeks as "Early Prevention" for optimal outcome. See: http://cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/cause/periventricular-leukomalacia/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PVL: Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is a form of white-matter brain injury, characterized by the necrosis (more often coagulation) of white matter near the lateral ventricles. It can affect newborns and (less commonly) fetuses; premature infants are at the greatest risk of the disorder. ...Read more
Discriptive term: Pvl is used to describe changes in the appearance of the brain substance that is adjacent to the ventricles of the brain (spinal fluid containing sacs in the middle). This occurs when blood flow or oxygen delivery to those sites was interupted and injury occured. Outcome is variable & movement disorders& motor delay are common. Therapy will often improve outcome. Developmental followup is a must. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would like to know what immediate action can be taken for a child (11 yrs ) suffering from "periventricular leukomalacia" has an attack of fits. ?
Loss of blood flow &: oxygen causes death of white matter around the fluid-filled ventricles of the fetal brain, often between 26-42 wks. More common in "preemies", some causes are infection, maternal cocaine or meth use & bleeding in the ventricles. Pediatric neurologists treat Spastic Cerebral Palsy & Seizures. Special Education is needed for Intellectual Disability or Specific Learning Disability. See below. ...Read more
No: Periventricular leukomalacia is a condition where brain tissue has been lost in so-called "water-shed" areas. Since the tissue is gone, there is no treatment per se, although one may need to treat associated disorders, such as muscle stiffness or dysfunction, with medical or non-medical therapies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr. F. discussed: acute care. At the time of discharge from the NICu, an MRI of the brain is most predictive of outcome. The NICU will give you contact info for your state's Early Intervention Program. Enroll your baby & start services right away, even though you probably won't see any signs of motor impairment, as Occupational & Physical Therapy can minimize development of abnormal motor patterns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: There is no specific treatment.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a combination of omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9 along with spirulina be helpful in treating "periventricular leukomalacia" for a kid of 11 years?
Unlikely to matter: Pvl is similar to having the corn crop die when it doesn't get rain. The nerve cells, like the corn, have a limited chance to grow & form & if nutrients don't come in time it dies.Nerves will not repair or regenerate after they die. Pvl reflects such an injury. Good basic nutrition allows you to maximize any remaining nerves, but extra herbs & supplements just create expensive urine. ...Read more