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What's the prognosis for periventricular leukomalacia (pvl) in a baby?
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In brief: See below
The prognosis varies.
It depends on the severity of the pvl, and any other problems. The child should have his/her development followed closely. They may benefit from early intervention services, as well.

In brief: See below
The prognosis varies.
It depends on the severity of the pvl, and any other problems. The child should have his/her development followed closely. They may benefit from early intervention services, as well.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: White matter of
the brain around the ventricles is very susceptible to damage from drops in oxygen or blood flow, especially near the end of the 2nd trimester. Thus, it can occur in a fetus or in a VLBW "preemie".
Though diagnosed by cranial ultrasound, the degree of damage visible on MRI of the brain at discharge from the NICU is the best predictor of risk for developmental delays & motor impairment.

In brief: White matter of
the brain around the ventricles is very susceptible to damage from drops in oxygen or blood flow, especially near the end of the 2nd trimester. Thus, it can occur in a fetus or in a VLBW "preemie".
Though diagnosed by cranial ultrasound, the degree of damage visible on MRI of the brain at discharge from the NICU is the best predictor of risk for developmental delays & motor impairment.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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