What is the definition or description of: Baby pulmonary hypertension?

High heart pressure. Pulmonary hypertension can be defined in multiple ways. This can include mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than 25mmHg or a specific measure of pulmonary resistance obtained in the cath lab (>3 indexed wood units). It is often diagnosed by echocardiogram in newborns. The treatment depends on the severity and presence of other issues. Please discuss with you/your child's physician.

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Can pulmonary hypertension resolve when my babies chronic lungs grow?

Sometimes. Newborns don't have as many alveoli as do adults so many chronic problems in childhood can be grown out of such as lung damage from use of a ventilator as a neonate but other conditions grow with the child and usually worsen such as cystic fibrosis so it depends on the cause of the problem. Read more...
Depends. If the pulmonary hypertension is a result of the lungs having damage(rds) then when the lung improve the pulmonary HTN may improve also, if the pulmonary HTN is present by itself then the disease could be more chronic. Read more...
PH. It depends on the type of pulmonary hypertension (ph). You should discuss this with your pediatrician. Read more...
Maybe. Depends on the cause. If chronic lung disease is the result of extreme prematurity (< 28 weeks), the pulmonary hypertension is largely due to an under developed pulmonary vascular bed (smaller arteries and fewer branches). This may not improve, even with good growth and nutrition. While they may improve, it often becomes apparent again after the growth spurt associated with adolescence. Read more...

How could viagra (sildenafil) help babies with chronic pulmonary hypertension?

Yes. Sildenafil - the active ingredient in viagra (sildenafil) - is fda approved as Revatio for treatment of pulmonary HTN in adults. It is likely that it would also be effective in children and is widely used in children as other other adult approved medicines for pulmonary htn. Read more...
Dilates blood vessel. Sildenafil the chemical name for viagra, (sildenafil) works by blocking the breakdown of a chemical important to dilating blood vessels. In babies with pulmonary hypertension, this helps dilate blood vessels in the lungs and therefore lowers the lung blood pressure and the work the heart must do to pump the blood into the lung circulation. Read more...
PAH. Viagra or sildenafil is fda approved for adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) but there have been some safety issues raised with higher doses in children. The medication opens blood vessels in the lung. Check with your pediatrician. Read more...

My infant is sweating during feeding, can this be a sign of pulmonary hypertension?

Unlikely. Unless your child was born prematurely and had pulmonary hypertension diagnosed at that time or had a heart defect at birth...The diagnosis of pH is extremely rare in infants outside of these above conditions/situations. Read more...
Yes and No. Sweating during feeding can be due to a number of factors and causes (infections, neuromuscular weakness, swallowing dysfunction, heart or lung disease). It becomes especially prominent if there is underlying congenital heart disease or early lung disease or pulmonary hypertension. Please consult your child's doctor immediately to determine the cause & to provide appropriate treatment. Read more...
Possibly. Could be pulmonary hypertension. It could also be from a respiratory problem, heart problem, or in fact (and hopefully) nothing at all. I strongly recommend you take your child to see the pediatrician as soon as reasonably possible (not an emergency, but during day hours). Read more...

If an infant has pulmonary hypertension secondary to BPD (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), will the pulmonary hypertension go away as the lungs mature?

Usuallly resolves. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is chronic lung disease in preterm infants that occurs following mechanical ventilation and oxygen therapy for acute respiratory distress after birth.BPD frequently complicated by pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH resolved in majority of infants, PH in small % of infants can be fatal. Regular screening for PH and adequate management required. Read more...
BPD. It may. Close follow up with your peds pulmonologist is very important. Best of luck. Read more...

I have a ten year old son. He is having memory problems. Sometimes he is unable to repeat simple things he was just told. As an infant, he was in nicu for 3 weeks with under developed lungs. He suffered a collapsed lung, had pulmonary hypertension and

Often . Often times, memory issues in children are actually attention problems - they don't know what was just said to them because they weren't even listening in the first place. This is not necessarily his fault. He may have attention deficit disorder (add) which is often discovered later than attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd) because kids with add aren't bouncing off of the walls. If he has a problem with frequent daydreaming, he could have a condition called "absence seizures" where kids are actually having few second seizures when they appear to be "spacing out". They usually do not remember anything during the time of the seizure. Being able to successfully treat him requires diagnosing the cause of his problem. You should contact your son's doctor and discuss your concerns. They may be able to help him, or will know who to refer him to in your area. Good luck! Read more...
Memory. Memory problems are not typical of lung disease but you should check with your pediatrician. Read more...
Evaluation needed. He should be evaluated by a neurologist or psychologist. Spending three weeks in an ICU with under developed lungs may have left subtle signs affecting the child's neurodevelopment. Read more...
Neurology work up. In the NICU they monitor for neurologic problems. The results of the testing should be available in his chart for your neurologist. A head CT or MRI may be indicated to determine if there are any current abnormalities. Speech therapy and extra tutoring also may be helpful. PRMG would be able to review records faxed to 858 259 9689 for ?s. Read more...
Memory. He should be evaluated by a neurologist or a developmental specialist .His school should also conduct a psychoeducational testing as well. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: pulmonary hypertension?

High BP in lungs. Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure in the lungs and can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the BP in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can often fail over time. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) to diagnose. Read more...
High BP in the lungs. High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. Read more...

What makes a child get primary pulmonary hypertension?

Good question. I had a patient with a failure of normal breathing control in brainstem .She had pulmonary hypertension. Thus, i think that enters into the causative mechanism.It may sound strange when i say that it could be something as simple as viamin b1 deficiency, particularly if he craves sugar. I doubt very much that the doc in charge will take that seriously! Read more...