Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

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If your baby has been diagnosed with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn, you probably have a lot of questions. is dedicated to providing a wealth of vital PPHN information and raising awareness about the dangers of the use of Paxil and other SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.  This site is intended to help you understand what you need to know about diagnosis, treatment, available resources and your legal options.

An Overview of PPHN Diagnosis, Treatment and Long-Term Effects

Infants with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn have breathing problems soon after birth.   A baby with PPHN suffers high blood pressure to the lungs that prevents enough oxygen from getting into the bloodstream.

Prompt diagnosis and treatment of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn is essential.  Intensive monitoring also is critical.  Nonetheless, an infant with PPHN may continue to supply an inadequate amount of oxygen to the body’s tissues.  This may result in heart failure, brain hemorrhage, seizures, kidney failure and multiple organ damage.  The most severe cases of PPHN often result in death.

A newborn that survives PPHN may suffer long-term effects including cerebral palsy, seizures, breathing problems and hearing loss.   These medical conditions can persist through a child’s adolescent years and continue as an adult.  Neurological and pulmonary (lung) disorders are not the only permanent injuries that may result from PPHN.

PPHN Causes

In an otherwise healthy newborn, the cause of PPHN often is unknown.   Pregnancy complications such as maternal diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or post-term delivery (after 40 weeks) are believed by some researchers to increase the risk of PPHN.

A birth injury also can result in the development of PPHN. During complicated deliveries, babies may not get enough oxygen. This condition, called birth asphyxia, has been associated with PPHN. Lung injuries that occur during labor and delivery also have been linked to PPHN.

Use of the prescription drug Paxil during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk that a newborn will develop Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn. Research has shown PPHN to be 6 times more common in babies born to mothers who took Paxil or other SSRI antidepressant medications during the 2nd half of pregnancy than in newborns of mothers who did not use SSRIs. Some non-SSRI antidepressants, such as Effexor and Wellbutrin, also may cause PPHN in newborn infants.

Legal Options

Parents and children with PPHN have legal rights. If your child developed Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn, you may have legal options to recover financial compensation.  While no amount of money damages can compensate parents for the emotional costs, PPHN lawsuit settlements and awards have delivered much needed support to help ease the financial burden on families to provide care for their child.

PPHN Resources

Parents want the best for their children.  Being aware of the resources and options available to you can help you plan for your child’s future.   If your child has been diagnosed with PPHN, contact us today for a free no-obligation conversation about how we can serve your family.  Call us toll-free at 800-845-6913 or submit our online PPHN contact request form.