Is it possible to reverse infant brain injury caused by ischemia?

by John McKiggan

Recent findings out of the Oregon Health and Science University questions the existing understanding that decreased blood flow to a premature fetus’ brain necessarily kills its brain cells.

The Doctors at the University and its attached Children’s hospital have discovered that low blood flow to the developing brain does not necessarily result in permanent loss of brain cells, but rather that it prevents the cells’ abilities to mature. The implications for medical malpractice and birth injury layers is that it may be possible to reverse, or at least mitigate the damage caused by lack of oxygen.

Dr. Stephen Back, professor of pediatrics and neurology at the Oregon University is quoted as saying that the new findings mean:

“…we can focus greater attention on developing the right interventions, at the right time early in development, to promote neurons to more fully mature and reduce the often serious impact of preterm birth. We now have a much more hopeful scenario.”

Approximately 8-percent of births in Canada are pre-term births. There are a number of added risks when a child is born even a few weeks early. One of the major risks is hypoxia or ischemia.

Hypoxia and ischemia are potential causes of cerebral palsy. For more information about the causes of cerebral palsy you can read the article on our website: Birth Injuries Caused by Oxygen Deprivation

According to Statistics Canada there are over 42,000 Canadians living with cerebral palsy. Hopefully studies like those out of the Oregon University can help to bring those numbers down in the future.

It is still too early to say whether this research will lead to fewer cases of CP or help in the rehabilitation of brain injured infants. But the results are promising. Infants are 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy than with cancer. Premature babies are especially vulnerable.

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