Shock: A Common Consequence of Neonatal Asphyxia


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Abstract

Neonatal asphyxia is associated with multi-organ hypoxia-ischemia and subsequent dysfunction. The cardiovascular system is frequently affected, causing signs of shock and complicating the neonatal circulatory transition. Hypothermia therapy can improve outcome from neonatal asphyxia without adversely affecting cardiovascular stability. Therapy directed at the cardiovascular system can improve short-term measures of systemic blood flow, but to date has not been demonstrated to improve long-term outcome.

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