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What is hypoxia?

a relative deficiency of oxygen in arterial blood


What is the clinical significance of OI?

to determine the severity of hypoxemia


What is the OI calculation?

OI= (FiO2 x MAP)/ PaO2


What are the mechanisms by which decreased delivery of oxygen to the tissues can occur?

1) decreased amount of O2 in the blood
2) anemia
3) decreased perfusion


What is the expected OI of an infant with HMD?



What sustained OI is an indication for ECMO?



What is one of the most common reasons to require ECMO?



What are the causes of pulmonary hypertension as categorized by primary disease process?

1) lung dysfunction (MAS, RDS, PNA, CDH, pulmonary hypoplasia)
2) pulmonary vascular (idiopathic- pulmonary arteries can constrict all by themselves w/o comorbid lug dz- rare)
3) cardiac dysfunction


How can cardiac dysfunction cause pulmonary hypertension?

poor contractility (or development) of LV, causes blood to back up creating LA hypertension and back up into the pulmonary vasculature


What is the definition of PPHN?

a clinical, pathologic syndrome a/w various lung dz or idiopathic; previously referred to as persistent fetal circulation


What is the incidence of pulmonary hypertension?

2 per 1,000 live births


What is the associated mortality with pulmonary hypertension?

11%-48%; mortality is bad if you don't have access to iNO or ECMO


What is the clinical presentation of pulmonary hypertension?

1) marked pulmonary hypertension and vasoliability
2) labile hypoxemia (caused by extrapulmonary R>L shunting at PFO or PDA)- independent of FiO2
3) tachypnea
4) respiratory distress- rtx. nasal flaring
5) progressive cyanosis
* clinically at the bedside what you will see is marked sat lability with an inability to oxygenate


Why did PPHN used to be called persistent fetal circulation?

in utero, pulmonary HTN is an expected developmental mechanism; pHTN after birth is apathological process as a failure to transition to extrauterine life; clinical symptoms reflect underlying pulmonary dz


Regardless of etiology, what are the common threads underlying PPHN?

1) elevated pulmonary resistance
2) pulmonary vasoconstriction
3) altered pulmonary reactivity


What is the end result of altered vascular reactivity?

*results in high pulmonary pressure, which may lead to:
- R>L shunting across FO
- R>L shunting across DA
- tricuspid regurg


What is the key finding with PPHN?

increased pulmonary vascular resistance; blood is not having trouble at the alveolar level, but difficulty accessing the alveoli


What is the effect of PPHN on the right side of the heart?

b/c blood can't get out of the heart to the lungs, there will be a back up of blood and will follow the path of least resistance. increased RV pressure and subsequently RA, perpetuating R>L intracardiac shunt (PFO) into LA.


What is the clinical presentation in the cardiac exam of PPHN?

because the RV is working so hard, you frequently have a murmur as blood regurgs across the tricuspid valve. persistent condition may lead to RV dilation.


How is CO affected by intrauterine stress?

only 7% of combined CO goes to the lungs and when stressed, can be reduced to 1%


How does the mechanism of intrauterine stress manifest?

the more stressed a fetus is, the better they are at "clamping down" and preventing blood from flowing into the pulm vasculature- this is a protective, evolutionary mechanism
*PPHN babes usually have a h/o stress prior to birth


What type of intrauterine stressors contribute to PPHN post delivery?

1) the sicker the MOB
2) the worse intrauterine environment
3) the lower available O2
4) high altitude
5) meconium stress
6) post dates
all contribute to the infant's ability to R>L shunt; the longer the baby has been stressed, the more hypertrophied the vessels


What is an extrapulmonary shunt?

R>L shunting across fetal channels: FO or DA

if an infant has a h/o stress and has concomitant lung dz, infant will try and persist in fetal circulation


Why is prophylactic PDA closure not helpful in the PPHN course?

ligation of the ductus doesn't change pressure in the lungs and therefore doesn't force blood into the right side. the end result was right side dilation and right sided heart failure, which can lead to death


What should be the aim of PPHN interventions?

opening the pulm veins and arteries to limit R>L shunting. the problem is not the ductus, the problem is the elevated pressures in the pulmonary beds.


How is PPHN diagnosed?

- hyperoxia test
- Differential PaO2 or SaO2
- cardiac cath
- hyperventilation


What is an infant with PPHN's response to the hyperoxia test?

not responsive; they have a large V/Q mismatch- make sure the lungs are inflated and its not the lungs fault that the baby is not responding to O2; differential is PPHN v CHD


What are the interventions that can improve intrapulmonary shunting?

surf, good CXR, good expansion, gentle mechanical ventilation, increased PEEP


What ECHO findings are c/w PPHN?

1) elevated PA pressure reliably estimated, compared with simultaneous systemic pressure
2) R>L or bidirectional PDA shunting
3) R>L or bidirectional PFO shunting


What is intrauterine PA pressure?