Case Report  |   June 2017
Therapeutic Hypothermia to Treat a Newborn With Perinatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
Author Notes
  • From the Departments of Family Medicine (Dr Fredricks) and Radiology (Dr Benseler) at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Student Doctors Gibson and Essien) in Athens, Ohio. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Todd R. Fredricks, DO, Grosvenor Hall 251, Department of Family Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH 45701-2979. E-mail: fredrick@ohio.edu
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Obstetrics and Gynecology / Pediatrics
Case Report   |   June 2017
Therapeutic Hypothermia to Treat a Newborn With Perinatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2017, Vol. 117, 393-398. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.078
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2017, Vol. 117, 393-398. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.078
Abstract

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is caused by neonatal asphyxia and can lead to mortality or long-term neurodevelopmental morbidity in neonates. Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is one of the few effective ways to manage mitigating neurologic sequelae. The authors describe the case of a neonate who had a perinatal hypoxic insult and sustained no long-term sequelae after being treated with TH. It is important that osteopathic physicians who provide obstetric and gynecologic, perinatal, and emergency medical care are able to recognize a perinatal hypoxic event, understand the stratification of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy risk factors, and implement early TH protocols.

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