Birth Asphyxia is a medical condition where a baby is deprived of oxygen immediately before, during, or after birth. Birth Asphyxia is usually diagnosed first by the APGAR scores and also by the measurement of the Cord Blood Gases. Later, an MRI is often done to determine the extent of hypoxic damage to the brain.
After birth asphyxia occurs, a baby can face short- and long-term consequences. One such outcome is Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which can result in irreversible brain damage. Van Anh and colleagues wanted to determine how umbilical cord lactate can be used as a predictor of HIE following Birth Asphyxia.
Using data from 41 infants who suffered asphyxia over a one year period in a Vietnam hospital, the researchers studied the lactate found in the umbilical cord blood. The results were clear, “Umbilical cord blood lactate levels were significantly higher among infants born with HIE compared to that with asphyxic infants without HIE” (Van Anh, 2019). This study suggests that cord blood lactate levels can be an early predictor of HIE following asphyxia.
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