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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 4. No. 1, 1999

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 1999;4:45-47

Case Report

Continuous Infusion of Prostacyclin into Pulmonary Artery in the Treatment of Severe Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn

KS Lun, LKH Poon, WH Lee


We report here the use of continuous infusion of prostacyclin into the pulmonary artery in a newborn with severe pulmonary hypertension of newborn complicating meconium aspiration. Use of intravenous vasodilators failed to reverse the hypoxaemia while causing severe systemic hypotension. The use of prostacyclin infusion in the pulmonary artery decreased the pulmonary arterial pressure and significantly improved systemic oxygenation. There was no deterioration of blood pressure. The infant was successfully managed with good outcome.

Keyword : Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn; Prostacyclin; Pulmonary artery

Abstract in Chinese


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