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The use of therapeutic whole body cooling in treating hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the newborn – the fi rst case in Poland

Joanna Buks, Tomasz Opala, Barbara Michniewicz, Ewa Gulczyńska, Janusz Gadzinowski
Ginekol Pol 2012;83(8).

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Abstract

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (ENN) concerns neonates born after 35 completed weeks of gestation. The incidence rate has been shown to be 1-6/1000 births and can lead to signifi cant permanent neurological damage, cerebral palsy and even death. Until the whole body cooling and selective brain cooling methods have been accepted, the treatment of children with ENN was only symptomatic. The article describes the fi rst case of ENN neonatal treatment with the whole body hypothermia in Poland, which took place at the Department of Neonatology, Poznań University of Medical Sciences. Currently, both methods – whole body hypothermia and selective brain cooling – off er a chance for a normal neurological development and a better life for children born with ENN. Both methods are accessible in a few centers in Poland.

Abstract

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (ENN) concerns neonates born after 35 completed weeks of gestation. The incidence rate has been shown to be 1-6/1000 births and can lead to signifi cant permanent neurological damage, cerebral palsy and even death. Until the whole body cooling and selective brain cooling methods have been accepted, the treatment of children with ENN was only symptomatic. The article describes the fi rst case of ENN neonatal treatment with the whole body hypothermia in Poland, which took place at the Department of Neonatology, Poznań University of Medical Sciences. Currently, both methods – whole body hypothermia and selective brain cooling – off er a chance for a normal neurological development and a better life for children born with ENN. Both methods are accessible in a few centers in Poland.
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Keywords

hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy - ENN, cool cap, brain cooling, whole body cooling, cerebral palsy

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Title

The use of therapeutic whole body cooling in treating hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the newborn – the fi rst case in Poland

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 83, No 8 (2012)

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2012;83(8).

Keywords

hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy - ENN
cool cap
brain cooling
whole body cooling
cerebral palsy

Authors

Joanna Buks
Tomasz Opala
Barbara Michniewicz
Ewa Gulczyńska
Janusz Gadzinowski

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