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Mandell E, Kinsella JP, Abman SH. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn [published online ahead of print, 2020 Sep 15]. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020;10.1002/ppul.25073. doi:10.1002/ppul.25073

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) is a significant clinical problem characterized by refractory and severe hypoxemia secondary to elevated pulmonary vascular resistance resulting in right-to-left extrapulmonary shunting of deoxygenated blood. PPHN is associated with diverse cardiopulmonary disorders and high early mortality rate for infants with severe PPHN. Surviving infants with PPHN have increased risk of long-term morbidities. PPHN physiology can be categorized by (1)maladaptation: pulmonary vessels have normal structure and number but have abnormal vasoreactivity; (2) excessive muscularization: increased smooth muscle cell thickness and increased distal extension of muscle to vessels that are usually not muscularized; and (3) underdevelopment: lung hypoplasia associated with decreased pulmonary artery number. Treatment involves adequate lung recruitment, optimization of cardiac output and left ventricular function and pulmonary vasodilators such as inhaled nitric oxide. Infants who fail to respond to conventional therapy should be evaluated for lethal lung disorders including ACD, TBX4, TTF-1, ABCA3 and surfactant protein diseases.

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