Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn

Various imaging and laboratory tests can help determine if a baby has persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. These may include:

  • Chest X-rays to determine if the baby has lung disease or an enlarged heart
  • Echocardiogram — an ultrasound of the heart — to determine if the baby has heart or lung disease and evaluate blood flow in those organs
  • Ultrasound of the head to look for bleeding in the brain
  • Arterial blood gas (ABG) to determine how well oxygen is being delivered to the body
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to measure the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
  • Serum electrolyte tests to evaluate the balance of minerals in the blood
  • Lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, and blood tests to help determine whether the baby has an infection
  • Pulse oximetry, which measures oxygen levels in the blood, to help monitor whether the baby's tissues are receiving enough oxygen

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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