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Hypertension in the neonatal period.
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PMID:  22426156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Continued interest in neonatal hypertension has led to generation of new data on normal blood pressure (BP) values in neonates, identification of new causes of hypertension in the neonatal period, and improved insights into therapy.
RECENT FINDINGS: Normal BP in neonates depends on a variety of factors, including gestational age, postnatal age, and birth weight, and may be influenced by other antenatal conditions. The incidence of neonatal hypertension is low, and it is most often seen in infants with concurrent conditions such as chronic lung disease (CLD) or renal disease, or in those that have undergone umbilical arterial catheterization. Although few data exist on efficacy and safety of antihypertensive medications in neonates, a wide variety of medications have been utilized in those who do require treatment. Hypertension resolves over time in most infants, although robust long-term outcome data are lacking.
SUMMARY: Our understanding of neonatal hypertension continues to evolve. Although better data are available on normal BP and the incidence of hypertension, we still need studies focused on appropriate treatment and long-term prognosis.
Joseph T Flynn
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in pediatrics     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1531-698X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9000850     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Pediatr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-204     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Nephrology, Seattle Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA.
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