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Pulmonary Vascular Underperfusion Score in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute, Memorial Healthcare, Hollywood, FL 33021, USA
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Medicina 2019, 55(7), 359; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina55070359
Received: 1 June 2019 / Revised: 3 July 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 9 July 2019
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Abstract

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complication of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The underlying pathophysiology of BPD-associated PH is complex and poorly understood. Echocardiogram may underestimate the severity of pulmonary hypertensive vascular disease in severe BPD. Digital subtraction pulmonary angiography (DSPA) is a potentially useful imaging modality for evaluating changes in the pulmonary vasculature of BPD-associated PH. In this study, we objectively quantified the pulmonary hypertensive vascular changes demonstrated by DSPA using a novel pulmonary vascular underperfusion score (PVUS) and correlated the scoring system with echocardiography parameters and cardiac hemodynamics by right heart catheterization. View Full-Text
Keywords: premature infant; bronchopulmonary dysplasia; pulmonary hypertension; digital subtraction pulmonary angiography premature infant; bronchopulmonary dysplasia; pulmonary hypertension; digital subtraction pulmonary angiography
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Das, B.B.; Jadotte, M.-M.; Chan, K.-C. Pulmonary Vascular Underperfusion Score in Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension. Medicina 2019, 55, 359.

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