What is the role of serum electrolytes monitoring in the workup of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: Kate A Tauber, MD; Chief Editor: Howard S Weber, MD, FSCAI  more...
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Monitor serum electrolyte and glucose levels initially and frequently.

In particular, maintaining glucose and ionized calcium levels within the reference ranges is important, because hypoglycemia and hypocalcemia tend to worsen PPHN. Calcium is a critical cofactor for NO synthase activity.

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