What is the role of high-frequency ventilation (HFV) in the treatment 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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High-frequency ventilation (HFV) is another important modality if a newborn has underlying parenchymal lung disease with low lung volumes. This modality is best used in a center with physicians who are experienced in achieving and maintaining optimal lung distention.

The response to HFV can be rapid, and care must be taken to prevent hypocarbia and lung overdistention.


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