What are discharge considerations in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)?

Updated: Jul 18, 2018
  • Author: Santina A Zanelli, MD; Chief Editor: Dharmendra J Nimavat, MD, FAAP  more...
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Physical therapy and developmental evaluations are needed prior to discharge of patients with HIE. Even after discharge, close monitoring and regular follow-ups are essential for better outcomes. Referring to early intervention is a must at the time of discharge.

Continuation of seizure medications should depend on evolving central nervous system (CNS) symptoms and EEG findings. In most cases, antiseizure medications can be discontinued prior to NICU discharge. Follow-up by a pediatric neurologist is recommended.


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