Which medications are used in the treatment of 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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Providing standard intensive care support, correcting metabolic acidosis, close monitoring of the fluid status, and seizure control are the main elements of treatment in patients with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Anticonvulsants are the only specific drugs used often in this condition.

Treat seizures early and control them as fully as possible, including electrographic (EEG)-only seizures (ie, seen only on EEG).


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