Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) is a rare lung disease afflicting infants that constricts the blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs. This causes difficulty in circulating oxygen and makes the heart work harder to circulate blood. As a result, PPHN wears out the heart muscle and may lead to heart failure. PPHN affects only two out of a million babies born each year. There is no cure for PPHN and the average lifetime after diagnosis is typically less than three years.

PPHN may lead to:

  • Shock
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Organ damage
  • Death

PPHN is a serious side effect of certain prescription drugs, including:

Please contact us today if you would like more information about Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn or its link to Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft use. If your child developed PPHN from Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft use during pregnancy, please contact our PPHN attorneys for a confidential and free case review. You may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by