Birth Injuries

How Do Doctors Diagnose Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can be diagnosed with the assistance of imaging tests. [1] If a doctor suspects hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, tests will be ordered such as MRIs and other types of neuroimaging. Diffusion weighted imaging and MR spectroscopy are two specific tests that assist doctors in arriving at a diagnosis. These tests must be performed within a certain amount of time following the delivery in order it to be effective. Umbilical cord gas scores can also be helpful in providing a complete picture of a possible hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy diagnosis.

When doctors diagnose hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, it is vital to look out for certain signs in the child to make the correct differential diagnosis. For example, if the child had meconium-stained fluid, was blue in color at delivery, had to be rushed to the NICU, and suffered seizures, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy should be a possible diagnosis to be ruled out.

[1] Medscape Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Quick Links


Cerebral Palsy






Latest Articles

Is A Baby’s HIE Diagnosis The Result Of Negligence?

  Is a baby’s HIE diagnosis the result of negligence? To put the question another was is whether negligence is the cause of a baby’s HIE diagnosis? Both questions, when analyzed at their basic levels ask essentially what the elements of negligence from a legal...

Trial Labor After C-Section And Possible Complications

  A trial labor after C-section and possible complications can present many issues from a medical legal standpoint. One reason for us to dig further into these issues is because of follow up questions after a previous video and educational article dealing with...

¿Cómo es una lesión cerebral en un bebé al nacer?

  En esta charla hablaremos de cómo es una lesión cerebral en un bebé al nacer. Para muchos padres, este tipo de experiencia les es ajena hasta que no se ven abocados a este tipo de situación. Nuestro propósito hoy es ayudar a las familias a entender cómo puede...

Follow Us

Join Our Newsletter

ADVERTISEMENT. The information presented on this website should not be construed to be formal legal advice. The use of this website does not establish an attorney-client relationship; however, your responses here will be kept strictly confidential. Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee of future outcomes. Services not available in all states based on this communication. The attorneys of Boston Law Group, LLC have represented clients throughout the United States. They practice subject to court approval in states where they are not members of the bar. Lawyers who will provide services advertised on this website and who are responsible for this website’s content are principally located at Boston Law Group, LLC, 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 100, Largo, MD 20774.