Case study chronicles newborn with drug-induced heart failure

04/29/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

A case study in the journal Pediatrics examines a newborn who had acute hypertensive crisis with heart failure linked to prenatal exposure to the antihypertensive drug methyldopa. The drug often is used to treat pregnant women with hypertension. Dr. W. Robert Morrow of Children's Medical Center in Dallas commented most heart failure in newborns is linked to congential defects or a viral infection and pharmacologically induced hypertension is "frankly not on the radar screen."

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