Multi-organ dysfunction in infants with acidosis at birth in the absence of moderate to severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

DEMİREL N., Unal S., Durukan M., Celik İ. H., BAŞ A. Y.

Early Human Development, vol.181, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 181
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2023.105775
  • Journal Name: Early Human Development
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Acidosis, Asphyxia, Multi-organ failure
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: Infants with perinatal asphyxia are at risk for organ failure aside from the brain, regardless of the severity of the asphyxial insult. We aimed to evaluate the presence of organ dysfunction other than the brain in newborns with moderate to severe acidosis at birth, in the absence of moderate to severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Materials and Methods: Data of 2 years were retrospectively recorded. Late preterm and term infants admitted to the intensive care unit with ph < 7.10 and BE < −12 mmol/l in the first hour were included in the absence of moderate to severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Respiratory dysfunction, hepatic dysfunction, renal dysfunction, myocardial depression, gastrointestinal problems, hematologic system dysfunction, and circulatory failure were evaluated. Results: Sixty-five infants were included [39 (37–40) weeks, 3040 (2655–3380) grams]. Fifty-six (86 %) infants had one or more dysfunction in any system [respiratory: 76.9 %, hepatic: 20.0 %, coagulation: 18.5 %, renal: 9.2 %, hematologic: 7.7 %, gastrointestinal: 3.0 %, and cardiac: 3.0 %]. Twenty infants had at least two affected systems. The incidence of coagulation dysfunctions was higher in the infants with severe acidosis (n = 25, ph < 7.00) than the infants with moderate acidosis (n = 40: pH = 7.00–7.10); 32 % vs 10 %; p = 0.03. Conclusions: Moderate to severe fetal acidosis is associated with the development of extra-cranial organ dysfunctions in infants who do not require therapeutic hypothermia. A monitoring protocol is needed for infants with mild asphyxia in order to identify and manage potential complications. Coagulation system should be carefully evaluated.