Anoxia and Hypoxia During Childbirth

A major cause of cerebral palsy (CP) is the failure of oxygen to reach your baby’s brain. A common medical term for this condition is anoxia. It means complete lack of oxygen. Hypoxia means a lack of adequate oxygen. If anoxia or hypoxia occurs during your labor or delivery, medical professionals can prevent birth injuries like CP if they react to the situation promptly and accurately. If improper medical care leads to your child being injured, that is medical negligence.

Conditions Related to Anoxia or Hypoxia

Anoxia and hypoxia are general terms used to describe a lack of oxygen. If oxygen falls below a certain level, many parts of the body may be affected. Some conditions that are related to a lack of oxygen or anoxia / hypoxia are:

  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Emphysema
  • Headache
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Shock
  • Sleep apnea

“Anoxia results when oxygen is not being delivered to a part of the body. If the condition does not involve total oxygen deprivation, it is often called hypoxia, although the two terms have been used interchangeably.”

Anoxia and Other Medical Terms

Medical terms can overwhelm new parents. Names for lack of oxygen can be confusing. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers lists some of them:

  • Anoxia – no oxygen at all
  • Hypoxia – the body or a part of it is not getting enough oxygen
  • Anemic hypoxia – blood cells don’t carry enough oxygen
  • Hypoxemia – blood does not have enough oxygen
  • Hypoxic hypoxia – oxygen does not get to the blood
  • Stagnant hypoxia – blood is not flowing well enough

Birth Injury and Medical Negligence

Sometimes, medical words can raise more questions than answers. If you suspect that your child’s birth injury may have been caused by improper medical care during pregnancy, delivery or shortly after your child’s birth, call us today. A monetary settlement from a birth injury lawsuit can help pay for your child’s medical care, and possibly prevent similar birth injuries from happening to other children. There is no cost to you for us to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit. Sokolove Law only gets paid if you receive money from your case.