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Alveolar capillary dysplasia, although rare, is a universally fatal form of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. We report a case of a newborn male baby who developed respiratory distress and pneumothorax 11 h after an uncomplicated delivery. He deteriorated despite full ventilatory support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Open lung biopsy provided a diagnosis of alveolar capillary dysplasia and decision was made to withdraw treatment.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00383-007-1904-z

Type

Journal article

Journal

Pediatr surg int

Publication Date

09/2007

Volume

23

Pages

915 - 917

Keywords

Biopsy, Capillaries, Diagnosis, Differential, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Fatal Outcome, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Lung, Male, Persistent Fetal Circulation Syndrome, Pneumothorax, Pulmonary Alveoli, Rare Diseases, Respiration, Artificial, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn