hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathymedical dictionary

Damage to cells in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) from inadequate oxygen. Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy allegedly may cause in death in the newborn period or result in what is later recognised as developmental delay, mental retardation, or cerebral palsy. This is an area of considerable medical and medicolegal debate.

American spelling: hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

(12 Dec 1998)