The Challenges of Treating Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

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In this video from PHAware Global Association, Dr. Dunbar Ivy from the Children’s Hospital Colorado describes some of the challenges he and his team face when treating children with pulmonary hypertension (PH).

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Dr. Ivy explains that medication is often a challenge for very young children with pulmonary hypertension.  The format of the drug can often be problematic for younger patients, including large tablets that are difficult to chew or swallow or inhaled medications that very young children will not have the skills to take.

In addition, because children take the same drugs as adults with PH, it can be complicated to work out the correct dosage needed for children of different ages and to assess its efficacy.

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