What is intraventricular hemorrhage? IVH refers to bleeding into the normal fluid spaces within the brain. This occurs in preemies' underdeveloped brains as a result of the fragility of the network of tiny blood vessels, which are prone to bursting.
Is IVH dangerous? The problems that can result from intraventricular hemorrhage vary greatly, depending on the location and degree of bleeding. Most cases do not cause any identifiable brain injury. Severe bleeding, however, can lead to temporary or permanent brain injury.
How is IVH treated? At this time, there is no specific treatment for IVH. Surgery will not prevent or cure the bleeding. Only improved overall care and monitoring of premature babies have decreased the rate and risk of IVH.