Rare Preemie Conditions

Periventricular Leukomalacia

What is periventricular leukomalacia? PVL is softening of the brain near the ventricles. It's thought to be due to a lack of blood flow to that part of the brain.

Is PVL dangerous? Because PVL results from loss of brain tissue, babies with PVL are at risk for abnormal development later on. The more severe the PVL, the more likely a baby will develop mental or motor problems.

How is PVL treated? Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for PVL at this time.

Reviewed 2/02 by Jane Forester, MD

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