PVL in Preemies – Preemie

PVL is an acronym for Periventricular Leukomalacia. PVL is relatively common in preemies, and it can be rather unnerving when you hear it mentioned. This is something that should be watched, monitored, and documented, but remain calm if you hear your doctor mention this. Not to downplay the diagnosis, but there is no telling whether this will pose a lifelong issue with you child. PVL is essentially small, dead, pockets in the brain. The size of these pockets can range, along with their locations. If you know anything about brain functionality, you know location is everything. Each part of the brain is responsible for specific tasks. Although the “we only use 10% of our brain” myth was debunked, there is no real evidence on how much is used. Also, in children, brain synapses and neuron connections are forming at an accelerated rate thus yielding better potential to “correct” damaged areas. Our child has PVL but we choose to remain hopeful and positive as only God knows what the future holds. Yes, potential long-term complications associated with PVL are present, but there is no sense in worrying about the unknown. There is no cure of surgical procedure used to mitigate or correct PVL in preemies. No sense in worrying about what you can’t control. Stay positive and hopeful. If you child has PVL ensure doctors are monitoring the progress of the damaged areas. If you are going through this comment below, you are not alone.

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