Hospitalizations of Children with Pulmonary Hypertension on the Rise

Hospitalizations for pulmonary hypertension (PH) in US children doubled from 1 in 1000 in 1997 to 1 in 500 in 2012, according to a Pediatrics analysis of a national administrative database of pediatric hospital discharges. Inflation-adjusted national charges for PH hospitalizations rose from $926 million in 1997 to $3.12 billion in 2012. Mortality decreased from 11.3% of hospitalizations in 1997 to 5.9% in 2012. Patients without congenital heart defects accounted for 56.4% of PH hospitalizations in 2012. Only 33.9% of hospitalizations were at children's hospitals, even though these specialized centers are often the best equipped to deal with the condition.

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Hospitalizations for pulmonary hypertension (PH) in US children doubled from 1 in 1000 in 1997 to 1 in 500 in 2012, according to a Pediatrics analysis of a national administrative database of pediatric hospital discharges. Inflation-adjusted national charges for PH hospitalizations rose from $926 million in 1997 to $3.12 billion in 2012. Mortality decreased from 11.3% of hospitalizations in 1997 to 5.9% in 2012. Patients without congenital heart defects accounted for 56.4% of PH hospitalizations in 2012. Only 33.9% of hospitalizations were at children's hospitals, even though these specialized centers are often the best equipped to deal with the condition.