A newborn baby who was severely asphyxiated at birth developed secondary haemorrhagic disease which was treated successfully with intravenous heparin. However, she was later found to have supra-renal calcification, chronic renal insufficiency and hypertension. It is felt that prompt treatment of conditions that predispose to secondary haemorrhagic disease is very important as, once this has occurred, treatment may not prevent permanent damage to vital organs.
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