Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)

Periventricular leukomalacia is a brain condition affecting fetuses and newborns, generally marked by a softening, dysfunction and/or death of white matter in the brain. Most of the time, PVL strikes fetuses and newborns who have undergone some oxygen deprivation due to prematurity, labor and delivery complications, and/or medical malpractice.

PVL is most common in twins, low birth weight babies, babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation, and babies born to mothers how have abused cocaine.

Symptoms of PVL include:

  • tight, contracted and/or spastic leg muscles;
  • delayed motor development;
  • delayed cognitive development;
  • impaired coordination;
  • impaired vision;
  • impaired hearing; and
  • seizures.

More than 60% of babies who have periventricular leukomalacia will develop cerebral palsy which, if the PVL was accompanied by intraventricular hemorrhaging, may also include mental retardation.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases involving periventricular leukomalacia.  If your child has sustained a birth-related brain injury such as PVL, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at