Correlation between fetal Doppler indices and neonatal acid–base status at birth in healthy appropriate for gestational age term fetuses
Recent evidence published in this journal [ 1] and by our group [ 2] does not entirely clarify whether fetal cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) measured shortly before labour could identify fetuses likely to require obstetric intervention for intrapartum fetal compromise. In fact, the use of Cesarean section for fetal distress and composite adverse neonatal outcome as surrogate markers of prelabor fetal hypoxia does not allow to understand if CPR is a good predictor of antepartum fetal oxygenation, or if events in labor play a greater role than prelabor fetal oxygenation in the development of intrapartum fetal distress [ 1, 2, 3, 4]. Aiming to clarify this issue, we performed a prospective observational cohort study in healthy, appropriate for gestational age (AGA) term fetuses to evaluate the correlation between maternal/fetal Doppler waveforms and umbilical cord acid–base analysis, the most objective assessment of the acid–base status at birth. We included 48 singleton pregnancies...
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- 1.Stumpfe FM, Kehl S, Pretscher J, Baier F, Bayer CM, Schwenke E, Schneider MO, Mayr A, Schild RL, Schmid M, Beckmann MW, Faschingbauer F (2019) Correlation of short-term variation and Doppler parameters with adverse perinatal outcome in low-risk fetuses at term. Arch Gynecol Obstet 299(2):411–420CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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