Labour analgesia and fetal bradycardia

  • Edward T. RileyEmail author
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Labour analgesia induction can result in fetal heart rate changes and even severe fetal bradycardia. This is most likely due to uterine hypertonus secondary to an acute drop in circulating epinephrine. If the uterus is quickly relaxed and fetus properly resuscitated, this should not affect the outcome of the delivery or neonatal health.


Cesarean Delivery Terbutaline Uterine Blood Flow Fetal Bradycardia Placental Blood Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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