Intrauterine Fetal Resuscitation

  • Chin-Chu Lin


Perinatal asphyxia is the most serious endpoint of all clinical complications in fetuses that have sustained acute or chronic fetal distress during their intrauterine lives. The clinical manifestations of perinatal asphyxia include appearance of meconium in the amniotic fluid, abnormal fetal heart rate (FHR) patterns, presence of fetal acidosis (fetal blood pH < 7.20), and depressed Apgar scores at delivery. The labor and delivery process represents a serious challenge to all fetuses, especially to high-risk fetuses. Although most fetuses tolerate this stressful event without detectable adverse consequences, a small minority may sustain damage from hypoxic insult caused by uterine contractions. In extreme cases, this hypoxic insult may lead to perinatal death.


Obstet Gynecol Fetal Heart Rate Fetal Distress Amniotic Fluid Volume Meconium Aspiration Syndrome 
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