The Effect of Acidosis on Red Cell 2,3-DPG and Oxygen Affinity of Whole Foetal Blood
The aim of this study was to make sequential measurements on a series of premature infants with and without respiratory distress syndrome to assess the effect of acidosis and hypoxaemia on oxygen transport. 3 infants with an uneventful postnatal course (33 weeks gestation, birth weights 1325 gms, 1455 gms and 1484 gms) were compared with 6 infants who needed assisted ventilation for respiratory problems after birth (mean gestation 31–5 weeks, range 29 to 34 weeks; mean birth weight 1132 gms, range 800 to 1905 gms).
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