Fetal extrasystole may predict poor natal outcome

J.A. Brown, J.C. Morrison, Pat Magann, R.C. Cefalo

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    Abstract

    Extrasystoles particularly premature atrial contractions noted during labour on the fetal heart rate monitoring strip are usually thought to be benign. In pregnancies complicated by fetal infection and/or the fetal inflammatory response syndrome, there are some data that extrasystoles noted during the intrapartum period may be related to neonatal sepsis and eventual poor neonatal outcome including death or neonatal encephalopathy. Additional observations are needed to substantiate this hypothesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)404-406
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Volume49
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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