Intra-uterine temperature measurements during fetal tachycardia
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Intra-uterine and oral temperatures were recorded in 23 patients with fetal tachycardia during labor, as well as in 22 patients without fetal tachycardia. In the tachycardia group, the mean intra-uterine temperature was 38,83°C, against 37,44°C in the control group. The oral temperatures were 38,05°C and 36,98°C respectively. Furthermore, a high incidence of neonatal infections occurred in the tachycardia group - 11 against 1 in the control group. To distinguish infection from other causes of fetal tachycardia, intra-uterine temperature measurements could be applied as a diagnostic aid.
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