Abrupt fall in the fetal heart rate during labour

dc.contributor.authorOdendaal, H. J.
dc.contributor.authorVan der Merwe, J. V.
dc.identifier.citationOdendaal, H. J. & Van der Merwe, J. V. 1976. Abrupt fall in the fetal heart rate during labour. South African Medical Journal, 17 November 1976, 56-58.
dc.identifier.issn2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0256-9574 (print)
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dc.description.abstractCardiotocograms of 6044 patients in labour were examined for evidence of an abrupt fall in the fetal heart rate. The latter was defined as a deceleration of at least 50 beats within 3 minutes, without a demonstration of signs of recovery in the following 2 minutes. Only 9 instances could be found, an incidence of 0,15%. Umbilical cord entanglement possibly played a role in 6 of these instances, and 2 of the infants concerned were stillborn. Intra uterine growth retardation was associated with deceleration in 3 infants, 1 of whom was stillborn.en_ZA
dc.format.extent3 p. : ill.
dc.publisherHealth and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)
dc.subjectFetus distress
dc.subjectFetus heart rate
dc.subjectLabor (Obstetrics) -- Complicationsen_ZA
dc.titleAbrupt fall in the fetal heart rate during labouren_ZA
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