Is end‐stage deceleration of the fetal heart ominous?

MIRIAM KATZ, NAFTALI SHANI, ISRAEL MEIZNER, VACLAV INSLER

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Abstract

Summary. End‐stage deceleration (ESD) defined as deep and sustained fetal bradycardia during the second stage of labour was observed in 55 patients. Fetal well‐being and neonatal outcome were assessed with fetal‐scalp pH, umbilical‐vein pH and l‐min Apgar score values. Only six infants with pathological fetal heart‐rate patterns before ESD had a l‐min Apgar score of <7 and an acidotic umbilical‐vein pH. The remaining 49 babies were born in excellent condition, although when ESD persisted for more than 15 min umbilical‐vein pH decreased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-189
Number of pages4
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1982
Externally publishedYes

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