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Title Computerised evaluation of fetal heart rate in post-term fetuses: long term variation
Author(s) Mandruzzato G, Meir YJ, D'Ottavio G, Conoscenti G, Dawes GS
Source Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1998 Mar;105(3):356-9, Vol. 105, No. 3, Pages 356-359
Publication Date March, 1998
Abstract Computerised fetal heart rate records were obtained between 1987 and 1993 using the Sonicaid System 8000 for a cross-sectional study of postdates fetal heart rate variation; 567 singleton pregnancies at 41 and 43 weeks provided 1502 records. In all cases gestational age had been verified by ultrasound examination in early pregnancy. The mean minute range of the long term pulse interval variation, which is known to be correlated with fetal oxygenation was found to decrease progressively from an average value of 48.5 ms at 41 weeks to 46.4 ms and 42.4 ms at 42 and 43 or more weeks, respectively. When conservative management of postdate pregnancies is chosen, accurate measurements are needed to follow the evolution of fetal condition. Reference values for calculated pulse interval variation at later gestational ages are now provided.

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