fetal asphyxia


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fetal asphyxia

a condition of hypoxemia, hypercapnia, and respiratory and metabolic acidosis that may occur in the uterus. Among possible causes are uteroplacental insufficiency, abruptio placentae, placenta previa, uterine tetany, maternal hypotension, and compression of the umbilical cord.

fetal asphyxia

Asphyxia occurring in a fetus. It results from interference in placental circulation, umbilical cord compression, or premature separation of the placenta, as in abruptio placentae.
See also: asphyxia

fetal asphyxia

The serious condition of deprivation of oxygen to the fetus from interference with its blood supply. This may occur from compression of the umbilical cord, as from looping round the neck of the fetus, a reduction in the blood flow to the PLACENTA or separation of the placenta from its bed. See also FETAL DISTRESS.
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Because we are dealing with two passengers on these surgical journeys, we also must ensure that we not disturb the uteroplacental blood flow and oxygenation--that is, we must prevent fetal asphyxia and preterm labor--and that we are cognizant of the potential teratogenic effects of analgesics and other medications.
Experts generally agree about the definitions of the normal FHR tracing and, at the other end of the spectrum, the FHR patterns which are predictive of current or impending fetal asphyxia.
Fetal asphyxia can be often a consequence of a severe arrhythmia, but also the asphyxia alone could be a trigger of SPT.

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