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BACKGROUND Previous studies indicate that analysis of the ST waveform of the fetal electrocardiogram provides information on the fetal response to hypoxia. We did a multicentre randomised controlled trial to test the hypothesis that intrapartum monitoring with cardiotocography combined with automatic ST-waveform analysis results in an improved perinatal(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if power Doppler ultrasound examination of the endometrium can contribute to a correct diagnosis of endometrial malignancy in women with postmenopausal bleeding and endometrium > or = 5 mm. METHODS Eighty-three women with postmenopausal bleeding and endometrium > or = 5 mm underwent gray-scale and power Doppler ultrasound(More)
Our objective was to study uterine and umbilical artery flow resistance during the oxytocin challenge test (OCT). The study population was 21 women with suspected placental insufficiency; one woman was excluded because of a positive OCT with reactive fetal heart rate pattern. We carried out simultaneous electronic fetal heart rate monitoring and Doppler(More)
INTRODUCTION The development of PIH is associated with a defective trophoblast invasion and conversion of spiral arteries into low-resistance uteroplacental arteries. Hypertension may then be a compensatory response to a defective uteroplacental perfusion. Similar mechanisms may operate in IUGR. AIM To compare uterine artery Doppler blood flow(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the possible association between Doppler velocimetry and synthesis of prostacyclin (PGI2) and thromboxane A2 (TxA2) in umbilical cord vessels. The hypothesis was that an altered balance between PGI2 and TxA2 production is associated with a change of artery flow resistance. METHODS 17 cases with a(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the influence of delayed umbilical cord clamping at birth on arterial and venous umbilical cord blood gases, bicarbonate (HCO3-), base excess (BE) and lactate in vigorous newborns. SETTING University hospital. DESIGN Prospective observational. SAMPLE Vaginally delivered term newborns. MATERIAL AND METHODS Umbilical cord(More)
OBJECTIVE The fetal cerebral venous circulation during acute hypoxic stress provoked by uterine contractions has not been studied previously. The aim of this study was to explore the cerebral venous circulation during an oxytocin challenge test (OCT) in intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) fetuses. METHODS Doppler recordings of blood flow in the vein of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether, in a group of high-risk pregnancies undergoing an oxytocin challenge test (OCT), uterine artery Doppler velocimetry will identify fetuses at risk of distress during the provoked contractions. METHODS Bilateral uterine artery Doppler velocimetry was performed simultaneously with electronic fetal heart rate (FHR) recordings(More)
Forty pregnant diabetic women were examined with combined Doppler and real-time ultrasound. The volume blood flow in the fetal aorta and umbilical vein was higher and the pulsatility index (PI) in the aorta lower in the early third trimester, as compared with a reference group. Near term, the umbilical artery PI was higher in diabetic than in non-diabetic(More)
OBJECTIVE No quantitative or qualitative Doppler velocimetry classification of vascular flow resistance covering all stages of forward and reversed flows exists. The objective of this study was to characterize uterine artery (UtA) flow velocity waveforms (FVWs) obtained during an oxytocin challenge test (OCT) and compare them to FVWs in spontaneous normal(More)