Acute fetal hypoxia: the modulating effect of infection.

  title={Acute fetal hypoxia: the modulating effect of infection.},
  author={Giles S. Kendall and Donald Peebles},
  journal={Early human development},
  volume={81 1},
The fetal brain is protected from the effects of acute hypoxia by a range of haemodynamic and metabolic compensations. Hypoxia alone is therefore an unusual cause of perinatal brain injury in either preterm or term infants. More recently, materno-fetal infection has been implicated as a causative factor in cases of cerebral palsy associated with preterm and term birth. This paper explores the concept that exposure to infection, and in particular pro-inflammatory cytokines, may reduce the… CONTINUE READING
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