Antepartum fetal heart rate testing: the nonstress test.

  title={Antepartum fetal heart rate testing: the nonstress test.},
  author={L R Evertson and Richard H. Paul},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={132 8},
Antepartum assessment of fetal well being relies heavily on the observation of RHR. Fetal stress testing was introduced in the early 1970's in an attempt to define the fetus at risk. The stress factor most widely used has been uterine contractions, which isolate the fetus from its oxygen supply, and in the compromised fetus would be anticipated to provoke late decelerations in the FHR. Although the contraction stress test or "oxytocin challenge test" is useful in evaluating fetal condition, it… CONTINUE READING


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