Assessment of fetal well-being in cattle by ultrasonography in normal, high-risk, and cloned pregnancies.

Abstract

This study determined ultrasonographic parameters of fetuses and uterine adnexa in late pregnancy in normal, cloned, and high-risk pregnancies in relation to perinatal and neonatal outcome. Ten cows with normal pregnancies (CONTROL, mean pregnancy length 273 d), 10 sick cows with potentially compromised pregnancies (HIGH-RISK, mean pregnancy length 267 d), and 10 heifers with cloned pregnancies (CLONED, mean pregnancy length 274 d) were examined at more than 260 d of gestation. There was no difference in mean fetal heart rates among the groups. The cloned calves were heavier (57 ± 8 kg) than calves from CONTROL group (36 ± 7 kg), and calves from HIGH-RISK group (37 ± 13 kg) (P = 0.003). The diameter of the thoracic aorta was positively correlated (R = 0.62) with fetal birth weight in the CONTROL group (P = 0.01). Fetal activity was not associated with survival. The results suggest that transabdominal ultrasonographic assessment of the fetal well-being may serve as a potential tool for evaluation of the fetoplacental unit.

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@article{Buczinski2011AssessmentOF, title={Assessment of fetal well-being in cattle by ultrasonography in normal, high-risk, and cloned pregnancies.}, author={S{\'e}bastien M C Buczinski and Gilles Fecteau and R{\'e}jean C Lefebvre and Lawrence Charles Smith}, journal={The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne}, year={2011}, volume={52 2}, pages={136-41} }