Cardiac asystole at birth: Is hypovolemic shock the cause?

  title={Cardiac asystole at birth: Is hypovolemic shock the cause?},
  author={Judith S. Mercer and Debra A. Erickson-Owens and Rebecca L Skovgaard},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  volume={72 4},
A birth involving shoulder dystocia can rapidly deteriorate-from a fetus with a reassuring tracing in the minutes before birth, to a neonate needing aggressive resuscitation. Infants experiencing a traumatic birth involving shoulder dystocia may be severely compromised, even when the preceding labor was uncomplicated. This paper presents two cases in which infants had normal heart beats recorded 5-10min before birth and were born with cardiac asystole following shoulder dystocia. Often, in… CONTINUE READING
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