Fetal lung development: compressibility as a measure of maturity.

@article{Birnholz1985FetalLD,
  title={Fetal lung development: compressibility as a measure of maturity.},
  author={Jason C. Birnholz and Elaine E. Farrell},
  journal={Radiology},
  year={1985},
  volume={157 2},
  pages={
          495-8
        }
}
Fetal lung maturation involves a number of separate developmental processes. An ultrasonic technique is reported for grading the dynamic behavior of the right middle lobe or lingula in the second or third trimesters on ultrasound (US) study. Fetal lungs are stiff initially. Lung compressibility during diastole is typical after 36 weeks' gestational age, when phospholipid profiles of the amniotic fluid also indicate lung-tissue maturity. Compressibility also occurs earlier in the third trimester… CONTINUE READING
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