Metabolic and circulatory adaptations to chronic hypoxia in the fetus.

  title={Metabolic and circulatory adaptations to chronic hypoxia in the fetus.},
  author={Bryan S. Richardson and Alan D. Bocking},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  volume={119 3},
When oxygenation is compromised the fetus is capable of a number of adaptive responses, both protective and potentially pathologic, which can be categorized as those affecting fetal metabolism and those affecting fetal oxygen transport. However, both the extent and the duration of the impairment in oxygenation will bear on these adaptive responses. While fetal O2 extraction is increased when oxygenation is acutely compromised thus maintaining O2 consumption, with chronic hypoxemia there is a… CONTINUE READING


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