The antenatal blood gas and acid-base status of normal fetuses and hydropic fetuses with Bart hemoglobinopathy.

Abstract

Funipuncture offers direct access to the fetal circulation. The blood gas and acid-base status of the fetus can be studied, and fetal hypoxia and acidosis can be diagnosed directly. To establish normal ranges of fetal blood gas and acid-base status, we analyzed umbilical venous blood samples obtained by funipuncture from 62 normal fetuses (20-35 weeks… (More)

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