The availability of cortisol in amniotic fluid to the fetus and chorionic and amniotic membranes.

Abstract

This study examined whether cortisol, present in amniotic fluid (AF), could reach the fetal blood, and might be available to various fetal organs and to the fetal membranes and placenta. [3H]Cortisol ([3H]F) was injected into the AF of five sheep at 130--143 days gestation. Samples of AF and fetal blood were collected for 120 min, at which time the fetuses… (More)

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