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Fetal health assessment using prenatal diagnostic techniques.
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PMID:  18388815     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The assessment of fetal health has occupied our professional attention for many years. As the development of technologies for prenatal diagnostic techniques has progressed, applications of such technologies have aided in the overall assessment of fetal well-being. RECENT FINDINGS: Fetal heart-rate monitoring remains the main form of fetal assessment for high-risk pregnancies. The additional assessments afforded by the analysis of ST and T-wave changes of the fetal electrocardiogram hold promise for improving the predictive value of fetal heart-rate assessments. Ultrasound has been invaluable for assessment of fetal anatomy, and the use of Doppler ultrasound has given insight into fetal cardiovascular responses to such conditions as intrauterine growth restriction and fetal anemia caused by red blood cell alloimmunization. SUMMARY: As prenatal diagnostic techniques evolve, their application to the assessment of fetal well-being offers insight into pathophysiologic mechanisms of fetal disease, innovative tools to assess fetal health, and fertile ground for future investigation.
James F Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1040-872X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-04     Completed Date:  2008-07-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007264     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  152-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia / diagnosis
Fetal Distress / diagnosis*
Fetal Growth Retardation / diagnosis
Health Status Indicators
Predictive Value of Tests
Prenatal Diagnosis / methods*
Ultrasonography, Doppler

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