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Fetal tachyarrhythmia associated with vibroacoustic stimulation.
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PMID:  12738121     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Vibroacoustic stimulation is commonly used in antepartum fetal testing and has known benefits. Although the procedure has been deemed safe, questions have been raised as to potentially adverse effects, and the adult cardiology literature identifies a link between abrupt sound stimulation and severe tachyarrhythmias. CASE: A fetus with premature atrial contractions converted to supraventricular tachycardia immediately after vibroacoustic stimulation. The tachyarrhythmia spontaneously reverted to baseline after 4 minutes. The infant was treated for junctional reentry tachycardia at birth. CONCLUSION: Although the cardiac effects of vibroacoustic stimulation have previously been characterized as benign, the use of this modality may warrant restriction in the setting of known fetal arrhythmias.
Naomi T Laventhal; Gary A Dildy; Michael A Belfort
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2003 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-09     Completed Date:  2003-05-15     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1116-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2822, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation / adverse effects*
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis
Fetal Diseases / diagnosis,  etiology*
Fetal Monitoring
Prenatal Diagnosis
Tachycardia, Supraventricular / etiology*
Vibration / adverse effects*

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