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Effects of increased core temperature on breathing movements and electrocortical activity in fetal sheep



Effects of increased core temperature on breathing movements and electrocortical activity in fetal sheep



Journal of Developmental Physiology 10(6): 513-523



Core temperature of fetal sheep was raised by perfusing warm water through a loop implanted into the abdomen, or into the stomach via the oesophagus. Raising fetal temperature by 0.8-2.degree. C was associated with an increase in amplitude and incidence of breathing movements, and an increase in the proportion of breathing movements that occurred during high voltage electrocortical (ECoG) activity. Fetal hyperthermia was maintained for 8 h, but the augmentation of breathing movements did not last for more than 2-3 h. The results indicate that changes of maternal temperature caused by hot weather, exercise, fever, and possibly diurnal changes of body temperature could alter the amplitude and pattern of fetal breathing movements.

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