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Neonatal electrocardiographic changes in relation to cardiotocographic changes

Neonatal electrocardiographic changes in relation to cardiotocographic changes

British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 85(3): 165-171

Electrocardiograms (ECG) were made immediately after delivery in 28 infants with normal cardiotocographic patterns in labour and in 29 with abnormal patterns. Changes in the S-T segment and T-wave were quantified in a scoring system. High and peaked T-waves (high T/QRS-ratios) were significantly more common in the group with abnormal cardiotocographic patterns. The infants with ECG-changes also had significantly lower Apgar scores and more neonatal complications. The immediate postpartum ECG seems to be a useful indication of the accumulated hypoxic stress to which the child has been subjected in labour.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1978.tb10475.x

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