Fetal health assessment using prenatal diagnostic techniques

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-156
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

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Fetal Heart Rate
Fetal Diseases
Technology
High-Risk Pregnancy
Doppler Ultrasonography
Health
Fetal Development
Anemia
Anatomy
Electrocardiography
Erythrocytes

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Fetal health assessment using prenatal diagnostic techniques. / Smith, Jr., James.

In: Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 20, No. 2, 04.2008, p. 152-156.

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