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Immediate effect of amniocentesis on fetal breathing and gross body movements

  • Lyndon M. Hill
    Correspondence
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
    Affiliations
    From the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and Women’s Hospital, Los Angeles County–University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
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  • Lawrence D. Platt
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    From the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and Women’s Hospital, Los Angeles County–University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
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  • Frank A. Manning
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    From the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and Women’s Hospital, Los Angeles County–University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
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      The incidence of fetal breathing movements (FBMs) has been observed to be significantly reduced at 24 and 48 hours after amniocentesis. The cause is unknown. We studied the immediate effects of amniocentesis on two fetal variables, FBMs and gross body movements (FMs). No effect was observed on the incidence of FBMs but an immediate increase in FMs occurred.
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