Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Edinburgh.
ARTERIAL BLOOD GASES IN PRE-ECLAMPSIA
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2005
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 84, Issue 4, pages 290–293, April 1977
How to Cite
Templeton, A. A. and Kelman, G. R. (1977), ARTERIAL BLOOD GASES IN PRE-ECLAMPSIA. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 84: 290–293. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1977.tb12579.x
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2005
Arterial blood gases, physiological dead space and percentage pulmonary venous admixture (physiological shunt) were measured in 31 patients with proteinuric pre-eclampsia. There was no difference in pulmonary function in 22 patients with moderate pre-eclampsia when compared with normal pregnancy, but in 9 patients with severe pre-eclampsia, there was a significant increase in alveolar-to-arterial Po2 difference and physiological shunt, indicating a degree of pulmonary ventilation/perfusion imbalance. There was no accompanying hypoxaemia, suggesting that the impairment was of no clinical importance.