Fetal extrasystole may predict poor neonatal outcome


: Dr Everett F. Magann, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Naval Medical Center – Portsmouth, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23378-2197, USA. Email: everett.magann@med.navy.mil


Extrasystoles particularly premature atrial contractions noted during labour on the fetal heart rate monitoring strip are usually thought to be benign. In pregnancies complicated by fetal infection and/or the fetal inflammatory response syndrome, there are some data that extrasystoles noted during the intrapartum period may be related to neonatal sepsis and eventual poor neonatal outcome including death or neonatal encephalopathy. Additional observations are needed to substantiate this hypothesis.