Fetal extrasystole may predict poor neonatal outcome
Article first published online: 29 JUL 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 404–406, August 2009
How to Cite
BROWN, J. A., MORRISON, J. C., MAGANN, E. F. and CEFALO, R. C. (2009), Fetal extrasystole may predict poor neonatal outcome. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 49: 404–406. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.01007.x
- Issue published online: 29 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 29 JUL 2009
- Received 29 August 2008; accepted 28 February 2009.
- fetal monitoring;
- neonatal sepsis
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.