Late third trimester ultrasound may detect missed fetal abnormalities

In a study published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology that involved more than 50,000 pregnancies, a fetal anomaly was detected for the first time in the third trimester in one in 200 women who had undergone a first and/or second trimester ultrasound examination. Most of the fetal abnormalities (68%) seen at 35 to 37 weeks had already been diagnosed […]

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Scientists figure out how to measure electrical activity in a fetal heart

Hearts ‘run’ on electrical pulses—and when doctors measure the electrical activity in a person’s heart in order to determine his or hers heart condition, they generally rely on electrocardiography (ECG): Electrodes are placed on the patient’s chest area to record cardiac electrical activity – e.g. to determine whether the heart rhythm is so irregular that treatment is required; a type […]

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