Journal article

Sex differences in modulation of fetoplacental vascular resistance in growth-restricted mouse fetuses following betamethasone administration: comparisons with human fetuses.

Lindsay S Cahill, Shiri Shinar, Clare L Whitehead, Sebastian R Hobson, Greg Stortz, Viji Ayyathurai, Anjana Ravi Chandran, Anum Rahman, John C Kingdom, Ahmet Baschat, Kellie E Murphy, Lena Serghides, Christopher K Macgowan, John G Sled

Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Maternally administered corticosteroids are routinely used to accelerate fetal lung maturation in pregnancies at risk of early preterm delivery. Although, among the subgroup with growth restriction, a majority show a temporary improvement in umbilical artery Doppler waveforms that may be sustained up to 7 days, a minority will acutely decompensate in response to corticosteroids in association with deteriorating umbilical and fetal Doppler waveforms. The basis for such acute Doppler changes is presently unknown. Our group has developed a noninvasive ultrasound methodology to measure wave reflections in the umbilical artery and have established that wave reflection metrics are sens..

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