Journal article

The effect of prenatal betamethasone administration on postnatal ovine hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function

DM Sloboda, TJ Moss, LC Gurrin, JP Newnham, JRG Challis

JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY | SOC ENDOCRINOLOGY | Published : 2002

Abstract

Prenatal exposure to glucocorticoids is associated with alterations in fetal growth and endocrine function. However, few studies have examined the effects of clinically relevant doses of glucocorticoids on postnatal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function. To determine the effects of maternal or fetal betamethasone administration (0.5 mg/kg maternal or estimated fetal weight) on postnatal HPA function at 6 months and 1 year postnatal age, pregnant ewes were randomized into the following treatment groups: no treatment (n=6); maternal saline (n=6); single maternal betamethasone (M1) (n=6); repeated maternal betamethasone (M4) (n=6); fetal saline (n=5); single fetal betamethasone (n=6) an..

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