Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Antwerp Surgical Training, Anatomy and Research Centre (ASTARC)
Engineering sciences. Technology
International congress series. - Amsterdam
15th Congress of Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, APR 06-08, 2005, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
1279(2005), p. 346-349
University of Antwerp
Analysis of the ST-interval of the fetal electrocardiogram is an adjunct to cardiotocography. Fetal heart rate monitoring should be considered a screening tool, STAN allows more definitive diagnosis of fetal distress when abnormalities on the CTG are detected. Basic pathophysiologic research has demonstrated the rationale behind ST-segment and T/QRS changes, in two randomised controlled trials a lower number of operative deliveries for fetal distress has been demonstrated in CTG+ST versus CTG alone and also a reduction in the number of neonates with hypoxic encephalopathy has been shown. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.