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Effects of time on pH and gas values in the blood contained in the umbilical cord of a subgroup of newborns with acidosis
  1. P Valenzuela1,2,
  2. R Guijarro2,
  3. R Ortega2,
  4. I Arribas3
  1. 1
    Department of Medical Specialties, Alcalá de Henares University, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2
    Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Príncipe de Asturias Hospital, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
  3. 3
    Biochemistry Department, Príncipe de Asturias Hospital, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
  1. Dr P Valenzuela, C/Empecinado 28, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain; Pvalenzuela14{at}gmail.com

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pH values in the umbilical artery are the best measurement for evaluating the presence and intensity of fetal acidosis, and even the direction of the pH change in the immediate neonatal period has prognostic value.1 This practice can also aid in reducing the risks of claims against obstetricians.2 The data obtained after a latency period in the subgroup of cords with acidosis at the time of birth are evaluated in this study, to determine whether they are useful for the clinic.

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