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Fetal distress
ICD-10 O68.
ICD-9 768.2-768.4
DiseasesDB 4882
MeSH D005316

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

In medicine (obstetrics), fetal distress is the presence of signs in a pregnant woman—before or during childbirth—that the fetus is not well or is becoming excessively fatigued.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of fetal distress include:

Causes

There are many causes of fetal distress:

Treatment

In many situations fetal distress will lead the obstetrician to recommend steps to urgently deliver the baby. This can be done by induction, or in more urgent cases, a caesarean section may be performed.

Contraindicated medications

Fetal distress is considered an absolute contraindication to the use of the following medications:


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