In an attempt to locate biochemical markers specific for fetal distress we measured the amniotic concentrations of beta-endorphin, ACTH, cortisol, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine with its major metabolite metanephrine (MN) in pregnancies with documented fetal well-being and pregnancies complicated by hypertension and fetal distress. While higher levels of cortisol and MN were found only in a selected subgroup of highly compromised subjects (p < 0.001 and p < 0.005, respectively), beta-endorphin increased significantly under conditions of moderate or severe intrauterine sufferance (p < 0.001 in both cases). Due to higher levels of the opioid even during the initial stage of fetal discomfort we evaluated its characteristics as a possible clinical marker. Specificity was 88.5\%, whereas the sensitivity of 65.6\% in the moderately compromised subgroup increased to 88.9\% in severely suffering fetuses. Although more accurate and mainly real-time information on the fetal health status is obtained by means of biophysical methods, the determination of amniotic fluid beta-endorphin might be of clinical usefulness in prenatal diagnosis.
Stress mediators in the amniotic compartment in relation to the degree of fetal distress / A., Mauri; Volpe, Annibale. - In: FETAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY. - ISSN 1015-3837. - STAMPA. - 9(1994), pp. 300-305.
|Data di pubblicazione:||1994|
|Titolo:||Stress mediators in the amniotic compartment in relation to the degree of fetal distress.|
|Autore/i:||A., Mauri; Volpe, Annibale|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:A1994PL31800004|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-0028003596|
|Codice identificativo Pubmed:||7818778|
|Citazione:||Stress mediators in the amniotic compartment in relation to the degree of fetal distress / A., Mauri; Volpe, Annibale. - In: FETAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY. - ISSN 1015-3837. - STAMPA. - 9(1994), pp. 300-305.|
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