|Year : 1997 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 119-121
Card blood cortisol : the implications in the perinatal period.
V Bhatnagar, MG Karmarkar
All Institute of Medical Sciences, New DElhi-110029, India
ABSTRACT: Cord blood levels of cortisol were estimated in one preterm and 29 term babies and were found to be 140.0 and 14.1 plus minus 7.8 meug/dl respectively. Factors which did not significantly influence the cord blood levels included maternal age, gestation, parity, type of labor, sex of baby, intra-uterine growth and birth weight. However, presence of fetal distress and Apgar score less than 9 were associated with significantly lower values (p 0.04). The duration of second stage of labor directly affected the increase in cord blood levels of cortisol (p 0.05). Caesarian section deliveries were associated with significantly lower values as compared to vaginal deliveries (p 0.02). These findings appear significant in the light of another study in which postoperative cortisol values were found to be lower when the pre-operative values were high.
All Institute of Medical Sciences, New DElhi-110029
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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