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The amniotic fluid foam test and fat cell count in malnourished and well-nourished fetuses.

Authors
  • Fairbrother, P F
  • Du Toit, I L
  • Cheifitz, R L
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1975
Volume
82
Issue
3
Pages
182–186
Identifiers
PMID: 1173548
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A malnourished fetus has a higher concentration of pulmonary surfactant in the amniotic fluid than its well-nourished contemporary. The clinical value of this observation is discussed. Malnourished fetuses have higher "fat cell" counts in their amniotic fluid than well-nourished contemporaries. Well-nourished fetuses, at the same gestational age have high fat cell counts when the surfactant concentration is high, and low fat cell counts when the surfactant concentration is low. The relationship between surfactant concentration and the fat cell count is discussed.

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