Serum cortisol level changes in the maternal-fetoplacental unit between the 28th-40th weeks of pregnancy.

P. Hercz, P. Siklós, L. Ungár

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Changes in the serum cortisol level of maternal venous, umbilical venous and umbilical arterial blood were studied separately between the 28th-36th weeks in cases of preterm deliveries (n = 74) and in the 40th week in cases of term delivery (n = 34). Results indicate that between the 28th-40th weeks of pregnancy the cortisol concentration increased only in the serum of the umbilical artery; the "umbilical arterial/umbilical venous concentration X100" quotient rose from a value of 86% measured at 28th-32nd weeks to 103% in the 40th week of pregnancy. Positive correlation was found between the cortisol concentration of the three samples. On the basis of these results the authors believe that fetal adreno-cortical activity increases before birth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalActa Physiologica Hungarica
Volume69
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1987

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Serum cortisol level changes in the maternal-fetoplacental unit between the 28th-40th weeks of pregnancy. / Hercz, P.; Siklós, P.; Ungár, L.

In: Acta Physiologica Hungarica, Vol. 69, No. 2, 1987, p. 161-165.

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