Lactate as a Marker for Fetal Hypoxia

Prolonged intrapartum hypoxia can result in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which affects1.5-2.5 of 1,000 newborns annually. Infants with HIE may develop permanent health conditions and disorders such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hearing and vision impairments, and more. During labor, fetal monitoring using cardiotocography (CTG) can screen for hypoxia. CTG has high sensitivity but low predictive […]