Fetal Movements During Fetal Brain Death-Like Status

Shunji Suzuki, Kazuho Nakanishi, Aiko Yokoyama, Sakae Kumasaka


The clinical features of fetal brain death syndrome include fixing of fetal heart rate (FHR) without decelerations and loss of fetal movements. Except the presence of fetal movements, the time course and outcomes of our current case are exactly the same as those in fetal brain death syndrome. A floppy female infant without detectable anomalies was delivered by cesarean section. The neonate weighed 2,782 g and Apgar scores were 0, 3 and 4 at 1, 5 and 10 minutes, respectively. An umbilical artery (UA) blood sample showed pH 7.373, PaCO2 37.5 mm Hg and base excess -3.0 mEq/L, respectively. The etiological mechanism leading to the fetal movements in the current case is not clear.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(11):601-602
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jmc1974w


Fetal brain death-like status; Syndrome; Fetal movements

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