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Caution with home fetal Doppler devices

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 19 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3220
  1. Thomas Aust, specialist registrar,
  2. David Ankers, specialist trainee year 1,
  3. Akin Famoriyo, consultant
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral
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    A 27 year old presented to our labour ward at 8 pm, 32 weeks into her first pregnancy with reduced fetal movements. She had first noted a reduction in fetal activity two days earlier but had used her own Doppler device to listen to the fetal heartbeat and reassured herself that everything was normal. A fetal cardiotocograph was not reassuring and showed reduced variability for over an hour. Steroids were given to enhance fetal lung …

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