Evaluation ofCardiac Ischemia in theNewborn With PerinatalAsphyxia
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To determine the degree ofmyocardial ischemia in newborn infants who suffer from perinatal asphyxia, 40 neonates and theirmothers at time of delivery were included in our study. They were classified into 2 groups: 25 newborn infants who had perinatal asphyxia evidenced by abnormal fetal heart rate (FHR),meconium staining of the amniotic fluid and by 5 minutes Apgar score of 6 or less, and the control group (n = 15) without any clinical criteria of perinatal asphyxia. All cases and control group and their mothers were evaluated by assaying the cardiospecific creatine kinase isoenzyme (CK-MB) activity in their sera at birth and after"24 hours:Also ECG'Was done for all neonates at birth and after 24 hours.