Effect of mobile phone radiation on antenatal cardiotocography at 40 weeks and maternal and neonatal outcome
Shipra S Sonkusare, Nida Zahoor
Objective:To study the effect of mobile phones on fetal cardiotocographic parameters. Material and Methods: One hundred and forty one low risk antenatal women at forty weeks of gestation were studied for the cardiotocographic changes after exposure to the Nokia 100 mobile phone, kept at 20 cm distance from the womans abdomen. Comparison of the cardiotocographic parameters after placement of mobile device was done. The maternal and neonatal outcome was compared with the retrospective data analysis of women with similar antenatal profile. Results: Significant difference was seen with increase in cardiac parameters after placement of the mobile device. There was decrease in the number of caesarean delivery in these women, though there was no significant change in the perinatal outcome.Conclusion:Use of mobile phones in the vicinity of the term fetus causes increase in fetal cardiac activity and is associated with reduced caesarean delivery rates, but causes no change in the perinatal outcome.
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