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Is fetus able to feel pain?

Katarzyna Kosińska-Kaczyńska, Mirosław Wielgoś
Ginekol Pol 2011;82(2).

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Vol 82, No 2 (2011)
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Abstract On the basis of fetal hormonal and hemodynamic responses to pain related stimuli, neuroanatomy and observations of preterm babies, it was concluded that human fetus is able to feel pain after 24 weeks gestation. However, it is possible that the fetus may feel pain even before that time. With the development of intrauterine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, it is crucial to provide fetuses undergoing painful procedures not only with anesthesia but also analgesia. The article presents fetal pain research history and its implications for medicine.

Abstract

Abstract On the basis of fetal hormonal and hemodynamic responses to pain related stimuli, neuroanatomy and observations of preterm babies, it was concluded that human fetus is able to feel pain after 24 weeks gestation. However, it is possible that the fetus may feel pain even before that time. With the development of intrauterine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, it is crucial to provide fetuses undergoing painful procedures not only with anesthesia but also analgesia. The article presents fetal pain research history and its implications for medicine.
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Keywords

pain, Nociception, Fetus, awareness

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Title

Is fetus able to feel pain?

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 82, No 2 (2011)

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2011;82(2).

Keywords

pain
Nociception
Fetus
awareness

Authors

Katarzyna Kosińska-Kaczyńska
Mirosław Wielgoś

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