Simulated airplane flight increases plasma lactate in fetal rabbits.[see comment]

PubMed Citation: 10372425
Abstract: We studied the effect of 9 h of simulated airplane cabin conditions at cruising altitude (8,000 feet; inspired oxygen equivalent to 15% O2 at sea level) on fetal plasma lactate in near-term pregnant rabbits. Controls (n = 19) spent 9 h at sea level (21% O2). Study group I (n = 21) experienced airplane cabin conditions. Study group II (n = 17) was studied at 8,000 feet with the inspired O2 concentration normalized to sea level. Study group III (n = 19) remained at sea level breathing 15% O2. Before ending each exposure, fetal blood sampling for lactate was performed under ultrasound guidance. Maternal lactates were obtained before and after sampling fetuses. Wilcoxon signed rank test, analysis of variance, and Bonferroni's method were used as appropriate. P < 0.05 denoted statistical significance. Study group I (altitude/hypoxia) had higher fetal lactates than controls (sea level/normoxia) and study group II (altitude/normoxia). Fetal lactates in study group I (altitude/hypoxia) were higher than in study group III (sea level/hypoxia). Maternal lactates were lower after fetal sampling. Fetal lactic acidemia was observed after 9 h of airplane cabin conditions. This was attributed to the combined effect of the lowered oxygen concentration and the decrease in atmospheric pressure.
Journal Issue & Number: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine 26(2), 67-73. (1999)
Rights: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. ( )
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