Amniotic fluid: not just fetal urine anymore

J Perinatol. 2005 May;25(5):341-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.jp.7211290.

Abstract

Amniotic fluid (AF) is a complex substance essential to fetal well-being. This article reviews recent discoveries and the current understanding of the origin and circulation of AF and its nutritive, protective, and diagnostic functions. Future directions for AF research are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amniotic Fluid / metabolism*
  • Amniotic Fluid / physiology
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Fetal Diseases / urine
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Oligohydramnios / diagnosis
  • Oligohydramnios / epidemiology
  • Polyhydramnios / diagnosis
  • Polyhydramnios / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Research Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity