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J Perinatol. 2005 May;25(5):341-8.

Amniotic fluid: not just fetal urine anymore.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Davis, CA 95616, USA.

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.

PMID:
15861199
DOI:
10.1038/sj.jp.7211290
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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