Vibroacoustic stimulation in fetal sheep: effect on cerebral glucose utilization and behavioral state.
Behavioral state and cerebral glucose utilization were measured in six fetal sheep subjected to high intrauterine sound pressures created with a vibroacoustic stimulator pressed against the maternal abdomen. The signal consisted of a complex waveform that varied over time with a 50% duty cycle. An implanted hydrophone showed highest spectral levels between 3,000-16,000 Hz. The pulsed sound resulted in a significant loss of fetal rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement sleep. The stimulus also resulted in a disruption in the normally close relationship between these sleep states and cerebral glucose utilization rates in the brain as a whole and in its component parts.
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Abrams, R. M., Peters, A. J., Gerhardt, K. J., & Burchfield, D. J. (1993). Vibroacoustic stimulation in fetal sheep: effect on cerebral glucose utilization and behavioral state. Journal of developmental physiology, 19(4), 171–177.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology