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2003-12-08-15 In-vitro heart beat  © Moroder

In-vitro heart beat

Wolfgang Moroder, MD


I-39100 Bolzano Bz, Italy

This is a patient presenting at 8-weeks with a tubal pregnancy. The ectopic pregnancy was removed and placed in a saline solution. It was only scanned 60-80 minutes later at which time we were surprised to find some persistent cardiac activity. This demonstrates how little oxygen a fetal heart requires:


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