Phosphatidylglycerol

The presence of phosphatidylglycerol in the amniotic fluid surrounding the foetus in the uterus can be detected in order to assess foetal lung maturity. If it is absent, the foetal lungs are not mature. If it is present, the foetal lungs are mature and the baby is ready to be born.

This test is more reliable than the usually performed lecithinsphingomyelin ratio in diabetic mothers.

Phosphatidylglycerol

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