Fetal premature atrial contractions

Dr Aditya Shetty and Radswiki et al.

Fetal premature atrial contractions (FPAC's) are a type of extrasystoles that can be occasionally detected in fetal heart monitoring. They along with fetal premature ventricular contractions (PVC's) account for the majority of in utero rhythm disturbances 3.

They may arise from immaturity in the fetal cardiac conduction system 2. The conductions arise in atrium and can be either transmitted to the ventricles or blocked.

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They are benign and usually self-limiting and do not generally compromise cardiac function. In most cases they disappear spontaneously in utero.

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fetal premature atrial contraction
  • Fetal premature atrial contractions (PAC)
  • Fetal premature atrial contraction (PAC)
  • Fetal premature atrial contractions (FPAC)

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