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Medical Term:

supine hypotensive syndrome


in the supine pregnant woman at or near term, maternal hypotension; maternal hypotension is due to obstruction by the gravid uterus of the inferior vena cava with resulting decrease in venous return to the heart; fetal hypoxia is due to maternal hypotension and obstruction of maternal aorta by the gravid uterus with resulting decrease in placental perfusion.

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