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Can an implanted internal defibrillator shock an unborn baby?
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Defibrillator
Most of the energy of the defibrillator goes from the device across your heart to change the heart's rhythm. Some of the energy may diffuse to other tissues in your body including the baby.

In brief: Defibrillator
Most of the energy of the defibrillator goes from the device across your heart to change the heart's rhythm. Some of the energy may diffuse to other tissues in your body including the baby.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. Claude Brachfeld
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Not likely
The electrodes are placed so that the current runs from one to the other, shocking only the heart.
This is why a bystander who touches the patient during the discharge will not be shocked. Although i don't know of any specific research on this, i can't see how the baby could be shocked. The mother's body would "jolt" but that would be no different to the baby than any other sudden movement.

In brief: Not likely
The electrodes are placed so that the current runs from one to the other, shocking only the heart.
This is why a bystander who touches the patient during the discharge will not be shocked. Although i don't know of any specific research on this, i can't see how the baby could be shocked. The mother's body would "jolt" but that would be no different to the baby than any other sudden movement.
Dr. Claude Brachfeld
Dr. Claude Brachfeld
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Defibrillator
Yes same shock effects the baby, there is a very tiny risk of hurting the baby .
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In brief: Defibrillator
Yes same shock effects the baby, there is a very tiny risk of hurting the baby .
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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