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Fetal Circulation?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by RubberToe, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. RubberToe

    RubberToe Member
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    Is Fetal Circulation or anything associated with it tested on the MCAT? Kaplan's topical tests cover it, but I don't see it listed on the official AAMC Topics for Biological Sciences Section of the MCAT.
     
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    There you go. It's not on the MCAT.
     
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    i would know the basics: that blood is shunted away from developing liver and lungs, fetal hemoglobin has higher affinity for oxygen, and what is able to cross placenta and what isn't (fetal/maternal blood never mix, but mother is able to confer some immunity through transfer of immunoglobulins)

    like i said, very basic stuff.
     
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    Folks, Fetal Circulation is NOT on the MCAT. Check the AAMC topics list.
     
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    but
    it is asked indirectly in immunology
    (remember, all those antigens crossing the placenta...)
     
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    Antigens cross the placenta? I know antibodies do...but i thought the circulatory systems of mother and child are fairly well isolated. Which is why it takes two births and two exposures to RH+ to result in a blue baby.
     
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    thats what i meant

    (hehe, in the couple of months since the mcats, i have forgotten all of biology)
     

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