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Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (also known as hyaline membrane disease) is a major cause of death in premature infants and is the result of inadequate surfactant production in the lungs. Which of the following can be used to determine the maturity of fetal lungs in utero?

a. Amniotic fluid analysis

b. Chorionic villus sampling

c. Fetal heart rate monitor

d. Karyotype analysis

e. Ultrasound

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a. Amniotic fluid analysis