ULTRASOUND EVALUATION OF FETAL BIOMETRY AND NORMAL AND ABNORMAL FETAL GROWTH

First trimester growth restriction may predict miscarriage or adverse outcome later in the pregnancy, but determinants of early growth are not well described. Our objective was to examine factors influencing fetal and gestational sac size in the first trimester. Prospective observational study of singleton pregnancies before 12 weeks gestation. Maternal characteristics ethnicity, maternal age, obstetric history, abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding , crown rump length CRL and mean gestational sac diameter MSD were recorded. A stepwise linear mixed effects analysis was performed to determine factors influencing rate of change in CRL and MSD. Maternal age also influenced MSD: older women had gestational sacs which were 0.

Sex differences in fetal growth and immediate birth outcomes in a low-risk Caucasian population

Biparietal diameter BPD is one of the basic biometric parameters used to assess fetal size. In the second trimester this may be extrapolated to an estimate of gestational age and an estimated due date EDD. The BPD should be measured on an axial plane that traverses the thalami, and cavum septum pellucidum. The transducer must be perpendicular to the central axis of the head, and thus the hemispheres and calvaria should appear symmetric.

BPD has been shown to be accurate in predicting gestational age from 14 to 20 weeks 2. The variability increases after this time.

Hadlock fetal growth standard is moderately superior at predicting neonatal SGA New charts for ultrasound dating of pregnancy and assessment of fetal.

A prospective cohort of singleton pregnancies with ultrasonography performed in the third trimester between March and March in China was conducted. Cox proportional hazard models were used to assess the relationship between low EFWc i. For the Hadlock-EFWc, the corresponding sensitivity and specificity were Fetuses with low EFWc i. Adverse perinatal outcomes APOs late in gestation are a major cause of fetal and neonatal deaths worldwide despite a substantial improvement in obstetric care over the past decades [ 1 , 2 ].

However, the origins of the APOs vary and are mostly unknown, making the prediction difficult and limiting preventive action [ 3 ]. Using ultrasound to screen for fetuses with fetal growth restriction FGR , a major determinant of APOs, is a strategy to identify pregnancies at a higher risk of APOs and is widespread in obstetric practice [ 4 , 5 ]. Screening procedures for FGR need to identify small babies and then differentiate between those that are healthy and those that are pathologically small [ 4 ].

Assessment of fetal growth, such as an ultrasonographic estimated fetal weight EFW , has been shown to be an effective method to reduce perinatal mortality in high-risk pregnancies [ 3 , 6 ].

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Fetal Biometry – Dating, Assessing Size & Estimating Fetal Weight ISUOG Practice Guidelines CRL criteria Hadlock 2 and 3 – most reliable formulae.

The hadlock hadlock shows the number of stillbirths with each gestational age for the frequency curves. Criteria right axis shows the total number of stillbirths with gestational age at a given week or earlier for dating cumulative distribution curves. Recorded foot length was available for of the stillborn fetuses. In cases. The well-dated subset with available foot length included.

The remaining 47 cases differed by at least three weeks range 3—8 weeks.

Intrauterine Growth Restriction: Identification and Management

To assess 11 formulae commonly used to estimate fetal weight in a population of premature fetuses who had abnormal Doppler velocimetry due to early-onset placental insufficiency. The performance of each formula was evaluated in subgroups of fetuses with expected growth and intrauterine growth restriction. Data were collected fromfetuses andmothers who delivered at three Brazilian hospitals between November and December We analyzed fetuses.

Of these, The amniotic fluid volume was reduced in 87

Establishment of current dating criteria with certain LMPs at gestations from 5−​19 weeks; Hadlock constructed a growth curve and found that the standard.

Gestational age, synonymous with menstrual age, is defined in weeks beginning from the first day of the last menstrual period LMP prior to conception. Accurate determination of gestational age is fundamental to obstetric care and is important in a variety of situations. For example, antenatal test interpretation may be dependent on gestational age. Again, inaccurate assessment of gestational age will lead to errors in assessing the severity of fetal sensitization by the delta OD Fetal growth assessment, either clinically or by ultrasound evaluation, also relies on accurate assessment of gestational age.

Fetal growth retardation or macrosomia may be missed or incorrectly diagnosed owing to errors in gestational age assignment. Interpretation of antenatal biophysical testing non-stress tests and biophysical profiles may be subject to variation with gestational age as well. Fetal heart rate reactivity and fetal breathing develop with advancing gestational age; therefore, the absence of these biophysical parameters may be interpreted as abnormal for fetuses in whom the gestational age has been overestimated.

Obstetric management is also dependent on gestational age. Proper decisions regarding presumed preterm labor or postdate pregnancies are only possible when gestational age is accurately estimated. Likewise, timing of repeat cesarean section requires accurate assessment of dates. In the past gestational age was established by a combination of the historical information and the physical examination.

Other factors include assessment of uterine size by bimanual examination in the first trimester, initial detection of fetal heart tones by Doppler 10—12 weeks or auscultation 19—21 weeks , and uterine fundal height measurement. However, both the history and the findings on physical examination are fraught with error, even in the best of circumstances Table 1.

Methods for Estimating the Due Date

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hospital identification number, the date of the It is the BPD of the standard-​shaped head with the with the formula of Hadlock et al. applied to area-​corrected.

Our aim was to develop gender-specific fetal growth curves in a low-risk population and to compare immediate birth outcomes. First, second, and third trimester fetal ultrasound examinations were conducted between and The data was selected using the following criteria: routine examinations in uncomplicated singleton pregnancies, Caucasian ethnicity, and confirmation of gestational age by a crown-rump length CRL measurement in the first trimester.

These longitudinal fetal growth curves for the first time allow integration with neonatal and pediatric WHO gender-specific growth curves. Boys exceed head growth halfway of the pregnancy, and immediate birth outcomes are worse in boys than girls. Gender difference in intrauterine growth is sufficiently distinct to have a clinically important effect on fetal weight estimation but also on the second trimester dating. Therefore, these differences might already play a role in early fetal or immediate neonatal management.

Ultrasound has been an indispensable tool for diagnosis in obstetrics and fetal growth assessment for at least 4 decades [ 1 , 2 , 3 ].

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Accurate calculation of fetal weight relies on two equally important factors: the use of a formula with strong intrinsic properties, and the use of sonographic biometric parameters that are not susceptible to errors in measurement. From a statistical perspective, the inclusion of multiple variables in a model improves multicollinearity chances and decreases each measurement’s internal error. Precisely predicting estimated fetal weight during childbirth may have a significant impact on successful obstetric management, especially in the case of suspected macrosomia or low birth weight.

Macrosomic fetuses can cause maternal and neonatal complications during childbirth, and low-born fetuses are at increased risk for perinatal morbidity and mortality.

In vitro fertilization, with known date of conception, is likely the most accurate means of a similar study; however, their patients fulfilled more stringent dating criteria. (Hadlock FP, Deter RL, Harrist RB, Park SK: Fetal head circumference:​.

See related patient information handout on intrauterine growth restriction , written by the authors of this article. Intrauterine growth restriction IUGR is a common diagnosis in obstetrics and carries an increased risk of perinatal mortality and morbidity. Identification of IUGR is crucial because proper evaluation and management can result in a favorable outcome.

Certain pregnancies are at high risk for growth restriction, although a substantial percentage of cases occur in the general obstetric population. Accurate dating early in pregnancy is essential for a diagnosis of IUGR. Ultrasound biometry is the gold standard for assessment of fetal size and the amount of amniotic fluid. Growth restriction is classified as symmetric and asymmetric. A lag in fundal height of 4 cm or more suggests IUGR. Serial ultrasonograms are important for monitoring growth restriction, and management must be individualized.

General management measures include treatment of maternal disease, good nutrition and institution of bed rest. Preterm delivery is indicated if the fetus shows evidence of abnormal function on biophysical profile testing. The fetus should be monitored continuously during labor to minimize fetal hypoxia. Fetal growth is dependent on genetic, placental and maternal factors.

The fetus is thought to have an inherent growth potential that, under normal circumstances, yields a healthy newborn of appropriate size.

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