Disorders of fetal growth

Katherine R. Goetzinger, Anthony O. Odibo

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Disorders of fetal growth are commonly encountered in obstetrical practiceAlthough clinical estimation of fetal weight through symphysis‐fundal height measurements may provide the first sign of aberrant fetal growth, ultrasound estimation of fetal weight remains the gold standard for diagnosing fetal growth disorders in developed countries. This chapter explores whether the use of customized fetal growth curves improve the detection rate of fetal growth restriction (FGR) as well as improve subsequent neonatal outcomes. It examines if antepartum surveillance with non‐stress tests (NSTs) or biophysical profiles (BPPs) affect perinatal outcome in growth‐restricted fetuses. The chapter discusses the predictive value of Doppler studies in identifying fetuses at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes when performed on growth‐restricted fetuses in the third trimester. It also provides information the on optimal timing of delivery in growth‐restricted fetuses, supplementation with vitamins and antioxidants, and the association between FGR and neonatal health consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-based Obstetrics and Gynecology
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781119072980
ISBN (Print)9781119072959; 9781119072928; 9781444334333
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


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