Screening Tests for Intrauterine Growth Retardation: A Comparison of Umbilical Artery Doppler to Real‐Time Ultrasound

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Abstract

  • In a study designed to compare Doppler umbilical artery velocimetry to ultrasound morphometric measurements in the prediction of intrauterine growth retardation, 636 paired ultrasound and Doppler umbilical artery examinations were performed between 24 and 40 weeks gestational age. Intrauterine growth retardation was defined as birth weight less than the tenth percentile per gestational age and 25 (9.2%) of the infants born in our study met this criteria. In general, when the gestational age was limited to <30 weeks, none of the tests were highly predictive of intrauterine growth retardation. Doppler umbilical artery systolic‐to‐diastolic ratios of >3 had the highest sensitivity. However, due to inclusion of a large number of false‐positives, it was considered a poor test. After 30 weeks, fetal abdominal circumference less than the tenth percentile had a greater sensitivity (45%) and positive predictive value (28%) than Doppler systolic‐to‐diastolic ratios >3 (36% and 18%, respectively). Doppler ultrasound umbilical artery systolic‐to‐diastolic ratios are not more predictive of intrauterine growth retardation than ultrasound morphometric measurements. Copyright © 1990, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
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  • Echocardiography  Journal
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    Author List

  • LOWERY CL; GOLDENBERG RL; BAKER RC; MEHTA R; WAN J; DAVIS RO; BRUMFIELD CG; HOFFMAN HJ
  • Start Page

  • 159
  • End Page

  • 164
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 2