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Are there sex differences in Fetal Abdominal Subcutaneous Tissue (FAST) measurements?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19910101     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To determine if Fetal Abdominal Subcutaneous Tissue (FAST) measurements using antenatal ultrasound differ between male and female fetuses. STUDY DESIGN: Women who had an ultrasound examination for fetal growth between 20 and 40 weeks gestation were studied. Women with diabetes mellitus were excluded. The fetal anterior abdominal subcutaneous tissue was measured on the anterior abdominal wall in millimetres anterior to the margins of the ribs, using magnification at the level of the abdominal circumference. The fetal sex was recorded after delivery. RESULTS: A total of 557 fetuses were measured, 290 male and 267 female. The FAST measurements increased with gestational age. The FAST increased at the same rate for both male and female fetuses and at any given week there was no sex difference. CONCLUSIONS: The increased fat composition in females reported after birth was not found in abdominal wall subcutaneous fat measurements using ultrasound during pregnancy. Antenatal centile charts for FAST do not need to be based on sex.
Authors:
Nadine Farah; Bernard Stuart; Emily Harrold; Chro Fattah; Mairead Kennelly; Michael J Turner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  148     ISSN:  1872-7654     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-01     Completed Date:  2010-04-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  118-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland. nadine.farah@ucd.ie
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Abdominal Fat / ultrasonography*
Female
Fetus / anatomy & histology
Humans
Male
Pregnancy
Prospective Studies
Sex Characteristics*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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