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Assessing fetal health.
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PMID:  15183136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fetal surveillance significantly reduces the incidence of fetal loss, perinatal morbidity and maternal distress. Obstetricians traditionally classify pregnancies as 'low' or 'high risk' and apply various methods of fetal surveillance in the latter group. However, the majority of stillbirths now occur in 'low-risk' women. This seemingly anomalous observation emphasises the need to develop more effective ways of identifying 'at-risk' fetuses in 'low-risk' women. This chapter describes and critically evaluates eleven currently available tools for fetal surveillance. It also reviews the criteria for ascribing risk status in pregnancy and suggests a pragmatic approach to health assessment in normally formed fetuses for each group. It does not address fetal surveillance during labour and delivery.
Clare Gribbin; David James
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1521-6934     ISO Abbreviation:  Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-08     Completed Date:  2004-09-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101121582     Medline TA:  Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Feomaternal Medicine, Directorate of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen's Medical Centre, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Diseases / diagnosis*
Fetal Monitoring / methods
Prenatal Diagnosis / methods*
Risk Assessment / methods
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods

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