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Fetal growth curves: does classification of weight-for-gestational age predict risk of hypoglycemia in the term newborn?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16399609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Our objective was to determine whether classification of birth weight as small, average, or large for gestational age using published fetal growth curves is predictive of a term infant's risk of hypoglycemia. This prospective, descriptive study measured and plotted birth weight measurements on six published fetal growth curves to classify infant birth weight as small, average, or large for gestational age. Glucose levels were measured 2 hours after birth to determine the prevalence of hypoglycemia. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive/negative predictive values were calculated for each fetal growth curve, and odds ratios were calculated. The patients were 157 clinically stable term Caucasian and African American infants of nondiabetic mothers from a community hospital in midwestern United States. Ten of the 20 (50%) infants with hypoglycemia were classified as average for gestational age on all six published fetal growth curves. Calculated odds ratios demonstrated that none of the six published fetal growth curves significantly predicted the risk of hypoglycemia based on classification of birth weight as small, average, or large for gestational age. The risk of hypoglycemia in term infants was not accurately predicted by classification of birth weight as small, average, or large for gestational age. Clinicians should use other methods to predict which term infants are at risk for hypoglycemia.
Teresa S Johnson; Julie M Hillery; Janet L Engstrom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of midwifery & women's health     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1542-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-09     Completed Date:  2006-08-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909407     Medline TA:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-44     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing, 53201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight / physiology*
Fetal Development*
Gestational Age*
Infant, Newborn / metabolism*
Risk Assessment

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