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Predictive value of conditional centile charts for weight and fundal height in pregnancy in detecting light for gestational age births.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9076414     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the predictive value of weight and symphysis fundal height (SFH) in pregnancy to detect light for gestational age (LiGA) births. STUDY DESIGN: New conditional centile charts for longitudinal monitoring of maternal weight and fundal height in pregnancy were developed based on the records of 676 women with singleton pregnancies and no complications. The records of these women and of a further sample of 102 women who had LiGA deliveries were used to assess the sensitivity and specificity of the charts in detecting LiGA during pregnancy. RESULTS: Maternal weight is a poor predictor of LiGA births. Fundal height shows moderate predictive ability. The simple cross-sectional chart for fundal height at the 20th percentile cutoff has sensitivity and specificity of 66% in detecting LiGA births. CONCLUSIONS: Monitoring via a cross-sectional chart of fundal height offers a potentially useful screening method. The results of this study add support to arguments that routine weighing in pregnancy should be abandoned.
M L Thompson; G B Theron; L P Fatti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  1997 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-22     Completed Date:  1997-05-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Body Weight*
Gastric Fundus
Gestational Age*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Small for Gestational Age*
Pubic Symphysis
ROC Curve

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