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Pregnancy outcomes associated with intrauterine growth restriction.
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PMID:  12824998     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to examine the incidence of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and neonatal outcomes of pregnancies delivered from 26 to 41 weeks' gestation. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of a linked database of all deliveries in California in 1994 through 1996 that were reported to the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A database of maternal and neonatal discharge summaries linked to birth and death certificates were examined for gestational age at delivery, diagnosis of IUGR, respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), length of stay, and hospital charges (CHA). More than 1.4 million singleton deliveries were examined by week of gestation and separated into the presence or absence of IUGR and then examined for adverse neonatal outcomes. RESULTS: The frequency of IUGR was increased in the preterm newborn infants compared with those at 40 weeks' gestation (26 = 8.9%, 27 = 7.7%, 28 = 9.8%, 29 = 10.5%, 30 = 12.3%, 31 = 9.1%, 32 = 7.5%, 33 = 6.6%, 34 = 5.6%, 35 = 5.0%, 36 = 4.4%, 37 = 3.7%, 38 = 2.3%, 39 = 1.5%, 40 = 1.1%). Up to 28 weeks' gestation, the incidence of RDS was higher for infants without IUGR compared with infants with IUGR (not significant). Starting at 29 weeks' gestation, RDS was higher for infants with IUGR. Initially not significant, this difference was statistically significant starting from 34 weeks. The findings were similar for IVH, NEC, and length of stay. The threshold at which the relationship between the presence of IUGR and the outcome flipped was 30, 28, and 29 weeks, whereas significance was observed at 34, 35, and 30 weeks, respectively. CHA were always higher for those patients with IUGR but became significantly higher after 29 weeks. CONCLUSION: IUGR was increased with prematurity and may represent an important risk factor to check for in women who present with preterm labor. Prematurity associated with adverse neonatal outcomes (RDS, IVH, NEC, CHA) were largely unaffected by IUGR until the third trimester. From then on, all adverse outcomes were increased compared with normally grown premature infants, suggesting a need for closer surveillance for IUGR in the third trimester.
William M Gilbert; Beate Danielsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  188     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-25     Completed Date:  2003-07-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1596-9; discussion 1599-601     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, University of California at Davis, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
California / epidemiology
Cerebral Hemorrhage / complications,  epidemiology
Enterocolitis, Necrotizing / complications,  epidemiology
Fetal Growth Retardation / complications,  epidemiology*
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / epidemiology*
Infant, Premature
Length of Stay
Medical Records
Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy Outcome*
Pregnancy Trimester, Third
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / complications,  epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors

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