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Ted (G.J.) Kloosterman: on intrauterine growth. The significance of prenatal care. Studies on birth weight, placental weight and placental index.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16516961     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the last century, there was a heated debate on whether fetal growth retardation is caused by a small placenta or whether a placenta is small because the baby is small. One of the active participants in this debate was Kloosterman who studied 80,000 birth weights, and 30,000 placental weights, in relation to gestational age at birth, fetal sex, maternal parity, and perinatal mortality. He found that pregnancies related to heavier placentas last longer. He also found that, from about 32 weeks of gestation onwards, children from primiparous women as compared to those from multiparous women, like twin children as compared to singleton children, are relatively growth retarded, most likely related to prior relatively poor placental growth. He concluded that poor fetal growth is not the cause, but the result of poor placental growth. The clinical implication of all these is that future early detection of poor placental growth may prospect poor fetal growth, and may even allow for early interventions to improve fetal outcome.
O P Bleker; M Buimer; J A M van der Post; F van der Veen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article     Date:  2006-03-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Placenta     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0143-4004     ISO Abbreviation:  Placenta     Publication Date:    2006 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-25     Completed Date:  2006-11-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006349     Medline TA:  Placenta     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1052-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 22700, 1100 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Fetal Development / physiology*
Fetal Growth Retardation / history*,  prevention & control
Gestational Age
History, 20th Century
Obstetrics / history
Organ Size
Placenta / anatomy & histology*
Pregnancy, Multiple / physiology
Sex Factors

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