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Uterine artery Doppler flow studies in obstetric practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19646563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The advent of sonography has changed the practice of obstetrics by providing a window to the womb through which the anatomic structure of the fetus can be evaluated. The addition of Doppler flow studies of maternal and fetal vessels has provided a tool where the physiology of the maternal-fetal unit can be assessed. This information can provide the physician and the patient with vital information for a subsequent approach to the pregnancy. The use of fetal Doppler blood flow studies has become common in the evaluation and management of pregnancies complicated by conditions such as suspected fetal growth restriction and red blood cell isoimmunization to guide intrauterine therapy and delivery. The most commonly assessed Doppler flow studies of the fetus are the umbilical artery and middle cerebral artery (MCA). Doppler flow studies of the MCA are used in the assessment of the fetus at risk for anemia and growth-restricted fetus. Doppler flow studies of the umbilical artery can reflect abnormalities in "down-stream" or the fetal side of placental resistance, and the assessment of the maternal vasculature evaluates "up-stream" blood flow or the maternal side of placental resistance. The purpose of this review is to describe the clinical utility of uterine artery Doppler flow studies in the prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes in low and high risk populations.
Anthony C Sciscione; Edward J Hayes;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  201     ISSN:  1097-6868     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-03     Completed Date:  2009-08-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Suite 1905, Newark, DE 19718, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Flow Velocity
Cerebrovascular Circulation
Fetal Growth Retardation / ultrasonography*
Middle Cerebral Artery / ultrasonography
Placental Circulation*
Ultrasonography, Doppler*
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*
Uterus / blood supply*
Erratum In:
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Nov;201(5):542
Note: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine [added]

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