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Whither ultrasonic prediction of fetal macrosomia?
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PMID:  8414339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During the past 15-20 years, ultrasonic estimation of fetal weight (EFW) has been used increasingly to make management decisions regarding the induction of labor or delivery route. The propriety of this approach depends on proof that its use improves newborn or maternal outcome without disproportionate increases in morbidity and mortality. A barrier to achieving this goal is the inaccuracy associated with ultrasonic EFW. The current ultrasonic EFW procedures are not accurate enough for detecting macrosomia defined by weight criteria. Even if clinicians could determine fetal weight accurately, the frequency of persistent fetal injuries associated with vaginal birth of the macrosomic fetus is so low that induction of labor or cesarean birth is not justified on that basis. Furthermore, the inaccurate ultrasonic determination of fetal weight leads to inappropriate obstetric interventions. Evidence-based decision-making should be an important goal for all obstetric care givers. Delivery decisions based on inaccurate EFW should be avoided.
H F Sandmire
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1993 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-19     Completed Date:  1993-11-19     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  860-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
OB-GYN Associates of Green Bay, Ltd., Wisconsin.
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MeSH Terms
Body Weight
Fetal Macrosomia / ultrasonography*
Reproducibility of Results
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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