Sonographic Estimates of Fetal Weight in the Intrauterine Growth Retardation Population

Denise A. Guidetti, Michael Y. Divon, Jeffrey J. Braverman, Oded Langer, Irwin R. Merkatz

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The efficacy of different methods of fetal weight estimation using sonographic measurements of the abdominal circumference (AC), biparietal diameter (BPD), and femur length (FL), either alone or in combination, was evaluated in the fetus with intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). Eighty-one patients, referred with a clinical suspicion of IUGR, were studied. All patients had sonographic measurements within 7 days of delivery. Four regression equations were used to estimate fetal weight: AC (Hadlock), BPD-AC (Shepard), AC-FL (Hadlock), BPD-AC-FL (Hadlock). For the total study group, as well as for the infants who were found to be IUGR at birth, 75% of the estimates of fetal weight using the BPD-AC-FL method were within 10% of the actual birthweight. Nearly comparable results were obtained using the AC-FL method. In the fetus with IUGR, estimates offetal weight that incorporated the FL correlated best with the actual birthweight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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