Diminished biparietal diameter and abdominal circumference growth in twins

Michael L. Socol*, Ralph K. Tamura, Rudy E. Sabbagha, Thomas Chen, Naomi Vaisrub

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Forty-three women with uncomplicated twin pregnancies and reliable menstrual dates had serial ultrasonic measurements of the fetal biparietal diameter (BPD) and abdominal circumference. The 25th, 50th, and 75th fetal BPD and abdominal circumference growth percentiles were generated from this normal twin population and compared with those for singletons. A slowing of both BPD and abdominal circumference growth in twins was noted in the third trimester. However, newborn anthropometric data were collected that suggest that the head circumference of twins is comparable to that of singletons. This discrepancy between ultrasonic BPD and neonatal head circumference in predicting head size may possibly be explained by dolichocephaly attributed to uterine crowding. For the antenatal assessment of growth in twins the authors recommend the use of BPD and abdominal circumference charts derived specifically from such uncomplicated twin pregnancies. When the BPD growth is abnormal, the head circumference and abdominal circumference should be measured to assess whether or not fetal growth is normal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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