Diminished growth in fetuses born preterm after spontaneous labor or rupture of membranes

Ralph K. Tamura*, Rudy E. Sabbagha, Richard Depp, Naomi Vaisrub, Sharon L. Dooley, Michael L. Socol

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We examined biparietal diameter, abdominal circumference, and birth weight in 148 preterm infants to assess fetal growth. A statistically significant proportion of preterm fetuses had biparietal diameter and abdominal circumference values below the fiftieth and tenth percentile levels as compared with that expected in normal fetuses. Similarly, birth weight of infants in the study fell significantly below the fiftieth and tenth percentiles relative to Brenner's curve. We corclude that diminished fetal growth is associated with early delivery secondary to preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes or both. Additionally, since biparietal diameters in preterm fetuses are smaller than those of normal fetuses the prediction of gestational age by cephalometry should be advanced by 7 to 10 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1110
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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