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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology