Data relating to the outcome of pregnancy were gathered prospectively on patients with elevations of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) or with unusually low MSAFP levels (0.25 or fewer multiples of the median) unexplained by ultrasonography. Patients with unexplained MSAFP elevations (2.5 or more multiples of the median, amniotic fluid AFP normal) exhibited a significantly increased incidence of fetal loss, low birth weight, neonatal death, and fetal congenital anomalies compared with controls with normal MSAFP. Patients with unexplained low levels of MSAFP had a significantly greater risk of fetal loss than controls, but there was no increase in the incidence of low birth weight, neonatal deaths, or congenital anomalies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Obstetrics and gynecology|
|State||Published - Nov 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology