Authors: Hesham Fekry Ahmed

Abstract

To evaluate the potentials of the first trimester uterine artery Doppler, placental volume measurement and ductus venosus blood flow as predictors of third trimester fetal growth parameters. This study was a prospective-observational study, conducted on 200 pregnant women, during a period of 2 years starting from June 1st 2013 till May 30th 2015, in order to evaluate the potentials of the first trimester uterine artery doppler, placental volume measurement and ductus venous blood flow as predictors of third trimester fetal growth parameters, as well as to determine whether these measurements are independent or not in the prediction of fetal growth restriction. First trimester uterine artery pulsatility index (PI) was found to have a negative correlation with third trimester BPD, HC, AC and FL, as well as with fetal birth weight. First trimester placental volume was found to have a positive correlation with third trimester HC, AC and FL but not with BPD. No correlation was found between first trimester placental volume and fetal birth weight. First trimester ductus venosus Doppler indices (PI and PVIV) were found to have no correlation with third trimester fetal growth parameters (BPD, HC, AC and FL), which was later confirmed at birth.

  

Keywords

Uterine artery Doppler; ductus venosus; pulsatility index; intrauterine insemination

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First Trimester Uterine Artery Doppler, Placental Volume and Ductus Venosus Blood Flow as Predictors of Third Trimester Fetal Growth Parameters