Middle cerebral artery blood flow in normal and growth-retarded fetuses

Jean Claude Veille, Ilan Cohen

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Abstract

Doppler ultrasonography of the middle cerebral artery was performed on 17 fetuses that were small for gestational age at the time of delivery. Results were compared with a group of 25 fetuses that had a normal weight for gestational age at the time of delivery. Despite a significant difference in fetal weight and systolic/diastolic ratio of the umbilical artery between the two groups, no difference was found in either the systolic/diastolic ratio or in the Pourcelot index of the middle cerebral artery. This may reflect a protective effect on the brain circulation in the small-for-gestational-age fetus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-396
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume162
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1990
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Duplex ultrasonography
  • normal/ abnormal fetal growth

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