Midtrimester Isolated Short Femur Length as a Predictor of Adverse Pregnancy Outcome

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate whether midtrimester isolated short femur length is associated with pregnancy complications. Study Design: Retrospective analysis of pregnancies with a midtrimester femur length <5th percentile for gestational age compared to controls with a femur length ≥5th percentile. Outcome measures included hypertensive disorders, being small for gestational age, oligohydramnios and preterm delivery. Results: 2,105 women were eligible for this study, 85 (3.45%) of whom were in the study group and 2,020 were controls. Birth weight <10th percentile for gestational age (OR 4.4, 95% CI 2.5-7.8), birth weight <3rd percentile for gestational age (OR 31.0, 95% CI 13.3-72.3) and severe preeclampsia (OR 6.3, 95% CI 1.4-28.6) were significantly associated with midtrimester isolated short femur length. Conclusions: Midtrimester isolated short femur length is associated with higher rates of being small for gestational age and preeclampsia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Adverse pregnancy outcome
  • Midtrimester isolated short femur length
  • Preeclampsia
  • Small for gestational age

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