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Fetal macrosomia

Authors
Journal
Obstetrics Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine
1751-7214
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ogrm.2006.12.010
Keywords
  • Fetal Macrosomia
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Diabetes
  • Beckwith–Wiedemann Syndrome
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Erb'S Palsy
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Clinical palpation, ultrasound biometry and maternal perception all can lead to the suspicion of a large-for-gestational-age fetus and fetal macrosomia. Although maternal diabetes and rare genetic syndromes may be the cause of large fetal size, most of these pregnancies will in fact be normal. Nevertheless, maternal and perinatal risks do increase with increasing fetal size. Antenatal prediction is, however, imprecise, and the evidence to date does not support intervention in non-diabetic pregnancies where there is a suspicion of fetal macrosomia.

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