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Prediction of Birth Weight and Neonatal Adiposity Using Ultrasound Assessment of Soft Tissue Parameters in Addition to Two-Dimensional Conventional Biometry

Authors
  • Garcia Flores, Jose
  • Mogra, Ritu
  • Sadowski, Monica
  • Hyett, Jon
Type
Published Article
Journal
Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Mar 03, 2021
Volume
48
Issue
3
Pages
201–208
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000510637
PMID: 33657569
Source
Karger
Keywords
License
Green
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Abstract

Introduction: We aim to evaluate the supplementary predictive value of soft tissue markers, including fetal limb volumes, for fetal birth weight and fat tissue weight. Methods: This is a prospective study of 60 patients undergoing term induction of labor. Ultrasound was performed 48 h before birth, and 2D sonographic measurements, subcutaneous tissue thickness, and 3D fetal limb volumes were taken. Birth weight and neonatal fat weight were assessed by plethysmography. Clinical data were collected. The relation between ultrasound and neonatal outcomes was assessed by univariate and multivariate predictive models. The estimated and actual birth weights were compared applying different published formulas, and systematic and random error were collected and compared. Results: 3D fetal limb volumes showed a strong relation to birth weight, absolute weight, and relative fat weight. The Lee 6 formula performed better than either Hadlock 3 or Lee 3 with the lowest random error. Fractional limb volumes involve a highly reproducible technique, with excellent correlation (intra-class coefficient >0.90) for both inter- and intra-observer reliability. The prevalence of estimated EFW measures within 10% error from the actual birth weight was 71.7% with the Hadlock 3 model and 95.0% with the Lee 6 model (p = 0.09). Conclusion: Late assessment of 3D fetal limb volume in upper and lower extremities is not only useful for accurately predicting birth weight but is a useful marker for prediction of birth fat tissue weight.

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