Fetal liver length measurement does not provide a superior means for prediction of a small for gestational age fetus

American Journal of Perinatology
D SenohM Kitao

Abstract

To assess the growth of the fetal liver in normal pregnancies and evaluate the ability of fetal liver length measurement for prediction of small for gestational age fetuses, ultrasonographic examinations were performed on 162 normal fetuses, ranging from 15 to 40 weeks menstrual age. The optimal mathematical function and normal range of liver length were generated. The liver length was obtained in 21 small for gestational age fetuses between 34 and 40 weeks, and the ability to use fetal liver length measurement for prediction of small for gestational age fetuses was investigated. A curvilinear relationship was found between the menstrual age and liver length (R2 = 91.9%), and a normal range of liver length measurement for estimating the growth of the fetal liver during normal pregnancy was generated. The liver length was normal in 19 of 21 small for gestational age fetuses (90.5%). The fetal liver length measurement does not provide a superior means for identifying the small for gestational age fetus.

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