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Ultrasound derived fetal growth curves for a Jamaican population

Thame, M., Osmond, C., Fletcher, H. and Forrester, T.E. (2003) Ultrasound derived fetal growth curves for a Jamaican population West Indian Medical Journal, 52, (2), pp. 99-110. (doi:10.1002/uog.1483).

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The objective of this study was to develop fetal growth curves and percentile growth charts for a Jamaican population. Four hundred and ninety-nine Jamaican women of African origin were enrolled in a prospective study from the antenatal clinic of the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. Serial ultrasound scans were performed between 14 and 37 weeks gestation to measure fetal growth. The ultrasound measurements performed were biparietal diameter, head and abdominal circumference and femoral length. A total of 2574 ultrasound scans were performed on the 499 women (mean 5.2 per woman). From these data, centiles for fetal growth curves for the four fetal measurements were constructed and percentile tables were created for a Jamaican population. Birthweight varies between ethnic groups and, therefore, so must fetal growth rates. At present, fetal growth in Jamaica is assessed using standards which are based on data derived from Caucasian populations. Fetal growth curves using data from this study would more accurately identify a fetus that is at risk and hence, provide information which could improve obstetric care. These new growth curves should provide data, which will improve obstetric decision making.

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Published date: 2003
Additional Information: Conference: 14th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stockholm, Sweden, 31 August 2004 to 4 September 2004.


Local EPrints ID: 26024
ISSN: 0043-3144
PURE UUID: daa84402-f712-4d89-ba20-9cfc14982460
ORCID for C. Osmond: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 21 Apr 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:08

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Author: M. Thame
Author: C. Osmond ORCID iD
Author: H. Fletcher
Author: T.E. Forrester

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