Profiling placental function may help identify complications of pregnancy

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:768
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Calgary

    A profile of placental function in the second trimester of pregnancy may be of value in identifying pregnancies that are at risk for pre-eclampsia, fetal death, and intrauterine growth restriction, say Canadian researchers.

    A placental function profile at 16-23 weeks of gestation can reassure women with normal test results by identifying the subset of women who are at high risk of perinatal morbidity or death from severe intrauterine growth restriction, says the study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2007;196:363.el-7).

    The University of Toronto research team used a placental profile in a prospective study of 212 medically or obstetrically high risk pregnancies. The profile comprised 16-18 week …

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