Feto-placental haemodynamics in growth retardation: a pulsed Doppler study

P. Bogatti, P. C. Veglio, D. Rustia, G. P. Mandruzzato

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69 singleton pregnancies, with a diagnosis of intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR) at ultrasound, were followed until delivery by pulsed Doppler evaluations in fetal thoracic descending aorta (DA) and umbilical artery (UA). Three haemodynamic groups were described according to flow characteristics expressed as the pulsatility index (PI) of the vessel under study. In each group the relative incidence of fetal distress, diagnosed according to CTG monitoring, was evaluated. Fetal distress occurred in 75% of the cases with a raised PI both in DA and UA, in 40% of the cases with a raised PI only in DA and in 21% of the cases with 'normal' PI values in both vessels. It can be said that Doppler flow measurements can be useful in defining the actual haemodynamic situation of the fetus with possible clarifications concerning its 'stressed' or 'distressed' condition and residual capacities to substain hypoxia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-219
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Fetal blood flow
  • Intra-uterine growth retardation
  • Pulsatility index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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