Relationship between in utero sonographic evaluation and subcutaneous plicometry after birth in infants with intrauterine growth restriction: An exploratory study

Nadia Liotto, Tatjana Radaelli, Anna Orsi, Emanuela Taricco, Paola Roggero, Maria L. Giann, Dario Consonni, Fabio Mosca, Irene Cetin

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Abstract

Background: Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with several medical complications before and after delivery. The aim of this study was to evaluate the concordance between the fetal ultrasonographic measurement of subcutaneous tissue thicknesses and the skinfold thicknesses assessment in intrauterine growth restricted newborns. Methods. We designed an exploratory study. Fetal ultrasonographic measurement of subcutaneous tissue thicknesses, according to Bernstein's and Galan's method, and neonatal skinfold thicknesses were evaluated in 13 intrauterine growth restricted newborns within 4 hours before delivery and on the first day of life, respectively. Concordance between fetal and neonatal measurements was assessed using the Lin's correlation coefficient and the Bland-Altman method. Results: The data obtained by the measurements of neonatal skinfold thicknesses was significantly correlated with the prenatal measurements (Lin's coefficients, arm: 0.60; subscapular: 0.72; abdomen: 0.51). Bland-Altman analysis showed moderate agreement between the fetal ultrasonographic measurement of subcutaneous tissue thicknesses and the neonatal skinfold thicknesses assessment. Conclusions: The present study provides preliminary evidence that fetal sonographic measurements may represent additional indices of intrauterine growth restriction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number70
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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