Transabdominal uterine arteries Doppler at 12-14th and 20-24th week of gestation and pregnancy outcome: A prospective study

Stefania Rampello, Luigi Frigerio, Elena Ricci, Elena Rota, Marzia Lucianetti, Fabio Parazzini

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Objective: To identify women at actual risk of pre-eclampsia and poor pregnancy outcome in a selected group of high risk patients. Study design: Prospective study of women with previous pre-eclampsia and/or intra uterine growth retardation, intra uterine death (≥20th week), chronic hypertension, three or more previous spontaneous abortions. All subjects were followed-up till pregnancy outcome. Gestational week at delivery and birth weight were recorded. Other outcome measures were: intra uterine growth retardation, pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia, abruptio placenta, admission in neonatal intensive care unit. Results: 139 patients were enrolled and followed-up until the end of pregnancy. Abnormal Doppler results at 12-14th week examination were associated with intra uterine growth retardation, fetal death/spontaneous abortion and small for gestational age birth. Conclusions: This study indicates that early evaluation of arterial uterine RI and presence of notches may be predictive of low birth weight and intra uterine growth retardation in a high risk population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-138
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009



  • Doppler
  • High risk pregnancy
  • Pregnancy outcome
  • Prenatal ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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