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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1989 Jan;160(1):192-6.

Pregnancy surveillance with Doppler velocimetry of uterine and umbilical arteries.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY 11501.


Previous studies with Doppler velocimetry have demonstrated a strong correlation between abnormal waveforms and fetal-maternal disease. This study was designed to evaluate the potential role of Doppler velocimetry as a screening test in routine prenatal care. Two hundred fifty-five pregnant women had routine monthly Doppler (systolic/end-diastolic ratio) studies on the uterine and umbilical arteries starting in the twentieth week of gestation. When a cutoff value of 3 was used at 30 weeks for the umbilical arteries, there were 35 (13%) positive tests. In 20 of these values fell to less than 3 in the ensuing weeks and were considered false positive. The remaining 15 babies demonstrated positive clinical pathologic correlates. When a value of 2.6 was used at 26 weeks for uterine arteries, there were nine positive results, seven of which had clinical pathologic correlates. This study suggested an overall positivity rate of 7%; therefore it provides encouragement for a larger venture in which screening and impact on decision making are evaluated.

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