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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1987 Aug;157(2):410-4.

Fetal weight estimation formulas with head, abdominal, femur, and thigh circumference measurements.

Abstract

Most current sonographic techniques for estimating fetal weight involve measurements of the head, abdomen, and femur length both alone and in combination. The value of the fetal thigh circumference measurement in addition to the head, abdominal, and femur length measurements has not been investigated previously. Eighty-nine patients were scanned within 72 hours of delivery, and the following ultrasonic fetal parameters were obtained in all fetuses: biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, femur length, and thigh circumference. With multiple stepwise regression analysis, the best-fit formulas were developed with one, two, three, four, and five parameters, respectively. The best results were obtained by combining measurements of all five parameters: biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, femur length, and thigh circumference. The mean error of this formula was 6%, the mean deviation 0.3%, and the SD 7.8%. These data suggest that the addition of thigh circumference to measurements of the head, abdomen, and femur length improves the accuracy of fetal weight estimates.

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