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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2007 Feb;275(2):81-7. Epub 2006 Sep 12.

Fasting plasma glucose as a screening test for gestational diabetes mellitus.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, UAE University, P.O. Box 17666, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.


Although debated, most preeminent expert panels recommend routine screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Among the many tests that have been used and evaluated for the screening of GDM, the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) remains very appealing. It is easy to administer, well tolerated, inexpensive, reproducible and patient friendly. However attractive, the FPG has given varied results in different populations and its use as a screening test for GDM remains uncertain. This review will objectively assess the available studies to find the real value of FPG as a screening test for GDM.

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