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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1990 Mar;162(3):703-9.

Fetal assessment based on fetal biophysical profile scoring. IV. An analysis of perinatal morbidity and mortality.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


The relationship between the last biophysical profile score result and perinatal outcome was determined among a large referred population of high-risk pregnancies. A highly significant inverse linear correlation was observed for fetal distress, admission to neonatal intensive care unit, intrauterine growth retardation, 5-minute Apgar score less than 7, and umbilical cord pH less than 7.20 but not for the incidence of meconium or major anomaly. A highly significant inverse exponential (log 10) relationship was observed for perinatal mortality in total and by component parts and cause. These data strongly suggest the biophysical profile scoring method of fetal risk assessment is accurate and also provides insight into the extent of fetal compromise.

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