Chapter 66. Oligohydramnios

  1. John T. Queenan MD Professor Chairman Emeritus3,
  2. John C. Hobbins MD Professor of Obstetrics4 and
  3. Catherine Y. Spong MD Chief5
  1. Maryam Tarsa MD1 and
  2. Thomas R. Moore MD2

Published Online: 30 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444312904.ch66

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Tarsa, M. and Moore, T. R. (2005) Oligohydramnios, in Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition (eds J. T. Queenan, J. C. Hobbins and C. Y. Spong), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444312904.ch66

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3257 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  2. 4

    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4200 East 9th Avenue, B-198, Denver, CO 80262, USA

  3. 5

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Bivd, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Division of Perinatal Medicine, Department of Reproductive Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

  2. 2

    University of California, San Diego Medical Center, Department of Reproductive Medicine, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103-8433, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 SEP 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405125796

Online ISBN: 9781444312904



  • oligohydramnios;
  • methods for determining amniotic fluid volume - amniotic fluid index (AFI) and single deepest pocket;
  • ruptured membranes;
  • causes - preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM);
  • fetal urinary tract anatomy assessment;
  • intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR);
  • pulmonary hypoplasia;
  • intrapartum amnioinfusion


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Physiology of Normal Amniotic Fluid Volume

  • Diagnosis of Oligohydramnios

  • Treatment

  • Conclusions

  • References