INTRAUTERINE GROWTH RETARDATION

Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management

Authors

  • Barbara L. McFarlin cnm, ms, rdms

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    • 1 Barbara L. McFarlin is a nurse-midwife at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. She is also a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. She received her B.S.N. in 1974 and M.S. in 1954 from the University of Illinois College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.


2Hutzel Hospital, 5C CNM, 4707 St. Antoine Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48201.

ABSTRACT

Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) occurs in 3% to 10% of all pregnancies. Although it is an uncommon occurrence in a low-risk nurse-midwifery practice, as many as 65% of the cases of IUGR are not identified until after the birth of the infant. Identification of IUGR is important because it carries a high risk of antepartum fetal death, anomalies, intrapartum asphyxia, and long-term morbidity. Additionally, identification of IUGR is essential for appropriate prenatal and intrapartum management. A review of etiologic factors, current assessment, and management of the pregnancy complicated by IUGR is presented, The use and interpretation of new technologies that the clinician may use in diagnosing and managing IUGR is reviewed.

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