It is well-documented that fetal growth restriction (FGR) may have increased risks of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Early detection of FGR is crucial in prenatal care and daily practice. We undertook a prospective and cross-sectional study using quantitative 3-D ultrasound (US) to assess the efficacy of fetal liver volume (LV) in predicting FGR. During the study period, 42 fetuses with FGR and 375 fetuses without FGR were included for the LV assessment in utero by 3-D US. All the fetuses were singletons and had follow-up to delivery to ensure whether they were complicated with FGR or not. Our results revealed that fetal LV assessed by 3-D US can differentiate well fetuses with FGR from those without FGR. The sensitivity of fetal LV in predicting FGR was 97.6%, with specificity 93.6%, predictive value of positive test 63%, predictive value of negative test 99.7% and accuracy 94%. In conclusion, fetal LV assessed by quantitative 3-D US can be used to predict fetuses with FGR antenatally. Our data support that fetal LV assessment by 3-D US would be a useful test in detecting fetuses with FGR.
|頁（從 - 到）||13-17|
|期刊||Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology|
|出版狀態||Published - 2006 一月|
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