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Correlation of fetal weight by clinical method and ultrasonography in 3rd trimester of pregnancy

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Makwana Viral B , Suddamalla Jhansi
» doi: 10.31838/ecb/2023.12.si6.007


In Indian antenatal scenario, fetal weight is very important to predict as extremes of both sides needs very careful management. Though ultrasound is widely used and accepted method for the birth weight estimation during pregnancy, in very remote areas yet there is limited availability and accessibility. There is need of data to judge accuracy of clinical methods for fetal birth weight estimation in 3rd trimester. Objective: To identify, analyze and correlate the clinical methods with ultrasound for estimation of fetal birth weight in 3rd trimester and to judge the accuracy of clinical methods for estimation as both extremes of fetal birth weight there is need of timely treatment and mode of management in 3rd trimesters. Materials and Methods: This study include evaluation of about 200 pregnant women who came for consultation in 3rd trimester during the study period February 2023 to April 2023 in Dhiraj Hospital, Pipariya. Estimation of fetal weight is done by clinical method - dare's formula method as well fetal weight estimation by ultrasound was recorded. Correlation between both methods in 3rd trimesters for fetal weight estimation was done and evaluated. Results: In more than 85 % of patients Clinical and Ultrasonography estimates strongly correlate with actual birth weight. However, weight estimation by ultrasound comes out to be more accurate than the clinical methods. Clinical method estimation only marginally lacks behind in accuracy when compared to actual birth weight of neonate. Conclusions: It can be postulated that the results of the present study favor ultrasound to be more accurate than the clinical methods, but clinical methods are better in terms of availability and cost effectiveness and ease of use and only marginally lack to be as accurate as usg

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