119: When to induce near term IUGR fetus? Lessons from a population based study Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective Fetuses with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are at higher risk for perinatal morbidity and mortality. IUGR is a leading etiology of indicated late preterm (34-36) and early term (37-38) deliveries. However, recent reports suggest that neonates delivered at this gestational age have a higher perinatal morbidity and mortality rate than those delivered after 38 weeks of gestation. Thus, the timing of delivering of IUGR fetuses is becoming an important question, and the objective of the study was to determine the incidence of fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality associated with induction of labor vs. spontaneous delivery of women with IUGR fetuses between 34-38 weeks of gestation. Study Design This retrospective population based study, included 2109 women who had 2232 deliveries allocated into two main groups: induction of labor (IOL)(n= 1428) and spontaneous …

publication date

  • January 1, 2014