OC24. 06: Short term effect of betamethasone administration on MCA blood flow velocimetry on preterm intrauterine growth restricted fetuses Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective This longitudinal study was designed to explore whether administration of betamethasone to preterm intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) fetuses affects middle cerebral artery (MCA) blood flow velocimetry. Methods Sixteen women (n= 16) with singleton preterm IUGR fetuses (below 10th percentile) were included. All patients were treated with a single course of betamethasone (12 mg qd IM) and were followed prospectively. Fetal MCA PI was recorded before, during first 4 days and 5–7 days after treatment. PI values were expressed according to the percentile of gestational age. A neonatal neurosonogram was performed during the first 72 hours of life. Descriptive statistics (mean and SD) and calculation (value after treatment minus the baseline) was used. Paired t-test on the equality of this to zero was than performed. Results 1. The mean …

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  • September 1, 2005