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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318253b318
Ambulatory Obstetric Care

Antepartum Evaluation of the Fetus and Fetal Well Being


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Despite widespread use of many methods of antenatal testing, limited evidence exists to demonstrate effectiveness at improving perinatal outcomes. An exception is the use of Doppler ultrasound in monitoring high-risk pregnancies thought to be at risk of placental insufficiency. Otherwise, obstetricians should proceed with caution and approach the initiation of a testing protocol by obtaining an informed consent. When confronted with an abnormal test, clinicians should evaluate with a second antenatal test and consider administering betamethasone, performing amniocentesis to assess lung maturity, and/or repeating testing to minimize the chance of iatrogenic prematurity in case of a healthy fetus.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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