Fetal Doppler

Umbilical Artery, Middle Cerebral Artery, and Venous System

Giancarlo Mari, Farhan Hanif

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Abstract

One of the most important applications of Doppler ultrasonography in obstetrics is the detection of fetal anemia in pregnancies complicated by either red-cell alloimmunization or by other causes of fetal anemia. Doppler of the umbilical artery also has prognostic value in pregnancies affected by twin-twin transfusion syndrome undergoing in-utero intervention. Another potential major application is the use of Doppler ultrasound in the management of intrauterine-growth-restricted fetuses. At the present time, there is no single test that appears superior to the other available tests for timing the delivery of the growth-restricted fetus. Therefore, the decision to deliver a fetus, especially at <32 weeks, remains mostly based on empirical management. Doppler may provide a more reliable and systematic basis for timing these deliveries. This review emphasizes the three following concepts: (a) normal and abnormal Doppler of the umbilical artery, middle cerebral artery, mitral and tricuspid valves, umbilical vein, and ductus venosus; (b) some clinical applications of Doppler sonography in obstetrics; and (c) potential future research of Doppler in obstetrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

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Doppler Ultrasonography
Umbilical Arteries
Middle Cerebral Artery
Obstetrics
Fetus
Anemia
Fetofetal Transfusion
Pregnancy
Umbilical Veins
Tricuspid Valve
Growth
Mitral Valve

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Fetal Doppler : Umbilical Artery, Middle Cerebral Artery, and Venous System. / Mari, Giancarlo; Hanif, Farhan.

In: Seminars in Perinatology, Vol. 32, No. 4, 01.08.2008, p. 253-257.

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