Ultraschall in Med 2018; 39(05): 572-573
DOI: 10.1055/a-0741-0427
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© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

How good are we at first-trimester prevention and prediction of early fetal growth restriction?

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09 October 2018 (online)

A series of recent publications have shown that early preeclampsia can be successfully predicted in the first trimester using a combination of maternal, biophysical and biochemical factors [1] [2] [3] [4], and administration of low-dose aspirin to women identified as high-risk can reduce the development of preterm preeclampsia by about 60 % [5]. Given that abnormal placentation and placental insufficiency are commons pathway to many cases of preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction (FGR), we intuitively use the same strategies to predict and prevent FGR. However, are we as successful in FGR as we are in preeclampsia?