Clinical and Biophysical Profile

  • F. Pierre


For a quarter of a century, obstetricians have been fighting perinatal mortality on two fronts: prenatal diagnosis and care in specific pathologies (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) and fetal safety in the labor ward (fetal monitoring, cesarean section). With this progress, antenatal deaths account for more than half the perinatal mortalities and more than two thirds of these occur before labor. When morphological anomalies and catastrophic accidents like cord prolapse or placental abruption are excluded, the main cause of fetal death is chronic asphyxia (usually called utero-placental insufficiency), whatever its etiology. It may occur where there is no risk factor and screening tests and investigations are needed for diagnoses in which clinical and biophysical fetal profiles can be included.


Obstet Gynecol Fetal Movement Placental Abruption Acta Obstet Gynecol Amniotic Fluid Volume 
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