Doppler umbilical artery velocimetry in fetuses with polyhydramnios

Am J Perinatol. 1990 Oct;7(4):340-2. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-999518.


Polyhydramnios is a condition of multiple etiologies, many of a benign nature, but some of which are incompatible with life. To evaluate Doppler velocimetry results as a prognostic parameter in these fetuses, we reviewed all of our cases of polyhydramnios that underwent Doppler analysis in the third trimester. Fifty-four fetuses were studied. Eleven (20.4%) had abnormal waveforms and 43 (79.6%) had normal waveforms. An abnormal waveform was associated with a significantly higher incidence of congenital anomalies, perinatal mortality and intrauterine growth retardation. Six of the 11 fetuses had abnormal karyotypes. Macrosomia was present in 37.2% of fetuses with normal waveforms and in no fetus with an abnormal waveform. Doppler analysis may aid in the counseling and management of patients with polyhydramnios. In cases with an abnormal ratio, the physician and patients should be prepared for a poor outcome and third trimester genetic analysis should be strongly considered.

MeSH terms

  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Polyhydramnios / complications
  • Polyhydramnios / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*
  • Umbilical Arteries / diagnostic imaging*