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|Title:||Assessment of stillbirth risk and associated risk factors in a tertiary hospital.|
|Citation:||J OBSTET GYNAECOL, 2002, 22 (1), pp. 34-38|
|Abstract:||We aimed to calculate the stillbirth rate at each gestation and also determine antenatal factors, which may be associated with unexplained stillbirth in a large UK teaching hospital. This was a retrospective study of all the stillbirths between January 1995 and October 1998. There were 27 170 births at > or =24 weeks, gestation during the study period. Of these 161 were stillbirths giving a stillbirth rate of 5.9/1000; 149 (92.5%) were antepartum. Eighty-two (50.9%) were unexplained. The "risk" of unexplained stillbirth per 1000 ongoing pregnancies was 0.3 at 24-25 weeks, fell steadily to 0.07 at 30-31 weeks and then rose to a peak of 1.16 at 40-41 weeks. About half (49.2%) of the pregnancies that ended in unexplained stillbirths had a normal antenatal course with no associated factors. Associated factors in the unexplained stillbirth group were identified in 50.8% of cases. The most common was intrauterine growth restriction, identified in 41.5% of cases. The "risk" of stillbirth increases at term. No significant antenatal associated factor, detection of which would aid prevention, could be identified in the majority of cases.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine|
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