Ana Luíza Penido Ferreira

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OBJECTIVE To test a new noninvasive ultrasound method for diagnosing fetal anemia in red blood cell isoimmunized pregnancies. METHODS A diagnostic accuracy study was carried out to determine the cutoff point of an ultrasound measurement, the cardiofemoral index (CFI), calculated using the biventricular outer dimension (BVOD) and femur length to diagnosis(More)
Fetal anemia is a common result of alloimunization and is an important cause of fetal congestive heart failure resulting in heart dilation. Fetuses suspected of having heart failure present a higher Cardiofemoral Index and an increase in plasma BNP levels, because the cardiac hormonal system is activated by increased heart wall stretch due to increased left(More)
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