Fetal growth retardation: underlying endocrine mechanisms and postnatal consequences.


Considerable advance has been made in our understanding of the regulation of fetal growth and of the pathophysiology of intrauterine growth retardation. The dominant determinant of fetal growth is nutrient delivery to the conceptus, and the insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) appear to play a central role in modulating the fetal growth response to the… (More)


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