Longitudinal studies of femur growth in normal fetuses.

  title={Longitudinal studies of femur growth in normal fetuses.},
  author={R L Deter and I K Rossavik and Reba M. Hill and C M Cortissoz and F. Hadlock},
  journal={Journal of clinical ultrasound : JCU},
  volume={15 5},
As an indicator of fetal limb growth, change in the femur diaphysis length (FDL) between 15 and 38 weeks, menstrual age, has been evaluated in a longitudinal study of 20 normal fetuses, as determined by prenatal biparietal diameter, head circumference, and abdominal circumference growth patterns as well as postnatal pediatric assessment. Individual FDL growth curves were uniformly parabolic and followed very similar trajectories. The projected start points [mean: 9.7 (+/- 1.5 SD) weeks] for… CONTINUE READING