Background: Gestational age (GA) assessment is an essential tool used to monitor the proper
growth and development of fetuses. Obstetricians therefore depend on estimated GA to correctly
diagnose either pre-term or post-term labour and to distinguish between preterm birth and
intrauterine growth restriction.
Aim: The aim of study was to evaluate the accuracy of symphysis-fundal height (SFH) in
comparison to ultrasound scan for the assessment of gestational age.
Methodology: The cross-sectional method was utilized in this prospective study involving 313
pregnant women with singleton uncomplicated pregnancies and presenting between 17 to 28
weeks of gestation. Convenient sampling method was used and an ultrasound machine was used
to assess the biparietal diameter (BPD), head circumference (HC), abdominal circumference
(AC), fetal length (FL). Ultrasound scans of combined biometric parameters (USCBP) and their
corresponding GAs were estimated using the Hadlock method. The SFH of participants were
recorded (emptied bladder) and estimates of the GA were made.
Results: Statistically there were no significant differences between the crown rumped length
(CRL) and USCBP. No significant differences were also observed between the other US foetal
biometrics parameters; (BPD, HC, FL and AC). However, there were significant differences (p <
0.05) between SFH and USCBP, and also between other US foetal biometrics parameters in the
estimation of GA.
Conclusion: From the results of the study, it may be known that apart from the CRL scans, the
next accurate measure of GA is the use of the US biometric parameters in second trimester.
Keywords: Gestational age, ultrasound scan, crown rump length, symphysis-fundalheight,
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