Bowen Chatoor, J. S.; Kulkarni, Santosh K.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Amniotic fluid index in the management of the postdates pregnancy.
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
A prospective evaluation of the relationship between the amniotic fluid index (AFI) and perinatal outcome in 55 postdates pregnancies. The gravid abdomen was divided into four quadrants. Using real-time ultrasound with a 3.5 mHz transducer, the largest pocket of amniotic fluid in each quadrant was measured and the sum of pockets used to arrive at the amniotic fluid index (AFI). The AFI ranged from 2.8 to 22.6 cm. The mean for 41 weeks was 13.52 ± 4.6 cm, and for 42 weeks, 9.93 ± 4.37 cm. Oligohydramnios was noted in four patients, AFI less than 5.3 cm. Two cases developed intrapartum foetal distress and had caesarean sections. All four babies were admitted with meconium aspiration; one died from this complication.....