Fasting plasma glucose as a screening test for gestational diabetes mellitus



Although debated, most preeminent expert panels recommend routine screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Among the many tests that have been used and evaluated for the screening of GDM, the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) remains very appealing. It is easy to administer, well tolerated, inexpensive, reproducible and patient friendly. However attractive, the FPG has given varied results in different populations and its use as a screening test for GDM remains uncertain. This review will objectively assess the available studies to find the real value of FPG as a screening test for GDM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Faculty of MedicineUAE UniversityAl AinUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Department of PathologyTawam HospitalAl AinUnited Arab Emirates

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