Management of Late Gestation lUGR: Induction or Caesarean Section?

  • Stephen C. Robson
  • Duncan W. Irons


The principal aim of antepartum fetal monitoring is the early detection and timely delivery of fetuses with progressive acidaemia. Most fetuses with antepartum hypoxia and acidaemia will be growth restricted, secondary to placental insufficiency, and many will be SGA. In this group of fetuses, the only widely available treatment is delivery (though see Ch. 16) but the timing of this intervention remains controversial. The Growth Restriction Intervention Trial (GRIT) is currently addressing the role of early delivery in the preterm growth-restricted infant [1]. However, we are unaware of any comparable study in the term or near-term small fetus. Thus at present there are no useful data to guide clinicians as to the optimal time to deliver the SGA fetus.


Fetal Heart Rate Umbilical Artery Fetal Distress Emergency Caesarean Section Bishop Score 
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