biophysical profile

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1. a simple outline, as of the side view of the head or face.
2. a graph representing quantitatively a set of characteristics determined by tests.
biophysical profile a numeric scoring system used to assess the well-being of the fetus in high-risk pregnancies, based on the nonstress test combined with sonographic evaluation of fetal breathing, fetal movements, fetal tone, amniotic fluid volume, and, sometimes, the echogenicity of the placenta.
PULSES profile a tool for early functional assessment, comprising assessment of physical condition, upper limb function, lower limb function, sensory components, excretory function, and emotional or mental status.
urethral pressure profile (UPP) a record of the resistance of the urethra to fluid flow, measured as variations in urethral pressure. A liquid or gas is pumped into the bladder with a catheter in place and the catheter is slowly withdrawn while measurements are taken of the pressure at various points in the urethra. It is usually done from the internal orifice to the external orifice in females and from the internal orifice to the sphincter urethrae muscle in males.

bi·o·phys·i·cal pro·file

technique for evaluating fetal status using fetal heart rate monitoring and ultrasound assessment of amniotic fluid volume, fetal movement, and fetal breathing motion.

biophysical profile

A prenatal ultrasound test performed in the latter half of pregnancy, which assesses foetal health status based on five parameters:
• Heart rate;
• Breathing movement;
• Gross body movement;
• Foetal muscle tone; and
• Amniotic fluid volume.

Each parameter is scored 0 to 2 for a total of 10 points, with 8+ being regarded as healthy.

biophysical profile

Obstetrics The measurement of 5 physical parameters in fetuses at ↑ risk for poor outcome, a non-stress test which evaluates the reactivity of the heart rate to various stresses, other parameters are measured simultaneously by dynamic ultrasound imaging: Fetal breathing movement–a non-stress test, fetal muscle tone, gross body movement, and amniotic fluid volume
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The patients were then evaluated with biophysical profile testing.
A study of the biophysical profile (BPP) in PROM showed that a healthy fetus will have a normal BPP despite PROM, and that a decreased score on a BPP is associated with increased likelihood of impending amnionitis.
The fetal biophysical profile in patients with premature rupture of the membranes--an early predictor of fetal infection.
A modified biophysical profile, which combines measurement of amniotic fluid volume with nonstress testing, is preferred because, unlike a nonstress test alone, it includes a chronic marker of fetal status: amniotic fluid volume.
Multidisciplinary approach to be applied including periodic fetal Biophysical profile, maternal coagulation profile, intensive neonatal care unit.
The present antennal fetal surveillance modalities consists of daily fetal movement counts, NST, Modified biophysical profile, complete biophysical profile and Doppler study of uterine and fetal vessels.
She uses the same plan if the amniotic fluid index is less than 5, fetal heart rate testing is nonreassuring, the biophysical profile score is below 6, or little or no growth occurs over a 2- to 4-week interval.
A limited examination is "appropriate and desirable," according to ACOG, in the assessment of amniotic fluid volume, fetal biophysical profile testing, ultrasound-guided amniocentesis, external cephalic version, confirmation of fetal presentation, location of the placenta in antepartum hemorrhage, and confirmation of fetal life or death.
Clinical management of the pregnancies was based on the modified biophysical profile only two exceptions: Doppler studies showing reverse umbilical artery blood flow or venous pulsations in the umbilical vein.
The biophysical profile may be affected by prematurity, but can still be reliably used for evaluating preterm fetuses whenever there is a nonreactive nonstress test and a positive contraction stress test, Dr.
Linda Siegle provided the participants with some history and discussion of several bills she is working on, including an Imaging bill that, if left as is, would stop nurses from being able to perform bladder scans, Doppler assessment of positioning of central venous catheters, fetal biophysical profiles, distal perfusion, wound depths, and so much more.