fundal height


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fundal height

[fun′dəl]
Etymology: L, fundus, bottom; AS, heightho
the height of the fundus of the uterus, measured in centimeters from the top of the symphysis pubis to the highest point in the midline at the top of the uterus. Fundal height is measured at each prenatal visit with large blunt calipers or with a tape measure. From the twentieth to the thirty-second week of pregnancy the height in centimeters is equal to the gestation in weeks. Two measurements 2 weeks apart showing a deviation of more than 2 cm may indicate that the fetus is large or small for dates, that the estimated gestation is in error, or that the woman is carrying a multiple pregnancy.
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Measurement of fundal height

fundal height

The distance (in centimeters) from the portion of the uterus above the insertion of the fallopian tubes to the symphysis pubis. Antepartum: The standard fundal height at 20 weeks gestation is at the maternal umbilicus. Thereafter, measurement from the pubic symphysis to the top of the fundus (in centimeters) should equal the number of weeks of gestation.
See also: height
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For example, at 32 weeks, the fundal height is usually 32 centimeters, give or take 2 centimeters.
She had only gained four more pounds, but her fundal height was 32 cm
In the analysis by randomisation group, women randomised to the antibiotic arm were not more likely to deliver a preterm infant, whether the gestational age was based on fundal height obtained at randomisation (23.
Physicians measure fundal height to detect fetal growth abnormalities, but there is wide interobserver variability.
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