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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.

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Volume and vascularity of the yolk sac studied by three-dimensional ultrasound and color Doppler

S. Kupesic / A. Kurjak / M. Ivančić-Košuta

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Volume 27, Issue 2, Pages 91–96, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: 10.1515/JPM.1999.010, June 2005

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Published Online:
2005-06-01

Abstract

The aim of our study was to assess the volume of the gestational sac and yolk sac throughout the first trimester of pregnancy, and to establish the relationship between the yolk sac volume measurements and vascularity visualization rates.

Eighty women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies between 5 and 12 weeks were evaluated by three-dimensional and color Doppler ultrasound (Combison 530, Kretztechnik).

Regression analysis revealed exponential rise of the gestational sac volume with gestational age throughout the first trimester. An exponential rise of the yolk sac volume was noticed between gestational weeks 5 and 8, followed by gradual increase of the yolk sac volume between the gestational weeks 8 and 10. After reaching the plateau from 10 to 11 weeks, yolk sac volume started to decrease. The highest visualization rates for the yolk sac vessels were obtained between gestational weeks 7 and 8. When yolk sac reached the maximum size between 10 and 11 weeks, reduced vascularity was demonstrated.

Three-dimensional ultrasound allowed estimation of the gestational sac and yolk sac volumes throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. Both of these measurements seem to be useful prognostic parameters for the pregnancy outcome. The combination of functional and volumetric data provides much useful information on early human development.

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