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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

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The ponderal index in triplets: I. Relationship to small for gestational age neonates

I. Blickstein / R. B. Kalish / G. Sharma / D. J. Rhea / L. G. Keith
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2004.011


The aim of the study was to examine the ponderal index in small for gestational age (SGA) triplets. Prospectively collected data from a cohort of triplets born at 28 to 37 weeks were analyzed. A low neonatal ponderal index (birth weight / [length] [3]) was defined as less than 1 SD below the mean (2.0), and SGA was considered as birth weight below the 10th percentile by triplet standards. We studied 2181 sets of triplets. Triplets delivered at <=33 weeks have a lower mean ponderal index compared with those delivered at >33 weeks. About 70% of SGA triplets do not have a low ponderal index, whereas 79.2% of infants with a low ponderal index are not SGA by triplet standards. Both the frequency of a low ponderal index and the frequency of infants with a low ponderal index who are not SGA decrease with increasing gestational age. We conclude that the majority of triplets with a low ponderal index might not be considered growth restricted, supporting the concept that reduced fetal weight of triplets is more likely a physiological rather than a pathological phenomenon.

Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2004-02-06

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 62–65, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2004.011, June 2005

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