Relationship of Femoral Length to Recumbent Length and Stature in Fetal, Neonatal, and Early Childhood Growth
Distance and velocity of reference values for fetal growth are needed. Such fetal growth curves need to be continued postnatally. Ultra- sonography will provide curves of fetal head diameters and circumferences that fit such criteria. As a linear measurement of fetal growth, reference values for femur length are available from 14 weeks “post-menstruation” to term.This study showed there was a highly significant correlation between radiographically measured femoral length and recumbent length of the newborn infant. Thus, in examining the potential different outcomes in growth for the fetus-now-newly bom, femoral length prenatal serial measurements may be continued postnatally by measurement of another linear postnatal measure of growth—recumbent length.
Falkner, Frank and Roche, A F.
"Relationship of Femoral Length to Recumbent Length and Stature in Fetal, Neonatal, and Early Childhood Growth,"
5, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/humbiol/vol59/iss5/5