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Diameter of the normal fetal thymus on ultrasound

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Authors
Cho, J. Y.; Min, J. Y.; Lee, Y.-H.; McCrindle, B.; Hornberger, L. K.; Yoo, S.-J.
Issue Date
2007-03-27
Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
Citation
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2007; 29: 634-638
Keywords
Abdomen/embryology/ultrasonographyFemaleFemur/embryology/ultrasonographyGestational AgeHead/embryology/ultrasonographyHumansPregnancyPregnancy Trimester, SecondPregnancy Trimester, ThirdProspective StudiesReference ValuesThymus Gland/*embryology/ultrasonographyUltrasonography, Prenatal
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To present the normative data of the transverse diameter of the developing fetal thymus. METHODS: In this prospective study, the maximum transverse diameter of the thymus was measured by one sonologist in 376 normal fetuses between 19 and 38 weeks of gestation. We assessed the relationship of the transverse thymic diameter with gestational age (GA), biparietal diameter, femur length and abdominal circumference using general linear regression modeling. The predicted mean and 95% reference range of thymic diameter at each GA were calculated from the regression equation. RESULTS: Measurements of the transverse diameter were possible in 352 of the 376 (94%) fetuses. The transverse diameter of the fetal thymus increased with increasing GA and fetal size parameters in a linear manner. The regression equation for transverse diameter of the thymus as a function of GA was: thymic diameter (cm) = 0.15 x GA (weeks) - 1.59 (r(2) = 0.86, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: The transverse diameter of the fetal thymus is easy to measure; this study presents normative data.
ISSN
0960-7692 (Print)
Language
English
URI
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=17385216

http://hdl.handle.net/10371/10471
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1002/uog.3979
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