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Risk factors and obstetric complications associated with macrosomia

OBJECTIVE: Macrosomia is associated with adverse maternal outcomes. The objective of this study was to characterize the epidemiology of macrosomia and related maternal complications. METHOD: Live births (146,526) were identified between 1995 and 1999 in the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program’s Northern California Region (KPMCP NCR) database. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed for risk factors and complications associated with macrosomia (birth weight 4500 g). RESULT: Male infant sex, multiparity, maternal age 30-40, white race, diabetes, and gestational age 41 weeks were associated with macrosomia (p0.001). In bivariate and multivariate analyses, macrosomia was associated with higher rates of cesarean birth, chorioamnionitis, shoulder dystocia, fourth-degree perineal lacerations, postpartum hemorrhage, and prolonged hospital stay (p0.01). CONCLUSION: Macrosomia was associated with adverse maternal outcomes in this cohort. More research is needed to determine how to prevent complications related to excessive birth weight.

Authors: Stotland NE; Caughey AB; Breed EM; Escobar GJ

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2004 Dec;87(3):220-6.

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