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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2013, Article ID 329542, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Applicability of the Rapid Biophysical Profile in Antepartum Fetal Well-Being Assessment in High-Risk Pregnancies from a University Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil: Preliminary Results

1Fetal Growth Restriction Unit, Department of Obstetrics, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rua Carlos Weber, 956 Apartmente. 113 Visage, Vila Leopoldina, 05303-000 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo University (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

Received 9 May 2013; Accepted 10 June 2013

Academic Editors: E. Cosmi, M. Friedrich, and C. Iavazzo

Copyright © 2013 Jonathan Mamber Czeresnia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate the clinical applicability of the rapid biophysical profile (rBPP), comparing results of the rBPP to umbilical cord pH values and Apgar scores. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 37 pregnant women from our high-risk service. All of them gave birth at our institution. rBPP was conducted up to 24 h prior to delivery and pH values were obtained from the umbilical vein immediately after birth. The mean and standard deviations for maternal age, gestational age at birth, pH values, and Apgar score in the 1st and 5th minutes after birth were calculated. An unpaired Student’s -test was applied to evaluate the correlation between these variables and rBPP scores of 2 and 4. Results. rBPP score of 2 was observed in 8 patients (21.6%) and score 4 was observed in 29 cases (78.4%). No patients received score zero. The difference between the Apgar scores of the rBPP score 2 and 4 was statistically significant ( ) while the same was not true with the umbilical cord pH ( ), even though the values tended to be lower in the rBPP 2 group. Conclusion. The rBPP is a fast and practical method of assessment of antepartum fetal well-being. Further studies, with a larger number of patients, are necessary to evaluate the applicability of the method.