Comparison of modified biophysical profile and Doppler ultrasound in prediction of perinatal outcome in high-risk pregnancies


  • Khushboo Malhotra Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Archana Kumari Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • H. P. Anand Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India



High risk pregnancy, Modified biophysical profile, Non-stress test, Perinatal outcome, Umbilical artery doppler


Background: The objective of this present study was to compare MBPP and umbilical artery Doppler flow in high-risk pregnant women in prediction of perinatal outcome.

Methods: A cohort study was done on 150 high-risk pregnant women over 16 months. Antenatal women with singleton pregnancy who delivered within 48 hours of performing MBPP and Doppler USG, with presence of ≥1 high-risk factor like pre-eclampsia/gestational HTN, BOH, post-dated pregnancy, FGR, GDM, maternal heart disease, anaemia, hypothyroidism and IHCP were included in the study. MBPP (NST and AFI) and umbilical artery Doppler was performed. Perinatal outcome was measured in terms of stillbirth/IUD, LBW, Apgar <7 at 5 minutes, admission to NICU, neonatal death within 48 hours of delivery, MSL and neonatal seizures within 24-48 hours. Quantitative variables were compared using independent t-test/Mann Whitney test. Qualitative variables were correlated using Chi square test/Fisher exact test. Sensitivity, specificity, NPV, PPV were calculated and p-value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Data analysis was done using social sciences (SPSS) licensed version 21.0.

Results: Majority belonged to the age group 21-25 years and were between 37-40 weeks of gestation. It was found that highest perinatal complications occurred in those with both abnormal MBPP and Doppler followed by those with only abnormal MBPP (p-value<0.0001).

Conclusions: MBPP is a better predictor of perinatal outcome compared to umbilical artery Doppler USG in high-risk pregnant women. MBPP should be done in all high-risk pregnancies even if Doppler is normal. Both the tests must be performed in all high-risk pregnancies to improve perinatal outcome.


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