Short Femur on the Second Trimester Ultrasound Report: What to Include in the Management Plan?
Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Define the term ‘short femur’ 2. Discuss the management after a short femur is diagnosed on sonogram
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
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Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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A short femur is defined as a measurement below the 2.5 percentile for gestational age. This finding is typically identified on second trimester prenatal ultrasound, as femur measurements are part of the algorithm for pregnancy dating. While often there are no other abnormalities, the following should be included in the care plan:
Second trimester anatomical study to evaluate for short limb dysplasia
When short femur seen in isolation, with no other fetal abnormalities
If aneuploidy screening has not yet been done, then screening or diagnostic testing should be offered
If patient opts for aneuploidy testing and result is negative
Counsel patients that screening tests are not diagnostic and therefore there is still residual risk for chromosomal anomalies
ACOG guidance recommends offering prenatal screening for aneuploidy as an option for all pregnant women
Repeat sonogram in the 3rd trimester for growth
If aneuploidy screen result is positive, refer for genetic counseling and consideration of diagnostic testing options
If other anomalies are detected
Refer for genetic counseling and MFM assessment
ACOG guidance recommends offering invasive testing using microarray in the setting of fetal structural anomalies seen on prenatal ultrasound
The femur length should be measured with the bone perpendicular to the ultrasound beam and with epiphyseal cartilages visible, but not included in the measurement. The presence of a short femur may be associated with aneuploidy, intrauterine growth restriction and short limb dysplasia.
The likelihood ratio for Down syndrome is 1.2 to 2.2, which indicates a minimal to small increase in the likelihood that the fetus will actually have this chromosomal abnormality
Evaluation of all the long bones is suggested to rule out limb dysplasia
ACOG guidance recommends offering
All patients the option of prenatal invasive testing or prenatal screening
Invasive testing using microarray in the setting of fetal structural anomalies seen on prenatal ultrasound
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