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Prevalence of Abnormal Umbilical Arterial Flow on Doppler Ultrasound in Low-risk and Unselected Pregnant Women: A Systematic Review

Joshua Peter Vogel, Valerie Vannevel, Gianna Robbers, George Gwako, Tina Lavin, Abiodun Adanikin, Tsakane Hlongwane, Robert C Pattinson, Zahida P Qureshi, Olufemi T Oladapo

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Abstract Background: While Doppler ultrasound screening is beneficial for women with high-risk pregnancies, there is insufficient evidence on its benefits and harms in low- and unselected-risk pregnancies. This may be related to fewer events of abnormal Doppler flow, however the prevalence of absent or reversed end diastolic flow (AEDF or REDF) in such women is unknown. In this systematic review, we aimed to synthesise available data on the prevalence of AEDF or REDF.Methods: We searched PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, CENTRAL and Global Index Medicus with no date, setting or language restrictions. All randomized or non-randomized studies reporting AEDF or REDF prevalence based on Doppler as..

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