Objective: To determine whether complex gastroschisis (ie, intestinal atresia, perforation, necrosis, or volvulus) can prenatally be distinguished from simple gastroschisis by fetal stomach volume and stomach‐bladder distance, using three‐dimensional (3D) ultrasound. Methods: This multicenter prospective cohort study was conducted in the Netherlands between 2010 and 2015. Of seven university medical centers, we included the four centers that performed longitudinal 3D ultrasound measurements at a regular basis. We calculated stomach volumes (n = 223) using Sonography‐based Automated Volume Count. The shortest stomach‐bladder distance (n = 241) was determined using multiplanar visualization of the volume datasets. We used linear mixed modelling to evaluate the effect of gestational age and type of gastroschisis (simple or complex) on fetal stomach volume and stomach‐bladder distance. Results: We included 79 affected fetuses. Sixty‐six (84%) had been assessed with 3D ultrasound at least once; 64 of these 66 were liveborn, nine (14%) had complex gastroschisis. With advancing gestational age, stomach volume significantly increased, and stomach‐bladder distance decreased (both P < .001). The developmental changes did not differ significantly between fetuses with simple and complex gastroschisis, neither for fetal stomach volume (P = .85), nor for stomach bladder distance (P = .78). Conclusion: Fetal stomach volume and stomach‐bladder distance, measured during pregnancy using 3D ultrasonography, do not predict complex gastroschisis.

doi.org/10.1002/pd.5568, hdl.handle.net/1765/121244
Prenatal Diagnosis
Department of Pediatrics

Hijkoop, A., Lap, C., Aliasi, M., Mulder, E.J., Kramer, W.L.M., Brouwers, H., … Cohen-Overbeek, T. (2019). Using three-dimensional ultrasound in predicting complex gastroschisis: A longitudinal, prospective, multicenter cohort study. Prenatal Diagnosis. doi:10.1002/pd.5568