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Intrauterine Growth Restriction

Cleveland Intrauterine Growth Restriction Attorneys

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Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a condition where babies in the womb have not grown properly for their age. The usual criteria are a baby who weighs less than 90% of other babies at the same age. IUGR can result in a baby that is too small overall or a baby with a small body and a “normal” sized head.

Women with the following conditions are at a higher risk of carrying babies with IUGR:

  • Alcohol abuse/smoking
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Poor nutrition
  • Maternal diabetes

If your child suffered injuries or died while in utero due to IUGR, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case.


Contact the Ohio birth injury attorneys at The Becker Law Firm for a free consultation. Call (440) 252-4399 or fill out and submit an online contact form.


Causes of Intrauterine Growth Restriction

Intrauterine growth restriction is typically a problem of the baby not receiving enough nutrition or oxygen from the placenta.

This can have several causes:

Medical Malpractice and IUGR

Obstetricians and sonographers should closely monitor all women, particularly those with risk factors for IUGR. When IUGR is suspected, ultrasounds may be required every two to three weeks to check on size and weight. It can usually be diagnosed by ultrasound. If the baby has IUGR, he or she may require genetic testing or screening for infection.

There is a significant risk to babies with IUGR. If not closely monitored, they can die in utero. Additionally, these babies are at increased risk for problems during labor, so they must be carefully monitored with electronic fetal monitoring to ensure proper oxygenation.

If the monitoring is not reassuring, emergency delivery by cesarean section may be necessary to avoid developmental delays and cerebral palsy.

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Let The Becker Law Firm Fight for You

Our birth injury lawyers in Ohio have extensive experience in helping parents of children with birth injuries, including those caused by IUGR. If your child endured a difficult birth, including complications caused by intrauterine growth restriction, call us to determine if your child is eligible for a lawsuit.

We can be reached at (440) 252-4399 or online.

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    Conditions Leading to IUGR

    The fetus has an amazing ability to adapt to uteroplacental insufficiency. Unless it is very prolonged and severe, it will not ultimately cause permanent damage to the unborn baby. Sometimes, uteroplacental insufficiency leads to a condition called IUGR, Intrauterine Growth Retardation, where the baby doesn’t grow and have the size that is expected at a particular gestational age.

    IUGR babies are particularly vulnerable to stresses of labor. They don't have the stamina - the ability to withstand distress - that a normal full-term fetus has. It's really important to know when you have an IUGR baby because the management may well change.

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