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Macrosomia

  • Definition
    • Macrosomia refers to a very large body size. It is often used to describe an oversized fetus.

  • Information
    • The most common cause of macrosomia is diabetes in the mother. Macrosomia can lead to injury during birth and a greater chance of a Cesarean delivery.

  • References
    • Blickstein I, Perlman S, Hazon Y, et al. Diabetes mellitus during pregnancy. In: Martin RJ, Fanaroff AA, Walsh MC, eds. Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 19.

      Ramos GA, Moore TR. Endocrine disorders in pregnancy. In: Gleason CA, Devaskar SU, eds. Avery's Diseases of the Newborn. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 9.