Amniotic fluid index

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Amniotic fluid index (AFI) is an estimate of the amount of amniotic fluid[1] and is an index for the fetal well-being. It is a part of the biophysical profile.[1]

AFI is the score (expressed in cm) given to the amount of amniotic fluid seen on ultrasonography of a pregnant uterus. To determine the AFI, doctors may use a four-quadrant technique,[2] when the deepest, unobstructed, vertical length of each pocket of fluid is measured in each quadrant and then added up to the others,[3] or the so-called "Single Deepest Pocket" technique.[4]

  • An AFI between 8-18 is considered normal.[5] Median AFI level is approximately 14 from week 20 to week 35,[6] when the amniotic fluid begins to reduce in preparation for birth.
  • An AFI < 5-6 is considered as Oligohydramnios[3] The exact number can vary by gestational age. The fifth percentile for gestational age is sometimes used as a cutoff value.[7]


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