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Product of conception—gestational age, completed weeks N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termGestational age
METeOR identifier:Help on this term669039
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018
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The age of a product of conception in completed weeks.

Data Element Concept:Product of conception—gestational age

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Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Supplementary values:Help on this term
99Not stated/unknown
Unit of measure:Help on this termCompleted weeks

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Guide for use:Help on this term

Gestational age is the best clinical estimate of the duration of pregnancy at a specific point in time, based on the first day of the last menstrual period, ultrasound or physical examination of the baby.

Gestational age is conventionally expressed in completed weeks. When gestational age is calculated using the first day of the last normal menstrual period, the first day is counted as day zero and not day one. Therefore, a 25 week, 5 day fetus is considered a 25 week fetus (25+0, 25+1, 25+2, 25+3, 25+4, 25+5, 25+6).

When ultrasound is used to date a pregnancy, the earliest ultrasound examination should be used and should preferably be between 6 and 10 weeks gestation. Scans performed beyond 24 weeks gestation are unlikely to be reliable in estimating gestational age and should not be used for this purpose.

The World Health Organization identifies the following categories for duration of gestation:

  • pre-term: less than 37 completed weeks (less than 259 days) of gestation
  • term: from 37 completed weeks to less than 42 completed weeks (259 to 293 days) of gestation
  • post-term: 42 completed weeks or more (294 days or more) of gestation.
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Gestational age is a key marker in pregnancy and an important risk factor for neonatal outcomes.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Origin:Help on this term

WHO (World Health Organization) 1992. International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision. Geneva: WHO.

Reference documents:Help on this term

American Academy of Pediatrics 2004. Policy statement: Age terminology during the perinatal period. Paediatrics 114(5):1362–64.

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See also Pregnancy—estimated duration (at the first visit for antenatal care), completed weeks N[N] Health, Superseded 12/12/2018, Indigenous, Archived 02/04/2019, ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

See also Pregnancy—estimated duration, total weeks N[N] WA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014

Supersedes Product of conception—gestational age, completed weeks N[N] Health, Superseded 02/08/2017, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016

Has been superseded by Product of conception—gestational age, total completed weeks N[N] Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Perinatal NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

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