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Adolescence as risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome in Central Africa--a cross-sectional study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21188301     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of maternal and neonatal mortality worldwide. Young maternal age at delivery has been proposed as risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome, yet there is insufficient data from Sub-Saharan Africa. The present study aimed to investigate the influence of maternal adolescence on pregnancy outcomes in the Central African country Gabon.
METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Data on maternal age, parity, birth weight, gestational age, maternal Plasmodium falciparum infection, use of bednets, and intake of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy were collected in a cross-sectional survey in 775 women giving birth in three mother-child health centers in Gabon. Adolescent women (≤16 years of age) had a significantly increased risk to deliver a baby with low birth weight in univariable analysis (22.8%, 13/57, vs. 9.3%, 67/718, OR: 2.9, 95% CI: 1.5-5.6) and young maternal age showed a statistically significant association with the risk for low birth weight in multivariable regression analysis after correction for established risk factors (OR: 2.7; 95% CI: 1.1-6.5). In further analysis adolescent women were shown to attend significantly less antenatal care visits than adult mothers (3.3±1.9 versus 4.4±1.9 mean visits, p<0.01, n = 356) and this difference accounted at least for part of the excess risk for low birth weight in adolescents.
CONCLUSION: Our data demonstrate the importance of adolescent age as risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome. Antenatal care programs specifically tailored for the needs of adolescents may be necessary to improve the frequency of antenatal care visits and pregnancy outcomes in this risk group in Central Africa.
Florian Kurth; Sabine Bélard; Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma; Katharina Schuster; Ayola A Adegnika; Marielle K Bouyou-Akotet; Peter G Kremsner; Michael Ramharter
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-12-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  PloS one     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1932-6203     ISO Abbreviation:  PLoS ONE     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-28     Completed Date:  2011-07-05     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101285081     Medline TA:  PLoS One     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e14367     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Research Unit, Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambaréné, Gabon.
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MeSH Terms
Africa, Central
Cross-Sectional Studies
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Middle Aged
Pregnancy Outcome*
Pregnancy in Adolescence*
Prenatal Care / utilization
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors

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