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Adolescent pregnancy in Tasmania.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6540363     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The obstetric performance of 1719 pregnancies in mothers aged less than 18 years was compared to that of the rest of the obstetric population. There was a significantly poorer outcome in the adolescents in the mean birthweight, the prevalence of birthweight below 2500 g and of gestation period below 28 weeks, Apgar score, perinatal mortality and the occurrence of hypertension in pregnancy. When the primiparous adolescent group (1607) was compared with primiparas aged 18-34 years (16 220), these differences were less marked. The two groups (adolescent and adult primiparas) were matched by marital status and socioeconomic class, and no significant differences were found in these parameters. It is concluded that biological age per se does not confer an increased risk in pregnancy. The high proportion of primiparas in the adolescent group (93%), and the associated increased prevalence of high-risk factors in this group (single marital status, low socioeconomic class, and smoking) would explain the poorer obstetric outcome in comparison with that of the total adult group.
J F Correy; P C Kwok; N M Newman; J T Curran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  141     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1984 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-09-14     Completed Date:  1984-09-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Health Education
Hypertension / epidemiology
Infant Mortality
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Obstetric Labor Complications / epidemiology
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
Pregnancy in Adolescence*

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