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Anti-beta 2 glycoprotein I antibodies in a general obstetric population: preliminary results on the prevalence and correlation with pregnancy outcome. Anti-beta2 glycoprotein I antibodies are associated with some obstetrical complications, mainly preeclampsia-eclampsia.
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PMID:  9175687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence in normal pregnancies of anti-32 glycoprotein I (anti-beta2GPI) antibodies, and their association with obstetrical complications. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study of anti-beta2GPI and anticardiolipin (CL) antibodies in 510 healthy pregnant women at 15-18 weeks. According to the results, women were categorized into three groups: group I, negative for both antibodies; group II, positive for anti-beta2GPI antibodies; group III, positive for aCL only. The rates of fetal loss, abruptio placentae, preeclampsia-eclampsia, and fetal growth retardation were compared in the three groups. RESULTS: Anti-beta2GPI antibodies were found in 20 women (3.9%) and aCL in 8 patients (1.6%). Obstetrical complications were more frequent, even if not significantly different, in group II, 15%, than in group I, 4.1% (difference 10.9%; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.6-20.2%; p=0.0575), while no complications were seen in group III. Preeclampsia-eclampsia were significantly more frequent in group II (10%) than in group I (0.8%; difference 9.2%; 95% CI: 4.4-14%; p=0.021). The prevalence of fetal growth retardation was not significantly different in the two groups (5% vs. 2%, respectively). COMMENT: Our findings indicate that anti-beta2GPI antibodies are associated with some obstetrical complications, mainly preeclampsia-eclampsia, even if more conventional antiphospholipid antibodies are not present. This observation suggests that these antibodies should be investigated in such cases, in order to improve the outcome of subsequent pregnancies, as well as in women with a history of early and/or recurrent severe preeclampsia in order to start a prophylactic treatment (i.e. low-dose aspirin or heparin).
D Faden; A Tincani; P Tanzi; L Spatola; A Lojacono; M Tarantini; G Balestrieri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  1997 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-22     Completed Date:  1997-07-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Brescia, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Abruptio Placentae / epidemiology,  immunology
Antibodies / blood*
Antibodies, Anticardiolipin / blood*
Eclampsia / epidemiology,  immunology
Fetal Death / epidemiology,  immunology
Fetal Growth Retardation / epidemiology,  immunology
Glycoproteins / immunology*
Pre-Eclampsia / epidemiology,  immunology
Pregnancy Outcome / epidemiology*
beta 2-Glycoprotein I
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies; 0/Antibodies, Anticardiolipin; 0/Glycoproteins; 0/beta 2-Glycoprotein I

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