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Bilirubin influences the clinical presentation of pre-eclampsia.
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PMID:  23810061     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: Pre-eclampsia is a placental, inflammatory disease modified by maternal anti-oxidant status to give a syndrome. In its most severe forms pre-eclampsia is followed by maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. Bilirubin is a known antioxidant and as such is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Hence we aimed to find an association between maternal bilirubin levels and the clinical severity of the disease.
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective observational study of 50,712 pregnancies, 925 of which had pre-eclampsia (1999-2010), to examine the association between bilirubin level and perinatal outcome.
RESULTS: In women with pre-eclampsia, those with bilirubin levels in the lowest quintile were more likely to require caesarean section (p=0.001, aOR 2.59 (1.52-5.72)). The lowest quintile of bilirubin levels is associated with an increased risk of poor maternal (p=0.002, aOR 3.52 (95%CI 1.6-7.7)) and infant/fetal (p=0.001, OR=3.05 (95%CI=1.63-5.72)) outcome.
CONCLUSIONS: Low levels of bilirubin were associated with poor maternal and infant outcomes in women diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. Bilirubin may act as an anti-oxidant in this condition and thus modify the disease.
Eamonn Breslin; Angelika Kaufmann; Siobhan Quenby
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-6-26
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Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7654     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
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Created Date:  2013-7-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Reproductive Health, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, United Kingdom. Electronic address:
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