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Clinical use of placental hormones in pregnancy management.
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PMID:  22776835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Across human pregnancy, placenta represents a transit of oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the fetus, and actively produces a large number of hormones that serve to regulate and balance maternal and fetal physiology. An abnormal secretion of placental hormones may be part of the pathogenesis of the main obstetric syndrome, from early to late pregnancy, in particular chromosomopathies, miscarriage, gestational trophoblastic diseases, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm delivery. The possibility to measure placental hormones represents an important tool not only for the diagnosis and management of gestational disorders, but it is also fundamental in the early identification of women at risk for these pregnancy complications. In the last decades the use of ultrasound examination has provided additional biophysical markers, improving the early diagnosis of gestational diseases. In conclusion, while few placental hormones have sufficient sensitivity for clinical application, there are promising new biochemical and biophysical markers that, if used in combination, may provide a valid screening tool.
M De Bonis; F L Vellucci; M Di Tommaso; C Voltolini; M Torricelli; F Petraglia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of endocrinological investigation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1720-8386     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806594     Medline TA:  J Endocrinol Invest     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Siena, Italy.
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