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Dynamics of hepatic enzyme activity following birth asphyxia.
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PMID:  17062468     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To investigate: 1) the occurrence of hypoxic hepatitis in full-term infants after birth asphyxia, 2) the temporal enzyme pattern in asphyxiated newborn infants, and 3) whether the degree of hypoxic hepatitis, as reflected by the rise in aminotransferase, correlates with the severity of the asphyxia and CNS symptomatology. METHODS: Serum aminotransferases, lactate dehydrogenase, gamma-glutamyl transferase, total and conjugated bilirubin, cholinesterase activity, albumin, international normalized ratio (INR), and nucleated red blood cell count were prospectively measured in full-term asphyxiated newborn infants (n=26). Samples were collected three times during the first 72 h and once between days 6 and 12 after birth. Samples from healthy newborns (n=56), collected 24-172 h after birth, served as controls. RESULTS: In 12 of the 26 asphyxiated infants, a serum alanine aminotransferase (S-ALAT) pattern compatible with hypoxic hepatitis was found. Five infants showed increased S-ALAT activity but with a different pattern. Similar patterns were seen in serum aspartate aminotransferase (S-ASAT). S-ALAT and -ASAT concentrations 0-72 h after birth correlated significantly with severity of hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. CONCLUSION: Birth asphyxia can induce an enzyme pattern in serum compatible to hypoxic hepatitis. There seems to be a correlation between aminotransferases in serum and the extent of CNS injury.
Mathias Karlsson; Mats Blennow; Antal Nemeth; Birger Winbladh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  95     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2007-02-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1405-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Alanine Transaminase / blood
Aspartate Aminotransferases / blood
Asphyxia Neonatorum / blood,  complications*,  enzymology*
Hepatitis / blood,  enzymology*,  etiology*
Hypoxia, Brain / blood,  enzymology*,  etiology*
Infant, Newborn
L-Lactate Dehydrogenase / blood
Reg. No./Substance:
EC Dehydrogenase; EC Aminotransferases; EC Transaminase

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