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Gender-specific differences in fetal cardiac troponin T in pregnancies complicated by placental insufficiency.
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PMID:  21664586     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Placental insufficiency and fetal growth restriction may lead to fetal hypoxia and acidemia, which result in fetal cardiac injury.
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to compare the levels of fetal cardiac troponin T (cTnT) at birth and fetal Doppler parameters according to fetal gender in pregnancies complicated by placental insufficiency before 34 weeks' gestation.
METHODS: Between March 2007 and November 2010, singleton pregnancies with placental insufficiency characterized by abnormal umbilical artery Doppler results were prospectively studied. All the patients delivered by cesarean section, and Doppler examinations were performed up to 48 hours before birth. Immediately after delivery, umbilical artery blood samples were obtained for fetal cTnT measurements.
RESULTS: Fifty high-risk pregnant women met the study criteria. The study groups were as follows: group 1 consisted of 23 male fetuses (46%) and group 2 consisted of 27 female fetuses (54%). cTnT levels were significantly higher in the group of male fetuses (median, 0.14; range, 0.01-0.85) compared with the group of female fetuses (median, 0.05; range, 0.01-0.27) (P = 0.039). In the group of male fetuses, Doppler results of the ductus venosus assessment revealed values of pulsatility index for veins ≥1.0 in 15 male fetuses (65.2%) and 9 female fetuses (33.3%) (P = 0.032).
CONCLUSIONS: Fetal gender was associated with cTnT level at birth in pregnancies complicated by placental insufficiency before 34 weeks' gestation, although the Doppler findings did not support gender differences. The fetal cardiac compromise and cardiac injury may be influenced by fetal gender, suggesting differences in the cardiovascular response to fetal hypoxia.
Roseli M Y Nomura; Cristiane Ortigosa; Lílian R Fiorelli; Adolfo W Liao; Marcelo Zugaib
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gender medicine     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1878-7398     ISO Abbreviation:  Gend Med     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101225178     Medline TA:  Gend Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier HS Journals, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, São Paulo University Medical School, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
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