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Leukocytosis in labor: what are its implications?
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PMID:  7976474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the usefulness of the peripheral white blood count (WBC) drawn during labor as a predictor of postpartum morbidity.
METHOD: Hospital charts on 309 consecutive obstetrical deliveries performed by residents of the Cox Family Practice Residency were reviewed for evidence of maternal or neonatal postpartum morbidity. An analysis of means was used to compare the average antepartum WBC in the morbid and non-morbid groups.
RESULTS: The average WBC in a laboring patient was 12,450, with a range of 4,400 to 29,100. Patients with postpartum complications had a WBC similar to that of patients without complications (12,900 vs 12,300 p = 0.449).
CONCLUSION: An elevated WBC obtained on admission to the labor ward is not helpful in predicting postpartum complications in mothers or newborns.
P Molberg; C Johnson; T S Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Family practice research journal     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0270-2304     ISO Abbreviation:  Fam Pract Res J     Publication Date:  1994 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-15     Completed Date:  1994-12-15     Revised Date:  2012-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8208228     Medline TA:  Fam Pract Res J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cox Family Practice Residency, Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, Springfield, Missouri 65802.
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MeSH Terms
Apgar Score
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnosis
Leukocyte Count
Leukocytosis / blood*
Obstetric Labor Complications / blood*
Predictive Value of Tests
Puerperal Disorders / blood
Time Factors

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