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Perinatal death due to abruptio placentae in an African city.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  419954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abruptio placentae was a common cause of perinatal death in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1974-1975 with a frequency of 5.5/1000 births. This disorder had its peak frequency at term. No abnormalities were found in the placentas to explain the placental abruptions but there were other clues to their genesis. There was a strong association of the fatal abruptions with severe poverty in the mothers. These poor mothers were both undernourished and malnourished during pregnancy. Their fetuses and neonates who died had multiple evidences of undernutrition including a relative undergrowth of adrenals, spleens and livers and a relative acceleration of lung maturation. These findings support observations in more prosperous nations that poor nutrition of the gravida may have an important role in the genesis of abruptio placentae.
R L Naeye; N Tafari; C C Marboe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0001-6349     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Publication Date:  1979  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-04-26     Completed Date:  1979-04-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abruptio Placentae / complications*
Fetal Death / etiology*
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Welfare
Nutrition Disorders / complications

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