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Premature labor contractions and the value of serum ferritin during pregnancy.
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PMID:  3229662     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In general, the diagnosis of pregnancy-related anemia relies on the estimation of the hemoglobin level. The findings of this study suggest that the additional estimation of serum ferritin - a reliable index of the iron stores - can improve the diagnosis of anemia. Hematological data of 150 pregnant women were retrospectively related to the courses of pregnancy, in particular to the incidence of premature labor contractions. 70% of the pregnant women included in the investigation had a serum ferritin value below 20 micrograms/l and thus iron deficiency. If the hemoglobin value alone had been estimated, 50.6% of the women with iron deficiency (serum ferritin less than 20 micrograms/l) would not have been detected among those pregnant women with a hemoglobin value of more than 11 g/dl. These findings are also of particular relevance as a significant correlation has been found between the incidence of premature labor contractions and the serum ferritin level: only 11% of the pregnant women investigated whose serum ferritin values exceeded 20 micrograms/l had premature labor contractions, whereas premature labor was recorded in 48% of the pregnant women with serum ferritin values below 10 micrograms/l.
E Goepel; H U Ulmer; R D Neth
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gynecologic and obstetric investigation     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0378-7346     ISO Abbreviation:  Gynecol. Obstet. Invest.     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-04-18     Completed Date:  1989-04-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7900587     Medline TA:  Gynecol Obstet Invest     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  265-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gynecology, University Hospital, Hamburg-Eppendorf, FRG.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia, Hypochromic / blood*,  complications,  diagnosis
Ferritins / blood*
Obstetric Labor, Premature / blood*,  etiology
Predictive Value of Tests
Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic / blood*,  diagnosis
Pregnancy Trimester, Third
Retrospective Studies
Uterine Contraction
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