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The effects of asthma on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.
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PMID:  12765319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of the study was to examine the perinatal outcomes of women who have asthma and to determine if peak flow values change during pregnancy. A retrospective chart audit was conducted analyzing records of 567 women with asthma who delivered between 1992 and 1997. The most common maternal complications were meconium-stained amniotic fluid, preterm labor or delivery this pregnancy, oligohydramnios, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. The most common neonatal complications were meconium staining, preterm infant, and intrauterine growth restriction. Women who required systemic steroids were more likely to have oligohydramnios, intrauterine growth restricted infant, meconium staining, or pregnancy-induced hypertension. Peak flow values did not change by trimester of pregnancy. While the percentage of women who smoked was higher than the general population, smoking was not correlated with increased adverse perinatal outcomes. This study suggests an increased incidence of oligohydramnios, intrauterine growth restriction, and meconium-stained amniotic fluid in women with asthma. More research is needed to further the understanding of the relationship between asthma and perinatal outcomes. Prior studies have shown an association between poor control and adverse outcomes. Education is a major nursing implication.
Claudia Anderson Beckmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0277-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  J Asthma     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-26     Completed Date:  2003-06-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106454     Medline TA:  J Asthma     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey 01742, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / complications*
Infant, Newborn
Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
Pregnancy Complications*
Pregnancy Outcome* / epidemiology
Retrospective Studies

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