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Maternal/perinatal outcome in women with sickle cell disease: A comparison of two time periods

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source: Southern medical journal

year: 2018

authors: Chang JN, Magann EF, Novotny SA, Cooley CE, Gauss CH, Parrish MR, Morrison JC


To compare pregnancy outcomes in women with sickle cell disease from recent deliveries with a similar group delivered earlier.

During a 12-year period (2005-2016), data from pregnant women with hemoglobin SS or SC were collected from three university medical centers and compared with earlier studies (1979-2003) involving similar patients. The primary endpoints were maternal complications during pregnancy and newborn outcomes.

There were 278 patients in the control group (1979-2003) compared with 150 patients in the study group (2005-2016). Women in the study group were older (P < 0.0001) and of less parity (P =0.0001), and complications of preterm delivery, preeclampsia, and having a transfusion were similar between the two groups (P = 0.45, 0.95, and 0.49, respectively). Pain crises were more common in the study group (P = 0.02) as was cesarean section (P < 0.0001), but there was a reduction in pulmonary complications (P = 0.0002). Maternal mortality was uncommon (control group [N=4] vs study group [N=3], P = 0.40). Newborn statistics revealed a similar gestational age at delivery (37 weeks), and the incidence of intrauterine growth restriction, as well as 5-minute Apgar score <7 did not differ by group (P = 0. 91, 0.85, and 0.16, respectively). Infants in the study group were heavier on average by approximately 220 g (P = 0.02), whereas the neonatal death rate was low (control group [N=1], study group [N=2] P = 0.60).

Recent pregnancy outcome statistics in women with sickle cell disease have not changed through the years. Innovative strategies to improve maternal and newborn outcomes among such patients are needed.

organization: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA; University of Mississippi Medical Center, USA; University of Kansas Medical Center, USA

DOI: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000900

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