TITLE

Malaria in Pregnancy: The "Cortisol" and "Prolactin" Hypotheses

AUTHOR(S)
Pearson, Roy Douglas
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;7/1/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p146
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines the reasons for plasma high levels of cortisol, measured at the time of delivery, in the plasma of primi- and multiparous Gabonese women with Plasmodium falciparum infection. The 24-h period preceding and following delivery is a well-studied endocrinological series of events that includes a complex, amphoteric synergism between cortisol and prolactin, space allows for only a brief synopsis. During normal labor, primiparous women have been observed to have higher antepartem and early post-partum cortisol levels, whereas prolactin levels decrease during labor. There is no reason to believe that mothers and infants who survive until term do not have a normal physiological parturition.
ACCESSION #
13602540

 

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