TITLE

(Bile) acid test of pregnancy

PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Dec2004, Vol. 53 Issue 12, p1718
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the study "Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy: Relationships Between Bile Acid Levels and Fetal Complication Rates," conducted by H.U. Marschall , A. Glantz and L.A. Mattsson, published in the periodical "Hepatology." Intrahepatic cholestasis complicates pregnancy with a frequency ranging widely from 0.1 % in the U.S. up to 27% in Chile. Presenting in the second half of pregnancy with itching, it has been associated with adverse fetal outcome. This detailed study describes the frequency, associations, investigations, and outcome of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). Fasting serum bile acid levels could be used in the diagnosis of ICP as well as in identifying the subgroup with on increased risk of adverse Fetal outcome and hence to guide the management of these patients.
ACCESSION #
18384807

 

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