Is fetal growth restriction associated with a more severe maternal phenotype in the setting of early onset pre-eclampsia? A retrospective study

Jane M Weiler, Stephen Tong, Kirsten Rebecca Palmer

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Abstract

Background: Both pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction are thought to result from abnormal placental implantation in early pregnancy. Consistent with this shared pathophysiology, it is not uncommon to see growth restriction further confound the course of pre-eclampsia and vice versa. It has been previously suggested that superimposed growth restriction is associated with a more severe pre-eclamptic phenotype, however this has not been a consistent finding. Therefore, we set out to determine whether the presence of fetal growth restriction among women with severe early-onset pre-eclampsia was associated with more severe maternal disease compared to those without a growth-restricted fetus. Methods and Findings: We undertook a retrospective cohort study of women presenting to a tertiary hospital with severe early-onset pre-eclampsia (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere26937
Number of pages5
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume6
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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