Morris, Joanne S.; Dunn, David T.; Poddar, Damyanti; Serjeant, Graham R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Medical Research Council Laboratories (Sickle Cell)
Haematological risk factors for pregnancy outcome in Jamaican women with homozygous sickle cell disease.
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Date of Publication
Examines the association between fetal outcome and the steady state haematology of mothers with homozygous sickle cell disease. Data were taken from the dockets, kept at the Sickle Cell Clinic at the University Hospital of the West Indies or two peripheral clinics operated by the staff of the MRC Laboratories. The subjects were all women aged 14 years or older with homozygous sickle cell disease who had experienced at least one pregnancy in the period 1977 to 1986. Results show there were 270 singleton pregnancies in 175 women with an overall fetal wastage of 32.2 percent. There was a significant increased risk of perinatal death with low maternal fetal haemoglobin level, but there was no haematological associations with miscarriages or birthweight. These data suggest that maternal steady-state haemoglobin has little influence on fetal outcome, with the exception that mothers with high HbF levels are less prone to perinatal deaths. Further study is required to investigate acute haematological changes associated with pregnancy.....