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Findings on Eclampsia Described by Researchers at University of Mississippi

Women's Health Weekly

06-12-14

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Women's Health Weekly -- Current study results on Women's Health - Pregnancy Complications have been published. According to news reporting originating from Jackson, Mississippi, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Maternal vitamin D deficiency has been proposed as a risk factor for preeclampsia, but no significant studies have been conducted to evaluate its relationship with eclampsia. Our goal in this study was to assess the prevalence and potential risk of vitamin D deficiency for both preeclampsia and eclampsia in Bangladesh."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Mississippi, "Using a case-control design, we measured serum 25(OH)D levels in pregnant women receiving care at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital with preeclampsia (n=33), eclampsia (n=79), and normal pregnancy (controls, n=76). Odds of developing preeclampsia and eclampsia with vitamin D deficiency were calculated using logistic regression analysis. The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency was very high with more than 3 quarters (78%) of all subjects having a serum 25(OH)D level <30 ng/ml. The mean serum 25(OH)D level was 24.86 ng/ml in controls, 23.96 ng/ml in pre-eclamptic women, and 21.56 ng/ml in eclampsia patients. Comparing to those who had a serum 25(OH)D level of ≤ 30 ng/ml, the odds ratio (95% CI) of developing preeclampsia and eclampsia in mothers with vitamin D insufficiency were 3.9 (95% CI=1.18-12.87) and 5.14 (95% CI=1.98-13.37), respectively (adjusting for age, BMI and duration of pregnancy). The odds of developing preeclampsia and eclampsia may increase by up to 5-fold in women with vitamin D insufficiency."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Since preeclampsia and eclampsia can lead to serious complications for both mother and the offspring, vitamin D may be supplemented during pregnancy in high risk populations to decrease these adverse consequences."

For more information on this research see: Vitamin D deficiency and the risk of preeclampsia and eclampsia in Bangladesh. Hormone and Metabolic Research, 2013;45(9):682-7. (Thieme - www.thieme.com)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.I. Ullah, Dept. of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, United States. Additional authors for this research include C.A. Koch, S. Tamanna, S. Rouf and L. Shamsuddin (see also Women's Health - Pregnancy Complications).

Keywords for this news article include: Jackson, Eclampsia, Obstetrics, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension, Women's Health - Pregnancy Complications.

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