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International Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Research

Perinatal complications in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

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Author Details: Anuva Mishra, Akshaya Kumar Rath, Srikrushna Mahapatra, Pooja Priyadarsini

Volume : 3

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-6377

Print ISSN : 2394-6369

Article First Page : 1

Article End Page : 5


Background and Objective: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is seen usually in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Overall incidence is 1.2-1.5% of Indian pregnant women. The biochemical abnormalities often include raised liver enzymes, conjugated bilirubin and bile acids. ICP can complicate perinatal outcomes to a significant extent. The present study was conducted to find out the types and incidence of perinatal outcomes in pregnancy complicated with ICP diagnosed by abnormal LFTS (liver function tests), to help the clinician in initiating timely treatment.
Materials and methods: In the present study, 51 pregnant women diagnosed with ICP and 49 number of age and gravida matched normal pregnant women were included as cases and controls respectively. LFT and Total bile acids were estimated by standard biochemical methods. Both cases and controls were followed to evaluate perinatal outcomes after 7 days of post- partum.
Results: Total bilirubin (0.6 ± 0.08 Vs  0.4 ± 0.03)milligrams/decilitre*; Aspartate transaminases (48 ± 18.6 Vs 27 ± 9.5) International Units/ Litre**; Alanine transaminase (42 ± 14.2 Vs 28 ± 6.1) International Units/ Litre**; Alkaline phosphatase (251 ± 63 Vs 159 ± 58) International Units/ Litre**;Gamma glutamyl transferase (41 ± 5.2 Vs 35 ± 3.6) International Units/ Litre**; Total bile acids (12.7 ± 10.2 Vs 33.4 ± 15.6)µ mol/ Litre ; Albumin (3.3 ± 0.5 Vs 3.2 ± 0.4)grams/decilitre; Total Proteins(6.3 ± 1.2 Vs 6.1 ± 1.5)grams/decilitre were obtained in cases Vs controls.
Significantly higher incidence of total complications in cases compared to controls(54.90% Vs 12.24%)*** were found which include respiratory distress(23.52 Vs 4.08)%***,  meconium aspiration (9.80 Vs 2.04)%**, pre-term delivery (9.80 Vs 4.08)%*,  hyperbilirubinemia (1.96 Vs 0.0)%, fetal bradycardia (7.84 Vs 2.04)%** and fetal loss(1.96 Vs 0.0)%. (*p value<0.05, **p value<0.01, ***p value ˂0.001)
Conclusion: The present study found an increase in incidence of total morbidity and mortality during perinatal period in babies born to women suffering from ICP. These findings  suggests estimation of total bile acids and liver enzymes for early diagnosis of pregnant women at risk, active monitoring, treatment and induction of labor around 36-38 weeks after establishment of lung maturity in pregnancy associated with ICP to prevent perinatal complications.

: ICP, Total bile acids, LFT, Perinatal complications