To evaluate cord blood erythropoietin (EPO) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels to predict preterm infants at risk of developing intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH).
Levels of umbilical cord EPO, acid-base status and IL-6 were analyzed in 116 consecutive, preterm newborns (GA at delivery: 29 [23-34 ] weeks) born to mothers who had a clinically indicated amniocentesis to rule out infection. Early-onset neonatal sepsis (EONS) was diagnosed using symptoms, hematological criteria and blood cultures.
IVH was diagnosed by cranial ultrasounds. The prevalence of IVH in our population was 25% (29/116). There was a direct relationship between cord blood EPO and cord blood IL-6 concentration (r = 0.225, p = 0.014), independent of GA at birth. Elevated cord blood EPO levels (r = 0.182, p = 0.016) and GA at birth (r = -0.236, p = 0.004) remained significant independent factors associated with the risk of IVH, when evaluated with stepwise logistic regression analyses. Cord blood IL-6, pH, and EONS were not associated with IVH. These relationships remained following correction for GA at birth (p = 0.027).
Our results suggest that elevation in cord blood EPO may predict newborns at risk for IVH, independent of fetal inflammatory status. Further studies are warranted to confirm this association.
To compare the health outcomes, costs, and incremental cost-effectiveness of universal neonatal screening for sickle cell disease (SCD) with screening targeted to African Americans.
A cost-effectiveness analysis was done by using a Markov simulation model that conside...
We found that a positive GBS LA test can be due to perineal contamination and possibly to gastrointestinal absorption of GBS antigen. No false positive LA test results occurred on urine obtained by SBA; however, use of this method failed to detect the one infant with GBS bacteremia. Because of subop...
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