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Birth weights in sickle cell disease pregnancies: A cohort study

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Daveena Meeks, Susan E. Robinson, David Macleod, Eugene Oteng-Ntim

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0165238
Number of pages8
JournalPL o S One
Issue number10
Accepted/In press7 Oct 2016
Published24 Oct 2016


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Pregnancy in women with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) has been linked with an increased incidence of adverse foetal outcomes when compared to women without haemoglobinopathies (HbAA). There's a paucity of data into foetal outcomes for infants born to women with SCD. Customised growth charts have been demonstrated to be better than populationbased growth charts at identifying unhealthy small babies. We analysed the mean birth weight and customised birth weight centiles of infants born to mothers with SCD versus mothers with HbAA genotype, to quantify the risk of having a smaller baby. Birth weight and birth weight centiles were analysed for 88 women with SCD (50 HbSS; 38 HbSC) and 176 controls (HbAA). Statistically significant differences were seen in the mean birth weight (P value = 0.004) and the mean birth weight centiles (P value = 0.016). We conclude that SCD is a risk factor for having a smaller baby.

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