Total hemoglobin concentration in amniotic fluid is increased in intraamniotic infection/inflammation Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Objective Discolored amniotic fluid (AF) has been associated with intraamniotic infection/inflammation (IAI) in patients with preterm labor (PTL). The presence of hemoglobin and its catabolic products has been implicated as a cause for AF discoloration. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an association between total hemoglobin concentration in AF and gestational age, spontaneous labor (term and preterm), and the presence or absence of IAI. Study Design This cross-sectional study included patients in the following groups: (1) mid trimester (n = 65 patients); (2) term not in labor (n = 22 patients); (3) term in labor (n = 47 patients); (4) spontaneous PTL who delivered at term (n = 92 patients); (5) PTL without IAI who delivered preterm (n = 76 patients); (6) PTL with IAI (n = 81 patients); (7) preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (PPROM) with IAI (n = 48 patients); and (8) PPROM without IAI (n = 49 patients). Total hemoglobin concentrations in amniotic fluid were determined by an enzyme-linked immunoassay. Nonparametric statistics were used for analysis. Results Hemoglobin was detected in all AF samples (n = 480). The median AF total hemoglobin concentration at term was significantly higher than in mid trimester (520.6 ng/mL [interquartile range (IQR), 271.2-1549.2] vs 58.5 ng/mL [IQR, 26.1-200.8]; P < .001]). Among patients with PTL, the median AF total hemoglobin concentration was significantly higher in patients with IAI than in patients without IAI (4671.7 ng/mL [IQR, 1294.2-8620.7] vs 2013.6 ng/mL [IQR, 629.2-5420.4]; P = .01) or women who delivered at term (1143.4 ng/mL [IQR, 451.8-4037.9]; P = .001). Similarly, among patients with PPROM, the median AF total hemoglobin concentration was significantly higher in patients with IAI than in patients without IAI (10753.7 ng/mL [IQR, 2053.9-56026.6] vs 2281 ng/mL [IQR, 938.2-9191.7]; P = .02). Women at term in labor had a higher median hemoglobin concentration than did women who were not in labor (1952.6 ng/mL [IQR, 709.6-6289.2] vs 520.6 ng/mL [IQR, 271.1-1549.2]; P = .003). Conclusion The AF concentration of immunoreactive total hemoglobin increases with advancing gestational age, and is elevated in pregnancies that are complicated with IAI. Spontaneous labor at term is associated with higher AF concentrations of total hemoglobin.

publication date

  • October 1, 2008