118: Hemoglobin in amniotic fluid is increased in intra-amniotic infection/inflammation as well as in spontaneous labor at term Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective Discolored amniotic fluid (AF) has been associated with intra-amniotic 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 a relationship 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) midtrimester (n= 65); 2) term not in labor (n= 22); 3) term in labor (n= 47); 4) spontaneous preterm labor (PTL) who delivered at term (n= 76); 5) PTL without IAI who delivered preterm (n= 81); 6) PTL with IAI (n= 92); 7) preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) with IAI (n= 48); and 8) PPROM without IAI (n= 49). Total …

publication date

  • January 1, 2007