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      Are the blood groups of women with preeclampsia a risk factor for the development of hypertension postpartum?

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          Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-related disorder characterized by hypertension (HT) and proteinuria noticeable after 20 weeks of gestation. PE is now considered as a cardiovascular disease risk factor and a number of studies have shown that experiencing PE increases the prevalence of various cardiovascular risk factors, such as metabolic syndrome and HT. In this study, we aimed to investigate any possible relationship between the ABO/Rh blood group system and PE in Turkey. In the second part of the study, we examined the relationship between the ABO blood group system and development of HT after PE.

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          A total of 250 patients with PE from Kayseri Training and Research Hospital between 2002 and 2012 were included in the study. Patients were classified according to blood groups (A, B, AB, and O) and Rh status (+/−).


          There was a significant difference between the patients with PE and the control group in terms of distribution of ABO blood groups and the percentage of group AB was found to be higher in patients with PE compared to the control group ( P=0.029). The risk of developing PE was significantly higher in group AB than other blood groups ( P=0.006). The risk of developing HT after PE was significantly higher in group O than other blood groups ( P=0.004).


          In this study, we found that the patients with blood group AB have a higher risk for PE. The patients with PE of blood group O are at high risk of developing HT, and Rh factor was identified as another risk at this point and these patients should be closely followed postpartum.

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          Pre-eclampsia: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management

          The incidence of pre-eclampsia ranges from 3% to 7% for nulliparas and 1% to 3% for multiparas. Pre-eclampsia is a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity, preterm birth, perinatal death, and intrauterine growth restriction. Unfortunately, the pathophysiology of this multisystem disorder, characterized by abnormal vascular response to placentation, is still unclear. Despite great polymorphism of the disease, the criteria for pre-eclampsia have not changed over the past decade (systolic blood pressure >140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg and 24-hour proteinuria ≥0.3 g). Clinical features and laboratory abnormalities define and determine the severity of pre-eclampsia. Delivery is the only curative treatment for pre-eclampsia. Multidisciplinary management, involving an obstetrician, anesthetist, and pediatrician, is carried out with consideration of the maternal risks due to continued pregnancy and the fetal risks associated with induced preterm delivery. Screening women at high risk and preventing recurrences are key issues in the management of pre-eclampsia.
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            An influence of ABO blood group on the rate of proteolysis of von Willebrand factor by ADAMTS13.

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            The susceptibility of von Willebrand factor (VWF) of blood group O, A, B and AB to proteolysis by the ADAMTS13 metalloprotease was investigated. Multimeric analysis indicated that the rate of VWF proteolysis differed between blood groups and was greater for group O VWF than for non-O VWF in the rank order O >/= B > A >/= AB. Measurement of the collagen binding activity of VWF of each blood group following proteolysis for a fixed time interval corroborated the results obtained on multimer analysis: the loss of collagen binding activity was greater for VWF of group O compared with non-O VWF, in the rank order O >/= B > A >/= AB. Ristocetin was found to increase the rate of VWF proteolysis approximately two-fold; the differential between blood groups was retained in the presence of ristocetin.
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              Blood group AB and factor V Leiden as risk factors for pre-eclampsia: a population-based nested case-control study.

              Pre-eclampsia is an important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Its etiology is still unknown. Clinical symptoms correlate with activation of coagulation and inherited thrombophilia has been associated with pre-eclampsia. ABO blood group has been associated with thrombotic disorders and pre-eclampsia. We assessed ABO blood group, seven thrombophilia associated polymorphisms, and anti-beta2-glycoprotein I antibodies as risk factors for pre-eclampsia. We performed a population-based nested case-control study of 100,000 consecutive pregnancies in Finland. Cases and controls were identified by combining national registers and medical records were reviewed. We studied 248 cases fulfilling strict criteria for pre-eclampsia and 679 controls. Severe pre-eclampsia, early pre-eclampsia, and pre-eclampsia with intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) were analyzed separately. Blood group AB increased the risk for pre-eclampsia as a whole (OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.3-3.5), and in the three subgroups (OR 2.3, 3.8, 3.4; 95% CI 1.3-3.9, 2.0-7.1, 1.6-7.1). FV Leiden increased the risk as a whole (OR 1.7, 95% CI 0.8-3.9), and in the three subgroups, although not statistically significantly. Anti-beta2-glycoprotein I antibodies were not associated with pre-eclampsia. High body mass index, diabetes, first pregnancy, and twin pregnancy increased the risk from 1.5-fold to 8.2-fold. Our results confirm and extend the prior observation of blood group AB being a risk factor for pre-eclampsia. ABO blood group is known from all pregnant women. The value of blood group as risk factor for pre-eclampsia should be further assessed in prospective studies. In this study, FV Leiden was not statistically significant risk factor.

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                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Dove Medical Press
                19 April 2016
                : 12
                : 617-622
                [1 ]Internal Medicine Department, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey
                [2 ]Internal Medicine Department, Acıbadem Kayseri Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Abdulsamet Erden, Internal Medicine Department, Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, Kayseri Eğ itim Araştırma Hastanesi, ˙Iç Hastalıkları Kliniği, 9. Blok 3. Kat, Kocasinan, Kayseri, 38010, Turkey, Tel +90 532 7803805, email drsameterden@ 123456gmail.com
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                postpartum, hypertension, pregnancy, proteinuria, preeclampsia, rh factor, abo blood groups


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