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Fetal Complications Of Obstetric Cholestasis

Richard Reid, K. J. Ivey, R. H. Rencoret and B. Storey
The British Medical Journal
Vol. 1, No. 6014 (Apr. 10, 1976), pp. 870-872
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20409381
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Abstract

Among 56 pregnancies complicated by obstetric cholestasis five intrauterine deaths and one neonatal death occurred between 33 and 39 weeks, and a further six infants required urgent delivery for intrapartum asphyxia. Eighteen spontaneous premature deliveries occurred. Five mothers required specific treatment for unexplained postpartum haemorrhage. Cholestasis of pregnancy is therefore not a condition benign to the fetus, and it may contribute to increased maternal morbidity.

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