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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 216-218

Serum urea and uric acid concentration in pregnant women in sub-urban commercial community in Africa


Department of Chemical Pathology, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria

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J E Ahaneku
Department of Chemical Pathology, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria

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Serum uric acid and urea levels were determined in 27 pregnant and 17 non-pregnant black African women. Uric acid levels for the pregnant women were significantly raised, and the relationship between uric acid elevation and gestational proteinuric hypertension was discussed. In conclusion, we recommend that uric acid estimation should be included during routine antenatal clinics in normal pregnancy. That the use of uric acid levels should be encouraged for the diagnosis and management of gestational proteinuric hypertension in African pregnant women. The above recommendation will help to reduce prenatal morbidity and mortality in African pregnant women.


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