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J Ardabil Univ Med Sci 2004, 4(3): 26-31 Back to browse issues page
Plasma Levels of Vitamin C in Preeclampsic and Normotensive Pregnants
Mohammadhosein Dehghan , Bahareh Rajaee Far, Farnaz Ehdaivand, Firooz Amani
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  Background & Objectives: Preeclampsia is still one of the leading causes of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Despite active researches over the past many years, the etiology of this disorder in human pregnancy is an enigma. Oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. Essential nutrients such as vitamin C can scavenge free radicals inducing cellular damage. The present study was designed to investigate the plasma levels of vitamin C in patients with preeclampsia (case) and normotensive pregnant women (control).

  Methods: In this case-control study vitamin C as an antioxidant was estimated and compared spectrophotometrically in 40 preeclamptic and 80 normotensive pregnant women referring to Alavi Hospital of Ardabil province, Iran. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

  Results: The plasma levels of vitamin C were significantly lower in patients with preeclampsia (0.147 ± 0.030 mg/dl) compared to controls who were normotensive pregnants (0.347 ± 0.119 mg/dl).

  Conclusion: Attempts at prevent preeclamsia are justified but since no reliable screening test has been offered as yet for women at risk, assessment of plasma level of vitamin C in patients prone to preeclampsia is strongly suggested.

Keywords: Preeclampsia, Normotensive Pregnant, Plasma Level of Vitamin C
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Received: 2002/08/4 | Accepted: 2003/12/1 | Published: 2005/01/29
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Dehghan M, Rajaee Far B, Ehdaivand F, Amani F. Plasma Levels of Vitamin C in Preeclampsic and Normotensive Pregnants. J Ardabil Univ Med Sci. 2004; 4 (3) :26-31
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