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NJBMS - Volume 4, Issue 2, October - December 2013

Pages: 111-113
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CHANGE IN ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATE (ESR) IN PREGNANCY AND PUERPERIUM IN THE SAME WOMAN

Author: TEJASHWINI.V.BASARIGIDAD*, ASHOK.L.BAJENTRI, VINEET.S.BALJOSHI

Category: Physiology

Abstract:

Aims and Objective : Normal pregnancy involves many changes including alterations in hematologic parameters. Hematologic changes also involve change in Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) during pregnancy. Therefore in the present study, the change in erythrocyte sedimentation rate is studied in pregnancy and puerperium in the same women.

Methods : 30 pregnant women in the age group of 20 to

30 years who were registered in KIMS, Hubli were enrolled for the study. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was measured in pregnancy and puerperium in the same women.

Results : Values were analyzed statistically using paired “t” test. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate was increased in pregnancy compared to puerperium (p <0.0001) which is statistically highly significant.

Conclusion : The increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate in pregnancy is due to increased plasma fibrinogen level and hemodilution during pregnancy.

Keywords: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, pregnancy and Puerperium.