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Ginekol Pol. 2005 Sep;76(9):704-12.

[Usefulness assessment of selected proinflammatory cytokines' level in cervico-vaginal fluid of pregnant women as an early marker of preterm delivery].

[Article in Polish]

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  • 1Klinika Perinatologii, I Katedry Ginekologii i Połoznictwa, UM w Lodzi.



Recent studies have suggested that proinflammatory cytokines might play a crucial role in the mechanism of preterm labour and delivery. The main aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the usefulness of selected proinflammatory cytokines' (IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8) levels in cervico-vaginal fluid of pregnant women as an early marker of preterm delivery.


Cervico-vaginal fluids were obtained from 107 pregnant women at 22 to 34 weeks' gestation, including 61 women with threatened preterm labour (TPL) and 46 women with physiological course of pregnancy (reference group). Those samples were analyzed for the concentrations of selected cytokines using standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique (ELISA). Lower genital tract microbiology was diagnosed using Gram stain method according to Spiegel's criteria and by culture.


Mean gestational age at the time of sampling was 28.6 weeks. Mean time between sampling and delivery was 8,24 weeks in TPL group and 10.2 weeks in reference group. BV was diagnosed in 25.2% of subjects under study. M. hominis and U. urealyticum were diagnosed more frequently among women from TPL group (25.9% vs 14.9% and 36.2% vs 17.0%, respectively). Out of 107 women 15 (14.0%) delivered before 37th week of gestation. The rate of preterem delivery was significantly higher in threatened preterm labour group--21.3% is comparison to reference group--4.3%. Median cervico-vaginal concentration of IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8 did not differ between preterm and term delivery group. Only women with lower genital tract infection and one cytokine's low concentration (below 25th percentile) presented a higher risk of preterm delivery--OR=2,91. If IL-1 alpha and IL-1 beta concentrations were below 25th percentile, the calculated risk of preterm delivery was OR = 4.65. The highest risk was noted for women with lower genital tract infection and low cervico-vaginal concentrations of IL-1 alpha and IL-8--OR = 8.0 (3.20-20.01).


The early gestation cytokines' levels in cervico-vaginal fluid of pregnant women could be useful for prediction of preterm delivery only among women with lower genital tract infection.

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