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J Postgrad Med. 1992 Apr-Jun;38(2):65-7.

Hyperferritinemia in pregnancy induced hypertension and eclampsia.

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National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research, Jamai, Qsmania (PO), Hyderabad.


A study of serum iron and ferritin levels in Indian women with pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) (mild/severe) and eclampsia compared with controls of similar gestational ages, revealed that mean serum iron was elevated slightly in PIH and significantly in eclampsia as compared to controls. Mean ferritin levels were significantly elevated both in PIH and eclampsia as compared to controls indicating that ferritin measurement in PIH and eclampsia would not reflect iron nutritional status. Lack of significant changes in liver enzymes and in hemoconcentration in PIH and eclampsia indicate that liver damage and altered hemodynamics only play a partial role in causing hyperferritinemia. Possible role of placental ferritin, being released as a result of placental damage in these conditions seems to be an area needing further research.

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