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Am J Perinatol. 2013 May;30(5):389-93. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1326982. Epub 2012 Nov 16.

Bile acid concentration reference ranges in a pregnant Latina population.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA. richarhl@usc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The total bile acid (TBA) concentration criterion for diagnosing intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy varies in the published literature. The purpose of this study was to establish pregnancy-specific reference ranges for the TBA concentration among Latina women.

STUDY DESIGN:

Self-identified Latina women (n = 211) over 18 years of age with a singleton pregnancy were recruited and had random serum samples drawn during the second and third trimesters. The total and fractionated bile acid concentrations were analyzed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and reference ranges were calculated. Laboratory-provided general reference ranges from a general population of adult men and nonpregnant women were used for comparison.

RESULTS:

The TBA reference range for our Latina pregnant population (<8.5 µmol/L) was markedly lower than the laboratory-provided reference range (4.5 to 19.2 µmol/L).

CONCLUSION:

These data suggest that the upper TBA concentration reference range in our Latina pregnant population is 8.5 µmol/L, based on LC-MS/MS measurements.

PMID:
23161351
DOI:
10.1055/s-0032-1326982
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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