Perinatal outcome and cardiac dysfunction in preterm growth-restricted neonates in relation to placental impairment severity

Júlia Candel Pau, Félix Castillo Salinas, Josep Perapoch López, Antonio Carrascosa Lezcano, Olga Sánchez García, Elisa Llurba Olivé

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© 2015 Asociación Española de Pediatría Introduction Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and prematurity have been associated with increased perinatal morbidity and mortality and also with cardiovascular foetal programming. However, there are few studies on the impact of placenta-related IUGR on perinatal outcomes and cardiovascular biomarkers in pre-term infants. Objectives To determine differences in neonatal morbidity, mortality and cord blood biomarkers of cardiovascular dysfunction between pre-term placenta-related IUGR and non-IUGR new-borns, and to analyse their relationship with the severity of IUGR according to foetal Doppler evaluation. Material and methods Prospective cohort study: pre-term infants with placenta-related IUGR and matched pre-term infants without IUGR. A Doppler scan was performed, and placenta-IUGR was classified according to severity. Comparative analysis of perinatal outcomes, neonatal morbidity and mortality, and cord blood levels of biomarkers of cardiovascular dysfunction was performed. Results IUGR new-borns present lower weight, length, head circumference, and Apgar score at birth, as well as increased neonatal and cardiovascular dysfunction biomarker levels, compared with pre-term new-borns without IUGR. These differences increase with the severity of IUGR determined by prenatal umbilical artery Doppler scan. Conclusions Placenta-related-IUGR pre-term infants, irrespective of gestational age, present increased neonatal morbidity and mortality that is significantly proportional to the severity of IUGR. Placental impairment and severity also determine levels of cardiovascular dysfunction biomarkers at birth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-180
JournalAnales de Pediatria
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Cardiovascular biomarkers
  • Fetal Doppler
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Neonatal morbidity
  • Prematurity


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