Coagulation and placenta-mediated complications

Ian A Greer, Anat Aharon, Benjamin Brenner, Jean-Christophe Gris

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Pregnancy is a physiological hypercoagulable state, preparing the mother for the hemostatic challenge of delivery. However, this is associated with an increased risk of venous thrombosis and placenta-mediated complications, which present major challenges for mother and fetus. Although these conditions are heterogeneous in their pathophysiology, hereditary and acquired thrombophilia has been associated with recurrent pregnancy loss and gestational vascular complications, such as early-onset pre-eclampsia and placental abruption. Prevention of such placenta-mediated complications, which collectively complicate up to 15% of pregnancies, is a major issue for women's health. Prospective interventional studies stratified by current knowledge of pathophysiological mechanisms related to placental and systemic hemostatic alterations will impact on the management of pregnancies at risk of these complications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0034
JournalRambam Maimonides medical journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2014


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