Maternal Serum Triglycerides in Women with Pre-Eclampsia

  • Mehwish Nisar Post Graduate Resident, MCH, PIMS
  • Majida Zafar Senior Registrar, MCH Unit 1, PIMS, Islamabad.
  • Arfa Tabbassum Associate Professor, MCH, PIMS
  • Syeda Batool Mazhar Professor and HOD MCH, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad
Keywords: Preeclampsia, Lipid profile,, Triglycerides


Objectives: To determine the frequency of hypertriglyceridemia in women with pre-eclampsia
Study design: Descriptive study.
Settings: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology MCH, PIMS Hospital, Islamabad from 7th October 2016 to 6th April 2017.
Materials & Methods: A total of 214 pre-eclamptic women after 20 weeks of gestation between 18 to 40 years of age were included. Patients with other chronic or pre-existing diseases like known hyperlipidemias and metabolic syndrome were excluded. All enrolled women underwent detailed medical history and examination. Blood pressure and proteinuria by dipstick method was checked by a staff nurse. Serum triglyceride levels were done by PIMS laboratory. p-value ≤ 0.05 was taken as significant.
Results: Age range in this study was from 18 to 40 years with mean age of 30.47 ± 5.89 years. Majority of the patients 121 (56.54%) were between 31 to 40 years of age. Mean gestational age was 27.20 ± 4.78 weeks. Hypertriglyceridemia in patients developing pre-eclampsia was found in 61 (28.50%) patients, whereas there was no hypertriglyceridemia in 153 (71.50%) patients.
Conclusion: This study concluded that frequency of hypertriglyceridemia in women with preeclampsia is quite high.

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