Obstetric outcome with low molecular weight heparin therapy during pregnancy

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin 2.
Irish medical journal (Impact Factor: 0.51). 01/2012; 105(1):27-9.
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This was a prospective study of women attending a combined haematology/obstetric antenatal clinic in the National Maternity Hospital (2002-2008). Obstetric outcome in mothers treated with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) was compared to the general obstetric population of 2006. There were 133 pregnancies in 105 women. 85 (63.9%) received prophylactic LMWH and 38 (28.6%) received therapeutic LMWH in pregnancy. 10 (7.5%) received postpartum prophylaxis only. The perinatal mortality rate was 7.6/1000 births. 14 (11.3%) women delivered preterm which is significantly higher than the hospital population rate (5.7%, p<0.05). Despite significantly higher labour induction rates (50% vs 29.2% p<0.01), there was no difference in CS rates compared to the general hospital population (15.4% vs 18.9%, NS). If carefully managed, these high-risk women can achieve similar vaginal delivery rates as the general obstetric population.

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    ABSTRACT: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the most relevant causes of maternal death in industrialized countries. Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), continued throughout the entire pregnancy and puerperium, is currently the preferred treatment for patients with acute VTE occurred during pregnancy. However, evidences on the efficacy and safety of anticoagulant drugs in this setting are extremely limited. We carried out a systematic review and a meta-analysis of the literature to provide an estimate of the risk of bleeding complications and VTE recurrence in patients with acute VTE during pregnancy treated with antithrombotic therapy. Weight mean incidence (WMI) of bleeding and thromboembolic events and the corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated. Eighteen studies for a total of 981 pregnant patients with acute VTE were included. LMWH was prescribed to 822 patients, the remaining were treated with unfractionated heparin. Anticoagulant therapy was associated with a WMI of major bleeding of 1.41 % (95% CI:0.60-2.41;I) antenatally and of 1.90% (95% CI:0.80-3.60%;) during the first 24 hours after delivery. The estimated WMI of recurrent VTE during pregnancy was 1.97% (95% CI:0.88-3.49% I(2) : 39.5%). Anticoagulant therapy appears to be safe and effective for the treatment of pregnancy related VTE, but the optimal dosing regimens remain uncertain. © 2012 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
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    ABSTRACT: Background The use of low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) during pregnancy is increasing. In vitro studies and small clinical studies support the hypothesis that LMWH treatment during pregnancy may reduce duration of labor. The aim of this study was to investigate if use of LMWH is associated with a reduced risk of diagnosis of prolonged labor, after taking maternal, fetal and other delivery characteristics into account. Methods and Findings A population-based cohort study from the Swedish Medical Birth Register from April 2006 through December 2011. We identified 514 875 term (≥37 weeks) deliveries of live singleton infants in cephalic presentation with spontaneous or induced onsets of labor. The Birth Register was linked to the Prescribed Drug Register to retrieve information on dispensed LMWH during pregnancy and to the Patient Register for information on underlying diagnosis for use of LMWH. Diagnosis of prolonged labor in the Birth Register was retrieved from diagnosis at discharge from the delivery hospital. The risk of diagnosis of prolonged labor in relation to treatment with LMWH was assessed using logistic regression analysis to estimate unadjusted and adjusted odds ratios. A total of 5 275 (1.0%) of the pregnant women used LMWH. The absolute risk of diagnosis of prolonged labor for nulliparous women was 19.9% among women using LMWH in third trimester, and 21.2% in women without use of LMWH. For parous women the corresponding absolute risks were 4.3% and 4.7%, respectively. Compared to nulliparous women without use of LMWH, nulliparous women with LMWH during third trimester had an odds ratio (OR) of 0.92 (95% CI 0.81–1.05, p-value: 0.051) for diagnosis of prolonged labor in unadjusted analyses and after adjustments for maternal characteristics, gestational age and epidural analgesia the OR was 1.00 (95% CI 0.87–1.15, p-value: 0.673). Parous women treated with LMWH in third trimester presented the same pattern, unadjusted OR for diagnosis of prolonged labor was 0.92 (95% CI 0.76–1.12, p-value: 0.418) and after adjustments OR was 0.99 (95% CI 0.80–1.22, p-value: 0.892). One limitation with the study was that information on prolonged labor was based on discharge diagnoses from the delivery hospital according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Conclusions Treatment with LMWH during pregnancy is not associated with a risk of diagnosis of prolonged labor after adjustments for maternal, fetal and delivery characteristics.
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