Does preeclampsia involve the pancreas? A report of original research

David B. Nelson, Sangeetha Duraiswamy, Donald D. McIntire, Marlyn J. Mayo, Kenneth J. Leveno

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Objective: To analyze the effect, if any, of pregnancy-related hypertension on the pancreas. Methods: A database of pregnant women with hyperbilirubinemia was reviewed for cases with serum amylase values. These cases were linked to a computerized obstetric database, and women were analyzed according to the diagnosis of preeclampsia. Results: A total of 292 consecutive women with hyperbilirubinemia during pregnancy delivered at our institution between 2005 and 2011. Of these, 52 (18%) were diagnosed with preeclampsia, and in only nine was serum amylase abnormally elevated. Conclusion: Using serum analytes as surrogates for organ injury, it appears preeclampsia infrequently affects the pancreas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-838
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Amylase
  • Pancreatitis
  • Preeclampsia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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