Is midtrimester vitamin D status associated with spontaneous preterm birth and preeclampsia?

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  • Objective The objective of this study is to evaluate whether midtrimester maternal vitamin D is associated with preeclampsia<37 weeks or spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB)<35 weeks. Study Design Nested case-control comprising two case subsets: (1) 100 women with preeclampsia<37 weeks and (2) 100 women with SPB<35 weeks. Controls consisted of 200 women delivered between 39 and 40 weeks. Stored maternal serum obtained between 15 and 21 weeks was tested for total 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OH D) levels using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Mean 25-OH D levels and prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency (25-OH D<30 ng/mL) and deficiency (25-OH D<15 ng/mL) were compared. Results In this study, 89 preeclampsia, 90 SPTB cases, and 177 controls had valid measurements. Mean midtrimester vitamin D was not significantly different between women with preeclampsia (27.4 ng/mL±14.4) and controls (28.6±12.6) (p=0.46), or SPTB (28.8±13.2) and controls (p=0.92). After adjusting for potential cofounders, neither vitamin D insufficiency (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 1.1; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.6-2.0) nor deficiency (adjusted OR, 1.4; 95% CI, 0.7-3.0) was significantly associated with preeclampsia. Likewise, SPTB was not significantly associated with either vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency (adjusted OR, 0.8; 95% CI, 0.4-1.4, adjusted OR, 1.3 or 95% CI, 0.6-3.0, respectively). Conclusion Midtrimester maternal vitamin D was not significantly associated with preeclampsia<37 weeks or SPTB<35 weeks. © 2014 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.
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  • Wetta LA; Biggio JR; Cliver S; Abramovici A; Barnes S; Tita ATN
  • Start Page

  • 541
  • End Page

  • 546
  • Volume

  • 31
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  • 6