Bacteraemia and acute phase proteins in Nigerian women with spontaneous recurrent abortion

  • OG Arinola Department of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • KS Adedapo Department of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • OE Adebiyi Medical Microbiology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • AO Adeniji Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract

C-reactive protein, alpha–2-macroglobulin, transferrin and bacteraemia were studied in women with recurrent abortion and compared with the pregnant women as well as non-pregnant women with no history of abortion (controls). The results showed a significantly reduced level of transferrin but significantly raised levels of alpha-2-macroglobulin and C-reactive protein in the pregnant women with recurrent abortion (P+R) compared with pregnant women without recurrent abortion (P-R) or the controls. Four genera of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Klebsiella species and Clostridium perfringes) were isolated from the blood of women with recurrent abortion while there were 2 genera of bacteria (S. aureus and Strept. Agalactiae) were isolated from the blood of pregnant women without recurrent abortion. This study had shown that inflammation and bacterial infection contribute to spontaneous recurrent abortion.

African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology Vol. 6 (3) 2005: 203-207
Published
2005-10-26
Section
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