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OBJECTIVE To assess the safety of a new platelet count threshold for the definition of maternal thrombocytopenia late in pregnancy. METHODS A platelet count was performed in 6770 pregnant women late in pregnancy and in 6103 of their newborns as well as in a control group of 287 age-matched nonpregnant healthy women. RESULTS The prevalence of maternal(More)
Thrombocytopenia is observed in 6 to 15% of pregnant women at the end of pregnancy, and is usually moderate. Gestational thrombocytopenia (defined as a mild thrombocytopenia, occurring during the 3 rd trimester with spontaneous resolution postpartum and no neonatal thrombocytopenia) is the most common cause of thrombocytopenia during pregnancy but a low(More)
The assessment of clinical probability represents an important step in the diagnostic strategy of patients with suspected deep vein thrombosis. The recently derived LEFt clinical prediction rule for pregnant women combines three variables: symptoms in the left leg (L), calf circumference difference of 2 centimeters or over (E for edema) and first trimester(More)
We have investigated whether the levels of thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) were correlated with D-dimer levels during pregnancy and at delivery. From the 10th week of pregnancy to delivery, 519 samples from 144 women (mean age 29.3 +/- 5, range 19-43) were obtained. We confirm the gradual increase of D-dimer levels, and provide reference(More)
BACKGROUND D-dimer (DD) measurement has proved to be very useful to exclude venous thromboembolism (VTE) in outpatients. However, during pregnancy, the progressive increase as well as the interindividual variations of DD means that in this instance they are of poor value to rule out VTE. Only a few studies have reported measurements of DD levels in the(More)
Antiphospholipid antibodies (APLAs) promote inflammatory and procoagulant responses in endothelial cells and monocytes. Previous studies have shown that MyD88, TRAF6, and NF-kappaB mediate cell activation by APLAs. These intermediates are also used by toll-like receptors (TLRs). We investigated the role of TLRs in the cellular response to APLAs. IgGs were(More)
Neonatal thrombocytopenia (NNT) which is frequent in distressed newborns was uncommon in a non-selected population of neonates. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the frequency of NNT and, in confirmed NNT, to search for maternal antiplatelet antibodies with a monoclonal antibody-specific immobilization of platelet antigens (MAIPA) assay.(More)
The presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLAs) is associated with arterial or venous thrombosis and/or recurrent fetal loss. The proposed pathogenic mechanisms for aPLA effects include the inflammatory activation of monocytes and endothelial cells. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are candidate signaling intermediates. The aim of this study was to(More)
Anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-beta2 glycoprotein I (anti-beta2GPI) assays are widely performed because they are part of the laboratory criteria for the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Despite several standardization workshops and the availability of a worldwide accepted calibrator material for aCL, a high variability in numerical assay results and in(More)
Renal thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a severe complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which is associated with the presence of antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies. In its most fulminant form, TMA leads to a rapid and irreversible end-stage renal failure. Eculizumab, an anti-C5 monoclonal antibody, is a novel therapy of choice for patients(More)