Gregory Petro

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OBJECTIVE To compare the accuracy of two non-invasive methods of blood-pressure measurement with intra-arterial measurement in women with pre-eclampsia and acute severe hypertension. METHODS This descriptive, cross-sectional study prospectively enrolled 23 women with pre-eclampsia and acute severe hypertension for continuous intra-arterial blood-pressure(More)
INTRODUCTION Plasma HIV viral load (VL) is the principle determinant of mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT), yet there are few data on VL in populations of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. We examined the distribution and determinants of VL in HIV-positive women seeking antenatal care (ANC) in Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS Consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE To document clinical outcomes and women's experiences following the introduction of mifepristone into South African public sector second-trimester medical abortion services, and compare with historic cohorts receiving misoprostol-only. METHODS Repeated cross-sectional observational studies documented service delivery and experiences of women(More)
OBJECTIVES Maternal HIV viral load (VL) drives mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) risk but there are few data from sub-Saharan Africa, where most MTCT occurs. We investigated VL changes during pregnancy and MTCT following antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation in Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS We conducted a prospective study of HIV-infected women(More)
BACKGROUND Nutrition in pregnancy has implications for both mother and fetus, hence the importance of an accurate assessment at the booking visit during antenatal care. The body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) is currently the gold standard for measuring body fatness. However, pregnancy-associated weight gain and oedema, as well as late booking in our population(More)
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