Lynne Rigg

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The effect of pregnancy on the circadian rhythm and diurnal excursion of plasma cortisol and urinary free corticoids was examined in a sequential study during the second and third trimester and 6 to 12 weeks post partum. Hourly blood samples from six subjects and 8-hour urine collections from eight subjects were obtained around the clock. While the(More)
Absorption of micronized 17beta-estradiol (E2), after intravaginal administration of 1 mg dose, suspended in saline, is extremely rapid and sustained. A mean peak increment of circulating E2 concentrations of more than 110 times the basal level is achieved at 2 h and remains elevated more than 6 times the basal level even at 24 h. Increments in estrone (E1)(More)
Serum prolactin concentrations, determined serially at weekly intervals from the fifth week of gestation, increase in an approximately linear pattern. It is suggested that in human gestation the increase in prolactin secretion is related to supramaximal estrogen augmentation at all times and is a functional reflection of hypertrophy and hyperplasia of(More)
Each year, 10,000 babies are born to diabetic women. Gestational diabetes occurs in 2% of all pregnant women, resulting in 60,000 to 90,000 cases of gestational diabetes yearly. Prior to 1922 and the discovery of insulin, fetal mortality for the pregnant diabetic was almost 100%. Today, total fetal mortality for the pregnant and gestational diabetic is(More)
Few neoplastic diseases can equal the amazing complexity and sheer perversity of carcinoma of the breast. No doubt as many decades of research lie ahead in its study as already have passed. Clinicians have long appreciated the special relationship of the disease to gestation. Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer during pregnancy represent only a small(More)
AIMS To implement the Robson Ten Group Classification System (TGCS) at the Royal Women's Hospital (RWH), Melbourne, in order to determine the main contributors to the rising Caesarean section (CS) rate. METHODS The TGCS divides women into ten groups according to parity, past obstetric history, singleton or multiple pregnancy, fetal presentation,(More)
Prolactin (PRL) secretion in the periparturitional period in patients undergoing labor and vaginal delivery follows a remarkable multiphasic pattern not found in patients who underwent elective cesarean section without labor. There is a highly significant decline in PRL levels during active labor which reaches a nadir about two hours prior to delivery.(More)