Novel Red Cell Indices Indicating Reduced Availability of Iron are Associated With High Erythropoietin Concentration and Low pH Level in the Venous Cord Blood of Newborns

Abstract

There is evidence that an elevated erythropoietin (EPO) concentration is associated with signs of iron deficient erythropoiesis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the iron status by means of novel cellular indices and serum iron markers and to determine whether these are associated with EPO and pH in the venous cord blood of 193 full-term newborns. There were positive correlations between EPO and the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells (%HYPOm) and reticulocytes (%HYPOr) [r = 0.45 (p < 0.001) and r = 0.56 (p < 0.001), respectively]. %HYPOm and %HYPOr also had negative correlations with pH [r = −0.53 (p = 0.001) and r = −0.46 (p = 0.001), respectively]. Newborns who had low pH (pH ≤7.15, n = 16) had significantly higher %HYPOm, %HYPOr, and serum transferrin receptor and transferrin concentrations in their cord blood than newborns with normal pH. Thus, in newborn cord blood, the higher number of red cells and reticulocytes with lower Hb content may have impaired the oxygen carrying capacity that has been a trigger for EPO production. Furthermore, signs of lower hemoglobinization of red cells are associated with low umbilical vein pH in the newborns, indicating an increased risk of birth asphyxia.

DOI: 10.1203/PDR.0b013e318179957d

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@article{Ervasti2008NovelRC, title={Novel Red Cell Indices Indicating Reduced Availability of Iron are Associated With High Erythropoietin Concentration and Low pH Level in the Venous Cord Blood of Newborns}, author={Mari Ervasti and Ulla Sankilampi and Seppo Heinonen and Kari R A Punnonen}, journal={Pediatric Research}, year={2008}, volume={64}, pages={135-140} }