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Article Number - 8B0BF4B11

Vol.5(9), pp. 391-395 , September 2013
DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS09.233
ISSN: 2006-9723

Effect of maternal iron status on placenta, fetus and newborn

K. N. Agarwal
  • K. N. Agarwal
  • Indian National Science Academy & Present health Care & Research Association, D-115, Sector -36, NOIDA, Gautam Budha Nagar-201301, India.
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V. Gupta
  • V. Gupta
  • Anderson Cancer Center, Houstan Tx, USA.
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S. Agarwal
  • S. Agarwal
  • Reader Pediatrics Institute Medical Sciences, Varanasi, India.
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 Accepted: 19 June 2013  Published: 11 September 2013

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Maternal anemia (hypoferriemia) results in increased pre-term and low birth weight deliveries and higher rate of stillbirths. There are irreversible structural alterations in placenta. The transfer of iron to fetus is reduced in spite of gradient in relation to severity of maternal hypoferriemia. The fetal hepatic and brain iron contents were reduced. The brain iron reduction was irreversible on rehabilitation and was associated with irreversible neurotransmitter and their receptor alterations.


Key words: Maternal anemia, stillbirths, placenta.


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APA (2013). Effect of maternal iron status on placenta, fetus and newborn. International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 5(9), 391-395.
Chicago K. N. Agarwal, V. Gupta and S. Agarwal. "Effect of maternal iron status on placenta, fetus and newborn." International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 5, no. 9 (2013): 391-395.
MLA K. N. Agarwal, V. Gupta and S. Agarwal. "Effect of maternal iron status on placenta, fetus and newborn." International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 5.9 (2013): 391-395.
DOI 10.5897/IJMMS09.233

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