Research Article - Current Pediatric Research (2019) Volume 23, Issue 1
Newborns from mother having a hellp syndrome
- *Corresponding Author:
- Samia Benouaz
Amer Boudjema Street
District of 28 Pieces Sidi Jeelali
22000, Commune Sidi Bel-Abbes, 22000 Algeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Accepted on December 31st, 2018
Introduction: HELLP syndrome, a severe complication of preeclampsia, is a serious obstetric situation because it is responsible for maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. In developing countries, becoming neonatal parturients with Hellp Syndrome continues to have a poor prognosis. It depends on the age of discovery of the pathology and the quality of care. The objective of this work is to apply a protocol for the management of patients with a hellp syndrome and to evaluate its efficacy on neonatal morbidity and mortality.
Patients and Methods: This is a mono-centric retrospective study at the gynecological obstetrics department of the Oran EHU. The retrospective study was conducted over a 24-month period from January 2013 to the end of 2014 (38 patients), followed by the two-year prospective study (January 2015 to December 2016), with the implementation of a Progressive and continuous protocol (127 patients). The study concerns all patients with a hellp syndrome defined according to the Sibaï criterion.
Results: One hundred and sixty-five patients with a hellp syndrome, the mean age of our patients was 32 years ± 6.33, with a predominance in parturient multiparous. After the protocol, we observed a decrease in maternal deaths from 15.7% to 3.14%, and a decrease in perinatal mortality from 31.5% to 16.5%.
Conclusion: The hellp syndrome protocol application will allow a better therapeutic approach. According to the results of our study, HS is one of the serious maternal pathologies that exposes the newborn to a risk of inevitable prematurity, its management is ensured in the neonatal resuscitation unit, including its development and prenatal follow-up remains the guarantors of a good prognosis.
HELLP syndrome, Pre-eclampsia, Pregnancy, Prematurity, Newborn, Perinatal.
The HELLP syndrome is a severe complication of the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, described by Weinstein [1,2] in 1982. This is the acronym for Hemolysis Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platlets Count. This syndrome is generally considered to be a particular clinical form of preeclampsia [2,3]. In developing countries, neonatal outcome in parturients with Hellp syndrome continues to have a poor prognosis, it depends on the age of discovery of the pathology and quality of care. The risk of perinatal complications is related to the severity and gestational age of occurrence of pre-eclampsia, which is why some authors defend the conservative attitude of pregnancy. Neonatal complications of HS are largely attributable to prematurity such as fetal thrombocytopenia and intrauterine growth retardation IUCD. The objective of this work is to apply a protocol for the management of patients with a hellp syndrome and to evaluate its efficacy on neonatal morbidity and mortality.
Materials and Methods
This is a single-centric, descriptive, comparative study of the two periods before and after the introduction of a protocol, aimed at improving the management of HS.
Patients are recruited from the gynecological obstetrics department of the Oran EHU. The study was conducted in two periods:
• First retrospective (N=38 patients), during the period from January 2013 to the end of December 2014 inclusive.
• Then prospective (N=27 patients), from January 2015 to the end of December 2016 included by the implementation of a protocol applied continuously.
For the factors studied: We first described the characteristics of the overall population, including all the patients included in the "2013 to 2016" study, and then compared the two populations on the following factors: at birth, prematurity, intrauterine growth retardation, perinatal mortality and prematurity.
Statistic study: The descriptive and analytical analysis of the data was performed using the SPSS 20 software.
Flat sorting corrected the inconsistent data and completed the missing data.
Characteristics of the study population:
During the study period, we collected 165 cases of HS out of a total of 20,283 deliveries. The estimated incidence of this syndrome is 0.8%, or 1 case for 116 pregnancies. Among the admitted patients, we count 1167 pre-eclamptic patients during the same period, the incidence of HS in preeclamptic patients collected during the same period is 14.13%. The average age of our patients is 32 years with a standard deviation of more than 6.33. The minimum age is 19 and the oldest of our patients is 45, with a median of 32 years. In our study, women over 35 represent 85%. Most of our patients (88.5%) do not practice a profession. Our patients did not have antenatal consultation in 59% of the cases, and 121 (73.3%) of our patients were referred to peripheral maternity hospitals, the rest of the evacuations are distributed as follows: (Relizane 31.4%, Mascara 26.4%, then Tiaret 18.2%, Mostaganem 14% and finally Chlef with 9.1%).
The frequency of multiparity was 45%, the nulliparous 28.5%, and the primiparity 26.5%. The mean parity in our patients was 2 ± 1 children with extremes ranging from 0 to 9. Mean gestational age at the time of hospitalization was 33.3 ± 5 weeks.
Becoming a newborn before and after the application of the protocol:
After the application of the protocol, we found that the neonatal mortality rate increased from 36.8% to 7.1% significantly p<10-3 (Table 1). There is no significant difference in intrauterine mortality.
|Before (38)||After (127)||P|
|Number of cases||%||Number of cases||%|
|In utérine mortality||10||26.3||33||26.0||0.86|
|New born alive||14||36.8||85||66.9||0.001|
Table 1. Comparison of in utero, neonatal, and perinatal mortality between the two periods
We note 72.7% of perinatal deaths at a gestational age of less than 32 years, and only 27.7% of deaths occur at gestational age above 32. Prematurity and intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) shown below (Table 2).
|Gestational age (SA)||Number of cases||%|
Table 2. Distribution of Perinatal Mortality by Gestational Age
We found no statistically significant difference in prematurity and stunting between the two periods. Just as there is no diff birth weight before the 1987.5 g protocol and after 1815.0 g (Table 3).
|Before (38)||After (127)||p|
|Nombre de cas||%||Nombre de cas||%|
|IUGR (≥ 1SA)||34||89.4||111||87.4||0.96|
|Severe IUGR (≥ 3SA)||12||31.5||26||25.9||0.63|
Table 3. Comparison between the two periods of prematurity, intra uterin growth delay 5 (IUGD) and severe intra uterin growth delay (IUGD)
Difficulties and progress of our experiment:
Some difficulties related to the regular acquisition of equipment and medicinal products to revive the newborn
• Fetal complications: Our results are consistent with those of the Maghreb countries, HS is associated with prematurity in 48% of cases, without significant change between the two periods, this prematurity is inevitable despite the protocol (Table 4).
|Authors||Country||Year||Number of patients||IUGR||Intrauterin death||Prematurity||Périnatal death|
|Sibai ||América||1993||442||20 à 30%||19||Nd||7a 20%|
Table 4. Frequency of fetal morbidity according to the authors
• Perinatal mortality: In our study, we find a decrease in perinatal mortality from 31.5% to 16.5% between the two periods, our results are similar to most series [4-8] including perinatal mortality rate in HS fluctuates between 7% and 60%. In 2010, in a retrospective Tunisian study of 17 cases, Khaled  found 3 deaths all premature by less than 31 SA is 42, 85%. Perinatal deaths in our study were related to the parity of the parturient, 72.7% occurred at a gestational age of less than 32SA. We conclude that the awareness and training protocol on neonatal resuscitation is effective (Table 4).
• Neonatal mortality: In the literature, neonatal mortality is variable according to the authors [1,2,10- 12], ranging from 6 to 37%, which joins our series. We note a decrease in this rate between the two periods (36.8% before 7.1% after), this is due to the awareness on neonatal resuscitation and conservative treatment (Table 4).
• Intrauterine fetal mortality: In our study, the MFIU is 26%, the latter is superior to the result found by Sibaï , but concord with that of Hanibilal , we blame the late transfer of patients, whose diagnosis of HS was made at the stage of intrauterine fetal death, and the absence of prenatal follow-up. Our results are consistent with those of the Maghreb countries . HS is associated with prematurity in 48% of cases, without significant change between the two periods, this prematurity is inevitable despite the protocol undertaken.
This study has shown the reliability of the appropriate and multidisciplinary early management of which the gain was marked by the reduction of perinatal mortality. According to the results of our study, HS is one of the serious maternal pathologies that puts the newborn at risk of premature birth.
Our perspectives are:
• Develop neonatology resuscitation.
• To work so that the care is consensual and multidisciplinary.
Conflicts of Interest
• The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest,
• I declare that the ethics committee of the faculty of medicine has approved it and,
• I declare my informed consent to work me and the other authors.
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