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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Plasma lipids and lipoproteins during first trimester in pregnant Nigerian women: Ilorin experience

Department of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, Faculty of Healtlh Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

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S A Adebisi
Department of Chemical Pathology and Immunology, Faculty of Healtlh Sciences, University of Ilorin
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Thirty-two pregnant women in their first trimester with a mean age of 29.5 years, 32 age matched non-pregnant controls were included in this study. They were bled after 14-hour fasting. This study was between October 2000 and October 2001. Plasma total cholesterol, triglyceride and HDL- cholesterol were assayed. LDL-cholesterol was obtained through Frieldwald formula average as mean were calculated using Epi info version 6.0 and level of significant difference decided at p<0. 05. The mean age of the subjects was 9.5 years. Compared to the concentration in non-pregnant women [controls] the plasma level of total cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol were found to be significantly lower p<0.05. However the levels of plasma triglyceride and LDL-cholesterol were found to be significantly higher in the pregnant women than the control group [p<0.05]. This study revealed that the level of total plasma cholesterol is low in middle part of first trimester. We therefore suggest that in interpreting the result of total cholesterol in first trimester the gestation age should be put into consideration.

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