oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Jaundice in pregnancy: significance of racial aetiological factors

Volume 31, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Sixty-six cases of jaundice in pregnancy out of 19,020 deliveries between January, 1974 and December, 1981, seen at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, are reviewed. The incidence was 0.33% or 1 in 288 deliveries. Common causes included haemoglobinopathy (37.8%) malarial infection (18.2%) and infective hepatitis (24.2%). There was significantly high incidence of operative vaginal delivery. The perinatal and maternal mortality which were 164 per 1,000 and 91 per 1,000 were exceedingly high. The role and contribution of unbooked patients to these high mortality rates were highlighted.

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