Published: May 25, 2020 13:24
Researchers have found evidence of injury to the placenta from 16 women who tested positive COVID-19 during pregnancy, points to new complications associated with deadly diseases.
The type of injury seen in the placenta shows abnormal blood flow between mothers and their babies in the womb, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.
Researchers from Northwestern University in the US said the findings, although preliminary, could help inform how pregnant women should be monitored clinically for pandemic.
“Most of these babies are born fully after a normal pregnancy, so you wouldn’t expect to find anything wrong with the placenta, but this virus seems to cause some injury to the placenta,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, assistant professor of pathology at Northwestern University.
“It does not seem to encourage negative outcomes in babies born alive, based on our limited data, but it validates the idea that women with COVID should be monitored more closely,” Goldstein said.
This increased monitoring may come in the form of a non-stress test, which checks how well the placenta sends oxygen, or ultrasound growth, which measures whether the baby is growing at a healthy level, said study co-author Emily Miller, assistant professor at Northwestern University.
“Not to paint a scary picture, but this finding worries me,” Miller said.
Previous research has found that children who were in the womb during the 1918-19 flu pandemic, which are often compared to the current COVID-19 pandemic, have lower lifetime incomes and higher rates of cardiovascular disease, researchers say.
The flu does not cross the placenta, Goldstein said, so anything that causes lifelong problems in these people is most likely caused by immune activity and injury to the placenta.
“Our research, and other studies like that, are trying to get a basis for this exposure so we can think of what research questions we should ask these children and what we can or should do now to reduce this same type. . results, “Goldstein added.
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