Hemostasis in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
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We studied parameters of hemostasis reported to be altered with "pure" preeclampsia in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Plasma fibronectin, antithrombin, and alpha-2 antiplasmin were measured in normal pregnancies (N = 26) and in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia (N = 19), hypertension (N = 11), and chronic hypertension with superimposed preeclampsia (N = 11). Preeclampsia, both pure and superimposed, was associated with high fibronectin (P less than .001), low antithrombin III (P less than .001), and low alpha-2 antiplasmin (P less than .05) levels, suggesting endothelial injury, clotting, and fibrinolysis, respectively. Alpha-2 antiplasmin was increased with chronic hypertension (P less than .001), regardless of whether there was superimposed preeclampsia. Fibronectin appeared to be more closely linked with preeclampsia than antithrombin III or alpha-2 antiplasmin and may prove valuable in detecting preeclampsia when evaluating hypertension in pregnancy.
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