Comparative study of sFlt-1/Plgf ratio with uterine artery doppler indices in prediction of preeclampsia at 22-24 weeks period of gestation

Taru Gupta, Pooja Sharma, Sarika Arora, Divya Baruhee


Background: Hypertensive disorders like pre-eclampsia along with hemorrhage and infection, contributes greatly to maternal morbidity and mortality. Various pro and antiangiogenic factors like sFlt-1 and Plgf have been linked to the etiopathogenesis of placental vascular disease and their combination with uterine artery doppler studies may improve the prediction accuracy. Present study was conducted to analyze sFlt-1/Plgf ratio and uterine artery doppler indices among high risk patients and to compare these in prediction of preeclampsia.

Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted from September 2017 to February 2019 in which 100 patients giving consent and satisfying inclusion criteria were evaluated for various risk factors and were subjected to sFlt-1/Plgf ratio test and uterine artery doppler study at 22-24 weeks period of gestation. They were followed up and maternal outcome was analysed.

Results: Among the cohort of 100 women with high risk factors, 35% of the study participants developed pre-eclampsia. Using sFlt-1/Plgf ratio 40% of them were screened positive for pre-eclampsia. This percentage of screened positive was 40%, 43%, and 53% using uterine artery RI, PI, and SD respectively. sFlt-1/Plgf was found to have a sensitivity of 91.4% and specificity of 87.7%. ROC curve analysis showed highest area under curve (AUC) for sFlt-1/Plgf (0.858).

Conclusions: sFlt-1/Plgf ratio was found to be a better predictable biomarker than uterine artery Doppler indices in prediction of pre-eclampsia at 22-24 weeks period of gestation.


High risk, Pre-eclampsia, Resistive index, Systolic to diastolic, sFlt-1/Plgf, Uterine artery

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