Published: 2021-03-24

Evaluation of maternal and fetal outcome in pregnancies complicated by jaundice-an observational study

Ruchi Kishore, Neha Thakur, Mitali Tuwani


Background: The spectrum of jaundice in pregnancy varies from a benign condition with good maternal and fetal outcome to a severe form resulting in liver failure and maternal and fetal mortality. Jaundice may complicate 3-5% of pregnancies. Present study was aimed to analyze the cause, course and impact of jaundice during pregnancy so as to have better understanding and hence better feto-maternal outcome. The present study aimed to analyze the various causes of hepatic dysfunction in pregnancy, maternal and fetal outcome in pregnancies complicated by jaundice and various hematological and liver function variables for predicting maternal and fetal outcome.

Methods: The present study was an observational study conducted in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Pt. JNM medical college and associated Dr. BRAM hospital, Raipur (CG) over period of 2 year from September 2018 to September 2020.

Results: Total 0.72% pregnancies were complicated by jaundice. HELLP syndrome was the commonest cause of jaundice in pregnancy (36.7%), followed by viral hepatitis (32.7%). Hepatitis E was the most common type of viral hepatitis (91.8%). Hemolytic jaundice presented with best maternal outcome (maternal mortality rate 8.6%). Worst maternal outcome was seen in AFLP (maternal mortality rate 100%). Best fetal outcome was seen in viral hepatitis (live birth rate 67.6%), whereas worst noted with AFLP (fetal death rate 66.6%). Higher total serum bilirubin, higher serum AST, anemia and deranged INR had significant correlation with maternal mortality.

Conclusions: HELLP syndrome and viral hepatitis are preventable causes of jaundice yet it contributed to significant proportion of maternal deaths in 26.5 and 18.5% cases respectively. AFLP is often under diagnosed and had a fulminant course in pregnancy causing maternal and fetal mortality.


Jaundice, Pregnancy, Feto-maternal outcome

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