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Low serum ferritin and G6PD deficiency as potential predictors of anaemia in pregnant women visiting Prime Care Hospital Enugu Nigeria.

Low serum ferritin and G6PD deficiency as potential predictors of anaemia in pregnant women visiting Prime Care Hospital Enugu Nigeria.
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Engwa GA, Unaegbu M, Unachukwu MN, Njoku MC, Agbafor KN, Mbacham WF, Okoh A,


Engwa GA, Unaegbu M, Unachukwu MN, Njoku MC, Agbafor KN, Mbacham WF, Okoh A, (click to view)

Engwa GA, Unaegbu M, Unachukwu MN, Njoku MC, Agbafor KN, Mbacham WF, Okoh A,

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BMC research notes 2017 12 0810(1) 721 doi 10.1186/s13104-017-3051-5
Abstract
OBJECTIVES
Though iron deficiency is known to be a major risk factor of anaemia, the association of G6PD deficiency and malaria with anaemia still remains unclear. Hence, a cross-sectional study involving 95 pregnant women visiting Prime Care Hospital in Trans-Ekulu region of Enugu Nigeria was conducted to determine possible predictors of anaemia in pregnancy.

RESULTS
The prevalence of anaemia, malaria and G6PD deficiency were 53.7, 12.6 and 60% respectively. Low serum ferritin (OR 5.500, CI 2.25-13.42, p < 0.05) and G6PD deficiency (OR 0.087, CI 0.03-0.23, p < 0.05) were associated with anaemia in pregnancy. On the other hand, malaria did not significantly associate (OR 1.184, CI 0.35-3.97, p = 0.964) with anaemia in pregnant women. These findings showed high prevalence of anaemia among pregnant women with low serum ferritin level and G6PD deficiency as high risk factors of anaemia.

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