Pneumonia as a complication of pregnancy

Mary Munn, L. J. Groome, J. L. Atterbury, S. L. Baker, C. Hoff

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Objective: To identify risk factors for the development of antepartum pneumonia and to describe maternal and perinatal outcome in pregnant women with pneumonia. Methods: The study group consisted of 59 women with antepartum pneumonia. Pneumonia was defined by the presence of lower respiratory tract symptoms, radiographic findings, no other source of infection, and at least two of the following: oral temperature ≥38°C, white blood cell count ≥15,000/ml, auscultatory findings, and/or positive sputum cultures. For comparison, a control group (n = 118) of pregnant women was formed by selecting the first mother who delivered immediately before and after an index study subject. Results: Mothers in the study group were significantly more likely than women in the control group to have either a history of asthma (P = 0.022) or an admission hematocrit ≤30% (P < 0.001). Women with pneumonia were also more likely to receive a tocolytic agent (P < 0.001) and/or beta-methasone to enhance fetal lung maturity (P < 0.001). In addition, study subjects delivered at an earlier mean gestational age (P = 0.002) and had infants who weighed significantly less (P = 0.003) than mothers in the control group. Multivariate analysis indicated that women with asthma or anemia had more than a five-fold increase in the risk of developing pneumonia during pregnancy (P = 0.013), and mothers with pneumonia were significantly more likely to deliver before 34 weeks gestation (P = 0.04). Conclusions: Pneumonia during pregnancy was associated with maternal anemia and asthma. In addition, preterm labor with tocolysis and/or beta-methasone was more common in women with pneumonia, and these women were more likely to deliver preterm and have low birthweight infants compared to women without pneumonia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Pregnancy Complications
Pneumonia
Mothers
Asthma
Pregnancy
Control Groups
Anemia
Pregnant Women
Tocolytic Agents
Tocolysis
Premature Obstetric Labor
Sputum
Leukocyte Count
Hematocrit
Respiratory System
Gestational Age
Multivariate Analysis
Lung
Temperature

Keywords

  • Maternal infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Pregnancy complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Pneumonia as a complication of pregnancy. / Munn, Mary; Groome, L. J.; Atterbury, J. L.; Baker, S. L.; Hoff, C.

In: Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1999, p. 151-154.

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Munn, Mary ; Groome, L. J. ; Atterbury, J. L. ; Baker, S. L. ; Hoff, C. / Pneumonia as a complication of pregnancy. In: Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. 1999 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 151-154.
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