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Placental Lactogen Levels in Diabetic Pregnancy

Br Med J 1973; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5858.80 (Published 14 April 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;2:80
  1. W. Ursell,
  2. M. Brudenell,
  3. T. Chard

    Abstract

    A prospective study has been carried out of placental lactogen levels in pregnancy complicated by diabetes mellitus. The levels were higher than those in normal pregnant subjects; the higher levels were related to increased placental and fetal weight but more closely to the former; and lower levels were found when there was clinical evidence of placental dysfunction. Those patients requiring the largest insulin increment for the control of their diabetes in the pregnancy have placental lactogen levels in the higher range.