High levels of urinary vascular endothelial growth factor in women with severe preeclampsia.
SourceInternational Journal of Biological Markers, 19, 1, (2004), pp. 72-75
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International Journal of Biological Markers
SubjectEBP 2: Effective Hospital Care; UMCN 5.1: Genetic defects of metabolism; UMCN 5.2: Endocrinology and reproduction
Elevated plasma VEGF concentrations in preeclampsia are associated with local placental ischemia and endothelial dysfunction. We investigated the urinary VEGF excretion in women with severe preeclampsia (n=37) and its relation with proteinuria compared to that in healthy pregnant (n=32) and non-pregnant women (n=30). In women with severe preeclampsia VEGF levels were 54.0 (19.9-192.4) ng/mmol creatinine, significantly (p<0.0001) higher than levels in pregnant controls (28.2 (6.7-63.0) ng/mmol creatinine) and non-pregnant controls (29.5 (10.1-59.1) ng/mmol creatinine). Proteinuria was not significantly correlated with urinary VEGF levels. In conclusion, high urinary VEGF concentrations in severe preeclampsia might reflect increased renal production of VEGF rather than elevated VEGF levels in the systemic circulation.
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