Volume 84, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In malaria-endemic areas, iron deficiency and placental infection commonly coexist. In primigravidae and their newborns, hepcidin and other iron parameters were evaluated in groups and classified according to placental and maternal anemia status. Mothers had relatively high hepcidin levels considering their low iron status. In cord blood, levels of hepcidin, hemoglobin, and other iron parameters were also similar for groups. We conclude that maternal hepcidin is not significantly altered as a function of placental infection and/or anemia. Importantly, fetal hemoglobin and iron status were also unaffected, regardless of the presence of placental infection or maternal anemia.


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  • Received : 03 May 2010
  • Accepted : 26 Jul 2010
  • Published online : 05 Jan 2011

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