Calprotectin in pregnancy and pregnancy-associated diseases: a systematic review and prospective cohort study.

Timm Westhoff
Timm Westhoff
Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin
Clemens B Tempfer
Clemens B Tempfer
Ruhr University Bochum

Arch Gynecol Obstet 2019 Jun 5;299(6):1567-1577. Epub 2019 Apr 5.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Marien Hospital Herne, Hölkeskampring 40, 44625, Herne, Germany.

Purpose: Calprotectin, a marker of acute and chronic inflammation, may play a role in pregnancy-associated disorders. We aimed to summarize available clinical data on calprotectin in pregnancy and to establish normal values of calprotectin during the course of pregnancy.

Methods: We performed a systematic review of the databases PubMed and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials to identify experimental and clinical evidence assessing the role of calprotectin in pregnancy. In addition, we performed a prospective cohort study assessing serum and urine calprotectin throughout pregnancy.

Results: We identified 17 studies investigating 1638 pregnant women, 151 newborns, and 99 non-pregnant controls, measuring calprotectin in different compartments. Calprotectin was present in meconium and elevated in fecal samples of pregnant women with active inflammatory bowel disease. In women with pregnancy-induced hypertension, mild and severe preeclampsia (PE), calprotectin was significantly elevated in maternal plasma and serum, but not in fetal serum, amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord blood. For the cohort study, we recruited 196 pregnant women. PE and concomitant renal disease were present in 6/196 (3%) and 11/196 (5.6%) of women, respectively. Throughout pregnancy, median serum and urine levels of calprotectin largely exceed reported concentrations of the healthy non-pregnant population, but showed no significant variations between trimesters 1-3 and post-partum. Calprotectin in serum was correlated with systolic blood pressure and in urine with leukocytes and total protein. No significant differences were found in subgroup analyses of smokers vs. non-smokers, PE vs. none, and renal disease (kidney stones, reflux) vs. none.

Conclusion: Calprotectin concentrations in amnion fluid and stools serve as potential indicators of inflammatory states during pregnancy. Urinary calprotectin concentrations are continuously high during pregnancy and show no significant variations between trimesters 1-3 and post-partum.

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