Archives of gynecology

, Volume 233, Issue 3, pp 211–215 | Cite as

Serum PAPP-A in normal pregnancy: Relationship to fetal and maternal characteristics

  • J. G. Westergaard
  • B. Teisner
  • J. G. Grudzinskas
Original Papers


Pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) was measured in maternal serum by electroimmunoassy in 414 women (with subsequent normal pregnancy outcome) during the 38th week of pregnancy. PAPP-A levels were examined in relation to maternal and fetal characteristics, revealing a statistically significant relationship with maternal weight, placental weight, fetal sex and gravidity. The correlation of PAPP-A levels to fetal sex and gravidity could not be explained by differences in placental or maternal weight. Mean levels of PAPP-A were also not significantly different in relation to fetal sex.

Key words

Pregnancy associated plasma protein A Pregnancy protein Measurement of serum PAPP-A Normal pregnancy 


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© J. F. Bergmann Verlag 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. G. Westergaard
    • 1
  • B. Teisner
    • 2
  • J. G. Grudzinskas
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Obstetrics and GynaecologyOdense University HospitalOdense CDenmark
  2. 2.Institute of Medical MicrobiologyOdense UniversityOdenseDenmark
  3. 3.Dept. of Obstertrics and GynaecologyUniversity of SydneyN.S.W.Australia

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