European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 168, Issue 7, pp 833–838 | Cite as

Contribution of the blood glucose level in perinatal asphyxia

  • Pallab BasuEmail author
  • Sabbasachi Som
  • Nabendu Choudhuri
  • Harendranath Das
Original Paper


This is a comparative study between 60 asphyxiated newborns (cases) and 60 normal neonates (controls) in respect of their plasma glucose and uric acid levels and also their clinical and neurological status. The mean plasma glucose level was significantly lower (35.1 ± 11.4 mg/dl vs. 56.9 ± 5.5 mg/dl; P < 0.001) and the mean serum uric acid level was higher (8.0 ± 1.2 mg/dl vs. 4.5 ± 0.83 mg/dl; P < 0.001) in the asphyxiated group when compared to the controls. Within the perinatal asphyxia group, the plasma glucose level and Apgar scores showed a significant positive linear correlation (r = 0.740, P < 0.001), whereas a significant negative linear correlation was observed between the glucose level and different stages of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) (r = −0.875, P < 0.001). Although a strong positive linear correlation was found between uric acid and HIE stages (r = 0.734, P ≤ 0.001), the linear correlation between uric acid and Apgar scores (r = −0.885, P < 0.001) and uric acid and the plasma glucose level (r = −0.725, P < 0.001) were found to be significantly negative among the cases. Conclusion: The severity of encephalopathy and cellular damage varies with the severity of hypoglycemia.


Perinatal asphyxia Plasma glucose Serum uric acid Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy Apgar score 



Adenosine diphosphate


Adenosine monophosphate


Adenosine triphosphate


Cerebral blood flow


Cerebral palsy




Glucose oxidase–peroxidase


Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy


Reactive oxygen species


Statistical Package for the Social Sciences



Mr. B. B. Mukherjee, Statistician, Department of Community Medicine, Burdwan Medical College, helped in carrying out the statistical analysis, Dr. Mousumi Tripathi helped in compiling the data, and Mr. M. K. Basu helped in structuring and formatting the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pallab Basu
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sabbasachi Som
    • 2
  • Nabendu Choudhuri
    • 2
  • Harendranath Das
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryBurdwan Medical College and HospitalBurdwanIndia
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsBurdwan Medical College and HospitalBurdwanIndia
  3. 3.KolkataIndia

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