Understanding Racial Disparity in Adverse Pregnancy Outcome

Chapter

Abstract

Pregnancy complications are hard to diagnose and treat due to complex etiologies and pathophysiologies. Adding to this difficulty is the observation that the distribution of risk is not even across populations of different geographical ancestry. Pregnancy complications are disproportionately high in African American populations. This chapter provides an overview of various factors that can contribute to higher risk and likely racial disparity.

Keywords

Corticosteroid Stratification Prostaglandin Progesterone Preeclampsia 

Notes

Acknowledgement

We thank Ms. Geeta Bhat for the editorial assistance and generating the figures used in this book chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Maternal–Fetal Medicine Perinatal Research, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyThe University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGalvestonUSA

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