The obstetric and neonatal implications of a low value on the 50-g glucose screening test

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  • Objective To assess the relationship between a low 50-g 1-hour glucose loading test (GLT) and maternal and neonatal outcomes in women without diabetes. Study Design This was a secondary analysis of a multicenter observational cohort from a randomized trial of treatment for mild gestational diabetes. Maternal and neonatal outcomes were compared between women with GLT values < 90 mg/dL and those with results 90 to 119 mg/dL. Results Of 436 enrolled women, 297 (68.1%) had a GLT result of 90 to 119 mg/dL and 139 (31.9%) had a result of < 90 mg/dL. There was a lower incidence of neonatal hypoglycemia in those with a GLT < 90 mg/dL (5.7% versus 16.5%, p = 0.006). Other outcomes were not associated with test results. Conclusion A GLT result < 90 mg/dL compared with 90 to 119 mg/dL is associated with a lower risk of neonatal hypoglycemia, but no other significant findings. © 2013 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.
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  • Ma KK; Mele L; Landon MB; Spong CY; Ramin SM; Casey B; Wapner RJ; Varner MW; Rouse DJ; Thorp JM
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  • 715
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  • 721
  • Volume

  • 30
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  • 9