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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1999;42(9):2132-2137.
Published online January 1, 2001.
3 Cases of Pregnancies in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis.
Ki Joo Lee, Jeong Bin Moon, Soo Yeon Han, Mi Ha Kim, Sook Hyeun Kee, Joong Shin Park, Jong Kwan Jun, Bo Hyun Yoon, Hee Chul Syn
Abstract
Far Eastern countries including Korea show the high prevalence of hepatitis B virus carriers, so that the incidence of liver cirrhosis is higher than in western countries. But pregnancies with liver cirrhosis are rarely encountered in clinical settings, since liver cirrhosis usually develops after childbearing ages and often causes the disturbance of estrogen metabolism, resulting in severe menstrual irregularity and infertility. Therefore, little is known about the interactions between liver cirrhosis and pregnancy. Liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension are not contraindications to pregnancy but necessitate intensive monitoring throughout pregnancy because the complications of liver cirrhosis, which pose additional risks during pregnancy, are numerous and unpredictable. We report 3 cases of pregnancies in patients with liver cirrhosis with brief review of the literature.
Key Words: liver cirrhosis, pregnancy


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