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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effects of acetylsalicylic-acid ingestion on maternal and neonatal hemostasis.

In a case-control study, we evaluated the effects of maternal ingestion of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) within 10 days of delivery on maternal and neonatal hemostasis. Only one of 34 control maternal-neonatal pairs (3 per cent) had hemostatic abnormalities. In 10 pairs, when maternal aspirin ingestion occurred within five days of delivery, 6 of 10 mothers and 9 of the 10 infants had bleeding tendencies. Seven maternal-neonatal pairs in which aspirin was ingested 6 to 10 days before delivery were free of clinical bleeding. Among seven other mothers who ingested aspirin in the immediate post-partum period four of the seven (57 per cent) also had impaired hemostasis. Neonatal hemostatic abnormalities included numerous petechiae over the presenting part, hematuria, a cephalhematoma, subconjunctival hemorrhage, and bleeding from a circumcision. Maternal bleeding was confined to excessive intrapartum or post-partum blood loss. We conclude that aspirin should be avoided during pregnancy.If ingestion has occurred within five days of delivery, the neonate should be evaluated for the presence of bleeding.[1]


  1. Effects of acetylsalicylic-acid ingestion on maternal and neonatal hemostasis. Stuart, M.J., Gross, S.J., Elrad, H., Graeber, J.E. N. Engl. J. Med. (1982) [Pubmed]
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