Placental Pathology, Cerebral Blood Flow, and Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Preterm Infants: Is There a Link?

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Background: There is growing evidence to support an association between placental inflammation and neurological sequelae of preterm infants. The goal of this study is to evaluate the relationship between placental pathology, post-natal Doppler cerebral resistive indices (RI's), and intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) in premature infants. Methods: In a retrospective cohort study, preterm infants born between 23 0/7 and 32 6/7 weeks’ gestation at Parkland Hospital were examined with placental pathology and serial ultrasound Doppler to evaluate for the primary outcome of IVH and death. Results: A total of 255 infants were included, and 166 (65%) had at least one significant placental pathology, most commonly chorioamnionitis. Infants with placental pathologies were significantly more likely to have mothers with clinical chorioamnionitis and to have lower gestational ages. There was no observed association between placental pathology and IVH or death. Secondary analysis demonstrated that resistive indices obtained from the first and second head ultrasounds were not different in infants with IVH. Conclusion: In this study, we observed a high rate of placental pathologies but no alterations in cerebral indices on ultrasound, or differences in rates of IVH or death. Additional studies are necessary to delineate the relationship between placental pathology, white matter brain injury, and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Neurology
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Doppler
  • Neurodevelopmental outcome
  • Placenta
  • Preterm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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