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Vol. 38, No. 1, 1994
Issue release date: 1994
Gynecol Obstet Invest 1994;38:21–23

Normal Serum Relaxin in Women with Disabling Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy

Petersen L.K. · Hvidman L. · Uldbjerg N.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aarhus Kommunehospital, Aarhus C, Denmark

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As part of a case control within cohort study 472 pregnant women answered a questionnaire post partum. Serum relaxin concentrations were measured by a homologous ELISA in samples collected from the women in the 30th week of pregnancy. Serum relaxin concentrations were not associated with pregnancy-associated pelvic pain. Thus, normal pregnant women without pelvic pain (n = 118) had mean concentrations of 343 pg/ml compared to 332 pg/ml in women (n = 59) with pelvic pain and some restriction in daily activities and to 349 pg/ ml in women (n = 9) with severe pregnancy-induced pelvic pain. The present results do not suggest a role for relaxin in symptom-giving pelvic relaxation during human pregnancy.

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