Objective: Epithelium-derived thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), is a key pro-allergic cytokine that has recently been linked to chronic airway diseases. Our aim is to determine cord blood TSLP levels in pregnancies with meconium stained amniotic fluid.
Patients and methods: A total of 44 pregnant women with meconium stained amniotic fluid and a total of 44 healthy pregnant women were enrolled in the study. Cord blood TSLP was measured with TSLP ELISA Kit.
Results: We found no statistically significant differences between 2 groups in terms of age and parity. TSLP levels were found to be significantly higher in the cord blood of pregnant women with meconium stained amniotic fluid (104.3 ± 96.9 ng/ml) compared with the control group (63.2 ± 65.3 ng/ml) (p = 0.022).
Conclusions: It seems that TSLP is produced and released in response to meconium.