Elevated levels of immunoreactive prostacyclin metabolite in babies who develop intraventricular haemorrhage

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1987 Jan;76(1):19-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1987.tb10408.x.


Measurement of 6-ketoprostaglandin F1-alpha by radioimmunoassay was made during the first three days of life in a group of 48 preterm neonates at risk of intraventricular haemorrhage. The babies who developed haemorrhage had significantly higher levels than those who did not, and failed to show the falling levels seen over the first three days of life in the nonhaemorrhage group. It is suggested that high levels of prostacyclin in low birthweight babies may be one factor which contributes to the alterations of cerebral blood flow and capillary bleeding time which predispose to intraventricular haemorrhage.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 6-Ketoprostaglandin F1 alpha / blood*
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / blood*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / blood*
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Risk


  • 6-Ketoprostaglandin F1 alpha