A novel clinical prediction model of severity based on red cell distribution width, neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio and intra-abdominal pressure in acute pancreatitis in pregnancy

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Mar 18;23(1):189. doi: 10.1186/s12884-023-05500-0.


Background: Acute pancreatitis in pregnancy (APIP) with a high risk of death is extremely harmful to mother and fetus. There are few models specifically designed to assess the severity of APIP. Our study aimed to establish a clinical model for early prediction of severity of APIP.

Methods: A retrospective study in a total of 188 patients with APIP was enrolled. The hematological indicators, IAP (intra-abdominal pressure) and clinical data were obtained for statistical analysis and prediction model construction.

Results: According to univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis, we found that red cell distribution width (RDW), neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and Intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) are prediction indexes of the severity in APIP (p-value < 0.05). Our novel clinical prediction model was created by based on the above three risk factors and showed superior predictive power in primary cohort (AUC = 0.895) and validation cohort (AUC = 0.863). A nomogram for severe acute pancreatitis in pregnancy (SAPIP) was created based on the three indicators. The nomogram was well-calibrated.

Conclusion: RDW, NLR and IAP were the independent risk factors of APIP. Our clinical prediction model of severity in APIP based on RDW, NLR and IAP with predictive evaluation is accurate and effective.

Keywords: Acute pancreatitis in pregnancy; Inflammation; Intra-abdominal pressure; Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio; Prediction model; Red cell distribution width.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Erythrocyte Indices
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphocytes
  • Models, Statistical
  • Neutrophils
  • Pancreatitis* / diagnosis
  • Pancreatitis* / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies