Compared with the plasma levels of the women whose pregnancies remained normal, sFlt-1 levels were significantly higher and PlGF levels significantly lower in the women whose pregnancies became complicated by pre-eclampsia and/or IUGR (P<0.001). The alterations were more pronounced in cases of early-onset pre-eclampsia and in cases of IUGR that necessitated delivery before 34 weeks. Using the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio, these complications could be predicted with 98% sensitivity, 95% specificity, and 93% positive predictive value.
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