Nowhere is the complex relation between inflammation and disease more apparent than in pregnancy. From the immune adaptation necessary for a mother to tolerate a genetically different fetus through gestation, to the role of inflammatory mediators in abnormalities of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia and premature delivery, it is clear that inflammation plays a vital role in determining pregnancy outcome. In this authoritative text, an international panel of prestigious authors explores the complex relationship between inflammation, the mother, placenta and fetus. Providing comprehensive coverage by discussing both basic sciences and clinical applications, the book also ensures wide appeal by presenting a synthesis of the maternal and fetal aspects of immunological disorders in pregnancy.
The only recent work on the subject in this fast-moving field, Inflammation and Pregnancy is relevant to a wide range of scientists and clinicians with an interest in inflammation, early pregnancy, placental development, pre-eclampsia, pre-term delivery and fetal/neonatal development.
Table of Contents
Inflammatory Cells and Cytokine Production. Pregnancy Related Changes in Maternal Immunity. Implantation. Inflammation and Miscarriage. Premature Rupture of the Membranes. Premature Labour. Pre-eclampsia. Maternal Inflammatory Conditions and Pregnancy. The Fetal Inflammatory Response Syndrome. Amniotic Fluid Infection and Fetal Lung Development. Perinatal Brain Injury. Neonatal Development Bibliographies and Index