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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

On-line version ISSN 2215-5287Print version ISSN 1409-0015


BRENES MADRIGAL, Yessenia et al. Hallazgos clínicos y de laboratorio presentes en mujeres adolescentes embarazadas residentes en Costa Rica y con al menos dos consultas de control prenatal en el Hospital Calderón Guardia del 10 de mayo al 21 de mayo del 2010. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.2, pp.69-79. ISSN 2215-5287.

This is an observational descriptive study about fifty-three patients records from the adolescents clinic at Calderon Guardia Hospital. Data about hemoglobin, hematocrit, weight and height, among others, were taken into account in order to determine the frequency of anemia and the adequate and inadequate weight gain patterns. Less than 10% of patients had anemia, and about half of them had inadequate weight gain or poor weight gain. There was not a high incidence of anemia in this population; however, in the ones in which anemia was found, it was due to low weight on gestational age, as it has been shown in the existing literature in this field . Research showed that inadequate weight gain on pregnant teenagers is common, and that this aspect should be taken into account when working in the health area.

Keywords : Pregnancy; teenager; anemia; weight; CMI.

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