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  • Components of BloodRed Blood CellsWhite Blood CellsInflammatory processCoagulationBlood may be viewed as tissue—a sort of fluid transportation tissue, ofwhich the intercellular substance is the blood plasma (plasma). Thecellular components of this tissue are the red (erythrocytes) and white(leukocytes) blood cells and the platelets (thrombocytes (Fig. 6.1a, b).The proportion of the total blood volume occupied by all blood cells inpercent is called the hematocrit (see Fig. 6.3). It averages 45%, and is usuallya little higher in men (47%) than in women (43 %).
  • Functions of the BloodBlood has multiple functions closely connected with its components andwith the vascular system. While a function of the blood vessels is to distributethe blood overall (heat regulation and distribution of substances),the formed and unformed blood components have some very specificfunctions.The red blood cells, for instance, are responsible for the transport ofblood gases from the lung to the tissues (oxygen) and from the tissuesback to the lungs (carbon dioxide).White blood cells serve to defend against pathogens and foreign bodies(immunity). They perform these tasks most of the time outside theblood vessels, in the connective tissues. In this case the blood servessolely as a means of transportation from the site of cell formation (bonemarrow) to the site of action.The fluid portion of the blood, the plasma, subserves several differenttransportation tasks. For instance, it undertakes the transport of nutrients from where they are absorbed (intestinal villi) to where they are utilized (organs), of metabolic products to the excretory organs (kidneys),and of substances acting inside the body to their sites of activity(hormones). Simultaneously, blood transports heat from the metabolicallyactive organs to the surface.Another task of blood is coagulation. When blood vessels are injured,the clotting factors carried in the blood, such as fibrinogen and platelets,are of vital importance. In addition to water, blood plasma contains anumber of salts (electrolytes), proteins (albumins and globulins), lipids(fatty acids and cholesterol), and carbohydrates (blood glucose), andnumerous vitamins, trace elements, and enzymes. Other noteworthyfeatures of blood include its essentially constant composition, relativelyconstant osmotic pressure, and a pH value that varies only within narrowlimits (7.2−7.4) (the so-called “constant internal milieu”).
  • Genesis of white blood cells. The different cells of the myelocyte series are 1, myeloblast; 2, promyelocyte; 3,megakaryocyte; 4, neutrophil myelocyte; 5, young neutrophil metamyelocyte; 6, “band” neutrophil metamyelocyte;7, polymorphonuclear neutrophil; 8, eosinophil myelocyte; 9, eosinophil metamyelocyte; 10, polymorphonuclear eosinophil;11, basophil myelocyte; 12, polymorphonuclear basophil; 13–16, stages of monocyte formation.
  • Whenever a vessel is severed or ruptured, hemostasis is achieved by several mechanisms:1) vascular constriction, (2) formation of a platelet plug, (3) formation of a blood clot as a result of blood coagulation, and (4) eventual growth of fibrous tissue into the blood clot to close the hole in the vessel permanently.
  • Hematologic changes of pregnancy

    1. 1. Hematologic changes of pregnancy Berhanu Mohammed April 21, 2011
    2. 2. HematologyDefinition• Components of blood4/24/2011
    3. 3. Components of blood• Plasma Plasma Components – Transport mechanism • 90-92% water. Water 90% • 6-7% proteins • 2-3% – Fats – Carbohydrates (glucose) – Electrolytes – Gases (O2, CO2) – Chemical messengers Other Protein 3% 7%4/24/2011
    4. 4. Functions• responsible for the transport of blood gases from the lung to the tissues (oxygen) and from the tissues back to the lungs (carbon dioxide).• White blood cells serve to defend against pathogens and foreign bodies(immunity). They perform these tasks most of the time outside theblood vessels, in the connective tissues. In this case the blood serves solely as a means of transportation from the site of cell formation (bonemarrow) to the site of action.4/24/2011
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    6. 6. Cellular Components Pluripotent Stem Cell Myeloid Multipotent Common Lymphoid Stem Cells Stem Cells Unipotent Lymphocytes Progenitors BasophilsEosinophils Thrombocytes ErythrocytesNeutrophilsMonocytes Erythropoietin4/24/2011
    7. 7. Components of blood• Red Blood Cells – Erythrocyte • Hemoglobin – O2 bearing molecule – Comprised of 4 subunits: » Globin (binds to 1 O2 molecule) » Heme (iron) – 100% saturation = 4 globin subunits carrying O2 » Each gram of hemoglobin = 1.34 ml O24/24/2011
    8. 8. Fig. Formation of the multiple different blood cells from the original 4/24/2011pluripotent hematopoietic stem cell (PHSC) in the bone marrow.
    9. 9. Fig. Genesis of normal red blood cells (RBCs) and characteristics of RBCs in different types of anemias.4/24/2011
    10. 10. Fig. Function of the erythropoietin mechanism to increaseproduction of red blood cells when tissue oxygenation 4/24/2011decreases.
    11. 11. 4/24/2011 Genesis of white blood cells
    12. 12. • Platelets (Thrombocytes) – Megakaryocytes • Thrombopoietin – Thrombocytopenia – Thrombocytosis4/24/2011
    13. 13. Hemostasishemostasis is achieved by several mechanisms:1) vascular constriction,2) formation of a platelet plug,3) formation of a blood clot as a result of blood coagulation, and4) eventual growth of fibrous tissue into the blood clot to close the hole in the vessel permanently.4/24/2011
    14. 14. Fig. Clotting process in a traumatized blood vessel.4/24/2011
    15. 15. Schema for conversion of prothrombin to thrombin andpolymerizationof fibrinogen to form fibrin fibers4/24/2011
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    17. 17. Extrinsic pathway for initiating blood clotting4/24/2011
    18. 18. Intrinsic pathway for initiating blood clotting Ca++ 4/24/2011
    19. 19. Pregnancy changesThe Most significant changes are:• Physiologic anemia• Neutrophilia• Mild thrombocytopenia• Increased procoagulant factors• Diminished fibrinolysis4/24/2011
    20. 20. Plasma volume• Increased by 10 to 15 %• Total gain at term averages 1100 to 1600mlTotal volume 4700ml to 5200ml ,i.e. 30 to 50% above non pregnant , Fig.14/24/2011
    21. 21. Fig.14/24/2011
    22. 22. Plasma Volume Systemic vasodilatation Rise in vascular capacitance Underfilled vascular system Rise in plasma volume4/24/2011
    23. 23. Pregnancy-induced hypervolemia has important functions:• To meet the metabolic demands of the enlarged uterus & hypertrophied vascular system.• To provide an abundance of nutrients and elements to support the rapidly growing placenta and fetus.• To protect the mother and in turn the fetus, against the deleterious effects of impaired venous return in the supine and erect positions.• To safeguard the mother against the adverse effects of blood loss associated with parturition.4/24/2011
    24. 24. Plasma Volume during postpartum Decreases after delivery ,then increases again 2 to 5 days later 10 to 15% above at 3 weeks Nl at 6 wks4/24/2011
    25. 25. RED BLOOD CELLS• 20 to 30% (250 to 450 mL) above nonpregnant iron supplemented• 15 to 20% above nonpregnant not on iron supplement• Life span slightly decreased• Erythropoietin levels increase by 50 %4/24/2011
    26. 26. Fig. Erythropoietin levels in response to anemia4/24/2011
    27. 27. physiological or dilutional anemia of pregnancy• Observed in healthy pregnant woman• Greatest during late 2nd to early 3rd trimester lowest Hgb at 28 to 36wks• Nearer to term Hgb increases• Anemia cut off point: <11 g/dL 1st and 3rd trimesters and < 10.5 g/dL 2nd trimester, for black Americans 0.8g/dl less4/24/2011
    28. 28. Hemoglobin Values in Pregnancy MEAN FIFTH PERCENTILEWEEKS HEMOGLOBIN HEMOGLOBINGESTATION (G/DL) (G/DL)12 12.2 11.016 11.8 10.620 11.6 10.524 11.6 10.528 11.8 10.732 12.1 11.036 12.5 11.440 12.9 11.9From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Recommendations to 4/24/2011prevent and control iron deficiency in the United States. MMWR 47:1, 1998
    29. 29. PLATELET COUNT• Mean PLT slightly lower than healthy non pregnant woman due to the effects of hemodilution increased platelet consumption4/24/2011
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    31. 31. Thrombocytopenia• most significant obstetrical consideration concerning platelet physiology in pregnancy• Gestational or incidental thrombocytopenia is characterized :  mild asymptomatic occurring in the third trimester  without any history not associated with maternal, fetal, or neonatal sequelae and  spontaneously resolves postpartum Platelet counts are typically >70,000/microL, with about two-thirds being 130,000 to 150,000 microL4/24/2011
    32. 32. WHITE BLOOD CELLS• 1st trimester, the mean count is 8,000/mm3, Nl (5,110 to 9,900/mm)• 2nd & 3rd trimester, the mean is 8,500/mm3, Nl (5,600 to 12,200/mm3• In labor, rise to 20,000 to 30,000/mm3,• largely due to increases in circulating segmented neutrophils and granulocytes• caused by the elevated estrogen and cortisol levels• Returns to normal with in 1 to 2 weeks4/24/2011
    33. 33. Immunologic system• associated with suppression humoral and cell- mediated immunological functions• involve suppression of T-helper (Th) 1 and T- cytotoxic (Tc) 1 cells, which decreases secretion of interleukin-2 (IL-2), interferon- , and tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-)• upregulation of Th2 cells to increase secretion of IL- 4, IL-6, and IL-13.• In cervical mucus,immunoglobulins A and G (IgA and IgG) are significantly higher4/24/2011
    34. 34. COAGULATION FACTORS AND INHIBITORS• 5 to 6 fold increased risk for thromboembolic disease• venous stasis, vessel wall injury, and changes in the coagulation cascade• Fibrinogen, factors II, VII, VIII, X, XII, and XIII increase by 20 to 200 percent• Von Willebrand factor increases• Antithrombin, protein C, Factor V and Factor IX levels remain unchanged or increase slightly• return to baseline by six to eight weeks after delivery4/24/2011
    35. 35. Table 5-2. Changes in Measures ofHemostasis during Normal PregnancyParameter Nonpregnant Pregnant (35–40 weeks)Activated PTT (sec) 31.6 4.9 31.9 2.9Thrombin time (sec) 18.9 2.0 22.4 4.1aFibrinogen (mg/dL) 256 58 473 72aFactor VII (%) 99.3 19.4 181.4 48.0aFactor X (%) 97.7 15.4 144.5 20.1aPlasminogen (%) 105.5 14.1 136.2 19.5atPA (ng/mL) 5.7 3.6 5.0 1.5Antithrombin III (%) 98.9 13.2 97.5 33.3Protein C (%) 77.2 12.0 62.9 20.5aTotal Protein S (%) 75.6 14.0 49.9 10.2a 4/24/2011
    36. 36. Figure 3-11 The normal components of the coagulation cascade. (From Johnson RL: 4/24/2011Thromboembolic disease complicating pregnancy. In Foley MR, Strong TH [eds]:
    37. 37. Key points Maternal plasma volume increases 50 percent during pregnancy RBC volume increases approximately 18 to 30 percenthematocrit normally decreases during gestation but not below 30 percent Pregnancy is a hypercoagulable stateincreases in the levels of the majority of the procoagulant factors increase and fibrinolytic system decreases and in some of the natural inhibitors of coagulation4/24/2011
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    40. 40. References• Guyton and Hall ,Text book of medical physiology , 11th edition• Williams Obstetrics,Cunningham, Leveno, Bloom, Hauth, Rouse, Spong, 23rd edition• Obstetrics normal and problem pregnancies, Steven G. Gabbe,Jennifer R.Niebyl, Joe leigh simpson, 5th Edition• Up to date , 18.24/24/2011
    41. 41. Thank you4/24/2011
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