Distribution of anaerobic bacteria among pregnant periodontitis patients who experience preterm delivery

Edit Urbán, Márta Radnai, Tibor Novák, István Gorzó, Attila Pál, Elisabeth Nagy

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The preterm delivery of low-birth-weight (PLBW) infants remains a significant public health issue and a leading cause of neonatal death and of long-term neurodevelopmental disturbances and health problems. Epidemiological and immunological studies have suggested that periodontal disease may be an independent risk factor for PLBW. The incidence of periodontal disease during pregnancy has been found to be associated with a significantly lower birth weight for gestational age after adjustment for race, parity and baby gender. The present case-control study, carried out to examine the distribution of anaerobes in pregnant women with periodontitis who experienced preterm delivery, provides microbial evidence that maternal periodontal disease and the presence of key pathogens are significant contributors to the obstetric risk of preterm delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2006



  • Anaerobic bacteria
  • Periodontitis
  • Preterm birth (PB)
  • Preterm delivery of low-birth-weight (PLBW) infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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