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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Hematological reference values for full-term, healthy newborns of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Department of Paediatrics, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca; Department of Pediatric, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Saleh Alharbi
Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.199758

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Objective: To establish hematological values (complete blood count) in healthy full-term newborns born at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, as a reference value for healthy newborns in Jeddah, KSA. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study. Two thousand one hundred and sixty-three newborns were enrolled between January 1, 2013, and April 30, 2013, from Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital in Jeddah - KSA. Newborn babies' blood was collected in ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid containing tubes in the 1st day of life and analyzed for three different parameters: hematological, leukocytic, and thrombocytic. Red blood corpuscles analysis included cell count, hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular Hb, and mean corpuscular Hb concentration. White blood corpuscles (WBCs) assessment included total leukocytic count (TLC) and monocytes, lymphocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils percentages. Platelet count was assessed. Results: There were no significant differences between males' and females' hematological parameters. Leukocytic parameters showed significant difference between males and females in TLC (P = 0.017) and a statistically significant difference between the monocytes in both genders (P = 0.037). The differential WBCs parameters were similar between both genders. Conclusion: We established the reference range of hematological parameters from cord blood in healthy full-term newborns in Jeddah, KSA. Our results can be used as a reference range to support clinical diagnosis, treatment, and public health interventions in healthy full-term newborns in Jeddah.

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