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T and B Lymphocytes in Pregnant Women.
Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Dennis B Cornfield, MD, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Judith Jencks, BS
  • Richard A Binder, MD
  • Charles E Rath, MD
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The peripheral blood of 27 women in their third trimester of pregnancy and of 16 control subjects was studied for total WBC counts and total numbers and percentages of T and B lymphocytes, including quantitation of the major immunoglobulin subtypes of the B lymphocytes. Although significant differences were found for percentages of total lymphocytes, T Lymphocytes, and B lymphocytes, the absolute numbers varied only slightly between the 2 study groups. A higher percentage and a higher absolute number of IgG-bearing B lymphocytes were found among pregnant women than among controls. It is concluded that significant quantitative alterations in circulating T and B lymphocytes do not occur in the third trimester of pregnancy; therefore, the concept of impaired cellular immunity, which has often been suggested to occur in this setting, is not supported. A review of the literature on T and B lymphocytes in human pregnancy is presented.

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Cornfield, D. B., Jencks, J., Binder, R. A., & Rath, C. E. (1979). T and B lymphocytes in pregnant women. Obstetrics And Gynecology, 53(2), 203-206.