Information session sheds light on pregnancy complication
The University of Adelaide will present an information session to support those who have been diagnosed with Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), current or past, as well as their friends and families. ICP is a liver disorder that occurs during pregnancy.
Professor Bill Hague, from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, will be chairing the afternoon event, which takes place on Sunday, 8 October.
“This session is designed to present the latest findings of current research from internationally renowned speakers in the field,” said Professor Hague.
“It’s a chance for the public to get their questions answered by experts, and to connect with other people who understand the struggle of being diagnosed with ICP. The session may also provide opportunities to share personal stories, for those who wish.”
ICP is characterised by a reduced flow of bile from the liver, leading to an accumulation of bile acids in the bloodstream. The main symptom experienced by women with ICP is itching.
ICP is associated with an increased risk of early (pre-term) delivery and, in very severe cases, with an increased risk of stillbirth.
“This session is designed to present the latest findings of current research from internationally renowned speakers in the field."Professor Bill Hague, from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute
“The exact cause of ICP is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to hormonal changes during pregnancy that affect the normal functioning of the liver and the gallbladder,” said Professor Hague.
“It is more common in women whose close family members have had it, and in women with multiple pregnancy of twins or greater. It most commonly occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy, though for some women the onset can be much earlier.”
Recent research has guided changes to the diagnostic threshold for ICP, including how blood tests should be conducted, and has updated guidance for the timing of elective delivery.
“A lot of the recent findings will be reassuring for women who have had, or might have, ICP, and their families,” said Professor Hague.
For those wishing to share their stories at the session, please contact Professor Bill Hague, who may be able to schedule time into the program: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Bill Hague, of the Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide, who will chair the session.
Jenny Chambers, CEO of ICP Support, the international consumer support group, based in the UK.
Professor Catherine Williamson, leader of the pre-eminent ICP research centre in London, UK, who have led much of the recent research.
Sunday, 8 October 2023. 2pm-5pm.
Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square Adelaide, SA 5000.
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Professor Bill Hague, Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide. Phone: +61 0411 114 575. Email: email@example.com
Professor Hague is available for interviews on Friday 6 October, prior to 9am, between 10:15am-12:15pm, and after 3pm.
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