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Table 1 Characteristics of groups of patients

From: Elevated levels of dehydroepiandrosterone as a potential mechanism of dendritic cell impairment during pregnancy

Parameters Groups
Non-pregnant women (n = 42) Pregnant women with normal levels of DHEAS < 1.8 (n = 66) Pregnant women with elevated levels of DHEAS >1.8 (n = 44)
Age 27.2 ± 0.2 26.1 ± 0.1 26.9 ± 0.1
Age at menarche 13.2 ± 0.1 13.1 ± 0.1 14.3 ± 0.1
Spontaneous abortion 0 0 16%
Gestation period - 14.2 ± 0.2 15.1 ± 0.1
DHEAS (μg/ml) 0.58 ± 0.03 0.61 ± 0.04 4.3 ± 0.23
  0.2–1.8 0.5–1.8 2.0–11.2
Testosterone (nmol/l) 0.45–3.75 0.9–5.4 1.0–7.3
Clinical signs of    
- hyperandrogenism 0 0 86%
- menstrual irregularities 0 0 50%
- hair growth in androgen-    
Dependent areas 0 0 43%
- acne 0 0 64%
- oily seborrhea 0 0 38%