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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236632/accuracy-of-a-combined-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-1-interleukin-6-test-premaquick-in-predicting-delivery-in-women-with-threatened-preterm-labor
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George Uchenna Eleje, Euzebus Chinonye Ezugwu, Ahizechukwu Chigoziem Eke, Lydia Ijeoma Eleje, Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Ikechebelu, Ifeanyichukwu Uzoma Ezebialu, Chukwudi Celestine Obiora, Betrand Obi Nwosu, Chukwuemeka Okwudili Ezeama, Gerald Okanandu Udigwe, Charles Ikechukwu Okafor, Frank Okechukwu Ezugwu
PURPOSE: To determine values of combinations of interleukin-6 (IL-6)/cervical native insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1)/total IGFBP-1 (Premaquick©) in predicting spontaneous deliveries and spontaneous exclusive preterm deliveries in women with threatened preterm labor. METHODS: Women with singleton pregnancies between gestation age (GA) of 24 weeks and 36 weeks and 6 days with preterm labor were recruited during a prospective multicenter study...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236631/causes-of-intrauterine-fetal-death-are-changing-in-recent-years
#2
Hiroko Takita, Junichi Hasegawa, Masamitsu Nakamura, Tatsuya Arakaki, Tomohiro Oba, Ryu Matsuoka, Akihiko Sekizawa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate, how causes of intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) have changed in recent years with the advancement of prenatal diagnosis at a single perinatal center in Japan. METHODS: Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for all cases of IUFDs that occurred between 2001 and 2014. The most commonly associated causes of fetal deaths were compared between 2001-2007 and 2008-2014. RESULTS: The number of IUFD after 20 weeks' gestation/all deliveries in our center was 38/6878 cases (0...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236630/growth-attainment-in-german-children-born-preterm-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-adolescence-analysis-of-the-population-representative-kiggs-data
#3
Renate L Bergmann, Karl E Bergmann, Rolf Richter, Martin Schlaud, Wolfgang Henrich, Alexander Weichert
AIM: To compare the growth attainment of preterm children and their cardiovascular risk factors at adolescence with the values measured in term children in Germany. METHODS: About 17,641 children aged 0 to <18 years were studied between 2003 and 2006 in the population representative German KiGGS survey ("German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents") using questionnaires, physical examinations, standardized anthropometric and blood pressure measurements, and blood sample analyses...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231064/three-dimensional-ultrasound-for-prenatal-assessment-of-conjoined-twins-additional-advantages
#4
Tuangsit Wataganara, Pornpimol Ruangvutilert, Prasert Sunsaneevithayakul, Kusol Russameecharoen, Katika Nawapun, Nisarat Phithakwatchara
Conjoined twins are a rare, but serious, complication of monozygotic twins. Early prenatal diagnosis of conjoined twins is increasingly made with transvaginal ultrasound and color Doppler studies. Most prenatally diagnosed conjoined twins are terminated due to the high perinatal mortality, but advancement in pediatric surgery has allowed for successful postnatal separation in a small number of cases, and some parents may consider this option over termination of pregnancy. It is important to get a detailed prenatal ultrasound for the site and extent of fusion for an accurate categorization...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222038/evidence-based-ethically-justified-counseling-for-fetal-bilateral-renal-agenesis
#5
Alana N Thomas, Laurence B McCullough, Frank A Chervenak, Frank X Placencia
BACKGROUND: Not much data are available on the natural history of bilateral renal agenesis, as the medical community does not typically offer aggressive obstetric or neonatal care asbilateral renal agenesis has been accepted as a lethal condition. AIM: To provide an evidence-based, ethically justified approach to counseling pregnant women about the obstetric management of bilateral renal agenesis. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic literature search was performed using multiple databases...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222037/cancer-during-pregnancy-clinical-characteristics-treatment-outcomes-and-prognosis-for-mothers-and-infants
#6
Katarina Jeremic, Aleksandar Stefanovic, Jelena Dotlic, Sasa Kadija, Olivera Kontic, Miroslava Gojnic, Jelena Jeremic, Vesna Kesic
OBJECTIVE: To assess which obstetrical characteristics and treatment improved outcomes and prognosis of pregnant women with malignancy. METHODS: A prospective study, undertaken between 2005 and 2014, involving 35 pregnant women who were diagnosed with malignant tumors during pregnancy. Patients were followed-up for 1 year after delivery. The pregnancy course and outcome and parameters that could influence the condition of mother and fetus were evaluated. RESULTS: Most malignancies were hematological, diagnosed in the second trimester and treated with combined therapy (surgery/adjuvant) after pregnancy...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212108/the-association-between-pre-pregnancy-obesity-and-screening-results-of-depression-for-all-trimesters-of-pregnancy-postpartum-and-1-year-after-birth-a-cohort-study
#7
Hanieh Salehi-Pourmehr, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh, Nayyer Jafarilar-Agdam, Somayyeh Rafiee, Azizeh Farshbaf-Khalili
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between pre-pregnancy obesity and screening results of gestational and post-delivery depression in women referred to the health centers of Tabriz, Iran. METHODS: In this cohort study, 62 and 245 pregnant women with class 2-3 obesity [body mass index (BMI)≥35 kg/m2] and normal-weight (BMI 18.5-24.9 kg/m2) were enrolled, respectively, in the first trimester of pregnancy from December 2012 to January 2016. For matching of groups, nulliparous and multiparous mothers aged 18-35 years were selected with the ratio of 1:4 in obese and normal BMI groups from the same recruitment center and to controlling the confounder factors, inclusion criteria were considered...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195554/fetal-thymus-size-in-pregnant-women-with-diabetic-diseases
#8
Ria Dörnemann, Raphael Koch, Ute Möllmann, Maria Karina Falkenberg, Mareike Möllers, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
AIM: The aim of our study was to assess fetal thymus size in diabetic pregnancies compared with normal pregnancies. METHODS: Sonographic fetal thymus size was retrospectively assessed in 161 pregnancies with maternal diabetes and in 161 uncomplicated pregnancies matched by gestational age. The anteroposterior thymic and the intrathoracic mediastinal diameter were measured and the quotient was calculated [thymic-thoracic ratio (TT-ratio)]. In addition, we defined the quotient of the anteroposterior thymic diameter and the head circumference as thymus-head ratio (TH-ratio)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195553/fresh-frozen-plasma-transfusion-a-risk-factor-for-pulmonary-hemorrhage-in-extremely-low-birth-weight-infants
#9
Jakob Usemann, Lars Garten, Christoph Bührer, Christof Dame, Malte Cremer
AIM: To evaluate risk factors for pulmonary hemorrhage (PH) in extremely low birth weight infants (ELBW) taking into consideration coagulation screens, platelet counts, transfusion of fresh frozen plasma (FFP), and platelet concentrates prior to PH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective case-control study consisting of 20 ELBW infants with PH and 40 matched controls. Coagulation screens, platelet counts at birth and at onset of PH, and transfusion frequencies prior to PH were compared to case-controls at birth and 24-96 h after birth...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195552/serum-cholesterol-acceptor-capacity-in-intrauterine-growth-restricted-fetuses
#10
Ulrich Pecks, Werner Rath, Dirk O Bauerschlag, Nicolai Maass, Thorsten Orlikowsky, Markus G Mohaupt, Geneviève Escher
AIM: Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases later in life. The mechanisms whereby slowed intrauterine growth confers vascular risk are not clearly established. In general, a disturbed cholesterol efflux has been linked to atherosclerosis. The capacity of serum to accept cholesterol has been repeatedly evaluated in clinical studies by the use of macrophage-based cholesterol efflux assays and, if disturbed, precedes atherosclerotic diseases years before the clinical diagnosis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195551/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-echocardiography-reflect-volume-changes-during-pregnancy
#11
Janet M Burlingame, Kelly Yamasato, Hyeong Jun Ahn, Todd Seto, W H Wilson Tang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structure and function in normal women through pregnancy and the postpartum. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we obtained serial transthoracic echocardiograms, BNP, and NT-proBNP at seven intervals from 6 weeks' gestation through 12 months postpartum. Women with hypertension or cardiac disease were excluded. Using 6-12 months postpartum as reference for non-pregnant levels, echocardiogram measurements and BNP/NT-proBNP were compared over time using linear mixed models with Tukey-Kramer adjustment for multiple comparisons...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186957/violence-before-pregnancy-and-the-risk-of-violence-during-pregnancy
#12
Vislava Globevnik Velikonja, Miha Lučovnik, Tanja Premru Sršen, Vesna Leskošek, Megie Krajnc, Lucija Pavše, Ivan Verdenik, Natasa Tul, Isaac Blickstein
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationships among different forms of violence before and during pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire (adapted NorAQ) was given to 1269 women after childbirth. RESULTS: The response rate was 80% (n=1018). Different forms of violence were experienced by 46.9% of the women; 9.2% reported violence in pregnancy. Suffering from the consequences of violence was reported by 43.8% of the women; sexual (76...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186956/uterine-artery-doppler-pulsatility-index-at-11-38-weeks-in-icsi-pregnancies-with-egg-donation
#13
Annalisa Inversetti, Luca Mandia, Massimo Candiani, Irene Cetin, Alessandro Larcher, Valeria Savasi, Enrico Papaleo, Paolo Cavoretto
BACKGROUND: Uterine artery Doppler pulsatility index (UtA-PI) may be different in pregnancies with egg donation (ICSI-ED) as compared to conceptions with autologous intra-cytoplasmatic sperm injection (autologous ICSI) and to spontaneous conceptions (SC). METHODS: One hundred and ninety-four pregnant women with different modes of conception (MC) were prospectively evaluated: 53 ICSI-ED, 36 autologous ICSI and 105 SC. To evaluate the effects of different MC on PI, multivariable linear regression (MLR) models predicting UtA-PI were fitted after adjustment for maternal age, body mass index, race, parity, smoking status and gestational age...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170341/the-effects-of-antenatal-glucocorticoid-exposure-on-fetal-and-neonatal-skin-maturation
#14
Deanne August, Yogavijayan Kandasamy
AIMS: The use of antenatal glucocorticoids in women with preterm labor has dramatically improved outcomes for premature infants. The most commonly used antenatal glucocorticoids are betamethasone and dexamethasone. Glucocorticoids accelerate fetal lung growth by several mechanisms, including the maturation of type II pneumocytes enabling surfactant production. Furthermore, the lipids in the lung share similarity with those in the skin. Therefore, antenatal administration of glucocorticoids may have effects on the structure and function of the developing epidermal barrier in fetuses and neonates...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157693/advantages-of-3d-ultrasound-in-the-assessment-of-fetal-abnormalities
#15
Eberhard Merz, Sonila Pashaj
Three-/four-dimensional (3D/4D) imaging enables a more detailed survey of the embryo and the fetus compared to two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound. The availability of several display modes and standardized examinations permits the demonstration of both the normal and abnormal fetal anatomy in controlled planes and rendered images from different angles. This allows the demonstration of even subtle fetal defects in an ideal sectional plane in a precisely rendered surface or transparent image viewed from an optimal angle...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145880/the-impact-of-maternal-obesity-on-completion-of-foetal-anomaly-screening
#16
Kelly-Ann Eastwood, Ciara Daly, Alyson Hunter, David McCance, Ian Young, Valerie Holmes
OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of maternal obesity on completion of foetal anomaly screening. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 500 anomaly scans (19+0-21+6 weeks) was included. Women were categorised according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) body mass index (BMI) classification: normal weight (18.50-24.99 kg/m2), overweight (25.00-29.99 kg/m2), obese class I (30-34.99 kg/m2), obese class II (35.00-39.99 kg/m2) and obese class III (≥40.00 kg/m2). A foetal anomaly imaging scoring system was developed from the National Health Service (NHS) Foetal Anomaly Screening Programme standard to evaluate scans...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141547/efficacy-of-and-potential-morbidities-associated-with-the-use-of-antacid-medications-in-preterm-neonates
#17
Uday P Patil, Sean M Bailey, Elena V Wachtel, Evan Orosz, Rebecca Zarchin, Pradeep V Mally
OBJECTIVES: Antacid medications are frequently administered to preterm infants. These medications can change gastric pH levels and can affect regular gastrointestinal function and gut micro-bacterial flora. We hypothesized that preterm infants exposed to antacid medications are at a greater risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and sepsis, and set out to determine any association, as well as to assess the clinical efficacy of these medications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review of preterm infants ≤30 weeks' gestational age or birth weight ≤1250 g over a 2-year period at New York University Langone Medical Center...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141546/the-impact-of-psychological-distress-during-pregnancy-on-the-developing-fetus-biological-mechanisms-and-the-potential-benefits-of-mindfulness-interventions
#18
Monica Isgut, Alicia K Smith, Eduardo Schuch Reimann, Omer Kucuk, Joanne Ryan
The in utero environment plays an essential role in shaping future growth and development. Psychological distress during pregnancy has been shown to perturb the delicate physiological milieu of pregnancy, and has been associated with negative repercussions in the offspring, including adverse birth outcomes, long-term defects in cognitive development, behavioral problems during childhood and high baseline levels of stress-related hormones. Fetal epigenetic programming, involving epigenetic processes, may help explain the link between maternal prenatal stress and its negative effects on the child...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141545/the-effect-of-fish-oil-supplementation-on-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-a-triple-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Alireza Ostadrahimi, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh, Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Shadi Farshbaf-Khalili, Nayyer Jafarilar-Agdam, Azizeh Farshbaf-Khalili
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of fish oil supplementation on pregnancy outcomes in mother and newborn. METHODS: This randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted on 150 pregnant women aged 18-35 years from Feburary 2014 to April 2015 in Tabriz, Iran. Participants were assigned to receive either 1000 mg fish oil supplements containing 180 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 120 mg docosahexanoic acid or placebo from week 20 of gestation to birth...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130960/fetal-face-as-important-indicator-of-fetal-brain-function
#20
Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa AboEllail, Toshiyuki Hata
Fetuses show various facial expressions, such as blinking, yawning, sucking, mouthing, tongue expulsion, scowling, and smiling, assessed by four-dimensional ultrasound from the early second trimester of pregnancy. Moreover, some fetuses demonstrate emotion-like behaviors as noted in infants, children, and adults. Selective fetal responses to stimuli indicate a high degree of brain development, which is reflected in the facial reactions. The fetal face with its movements and expressions can mirror the fetal brain function and development during different stages of the fetus in utero...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
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