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American Journal of Perinatology

Bradley D Holbrook, Stephen M Petterson, William F Rayburn
Objectives Retirement of "baby boomer" physicians is a matter of growing concern in light of the shortage of certain physician groups. The objectives of this investigation were to define what constitutes a customary retirement age range of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physicians and examine how that compares with other obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) specialists. Study Design This descriptive study was based on American Medical Association Masterfile survey data from 2010 to 2014. Data from the National Provider Identifier were used to correct for upward bias in reporting retirement ages...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Rebecca Feldman Hamm, Eileen Y Wang, Jamie A Bastek, Sindhu K Srinivas
Background Obstetrical hemorrhage is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, yet is inconsistently defined. In 2014, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reVITALize program redefined postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) as greater than 1,000 mL blood loss regardless of the mode of delivery (MOD). Objective We sought to assess the reVITALize definition's validity by understanding whether the definition of PPH should, as proposed by ACOG, be one value regardless of MOD. Study Design This is a retrospective study of all women who delivered at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from October 15, 2013 through December 15, 2013...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Jennifer Jao, Laura Freimanis, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Rachel A Cohen, Jacqueline Pontes Monteiro, Maria Leticia Cruz, Andrea Branch, Rhoda S Sperling, George K Siberry
Background Low maternal vitamin D has been associated with preterm birth (PTB). Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected pregnant women are at risk for PTB, but data on maternal vitamin D and PTB in this population are scarce. Methods In a cohort of Latin American HIV-infected pregnant women from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development International Site Development Initiative protocol, we examined the association between maternal vitamin D status and PTB. Vitamin D status was defined as the following 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels: severe deficiency (< 10 ng/mL), deficiency (10-20 ng/mL), insufficiency (21-29 ng/mL), and sufficiency (≥30 ng/mL)...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Edward F Bell, Karen J Johnson, Edwin L Dove
Background Indirect calorimetry is the standard method for estimating energy expenditure in clinical research. Few studies have evaluated indirect calorimetry in infants by comparing it with simultaneous direct calorimetry. Our purpose was (1) to compare the energy expenditure of preterm infants determined by these two methods, direct calorimetry and indirect calorimetry; and (2) to examine the effect of body position, supine or prone, on energy expenditure. Study Design We measured energy expenditure by simultaneous direct (heat loss by gradient-layer calorimeter corrected for heat storage) and indirect calorimetry (whole-body oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production) in 15 growing preterm infants during two consecutive interfeeding intervals, once in the supine position and once in the prone position...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Erika F Werner, Phinnara Has, Gofran Tarabulsi, Joyce Lee, Andrew Satin
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October 3, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Safwat Aly, Mohamed El-Dib, Mohamed Mohamed, Hany Aly
Background Obtaining blood gases in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is an invasive procedure. Studies using transcutaneous carbon dioxide (tcPCO2) have reported variable skin complications with high-temperature probes. No enough data available on tcPCO2 monitoring using reduced-temperature probes (41°C). Objective The objective of this study was to assess reliability and safety of tcPCO2 monitoring at reduced-temperature probe in VLBW infants. Design and Methods A prospective study was conducted on VLBW infants...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Anna Palatnik, Emily S Miller, Moeun Son, Michelle A Kominiarek
Objective The objective of this study was to determine if mid-trimester cervical length is associated with the inverse relationship between maternal body mass index (BMI) at delivery and spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB). Materials and Methods This was a retrospective cohort of women with a singleton pregnancy without prior SPTB who underwent routine transvaginal cervical length assessment between 18 and 24 weeks. Women were categorized into four BMI groups: (1) 18.5 to 24.9, (2) 25 to 29.9, (3) 30 to 34...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
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September 23, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Guy Steinberg-Barkon, Leah Leibovitch, Irit Schushan-Eisen, Liat Gindes, Tzipora Strauss, Ayala Maayan-Metzger
Background Measuring fetal abdominal circumference (AC) prenatally is an effective tool for predicting neonatal weight and macrosomia. Data are lacking regarding the outcome of newborn infants with prenatal diagnosis of large AC. Aim The aim of this study was to evaluate early short-term neonatal outcome among term singleton newborn infants with prenatal diagnosis of large AC. Methods Retrospective data were collected on 501 term infants with prenatal diagnosis of large AC (≥ 360 mm) and on matched controls, including information on maternal condition and on infant perinatal complications...
September 21, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Armend Lokku, Lucia Mirea, Shoo K Lee, Prakeshkumar S Shah
Objective To assess trends in patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) management and examine concurrent changes in neonatal mortality and morbidities. Methods This retrospective observational study examined infants born at 23 to 32 weeks' gestational age with PDA and admitted to a neonatal unit during 2006 to 2012. Multivariable logistic regression assessed trends in yearly PDA treatment rates and compared a composite outcome of mortality or any severe morbidity (bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia, retinopathy of prematurity, or necrotizing enterocolitis) between and within time periods and PDA treatments...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Khrystyna Levytska, Mary Higgins, Sarah Keating, Nir Melamed, Melissa Walker, Neil J Sebire, John C P Kingdom
Objectives Current guidelines for diagnosis and management of early-onset intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) rely on umbilical artery Doppler (UAD), without including uterine artery Doppler (UtAD). We hypothesized that IUGR cases with abnormal UAD but normal UtAD has a different spectrum of placental pathology compared with those with abnormal UtAD. Study Design Retrospective review of pregnancies with sonographic evidence of IUGR and abnormal UAD prior to delivery. Cases with ≥ 1 UtAD record(s) after 18(+0) weeks' gestation and placental pathology were included...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Jin A Lee, Brooke Sauer, William Tuminski, Jiyu Cheong, John Fitz-Henley, Megan Mayers, Chidera Ezuma-Igwe, Christopher Arnold, Christoph P Hornik, Reese H Clark, Daniel K Benjamin, P Brian Smith, Jessica E Ericson
Objective The objective of this study was to determine the time to hematologic recovery and the incidence of secondary sepsis and mortality among neutropenic infants treated or not treated with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). Study Design We identified all neutropenic infants discharged from 348 neonatal intensive care units from 1997 to 2012. Neutropenia was defined as an absolute neutrophil count ≤ 1,500/µL for ≥ 1 day during the first 120 days of life. Incidence of secondary sepsis and mortality and number of days required to reach an absolute neutrophil count > 1,500/µL for infants exposed to G-CSF were compared with those of unexposed infants...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Dimitrios Rallis, Paraskevi Karagianni, Eleni Milona, Paraskevi Pratsiou, Nikolaos Nikolaidis, Christos Tsakalidis
Objective Neonates with sepsis have increased risk of cerebral injury. Our aim was to evaluate cerebral oxygenation in septic neonates using near-infrared spectroscopy. Study Design A prospective study was designed enrolling neonates with sepsis, as defined by the International Consensus Conference of Pediatric Sepsis criteria and matched controls. Three cerebral half-hourly measurements were performed during the first, third, and seventh day of the episode and the values of tissue oxygenation index (TOI) and fractional tissue oxygen extraction (FTOE) were compared between the two groups...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Jacob C Larkin, Suneet P Chauhan, Hyagriv N Simhan
Background Antenatal detection of fetal growth restriction (FGR) prompts antepartum surveillance to reduce perinatal mortality, yet most cases of FGR are undetected. Objective This study aims to compare rates of adverse neonatal outcomes when FGR is detected versus undetected. Study Design Small-for-gestational-age (SGA) newborns (birth weight < 10% for gestational age) delivered at the Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA from 2003 to 2010 were divided into three groups: those whom did not undergo third-trimester fetal growth ultrasound (SGA-no US), were appropriate for gestational age (AGA) by ultrasound (SGA-undetected), or were FGR by ultrasound (SGA-detected)...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Praveen Chandrasekharan, Rafal Kozielski, Vasantha H S Kumar, Munmun Rawat, Veena Manja, Changxing Ma, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is being increasingly used in preterm infants < 34 weeks with hypoxemic respiratory failure (HRF) and/or pulmonary hypertension (PH). Objective To evaluate the risk factors, survival characteristics, and lung histopathology in preterm infants with PH/HRF. Methods Retrospective chart review was conducted to determine characteristics of 93 preterm infants treated with iNO in the first 28 days and compared with 930 matched controls. Factors associated with survival with preterm HRF and smooth muscle actin from nine autopsies were evaluated...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Yehonatan Sherf, Eyal Sheiner, Ilana Shoham Vardi, Ruslan Sergienko, Jamie Klein, Natalya Bilenko
Objective This study aims to evaluate the role of a family history of preterm delivery on the risk of preterm delivery in the next generation. Study Design A retrospective population-based study was conducted. Perinatal information was gathered from 2,303 familial triads, comprised of mothers (F1), daughters (F2), and children (F3). All births occurred in the same regional medical center between the years 1991 and 2013. Statistical analysis using logistic regression was performed to define the risk of F2 delivering a preterm baby (F3) if she was born preterm herself, and then to define the risk of F2 delivering preterm if her mother (F1) gave birth preterm during any of her birthing events...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Hind N Moussa, Mateo G Leon, Ana Marti, Alissar Chediak, Claudia Pedroza, Sean C Blackwell, Baha M Sibai
Objective The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) task force on hypertension in pregnancy introduced a new definition of superimposed preeclampsia (SIP) adding severe features (SF) as new criteria to define severe disease. They also recommended that those with SIP be delivered ≥ 37 weeks, whereas those with SF be delivered ≤ 34 weeks. Our aim was to investigate the validity of this new definition by comparing adverse pregnancy outcomes in SIP with (SIP-SF) and without SF (SIP)...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Dana B McCarty, Jennifer R Peat, William F Malcolm, P Brian Smith, Kimberley Fisher, Ricki F Goldstein
Objective The purpose of this study was to determine when dolichocephaly develops in preterm infants, to establish factors that contribute to its development, and to determine its association with adverse motor outcomes. Study Design This study was a retrospective review of data collected from preterm infants born at < 32 weeks' gestation. The cranial index was measured by a physical therapist (PT) at three time points during hospitalization. Demographic data, neonatal morbidities, and motor outcomes at outpatient follow-up were collected...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Labib M Ghulmiyyah, Ihab M Usta, Ghina Ghazeeri, Nael Taher, Gael Abu-Ghannam, Hani Tamim, Anwar H Nassar
Objective The objective of this study was to determine the optimal dose of intravenous oxytocin administered during cesarean delivery (CD) to decrease the amount of blood loss. Methods Out of a total of 226 women presenting for CD, 189 patients were randomized into three groups by a computer-generated random number sequence table. Low-risk women with singleton term pregnancies undergoing scheduled CD were assigned to receive 20, 30, or 40 units (U) of oxytocin diluted in 500 mL of lactated Ringer solution intraoperatively...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Elizabeth V Asztalos, Paige T Church, Patricia Riley, Carlos Fajardo, Prakesh S Shah
Objective This study aims to examine the association between the absence of neonatal comorbidities, as well as the presence of indicators of clinical progress with good neurodevelopmental (ND) outcomes, at 18 months corrected age in a national cohort of preterm infants of < 29 weeks' gestation. Design Study subjects included preterm infants (< 29 weeks' gestation) born in 2010 and 2011. Univariate analyses were conducted and regression estimates were calculated for variables where odds of a good ND outcome, composite scores ≥ 100 in three domains (cognitive, language, and motor) in the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, 3rd ed...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
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