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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728157/3-d-volume-assessment-of-the-corpus-callosum-and-cerebellar-vermis-using-various-volume-acquisition-and-post-processing-protocols
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Veronika Frisova, Martina Srutova, Jon Hyett
OBJECTIVES: To determine which 3-D techniques are most effective for "real time" prenatal ultrasound assessment of the corpus callosum and cerebellar vermis. METHODS: A prospective study involving 100 consecutive normal singleton pregnancies attending routine anomaly scan at 19-23 weeks' gestation. Midsagittal structures of the fetal brain were assessed using six different methods of 3-D image acquisition and three post-processing techniques. The quality of the resulting images were then assessed and scored by a second operator...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728156/predicting-the-risk-to-develop-preeclampsia-in-the-first-trimester-combining-promoter-variant-98a-c-of-lgals13-placental-protein-13-black-ethnicity-previous-preeclampsia-obesity-and-maternal-age
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Liora Madar-Shapiro, Ido Karady, Alla Trahtenherts, Argryo Syngelaki, Ranjit Akolekar, Liona Poon, Ruth Cohen, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Berthold Huppertz, Marei Sammar, Kata Juhasz, Nandor Gabor Than, Zoltan Papp, Roberto Romero, Kypros H Nicolaides, Hamutal Meiri
BACKGROUND: LGALS13 (placental protein 13 [PP13]) promoter DNA polymorphisms was evaluated in predicting preeclampsia (PE), given PP13's effects on hypotension, angiogenesis, and immune tolerance. METHODS: First-trimester plasma samples (49 term and 18 intermediate) of PE cases matched with 196 controls were collected from King's College Hospital, London, repository. Cell-free DNA was extracted and the LGALS13 exons were sequenced after PCR amplification. Expression of LGALS13 promoter reporter constructs was determined in BeWo trophoblast-like cells with luciferase assays...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728149/higher-rates-of-operative-delivery-and-maternal-and-neonatal-complications-in-persistent-occiput-posterior-position-with-a-large-head-circumference-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Oren Yagel, Sarah M Cohen, Michal Lipschuetz, Tali Bdolah-Abram, Hagai Amsalem, Doron Kabiri, Simcha Yagel
INTRODUCTION: We investigated whether large head circumference (HC) combined with persistent occiput posterior (OP) position is associated with higher rates of operative delivery and obstetric and neonatal complications than OP deliveries without large HC or in occiput anterior (OA) position. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Term singleton deliveries in our centers from January 2010 to December 2014, delivered in cephalic OA (n = 41,038) or OP position (n = 1,740), were assessed...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719896/update-on-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-preeclampsia-with-the-aid-of-the-sflt-1-plgf-ratio-in-singleton-pregnancies
#4
Ignacio Herraiz, Elisa Llurba, Stefan Verlohren, Alberto Galindo
Preeclampsia (PE) is involved in a group of obstetrical conditions closely related by the presence of placental dysfunction (PD), which also includes intrauterine growth restriction and placental abruption. The timely and accurate recognition and management of PE are often challenging because diagnostic criteria are still based on nonspecific signs and symptoms and because common severity criteria correlate poorly with adverse maternal and fetal outcomes. The discovery of the role of angiogenesis-related factors - soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF) - in the underlying pathophysiology of PD has marked an important step for improving its early diagnosis and prognosis assessment before gestational week 34...
July 19, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715818/first-trimester-combined-multimarker-prospective-study-for-the-detection-of-pregnancies-at-a-high-risk-of-developing-preeclampsia-using-the-fetal-medicine-foundation-algorithm
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Meriem Guizani, Joseph Valsamis, Vivien Dutemeyer, Xin Kang, Vera Ceccoti, Joe Khalife, Silvia F Duiella, Frederic Blavier, Alessandra Faraca, Teresa Cos, Jacques C Jani
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) algorithm prospectively at 11-13 weeks' gestation in the prediction of preeclampsia (PE). METHODS: Single-center prospective screening study for PE of singleton pregnancies at 11-13 weeks. The FMF algorithm takes into account maternal characteristics and biomarkers. Detection rate (DR) for a 10% false-positive rate (FPR) for delivery with preterm and term PE was estimated. RESULTS: Between January 2011 and December 2013, of 3,239 patients available for final analysis, 36 (1...
July 18, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715806/real-time-volume-contrast-imaging-in-the-a-plane-with-a-four-dimensional-electronic-probe-facilitates-the-evaluation-of-fetal-extremities-in-midtrimester-sonograms
#6
Federica Bellussi, Giuliana Simonazzi, Ginevra Salsi, Francesca Guasina, Gianluigi Pilu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of real-time volume contrast imaging in the A plane (VCI-A) of fetal extremities, compared with conventional two-dimensional ultrasound (2D). METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial of 100 patients undergoing midtrimester sonography. The fetal limbs were imaged with either 2D or VCI-A with a four-dimensional (4D) electronic probe. Time required for the examination, number of images stored, and quality of the documentation were compared...
July 18, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715807/amniotic-fluid-angiogenic-and-inflammatory-factor-profiling-in-foetal-down-syndrome
#7
Monika Zbucka-Kretowska, Karol Charkiewicz, Jan Czerniecki, Joanna Goscik, Slawomir Wolczynski, Piotr Laudanski
OBJECTIVES: Angiogenic factors are proteins that can potentially be related to certain foetal chromosomal abnormalities. The goal of this study was to determine the concentrations of 60 angiogenic factors in the amniotic fluid of women carrying foetuses with Down syndrome (DS). METHODS: After analysis of the karyotyping results, for the purpose of this study, we chose 12 women with foetal DS. For the control group, we selected 12 healthy patients with uncomplicated pregnancies (15-18 weeks of gestation) who delivered healthy newborns at term...
July 15, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719900/second-to-third-trimester-longitudinal-growth-assessment-for-the-prediction-of-largeness-for-gestational-age-and-macrosomia-in-an-unselected-population
#8
Javier Caradeux, Elisenda Eixarch, Edurne Mazarico, Tri Rahmat Basuki, Eduard Gratacós, Francesc Figueras
BACKGROUND: Prenatal detection of excessive growth remains inaccurate. Most strategies rely on a single cross-sectional evaluation of fetal size during the third trimester. OBJECTIVES: To compare second- to third-trimester longitudinal growth assessment with cross-sectional evaluation at the third trimester in the prediction of largeness for gestational age (LGA) and macrosomia. METHODS: A cohort of 2,696 unselected singleton pregnancies scanned at 21 ± 2 and 32 ± 2 weeks was created...
July 13, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700992/natural-history-of-fetal-lower-urinary-tract-obstruction-with-normal-amniotic-fluid-volume-at-initial-diagnosis
#9
Mark P Johnson, Enrico Danzer, Jamie Koh, William Polzin, Chris Harman, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Richard Brown, Michael V Zaretsky
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the natural history of lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) with normal midgestational amniotic fluid volumes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 32 consecutive patients with LUTO with normal midgestational amniotic fluid volume followed at 11 North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet) centers from August 2007 to May 2012. Normal amniotic fluid volume was defined as an amniotic fluid index (AFI) of ≥9 cm...
July 13, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697499/perinatal-outcomes-of-non-primary-maternal-cytomegalovirus-infection-a-15-year-experience
#10
Giuliana Simonazzi, Alessandra Curti, Francesca Cervi, Liliana Gabrielli, Margherita Contoli, Maria Grazia Capretti, Nicola Rizzo, Brunella Guerra, Antonio Farina, Tiziana Lazzarotto
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate perinatal outcomes in case of non-primary maternal cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of pregnant women with active CMV infection referred to our unit over a 15-year period (January 2000 to December 2014). Non-primary infection was diagnosed on the basis of the results of confirmatory serological and virological tests (avidity test, immunoblotting, real-time PCR-DNA). The vertical transmission rate and the percentage of symptomatic congenital infection were determined in this group of patients...
July 12, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697490/the-influence-of-blood-pressure-on-fetal-aortic-distensibility-an-animal-validation-study
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Christoph Wohlmuth, Kenneth J Moise, Ramesha Papanna, Ciprian Gheorghe, Anthony Johnson, Yisel Morales, Helena M Gardiner
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Aortic distension waveforms describe the change in diameter or cross-sectional area over the cardiac cycle. We aimed to validate the association of aortic fractional area change (AFAC) with blood pressure (BP) in a fetal lamb model. METHODS: Four pregnant ewes underwent open fetal surgery under general anesthesia at 107-120 gestational days. A 4-Fr catheter was introduced into the fetal femoral artery and vein, or the carotid artery and jugular vein...
July 12, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675906/early-evaluation-of-the-fetal-heart
#12
Edgar Hernandez-Andrade, Manasi Patwardhan, Mónica Cruz-Lemini, Suchaya Luewan
Evaluation of the fetal heart at 11-13 + 6 weeks of gestation is indicated for women with a family history of congenital heart defects (CHD), a previous child with CDH, or an ultrasound finding associated with cardiac anomalies. The accuracy for early detection of CHD is highly related to the experience of the operator. The 4-chamber view and outflow tracts are the most important planes for identification of an abnormal heart, and can be obtained in the majority of fetuses from 11 weeks of gestation onward...
July 5, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675887/prenatal-imaging-findings-of-pontine-tegmental-cap-dysplasia-report-of-four-cases
#13
Eléonore Blondiaux, Stéphanie Valence, Stéphanie Friszer, Diana Rodriguez, Lydie Burglen, Hubert Ducou le Pointe, Marie Blouet, Catherine Garel
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prenatal imaging findings in pontine tegmental cap dysplasia (PTCD), a rare congenital malformation of the hindbrain so far reported postnatally only and characterized by a typical appearance of the pons with malformations of the vermis and the cerebellar peduncles. METHODS: This retrospective multicenter study retrieved 4 cases of PTCD over a 10-year period. Prenatal ultrasonography and fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings were reviewed and compared to postnatal or postmortem data...
July 5, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647738/outcome-and-treatment-of-antenatally-diagnosed-nonimmune-hydrops-fetalis
#14
Ahmed A Nassr, Amen Ness, Pardis Hosseinzadeh, Bahram Salmanian, Jimmy Espinoza, Victoria Berger, Eleonore Werner, Hadi Erfani, Stephen Welty, Zhoobin H Bateni, Amir A Shamshirsaz, Edwina Popek, Rodrigo Ruano, Alexis S Davis, Timothy C Lee, Sundeep Keswani, Darrell L Cass, Oluyinka O Olutoye, Michael A Belfort, Alireza A Shamshirsaz
INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the outcome of nonimmune hydrops fetalis in an attempt to identify independent predictors of perinatal mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted including all cases of nonimmune hydrops from two tertiary care centers. Perinatal outcome was evaluated after classifying nonimmune hydrops into ten etiological groups. We examined the effect of etiology, site of fluid accumulation, and gestational age at delivery on postnatal survival...
June 24, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641300/prenatal-diagnosis-of-dextrocardia-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-and-a-literature-review
#15
Lami Yeo, Suchaya Luewan, Dor Markush, Navleen Gill, Roberto Romero
Fetal dextrocardia is a type of cardiac malposition where the major axis from base to apex points to the right side. This condition is usually associated with a wide spectrum of complex cardiac defects. As a result, dextrocardia is conceptually difficult to understand and diagnose on prenatal ultrasound. The advantage of four-dimensional sonography with spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) is that this modality can facilitate fetal cardiac examination. A novel method known as fetal intelligent navigation echocardiography (FINE) allows automatic generation of nine standard fetal echocardiography views in normal hearts by applying intelligent navigation technology to STIC volume datasets...
June 23, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633140/early-intrauterine-transfusion-in-fetuses-with-severe-anemia-caused-by-parvovirus-b19-infection
#16
Astrid Hellmund, Annegret Geipel, Christoph Berg, Rainer Bald, Ulrich Gembruch
OBJECTIVE: To describe procedure-related complications and perinatal survival after intrauterine transfusion (IUT) before 20 weeks of gestation in fetuses with severe anemia due to human parvovirus B19 infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted of all fetuses requiring IUT before 20 weeks of gestation in two tertiary referral centers between January 2002 and July 2015. Gestational age (GA) at first IUT, fetal blood sampling results, and presence of hydrops were related to procedure-related complications, fetal death (FD), and perinatal outcome...
June 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624828/unique-imaging-features-enabling-the-prenatal-diagnosis-of-developmental-venous-anomalies-a-persistent-echogenic-brain-lesion-drained-by-a-collecting-vein-in-contrast-with-normal-brain-parenchyma-on-mri
#17
Karina Krajden Haratz, Alon Peled, Boris Weizman, Liat Gindes, Mordechai Tamarkin, Dorit Lev, Dvora Kidron, Liat Ben-Sira, Gustavo Malinger, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Zvi Leibovitz
OBJECTIVE: To describe the prenatal imaging features enabling diagnosis of developmental venous anomalies (DVA). METHODS: Four fetuses with unexplained persistent echogenic parenchymal brain lesions were studied. The evaluation included dedicated neurosonography, fetal MRI, serology for intrauterine infection, screening for coagulation abnormalities, and chromosomal microarray. Postnatal neurodevelopmental follow-up or autopsy results were assessed. RESULTS: DVA presented as very slowly growing echogenic brain lesions without cystic components, calcifications, or structural changes on otherwise normal neurosonographic scans performed at 2- to 3-week intervals...
June 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624818/maternal-subcutaneous-and-visceral-adipose-ultrasound-thickness-in-women-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-at-24-28-weeks-gestation
#18
Francesco D'Ambrosi, Francesca Crovetto, Enrico Colosi, Isabella Fabietti, Floriana Carbone, Beatrice Tassis, Silvia Motta, Alessandro Bulfoni, Luigi Fedele, Gabriele Rossi, Nicola Persico
OBJECTIVE: To compare the sonographic measurement of maternal subcutaneous and visceral adipose thickness between pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and patients with nondiabetic pregnancies. METHODS: Adipose thickness was measured by transabdominal ultrasound in pregnant women attending our antenatal clinics at 24-28 weeks' gestation. All patients underwent a 75-g oral glucose challenge as a diagnostic test for GDM. RESULTS: The study population comprised 56 women with a positive glucose challenge test and 112 nondiabetic pregnancies...
June 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614833/use-of-the-myocardial-performance-index-in-decreased-fetal-movement-assessment-a-case-control-study
#19
Daphne Ho, Jingjing Wang, Yvette Homann, Jennifer Alphonse, Geraldene Beirne, Alec W Welsh, Amanda Henry
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether there are any fetal cardiac function changes, as measured by the myocardial performance index (MPI), in pregnancies complicated by decreased fetal movement (DFM). METHODS: We performed a prospective cross-sectional case-control study of 50 DFM and 50 uncomplicated third-trimester pregnancies matched within 2 gestational weeks. Routine ultrasound growth and well-being parameters as well as MPI were measured. Average MPI measurements and its component values were compared between the DFM and the control group, as were demographics, other ultrasound data, and perinatal outcomes...
June 15, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601881/third-trimester-conditional-reference-values-for-longitudinal-fetal-growth-assessment
#20
Tri Rahmat Basuki, Stefania Triunfo, Javier Caradeux, Elisenda Eixarch, Stefan Hansson, Eduard Gratacos, Francesc Figueras
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to derive longitudinal reference values of fetal growth (estimated fetal weight [EFW] and abdominal circumference [AC]) during the third trimester and to develop coefficients for conditional growth assessment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted involving consecutive singleton pregnancies in a low-risk population for a routine third-trimester scan at 30+0-34+6 weeks and follow-up at 37+0-38+6 weeks for an additional ultrasound...
June 10, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
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