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Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Shuang Li, Huixia Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the levels of and dynamic changes of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in maternal plasma during pregnancy and explore the association between these levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: This study recruited 90 GDM women and 90 healthy pregnant controls. The women received prenatal care and were hospitalized for delivery in Peking University First Hospital in China between October 2015 and April 2016. The patients were recruited and provided blood samples during gestational weeks 24-29...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Charlotte Holm, Lars L Thomsen, Jens Langhoff-Roos
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To explore if intravenous iron isomaltoside (Monofer® ) leads to a better relief of fatigue than current treatment practice with oral iron in women suffering from severe fatigue after postpartum hemorrhage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a subanalysis of a single-center, open-label, randomized controlled trial conducted in women suffering from postpartum hemorrhage. Participants were randomized 1:1 to 1200 mg iron isomaltoside or current treatment practice with oral iron...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Pedro Teixeira Castro, Ana Paula Pinho Matos, Osvaldo Luiz Aranda, Edson Marchiori, Haimon Diniz Lopes Alves, Alessandra Silveira Machado, Ricardo Tadeu Lopes, Heron Werner, Edward Araujo Júnior
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide a three-dimensional (3D) microscopic reconstruction of morphological modifications of the fallopian tube (FT) following surgical sterilization (including tuboperitoneal fistula) and ectopic pregnancy (EP) using confocal microtomography (micro-CT). METHODS: Six specimens of FT from elective and emergency surgeries were selected: three remnants of the FT (RFT) from surgical sterilization, including one presenting tuboperitoneal fistula, and three FTs with EP...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Berna Aslan Cetin, Begum Aydogan Mathyk, Alev Atis Aydin, Nadiye Koroglu, Pinar Yalcin Bahat, Ilkbal Temel Yuksel, Elif Goknur Topcu, Ismail Ozdemir
BACKGROUND: Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality around the world. Medical treatments and uterus-sparing interventions including balloon tamponades and compression sutures are the first line options before the decision is made to perform a hysterectomy. Our aim is to compare the success rates of the Hayman compression suture and the Bakri balloon tamponade in patients with PPH. METHODS: We enrolled 82 patients who were diagnosed with uterine atony during their cesarean sections and failed to respond to uterotonic agents...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Ajay P Anvekar, Piyush S Shah, Elizabeth A Nathan, Dorota A Doherty, Sanjay K Patole, Karen N Simmer
OBJECTIVE: To assess if high frequency jet ventilation (HFJV) is associated with reduced odds of death or discharge home on oxygen in preterm infants. METHODS: A case control study (1 February 2010 - 1 June 2014) comparing the primary outcome as "death or discharge home on oxygen" in preterm infants who needed HFJV (Cases) versus those who did not (Controls). Controls were matched to cases (1:1) on gestation, birthweight, gender, place of birth, growth status, antenatal glucocorticoids, and dexamethasone as treatment for severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
An Eerdekens, Lies Langouche, Fabian Güiza, Johan Verhaeghe, Gunnar Naulaers, Christine Vanhole, Greet Van den Berghe
BACKGROUND: During pregnancy, maternal thyroid hormone supply is crucial for fetal development. Preterm infants often present with hypothyroxinemia. Preterm birth, either spontaneous or medically indicated, is always the result of a complicated pregnancy. We hypothesized that in preterm birth, the maternal transplacental thyroid hormone supply is influenced by the pregnancy complication and we questioned whether maternal and placental compensatory mechanisms are activated to increase thyroid hormone transfer...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Yang Yang, Zhao-Lan Cao, Xiao-Yu Zhou, Xiao-Qing Chen, Jing-Jing Pan, Rui Cheng
OBJECTIVE: The diagnostic value of neutrophil / lymphocyte (N/L) ratio in the early diagnosis of neonatal necrotizing colitis (NEC) was evaluated. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. From the 103 NEC cases, the preterm infants were randomly recruited into this study, including NEC I 41 cases, NEC II 34 cases and NEC III 28 cases. The control group included 58 preterm infants without NEC. Routine clinical data and blood samples of all NEC patients were collected within 24 hours after the established diagnosis of NEC...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Laura Pogliani, Sara Baldelli, Dario Cattaneo, Paola Pileri, Emilio Clementi, Irene Cetin, M D Gianvincenzo Zuccotti
OBJECTIVE: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are commonly used for the treatment of pregnancy-related and postnatal depression. However, only a few studies have evaluated the passage of these drugs into human milk, often with conflicting results. Here, we sought to evaluate the passage of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors into human milk in the first days after delivery and their potential association with neonatal outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: The passage of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors into human milk was expressed both as percentage of milk-to-plasma ratio of drug concentrations and as the relative infant dose...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
M Baraa Allaf, Maria Andrikopoulou, Natalie Crnosija, Jolene Muscat, Martin R Chavez, Anthony M Vintzileos
OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility in visualizing placental cord insertion (PCI) during second-trimester fetal anatomical survey and the association between marginal cord insertion (MCI) and preterm delivery (PTD) and low birth weight (LBW). Our secondary objectives were to evaluate the association of MCI with adverse composite obstetrical and neonatal outcomes. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was performed over a 28-month period. Women with singleton pregnancies presenting for routine anatomical survey between 18-22 weeks' gestation were included...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Cathy Liu, Jade Lodge, Christopher Flatley, Alexander Gooi, Cameron Ward, Karen Eagleson, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: To determine obstetric, intrapartum and perinatal outcomes for pregnancies with isolated fetal congenital heart defects (CHD). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of women that delivered an infant with an isolated major CHD between January 2010 and April 2017 at a major Australian perinatal centre. The study cohort was compared with a cohort of women with infants without CHD. Cardiac abnormalities were broadly subdivided into the following five categories using the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) as a guide - transposition of the great arteries (TGA), septal defects, right heart lesions (RHL), left heart lesions (LHL) and "other"...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Tatjana Barišić, Vjekoslav Mandić, Anja Vasilj, Dejan Tiric
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of subclinical hypothyroidism in women with pathological pregnancies and the association between elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and pregnancy outcome. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional prospective study investigated value of TSH and free thyroxine (FT4) in: 1. pregnant women with hypertension (HTA) (N = 62) or preeclampsia (PE) (N = 50), 2.women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) (N = 92) in pregnancy and 3...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Huan Yan, Hong Li, Linlin Zhu, Junjun Gao, Pengyun Li, Zhan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Increased inflammation is considered as a risk factor and a promoter of preterm birth (PTB). Monocytes and neutrophils are the main sources of cytokines in the early inflammatory phase. So far, very few studies have indicated CD14/ TLR4 and TREM-1 on the monocytes and neutrophils as important targets in PTB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TLR4 and TREM-1 on CD14+ maternal and cord blood monocytes and neutrophils were detected using flow cytometry in 48 normal term women, 48 PTB with chorioamnionitis (CCA) women and 40 PTB without CCA women...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Rabia Latif
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this review is to explore the effects of chocolate consumption during pregnancy on fetus and mother herself. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials/quasi-experimental/observational/controlled before and after studies involving chocolate/cocoa/cacao consumption (irrespective of type or dose, composition, exposure period, and method of administration) among pregnant women/animals; and measuring any outcome (beneficial or harmful) related to fetus or mother after chocolate exposure were included...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Giuseppe Chiossi, Stefano Palomba, Maged M Costantine, Angela I Falbo, Hassan M Harirah, George R Saade, Giovanni B La Sala
OBJECTIVE: As anemia in pregnancy is associated with adverse perinatal outcomes, we sought to define the mean and the fifth percentile of Hb and Ht using a contemporary multiethnic large cohort of low risk pregnancies, and assess potential racial differences. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study on women who delivered between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2013 in Reggio Emilia County, Italy. Linear mixed effects models were used to describe changes in mean Hb and Ht, while quantile regression with matrix-design bootstrap defined changes in the fifth percentile of Hb and Ht, controlling for race, maternal age, smoking, and pregnancy number...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Neta Solomon, Ariel Many, Rotem Orbach, Dror Mandel, Shiri Shinar
BACKGROUND: Hyponatremia during labor and delivery may result in severe maternal and neonatal sequelae. Our aim was to describe the direct effect of hyponatremia in labor on pregnancy outcome. METHODS: A case series of parturients diagnosed with hyponatremia during labor and their neonates. Clinical presentation, laboratory workup, and maternal and neonatal outcomes are presented. RESULTS: Four parturients and their corresponding six neonates were diagnosed with hyponatremia...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Marc Beltempo, Prakesh S Shah, Xiang Y Ye, Jehier Afifi, Shoo Lee, Douglas D McMillan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the specific Score of Neonatal Acute Physiology (SNAP-II) cut-off scores associated with outcomes in extremely preterm infants, and to examine its contribution to predictive models that include nonmodifiable birth predictors. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective observational study of 9240 infants born at 22-28 weeks' gestation and admitted to the Canadian Neonatal Network from 2010 to 2015. Outcomes included early and hospital mortality, composite of mortality/morbidity and individual morbidities...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Miry Shim, Sara Yang, Catherine R Messina, Jonathan P Mintzer
PURPOSE: To compare discharge breastmilk feeding rates among asymptomatic term newborns receiving 48-hour versus >48-hour antibiotics in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a cohort of well-baby nursery (WBN) newborns. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective review included asymptomatic term neonates admitted to the NICU due to maternal chorioamnionitis and a comparison group of WBN neonates between January 2012 and December 2015. Demographic, birth, feeding, and lactation consultant visit data were analyzed in univariate and multivariate models...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Whitney A Booker, Cande V Ananth, Jason D Wright, Zainab Siddiq, Mary E D'Alton, Kirstin L Cleary, Dena Goffman, Alexander M Friedman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize morbidity, acuity, and maternal risks associated with preeclampsia across hospitals with varying obstetric volumes. METHODS: This retrospective cohort analysis used a large administrative data source, the Perspective database, to characterize the risk for preeclampsia from 2006 to 2015. Hospitals were classified as having either low (≤1000), moderate (1001-2000), or high (≥2000) delivery volume. The primary outcomes included preeclampsia, antihypertensive administration, comorbidity, and related severe maternal morbidity...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Paola Algeri, Clelia Callegari, Davide Paolo Bernasconi, Maddalena Incerti, Sabrina Cozzolino, Giuseppe Paterlini, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia, Francesca Pellizzoni, Patrizia Vergani
OBJECTIVE: Optimal management of twin deliveries is controversial. We aimed to assess potential risk factors correlated to the development of hypoxia in the second twin after vaginal delivery of the first twin. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective observational study including diamniotic twin pregnancies delivering at our Institution at 35 weeks of gestational age or more, weighing ≥ 1800 g. Hypoxia was defined as at least one of the following: Apgar score < 5 at 10', neonatal resuscitation for > 10 minutes, neonatal acidosis (pH ≤ 7 and/or BE ≥ 12 mmol/L)...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Yang Feng, Chen-Dong Jiang, Ai-Min Chang, Ying Shi, Junjun Gao, Linlin Zhu, Zhan Zhang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the correlations and interactions between the polymorphisms of insulin resistance-related genes (ADIPOQ rs2241766), inflammation factors (TNF-α rs1800629, IL-6 rs1800795), obesity-related genes (GNB3 rs5443, ADRB rs1042714), and risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) such as diet structure in the development of GDM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This research was conducted among women who visited the third-affiliate hospital of Zhengzhou University for pregnancy checkups from 1 June 2014 to 30 December 2014...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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