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Simon B Chen, Satoru Kudose, Hannah R Krigman
We report a case of decidual perivascular non-necrotizing granulomas in a placenta from a pregnancy complicated by severe preeclampsia with no evidence of infection. The mother was a 20-year-old primigravida with severe preeclampsia diagnosed in the third trimester with subsequent delivery of a healthy baby boy at 37 weeks 5 days gestation. Pathologic examination of the placenta showed scattered non-necrotizing granulomas in decidua, often adjacent to remodeled decidual arteries without fibrinoid necrosis...
March 14, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Marcelo R Luizon, Daniela A Pereira, Valeria C Sandrim
Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality, but only about half of patients on antihypertensive therapy achieve blood pressure control. Preeclampsia is defined as pregnancy-induced hypertension and proteinuria, and is associated with increased maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. Similarly, a large number of patients with preeclampsia are non-responsive to antihypertensive therapy. Pharmacogenomics may help to guide the personalized treatment for non-responsive hypertensive patients...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Ji Young Lee, Hyun Mi Kim, Mi Ju Kim, Hyun-Hwa Cha, Won Joon Seong
OBJECTIVE: To compare single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G in placentas between spontaneous preterm birth and preeclampsia pregnancies. RESULTS: Placental samples matched for gestational age were obtained from 20 cases of spontaneous preterm births and 19 cases of preeclampsia. Genomic deoxyribonucleic acid was extracted from placenta tissue and the 3'UTR region of HLA-G was amplified via polymerase chain reaction...
March 14, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Christine Contini, Martin Jansen, Brigitte König, Filiz Markfeld-Erol, Mirjam Kunze, Stefan Zschiedrich, Ulrich Massing, Irmgard Merfort, Heinrich Prömpeler, Ulrich Pecks, Karl Winkler, Gerhard Pütz
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disease in pregnancy, and its complex pathomechanisms are poorly understood. In preeclampsia, lipid metabolism is substantially altered. In late onset preeclampsia, remnant removal disease like lipoprotein profiles have been observed. Lipid apheresis is currently being explored as a possible therapeutic approach to prolong preeclamptic pregnancies. Here, apheresis-induced changes in serum lipid parameters are analyzed in detail and their implications for preeclamptic lipid metabolism are discussed...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Evangelia Elenis, Alkistis Skalkidou, Agneta Skoog-Svanberg, Gunilla Sydsjö, Anneli Stavreus-Evers, Helena Åkerud
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia and gestational hypertensive disorders are thought to occur due to endothelial cell dysfunction and abnormal placentation, triggered by angiogenesis-related factors yet undetermined. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a genetic polymorphism (SNP) of Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG), HRG C633T SNP, is associated with gestational hypertensive disorders. METHODS: It was performed a nested case-control study from the BASIC Cohort of Uppsala University Hospital comprising 92 women diagnosed with gestational hypertensive disorders without other comorbidities and 200 women with full term uncomplicated pregnancies, all genotyped regarding HRG C633T SNP...
March 14, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
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
Shikha Rani, Deepak Chawla
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March 14, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
K A Sudharshana Murthy, Ambarisha Bhandiwada, Shivani L Chandan, Surakshith L Gowda, G Sindhusree
Background: Prevalence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in India is increasing. In addition to performing physiological role in fetoplacental unit during pregnancy, cytokines also play pathophysiological role if expressed in abnormal amounts or sites. Objective: To estimate Proinflammatory Cytokines TNF-α, IL-6, IL-8 and anti-oxidants Glutathione Peroxidase (GTX), Superoxide dismutase (SOD), uric acid and Bilirubin levels in GDM and correlate with pregnancy outcome...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Changchang Li, Zhijiang Liang, Michael S Bloom, Qiong Wang, Xiaoting Shen, Huanhuan Zhang, Suhan Wang, Weiqing Chen, Yan Lin, Qingguo Zhao, Cunrui Huang
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is the leading cause of child mortality under 5 years of age. Temporal trends in preterm birth rates are highly heterogeneous among countries and little information exists for China. To address this data gap, we investigated annual changes in preterm birth incidence rate and explored potential determinants of these changes in Shenzhen, China. METHODS: A total of 1.4 million live births, during 2003-2012, were included from the Shenzhen birth registry...
March 13, 2018: Reproductive Health
Ulrik Dolberg Anderson, Maya Jälmby, Marijke M Faas, Stefan R Hansson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate how maternal cell-free fetal hemoglobin and heme impact the scavenger enzyme systems Hemopexin and Heme Oxygenase-1 in patients with preeclampsia (PE). The secondary aims were to evaluate these proteins as biomarkers for severity of the clinical manifestation i.e. hypertension, in early- and late onset PE. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Plasma samples taken within the last 24 h before delivery from 135 patients were analyzed, 89 PE and 46 normal pregnancies...
February 15, 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
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
Ali Khatibi, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Mika Gissler, Nils-Halvdan Morken, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVES: Childbearing at extremely advanced maternal age is a globally increasing trend, but only a few studies have described the outcomes of these pregnancies. The aim of this study was to describe the occurrence of childbearing at age 50 and up in the Nordic countries, as well as to examine the frequency of adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: A descriptive population-based study was designed. Data from 1991 to 2013 were collected from the Medical Birth Registries in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden...
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Thierry Brue, Vincent Amodru, Frédéric Castinetti
With fewer than 200 reported cases, Cushing's syndrome (CS) in pregnancy remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. In normal pregnancies, misleading signs may be observed such as striae or hypokalemia, while plasma cortisol and urinary free cortisol may rise up to 2-3-fold. While the dexamethasone suppression test is difficult to use, reference values for salivary cortisol appear valid. The predominant cause is adrenal adenoma (sometimes without decreased ACTH), rather than Cushing's disease. There are considerable imaging pitfalls in Cushing's disease...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Fernanda Spadotto Baptista, Maria Rita de Figueiredo Lemos Bortolotto, Fabiola Roberta Marim Bianchini, Vera Lucia Jornada Krebs, Marcelo Zugaib, Rossana Pulcinelli Vieira Francisco
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether thrombophilia worsens maternal and foetal outcomes among patients with severe preeclampsia (PE). METHOD: From October 2009 to October 2014, an observational retrospective cohort study was performed on pregnant women with severe PE diagnosed before 34 weeks of gestation and their newborns hospitalized at the Clinics Hospital, FMUSP. Patients who had no heart disease, nephropathies, pre-gestational diabetes, gestational trophoblastic disease, foetal malformation, or twin pregnancy and who underwent thrombophilia screening during the postnatal period were included...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Xiao-Bo Fang, Dun-Jin Chen, Fang He, Jia Chen, Zhou Zhou, Yan-Ling Liang, Wei-Xi Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the predictive factors of oedema types in reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) with preeclampsia (PE) and eclampsia, which is closely related to reversible lesions and clinical recovery. METHOD: We collected data from 44 consecutive patients diagnosed with RPLS in PE or eclampsia between 2013 and 2017. All patients were classified into vasogenic oedema (n = 31) or cytotoxic oedema (n = 13) groups according to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
M Vasku, N Kleine-Eggebrecht, W Rath, M G Mohaupt, G Escher, U Pecks
OBJECTIVE: The enzyme 11ß-dehydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11ß-HSD2) converts active cortisol (F) to inactive cortisone (E). A reduced 11ß-HSD2 activity in the placenta has been demonstrated for prematurity, low birth weight, and preeclampsia. We hypothesized that disturbed placental function rather than a maternal response contributes to decreased 11ßHSD2 activity as reflected by a diminished conversion of F to E. Hence, the aim of the present study was to estimate the systemic activity of 11ß-HSD2 throughout gestation and in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) by calculating maternal serum F/E ratios...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Siaw Li Chan, Sarosh Rana, Sireesha Chinthala, Saira Salahuddin, Kiang-Teck J Yeo
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is one of the leading hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Angiogenic biomarkers such as anti-angiogenic factor soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1) and pro-angiogenic factor placental growth factor (PlGF) are involved in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to validate the analytical performance of sFlt1 and PlGF on the B·R·A·H·M·S KRYPTOR Compact Plus (ThermoFisher Scientific). STUDY DESIGN: We examined K2 -EDTA plasma samples from 50 patients on B·R·A·H·M·S KRYPTOR Compact Plus, an automated immunoassay platform...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Myriam Stolz, Harald Zeisler, Florian Heinzl, Julia Binder, Alex Farr
OBJECTIVES: The ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to placental growth factor (PlGF) is increased in preeclampsia. This study evaluated perinatal outcomes in cases with an sFlt-1:PlGF ratio above 655. STUDY DESIGN: We retrospectively analyzed data from all consecutive women with singleton pregnancies who presented with clinically manifest preeclampsia and underwent immediate sFlt-1:PlGF assessment. Cases with an sFlt-1:PlGF ratio ≥ 655 were matched 1:1 for gestational age to controls with a ratio < 655...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Simona Cardaropoli, Tullia Todros, Anna Maria Nuzzo, Alessandro Rolfo
Preeclampsia (PE) is a multifactorial pregnancy-induced syndrome and infection could have a role in its etiopathogenesis. Hepcidin, central regulator of iron homeostasis, is an antimicrobial peptide induced by inflammatory/infective stimuli. Therefore, hepcidin could be a good nonspecific marker of infection in PE. In a cross-sectional study, we assessed maternal serum levels (ELISA) and placental expression (Real-Time PCR and ELISA) of hepcidin in PE and normal pregnancies. In a prospective study, hepcidin maternal serum levels were assessed in early pregnancy before PE onset and in age matched controls...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Zahra Bahadoran, Parvin Mirmiran, Fereidoun Azizi, Asghar Ghasemi
Inorganic nitrate (NO3 ) due to its potential endogenous conversion to nitric oxide (NO), is suggested as a compensatory fuel for disrupted NO pathways in the case of pathological stats during pregnancy. Dietary NO3 -rich supplement in the NO-deficient pregnant women is now suggested as a more appealing choice with fewer off-target effects which can attenuate hypertension and preeclampsia, improve placental blood flow and subsequently enhance maternal and neonatal health. There is also an increasing public interest and common health claims regarding beneficial effects of NO3 -rich dietary supplements like beetroot byproducts in pregnant women...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
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