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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911133/kisspeptin-is-a-novel-regulator-of-human-fetal-adrenocortical-development-and-function-a-finding-with-important-implications-for-the-human-fetoplacental-unit
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Harshini Katugampola, Peter J King, Sumana Chatterjee, Muriel Meso, Andrew J Duncan, John C Achermann, Leo Guasti, Lea Ghataore, Norman F Taylor, Rebecca Allen, Shemoon Marlene, Joseph Aquilina, Ali Abbara, Channa N Jaysena, Waljit S Dhillo, Leo Dunkel, Ulla Sankilampi, Helen L Storr
Context: The human fetal adrenal (HFA) is an integral component of the fetoplacental unit and important for the maintenance of pregnancy. Low kisspeptin levels during pregnancy are associated with miscarriage, and kisspeptin and its receptor are expressed in the HFA. However, the role of kisspeptin in fetal adrenal function remains unknown. Objective: To determine the role of kisspeptin in the developing HFA. Design: Experiments using H295R and primary HFA cells as in vitro models of the fetal adrenal...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889777/assessment-of-neonatal-adrenal-size-using-high-resolution-2d-ultrasound-and-its-correlation-with-birth-demographics-clinical-outcomes
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Tijen Karsli, Diana Strickland, Jeffrey Livingston, Qiang Wu, Maroun J Mhanna, Prem S Shekhawat
OBJECTIVE: Assessment of adrenal function in a sick neonate remains a challenge in spite of major advances in neonatal care. We used 2D ultrasound of adrenal glands to assess maturity of adrenal glands in extremely preterm infants and sick term and near term infants. STUDY DESIGN: We collected demographics details of 99 mother-infants pairs (24-41 weeks) and obtained 2D ultrasound scans of adrenal glands in first week of life to measure adrenal volume, fetal zone size and adrenal to kidney ratios...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883880/semi-lobar-holoprosencephaly-with-vertebral-segmentation-defects
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Birendra Rai, Farhana Sharif
Holoprosencephaly is the most common embryonic brain defect. Foetuses who survive during intrauterine life are born with varying grades of brain and facial deformities. Extra craniofacial manifestations are common. Vertebral segmentation defects are rarely seen with holoprosencephaly, mainly in association with holoprosencephaly diencephalic hamartoblastoma (HDH) association. A female infant was born at term by normal delivery. Birth head circumference was below the 3rd percentile. Antenatal scan had showed microcephaly as the only abnormality...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826258/fetal-intracranial-hemorrhage-prenatal-diagnosis-and-postnatal-outcomes
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Begoña Adiego, Pilar Martínez-Ten, Carmina Bermejo, María Estévez, Manuel Recio Rodriguez, Tamara Illescas
OBJECTIVE: To present our experience with 14 cases of fetal intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: Cases of fetal ICH detected in our institution between 2005 and 2016 by ultrasonography. Maternal characteristics, ultrasound and MRI findings, and postnatal outcome were noted. RESULTS: Twelve cases (86.7%) were identified during a third trimester routine scan at a median gestational age of 30.6 weeks. The ICH was classified as Grade 2 in two cases, Grade 3 in three cases and Grade 4 in nine cases...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748650/autopsy-findings-in-epg5-related-vici-syndrome-with-antenatal-onset
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Renaud Touraine, Annie Laquerrière, Carmen-Adina Petcu, Florent Marguet, Susan Byrne, Rachael Mein, Shu Yau, Shehla Mohammed, Laurent Guibaud, Mathias Gautel, Heinz Jungbluth
Vici syndrome is one of the most extensive inherited human multisystem disorders and due to recessive mutations in EPG5 encoding a key autophagy regulator with a crucial role in autophagosome-lysosome fusion. The condition presents usually early in life, with features of severe global developmental delay, profound failure to thrive, (acquired) microcephaly, callosal agenesis, cataracts, cardiomyopathy, hypopigmentation, and combined immunodeficiency. Clinical course is variable but usually progressive and associated with high mortality...
July 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699212/fetal-megacystis-institutional-experience-and-outcomes
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Kiarash Taghavi, Caitlin Sharpe, Mark D Stringer, Jane Zuccollo, Jay Marlow
BACKGROUND: Fetal megacystis is a sonographic feature that may be indicative of several underlying pathologies. Despite advances in diagnosis and management, the overall prognosis of affected fetuses remains poor and about 50% of such pregnancies are terminated. AIMS: To define the frequency, management, survival and renal outcomes of fetal megacystis over nine years at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A nine-year retrospective review of fetuses with an antenatal diagnosis of megacystis was undertaken...
July 12, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646536/spectrum-of-mutations-in-cystinuria-patients-presenting-with-prenatal-hyperechoic-colon
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Isabelle Tostivint, Nicolas Royer, Mireille Nicolas, Agnes Bourillon, Isabelle Czerkiewicz, Pierre-Hadrien Becker, Françoise Muller, Jean-François Benoist
Cystinuria is a heterogeneous, rare but important cause of inherited kidney stone disease due to mutations in two genes: SLC3A1 and SLC7A9. Antenatal hyperechoic colon has been reported in some patients as a non-pathological consequence of the intestinal transport defect. We report 83 patients affected by cystinuria: 44 presented prenatally with a hyperechoic colon (HEC group) and 39 with a classical postnatal form (CC group). SLC3A1 and SLC7A9 were sequenced. All patients were fully genotyped, and the relationship between the genotype and clinical features was analyzed...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638495/an-atypical-presentation-of-congenital-pulmonary-airway-malformation-cpam-a-rare-case-with-antenatal-ultrasound-findings-and-review-of-literature
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Munnangi Satya Gautam, Srinivas M Naren Satya, Ivvala Sai Prathyusha, K Hema Chandra Reddy, Kamala Retnam Mayilvaganan, Deepthi Raidu
BACKGROUND: Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) is a relatively rare congenital anomaly with a wide spectrum of ultrasound features depending on the specific variety of CPAM. Antenatal ultrasound is a valuable, safe, nonionizing, cost-effective, widely available and easily reproducible imaging tool and is indispensable in the diagnosis of CPAM. In this paper, we aimed to report an atypical imaging presentation of CPAM type II in the second trimester, extensively involving all lobes of the left lung...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619771/revealed-versus-concealed-criteria-for-placental-insufficiency-in-an-unselected-obstetric-population-in-late-pregnancy-ratio37-randomised-controlled-trial-study-protocol
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Francesc Figueras, Eduard Gratacos, Marta Rial, Ilan Gull, Ladislav Krofta, Marek Lubusky, Rogelio Cruz-Martinez, Mónica Cruz-Lemini, Miguel Martinez-Rodriguez, Pamela Socias, Cristina Aleuanlli, Mauro C Parra Cordero
INTRODUCTION: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects 5%-10% of all pregnancies, contributing to 30%-50% of stillbirths. Unfortunately, growth restriction often is not detected antenatally. The last weeks of pregnancy are critical for preventing stillbirth among babies with FGR because there is a pronounced increase in stillbirths among growth-restricted fetuses after 37 weeks of pregnancy. Here we present a protocol (V.1, 23 May 2016) for the RATIO37 trial, which evaluates an integrated strategy for accurately selecting at-risk fetuses for delivery at term...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601727/does-serial-3rd-trimester-ultrasound-improve-detection-of-small-for-gestational-age-babies-comparison-of-screening-policies-in-2-european-maternity-units
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Vesna Sokol Karadjole, Umber Agarwal, Edina Berberovic, Borna Poljak, Zarko Alfirevic
OBJECTIVE: Methods for the antenatal detection of small for gestational age babies (SGA) differ between countries. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of routine versus selective small for gestational age babies screening policy using data from two European Maternity Units. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study from Liverpool Women's Hospital, UK, that uses selective third trimester sonography and from the University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia, that uses routine third trimester sonography for SGA detection...
August 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593553/prenatal-diagnosis-of-spina-bifida-from-intracranial-translucency-to-intrauterine-surgery
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Waldo Sepulveda, Amy E Wong, Francisco Sepulveda, Juan L Alcalde, Juan C Devoto, Felipe Otayza
Accurate and timely prenatal diagnosis of spina bifida (SB) is a major goal of modern antenatal care. Prenatal screening for open SB should be first performed at the time of routine first-trimester ultrasound by examining the posterior fossa for obliteration or non-visualization of the fourth ventricle ("intracranial translucency") and cisterna magna. The second step of screening is the second-trimester anatomy scan, at which time the features of the Chiari type II malformation should be looked for, including ventriculomegaly, scalloping of the frontal bones ("lemon" sign), and backward and caudal displacement of the cerebellar vermis with obliteration of the cisterna magna ("banana" sign)...
July 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584688/antenatal-umbilical-coiling-index-and-newborn-outcomes-cohort-study
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Josephine Mwikali Ndolo, Sudhir Vinayak, Micah Ominde Silaba, William Stones
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to test the predictive value of antenatal umbilical coiling index (aUCI) among a prospectively recruited cohort of antenatal women. METHODS: Women with singleton pregnancies were recruited at their second-trimester scan. Images of the umbilical cord were used to calculate the aUCI. Pregnancy and birth outcomes were recorded and statistical associations between aUCI and small for gestational age (SGA) using international standard birth weight centiles and preterm birth were investigated (n = 430)...
2017: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571229/role-of-echocardiography-in-prenatal-screening-of-congenital-heart-diseases-and-its-correlation-with-postnatal-outcome
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Shivani Sharma, Navkiran Kaur, Khushpreet Kaur, Naveen Chandrashekhar Pawar
INTRODUCTION: Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are one of the most common forms of congenital anomalies. Fetal echocardiography performed during second trimester aims at early diagnosis of congenital heart disease which is instrumental in proper planning of delivery, perinatal care and counselling of parents. AIM: To evaluate the role of fetal echocardiography in prenatal screening of CHDs and to study the role of associated extracardiac anomalies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a hospital based prospective and correlative type of study, done over a period of one year...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533844/utility-of-first-trimester-obstetric-ultrasonography-before-13-weeks-of-gestation-a-retrospective-study
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Felix Uduma Uduma, Anelkan Abaslattai, Dianabasi Udoete Eduwem, Morgan Ekanem, Philip Chinedu Okere
INTRODUCTION: First trimester pregnancy is defined as twelve weeks after the last menstrual period. Ultrasonography has revolutionized validation and management of first trimester pregnancies. The aim was to analyze ultrasonographic findings of first trimester pregnancies in University of Uyo teaching hospital (UUTH), Uyo, Nigeria. METHODS: The departmental ultrasonographic records of pregnant women who were referred to Radiology department of UUTH, Uyo, Nigeria...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527270/-effect-of-antenatal-spiramycin-treatment-on-the-frequency-of-retinochoroiditis-due-to-congenital-toxoplasmosis-in-a-colombian-cohort
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Liliana María Zuluaga, John Camilo Hernández, Carlos Felipe Castaño, Jorge Hernando Donado
INTRODUCTION: Gestational toxoplasmosis is frequent and severe. There is still debate about the benefits of treatment against ocular manifestations in the newborn. Spiramycin treatment is used for this purpose, unfortunately prenatal diagnosis is sometimes delayed and pregnant women are not treated. OBJECTIVE: To describe the relationship between treatment with spiramycin during pregnancy in mothers with gestational toxoplasmosis and development of ocular toxoplasmosis in newborns...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507387/multidisciplinary-approach-to-the-prenatal-diagnosis-and-post-natal-management-of-a-large-suprasellar-arachnoid-cyst-a-case-report
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Omar Irfan, Heera Nand Rathore, Sarfraz Karim, Shabina Ariff, Aneela Darbar
Arachnoid cysts are intra-arachnoid sacs filled with cerebrospinal fluid representing a rare occurence in neonates. We report the case of a suprasellar arachnoid cyst diagnosed prenatally at 21 weeks gestation on routine obstetric ultrasound. A cystic lesion was picked up incidentally at routine antenatal scan. The cyst was noted to be increasing in size over a series of radiological scans. The cyst was diagnosed as a suprasellar arachnoid cyst compressing the third ventricle and bilateral lateral ventricles...
May 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503337/complete-ectopia-cordis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Simon Pius, Halima Abubakar Ibrahim, Mustapha Bello, Mohammed Bashir Tahir
Ectopia cordis is a congenital heart exposure defined as complete or partial protrusion of heart through ventral defect in the thoracoabdominal wall alone or with other viscera in cases of pentalogy of Cantrell. This condition was first described by Haller et al. in 1706; since then many advances have been made. Diagnosis of ectopia cordis is done prenatally in well-equipped health facility by antenatal ultrasound scan so that early diagnosis and management plan can be initiated. The index case was delivered to uneducated rural family and admitted at 3 days of life and survived for seven days, even though most literatures state that majority died within four days even with surgery...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450790/a-revisit-of-the-fetal-foot-length-and-fetal-measurements-in-early-pregnancy-sonography
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Hong Soo Wong
OBJECTIVES: To present the fetal measurements in relation to the foot length at 10-16 weeks gestation on antenatal ultrasound. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the fetal measurements in 47 scans performed at 10-16 weeks gestation in women attending routine antenatal care. The fetal measurements and measurement ratios were examined in relation to the foot length. RESULTS: The fetal biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, femur length and foot length increase linearly with the gestational age at 10-16 weeks gestation...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419552/feasibility-and-utility-of-portable-ultrasound-during-retrieval-of-sick-preterm-infants
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Kathryn Browning Carmo, Tracey Lutz, Mark Greenhalgh, Andrew Berry, Martin Kluckow, Nick Evans
AIM: Document the incidence of haemodynamic pathology in critically ill preterm newborns requiring transport. METHOD: A transport neonatologist performed cardiac and cerebral ultrasound before and after transportation of infants born ≤30 weeks gestation. RESULTS: Forty-four newborns were studied in 2008-2015; of them, 21 were transported by road, 19, by helicopter and four, by fixed wing: median birthweight, 1130 g (680-1960 g) and median gestation, 27 weeks (23-30); 30 of 44 were male babies...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384937/attitude-of-reproductive-healthcare-providers-to-prenatal-diagnosis-in-a-low-resource-nigerian-setting
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Leonard Ogbonna Ajah, Silas Alegu Nwali, Christopher Chim Amah, Theophilus Ogochukwu Nwankwo, Lucky Osaheni Lawani, Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba
INTRODUCTION: Prenatal diagnosis comprises all diagnostic modalities aimed at gaining information about the embryo or fetal wellbeing. It enables antenatal care tailored to the individual need(s) of the fetus. AIM: To determine the knowledge, practice and prospect of prenatal diagnosis among reproductive health care providers in Abakaliki, Nigeria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study in which completely filled self-administered semi-structured questionnaires were retrieved from 182 reproductive healthcare providers at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA)...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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