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Precylia Fernandes, Lito Mantagou, Ram Ramaraj, Umber Agarwal, Joyce Su Ling Lim
Introduction: A functionally single cardiac ventricle seen on foetal ultrasound scan carries a guarded prognosis. The antenatal diagnosis of anomalous pulmonary venous connection (APVC) remains challenging, if there is no associated structural cardiac abnormality. Antenatally, a combination of complex cardiac anomaly with suspected isomerism should raise the possibility of associated total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC). There needs to be a high index of suspicion for TAPVC, in functional single ventricle and suspected isomerism, as this carries a very grim outcome postnatally...
February 2018: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
Michael J H Clarke, Samuel Crocker, David G Bartle, John Apsey
A male neonate born after uncomplicated vaginal delivery at 36 weeks' gestation was noted to have large and firm testicles bilaterally on routine examination. A testicular ultrasound scan was subsequently organised that showed detailed appearances consistent with bilateral testicular torsion. This was thought to have taken place antenatally and as such was unfortunately not suitable for intervention. The patient was therefore managed conservatively with the testicles left to involute naturally. He was started on testosterone replacement therapy after follow-up when gonadotrophin levels were found to be raised and testosterone low (suggesting absent testicular function) and will be closely followed up regarding his future development which is normal to this point...
February 7, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Varsha Thakur, Nathalie Dutil, Steven M Schwartz, Edgar Jaeggi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the preoperative management and outcome of neonates with duct-dependent critical CHD with fetal versus postnatal diagnosis. METHODS: Patients referred with CHD to our centre from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010 were enrolled prospectively. Live births with a critical form of CHD, a gestational age ⩾36 weeks and a weight ⩾2 kg at birth, and the intention-to-treat were included in this sub-study. Excluded were neonates with lethal non-cardiac and/or genetic anomalies...
February 7, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Oliver Robinson, Pekka Keski-Rahkonen, Leda Chatzi, Manolis Kogevinas, Tim Nawrot, Costanza Pizzi, Michelle Plusquin, Lorenzo Richiardi, Nivonirina Robinot, Jordi Sunyer, Roel Vermeulen, Martine Vrijheid, Paolo Vineis, Augustin Scalbert, Marc Chadeau-Hyam
Birth weight is an important indicator of maternal and fetal health and a predictor of health in later life. However, the determinants of variance in birth weight are still poorly understood. We aimed to identify the biological pathways, which may be perturbed by environmental exposures, that are important in determining birth weight. We applied untargeted mass-spectrometry-based metabolomics to 481 cord blood samples collected at delivery in four birth cohorts from across Europe: ENVIRONAGE (Belgium), INMA (Spain), Piccolipiu (Italy), and Rhea (Greece)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Navid Hakim, Cristina Soare, Jamil Hakim
Walker-Warburg syndrome (WWS) is a disorder characterized by ocular and brain malformations, and congenital muscular dystrophy. Retinal malformations are common in WWS; however, bilateral retinal detachment is a rare occurrence. We present a case of a newborn baby delivered at 36+3 weeks, who was the first living child of consanguineous parents of Turkish origin. On antenatal anomaly scans, the fetus had hydrocephalus that had increased throughout pregnancy, and a diagnosis of hydrancephaly was made at 36 weeks of gestation...
2018: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Steve Turner, Shona Fielding, Graham Devereux
There is increasing evidence that antenatal factors predispose to childhood asthma. We tested the hypothesis that reduced first trimester fetal size is associated with increased risk for asthma at 15 years of age.Fetal size in the first and second trimester was ascertained by ultrasound scan. The primary outcome of being dispensed one or more asthma medications by the family doctor in the year before the 15th birthday was determined from routinely acquired dispensing data.Dispensing data were available for 1699 (88% of the original cohort) participants at 15 years of age and questionnaire data for 750 (39%)...
February 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
P O Ezeonu, U M Agwu, L O Ajah, I B O Dimejesi, L U Ogbonnaya, O U J Umeora, R C Onoh
INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis is a global public health problem characterized by reduction of bone mineral density (BMD). This study aimed to assess the prevalence of osteoporosis among antenatal clinic attendees in a rural Southeastern hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of booking Antenatal Clinic Attendees at Mile 4 Catholic Hospital, Abakaliki, between October 2014 and February 2015. The study participants were selected through systematic random sampling...
December 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
D Hayes-Ryan, K McNamara, N Russell, L Kenny, K O'Donoghue
Antenatal ultrasound, comprising of a dating ultrasound in the late first trimester followed by a fetal anomaly scan, is a recognised and necessary component of good antenatal care. We conducted a telephone survey of all 19 obstetric units to ascertain the status of maternity ultrasound provision in Ireland. Fetal anomaly ultrasound is offered universally to all women in 7/19 (37%) units, selectively to some women in 7/19 (37%) units and not offered at all in the remaining 5/19 (26%) units. Overall ? 41,700 (64%) women receive a fetal anomaly ultrasound nationally...
August 8, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
Shwetha Ramachandrappa, Abhijit Kulkarni, Hina Gandhi, Cheryl Ellis, Renata Hutt, Lesley Roberts, Rosol Hamid, Aris Papageorghiou, Sahar Mansour
Haploinsufficiency of the transcription factor short stature homeobox (SHOX) manifests as a spectrum of clinical phenotypes, ranging from disproportionate short stature and Madelung deformity to isolated short stature. Here, we describe five infants with molecularly confirmed diagnoses of SHOX haploinsufficiency who presented in utero with short long bones during routine antenatal scanning from as early as 19 weeks gestation. Other foetal growth parameters were normal. The molecular basis of SHOX haploinsufficiency was distinct in each case...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Jai H Seth, Roger Walker
A 32-year-old woman presents to outpatients 10 days postpartum, with symptoms of an intermittent vaginal lump and urinary incontinence. Vaginal examination revealed no demonstrable prolapse or stress incontinence. A swelling in the bladder was noted during an antenatal scan suggesting a ureterocoele. She was referred for pelvic floor physiotherapy in the first instance. Forty-eight hours later, she represented to casualty with discomforting vaginal lump symptoms and continuous urinary incontinence. At this stage on vaginal inspection, there was an evident dusky lump emerging from the urethra with continuous incontinence...
January 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
A Debost-Legrand, I Perthus, O Rivière, D Gallot, D Lémery, F Vendittelli
INTRODUCTION: In a population-based study, we found an overall false-positive rate of 8.8% for the second and third trimester ultrasounds. Although numerous studies have been performed to examine factors which lead to false negatives, the same is not true for the factors associated with false positives. The principal objective of this study was to look for risk factors for false-positive diagnoses of fetal malformations on obstetric ultrasound scans. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this nested case-control study, the case infants were those whose mother had a false-positive antenatal ultrasound diagnosis of a malformation during the second or third trimester (ultrasound false-positives) and who were live - or stillborn in Auvergne in 2006-2010...
March 2018: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
Hemanshi Shah, Charu Tiwari, Neha Sisodiya Shenoy, Pankaj Dwivedi, Suraj Gandhi
Objective: Ureteroceles are a great clinical challenge because of variations in anatomy and clinical presentations. We present our experience with primary transurethral incision of ureteroceles in children. Material and methods: Data of thirteen children managed for ureterocele from 2009 to 2016 was retrospectively analyzed with respect to age, sex, clinical presentation and symptomatology, type and localization of ureterocele, investigations, surgical management and follow-up...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Urology
Wai Hang Chung, William Wing Kee To
OBJECTIVE: To examine maternal and neonatal outcomes of gestational proteinuria, and to identify maternal characteristics for progression to pre-eclampsia. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. Included all pregnant women who delivered between Jan 2014-Feb 2017 with new onset proteinuria in a single obstetric unit. Demographic, maternal and neonatal outcomes were compared. RESULTS: Eighteen (25%) out of 73 women with new onset gestational proteinuria developed pre-eclampsia...
November 21, 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
Anusha Vellamkondu, Akhila Vasudeva, Rajeshwari G Bhat, Asha Kamath, Sapna V Amin, Lavanya Rai, Pratap Kumar
Background: Present study carried out in a tertiary referral hospital in South India attempts to determine the predictive value of integrated screening at 11-14-week antenatal visit. Objectives: To determine the detection rate of fetal abnormalities at 11-14 weeks and also to predict the placental dysfunction disorders based on early integrated evaluation. Method: Integrated screening performed on 440 women between 11 and 14 weeks, including detailed maternal history [medical history, bad obstetric history (BOH)], body mass index (BMI), mean arterial pressure (MAP), detailed ultrasound and maternal serum biochemistry as part of combined first-trimester screening for aneuploidy...
December 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Roch Fabien Niama, Nadia Claricelle Loukabou Bongolo, Edith Sophie Bayonne Kombo, Ruth Yengo, Pembe Issamou Mayengue, Etoka-Beka Mandingha Kosso, Igor Louzolo, Lucette Macosso, Ghislain Dzeret, Angélie Serge Patrick Dzabatou Babeaux, Marie-Francke Puruehnce, Henri Joseph Parra
Introduction: HIV and syphilis during pregnancy remain a public health concern especially in developing countries. Pregnant women attending antenatal clinics sites for the first time between September and December 2011 and who accepted to participate in the study were enrolled. The objective was to estimate the syphilis and HIV infection rate in this population. Methods: A study was conducted in 44 selected ANCs from 12 departments (5 urban and 7 rural). Pregnant women who accepted to participate in the study, attending selected sentinel ANCs sites for the first time between September and December 2011 were enrolled...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
Ravi de Roo, Bart J Voskamp, C Emily Kleinrouweler, Ben W Mol, Eva Pajkrt, Antonia H M Bouts
INTRODUCTION: Isolated antenatal hydronephrosis (ANH), defined as a dilation of the renal pelvis (≥5 mm), is one of the most common abnormalities detected on prenatal ultrasound. However, established cut-off values for postnatal follow-up differ between countries and are based on little evidence. The current protocol in the Netherlands for follow-up might be too conservative. OBJECTIVE: To assess the applicability of a higher threshold for follow-up of isolated antenatal hydronephrosis (ANH) than the current practice, without the risk of missing significant postnatal urinary tract obstruction...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Mohamed Waseem Osman, Mintu Nath, Asma Khalil, David R Webb, Thompson G Robinson, Hatem A Mousa
AIM: A single-centre, prospective longitudinal study to assess changes in maternal arterial stiffness and cardiac output parameters among low-risk healthy pregnant women. METHODOLOGY: Thirty low-risk, healthy, pregnant women attending their routine antenatal dating ultrasound scan were recruited. Non-invasive assessment of arterial stiffness and cardiac output was undertaken at five gestational windows from 11 to 40 weeks of pregnancy. Data were analysed using a linear mixed model incorporating time and other relevant predictors as fixed effects, and patient as a random effect...
October 16, 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
Fleur L Warton, Ernesta M Meintjes, Christopher M R Warton, Christopher D Molteno, Nadine M Lindinger, R Colin Carter, Lilla Zöllei, Pia Wintermark, Joseph L Jacobson, Andre van der Kouwe, Sandra W Jacobson
OBJECTIVES: Prenatal exposure to methamphetamine is associated with a range of neuropsychological, behavioural and cognitive deficits. A small number of imaging studies suggests that these may be mediated by neurostructural changes, including reduced volumes of specific brain regions. This study investigated potential volumetric changes in the brains of neonates with prenatal methamphetamine exposure. To our knowledge no previous studies have examined methamphetamine effects on regional brain volumes at this age...
October 22, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
Bushra Afroze, Nick Brown
The lysosomal storage diseases are a group of rare, inherited metabolic diseases affecting about 1 in 7000 to 8000 people. In recent years, the introduction of enzyme replacement therapy, substrate reduction therapy and small molecule therapy, has changed the natural course of this otherwise progressive group of disorders leading to severe morbidity and early mortality. These treatment options, however, are extremely expensive and are needed for life thus presenting an economical as well as ethical challenge to the affected families and the health care system of a country...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Niralee Babooa, Wen-Jing Shi, Chao Chen
BACKGROUND: Several studies have clearly demonstrated a significantly higher incidence of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) in neonates delivered by caesarean section (CS) compared to those delivered vaginally. The pathophysiological factors underlying the link between CS and PPHN are still poorly understood. In this review, we describe the mechanisms that could explain the association between CS delivery and subsequent PPHN, as well as potential preventive measures...
December 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
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