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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437575/the-24-segment-sphericity-index-a-new-technique-to-evaluate-fetal-cardiac-diastolic-shape
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Greggory R DeVore, Berthold Klas, Gary Satou, Mark Sklansky
INTRODUCTION: Because of parallel circulation in the fetus and the differential effect various disease states may have on the shape of the right and left ventricles, this study was conducted to evaluate the Sphericity Index (SI) of 24 transverse segments distributed from the base to the apex of the ventricular chambers. METHODS: Two hundred control fetuses were examined between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation. The displacement of the ventricular endocardium during the cardiac cycle was computed using offline software...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437435/infective-respiratory-syncytial-virus-is-present-in-human-cord-blood-samples-and-most-prevalent-during-winter-months
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Angela Mary Fonceca, Abha Chopra, Avram Levy, Paul Stanton Noakes, Matthew Wee-Peng Poh, Natasha Leanne Bear, Susan Prescott, Mark Lloyd Everard
BACKGROUND: Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) remains the most common cause of severe lower respiratory tract disease amongst infants, and continues to cause annual epidemics of respiratory disease every winter worldwide. Demonstrating placental transmission of viable RSV in human samples is a major paradigm shift in respiratory routes considered likely for RSV transmission. METHODS: Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) was used to identify RSV present in cord blood mononucleocytes (CBM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436632/-localization-of-gestational-age-reference-table-and-its-application-in-prenatal-screening
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Linlin Dou, Guohui Yang, Weiming Mo
Objective: To establish a fetal biparietal diameter (BPD)-gestational age formula based on the data of pregnant women from Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou, and to evaluate its application in prenatal screening. Methods: Data of 3500 pregnant women with gestational age between 15 weeks and 19 weeks+6 receiving prenatal screening in Xiaoshan Hospital during May 2014 and May 2015 were collected. BPDs were used to establish a localized BPD-gestational age formula. The localized formula was used to evaluate the prenatal screening risks in 1759 pregnant women with irregular menstrual cycles or uncertain last menstrual period (LMP) in Xiaoshan District, and the results were compared with those calculated using formula in LifeCycle 4...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436562/anatomical-subgroup-analysis-of-the-meridian-cohort-failed-commissuration
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Paul D Griffiths, Karen Brackley, Michael Bradburn, Daniel Ja Connolly, Mary L Gawne-Cain, Daniel I Griffiths, Mark D Kilby, Laura Mandefield, Cara Mooney, Stephen C Robson, Brigitte Vollmer, Gerald Mason
OBJECTIVE: To assess the contribution of in utero magnetic resonance (iuMR) imaging in fetuses diagnosed with either agenesis of the corpus callosum or hypogenesis of the corpus callosum (grouped as failed commissuration) on antenatal ultrasonography (USS) from the MERIDIAN cohort. METHODS: We report a sub-group analysis of fetuses with failed commissuration diagnosed on USS (with or without ventriculomegaly) from the MERIDIAN study who had iuMR imaging within 2 weeks of USS and outcome reference data were available...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436540/early-diagnosis-of-bladder-exstrophy-quantitative-assessment-of-a-low-inserted-umbilical-cord
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Michal Fishel-Bartal, Sharon Perlman, Baruch Messing, Ron Bardin, Zvi Kivilevitch, Reuven Achiron, Yinon Gilboa
OBJECTIVES: Bladder exstrophy is a rare severe congenital malformation. Early prenatal diagnosis is scarcely described in the literature. Low insertion of the umbilical cord is a constant anatomic feature of bladder exstrophy. The aim of our study was to assess whether early measurements of the umbilical cord insertion-to-genital tubercle length may serve as quantitative measurements for a low-inserted umbilical cord in cases of bladder exstrophy. METHODS: The umbilical cord insertion-to-genital tubercle length was prospectively measured in all cases referred for a nonvisualized urinary bladder before 18 weeks' gestation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436133/population-trends-in-prenatal-detection-of-transposition-of-great-arteries-impact-of-obstetrical-screening-ultrasound-guidelines
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Ravi Prasad, Mills Lindsay, Fruitman Deborah, Savard Winnie, Colen Timothy, Khoo Nee, Serrano-Lomelin Jesus, Hornberger Lisa K
BACKGROUND: D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is one of the most common critical neonatal heart defects. Although there are clinical advantages to a prenatal diagnosis, D-TGA has had low prenatal detection internationally. Recent obstetrical ultrasound guidelines incorporating screening of cardiac outflows may improve prenatal detection of D-TGA. We sought to evaluate trends in the prenatal detection of D-TGA with/without ventricular septal defect (VSD) in Alberta over the past 13 years, examining the potential impact of enhanced ultrasound guidelines in 2009-2010 and 2013 and factors impacting detection...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434210/changes-in-perinatal-hospital-deaths-occurring-outside-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-over-a-decade
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Amélie Du Pont-Thibodeau, Keith Barrington, Catherine Taillefer, Annie Janvier
AIM: Perinatal deaths occurring outside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are rarely recorded in outcome studies, despite having a direct impact on perinatal statistics. Our aim was to investigate the timing and modes of perinatal deaths that occurred outside the NICU and changes over time. METHOD: We reviewed all perinatal deaths from 22 weeks of gestation onwards, without NICU admissions, during two periods in a Canadian tertiary mother and baby hospital and categorised deaths according to nine specific categories...
April 23, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433990/two-dimensional-ultrasound-evaluation-of-the-fetal-cerebral-aqueduct-improving-the-antenatal-diagnosis-and-counseling-of-aqueductal-stenosis
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Fernando Viñals, Pilar Ruiz, Gabriel Quiroz, Francisco A Guerra, Flavia Correa, Daniel Martínez, Bienvenido Puerto
OBJECTIVE: To describe a technique for the visualization and measurement of cerebral aqueduct diameter through a 2D sagittal median plane, and to report its aspect and measurement in fetuses with aqueductal stenosis (AS). METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 207 morphologically normal fetuses in low-risk pregnancies between 20 and 36 weeks of gestation. The cerebral aqueduct was visualized transvaginally in a midsagittal plane, and measurements of its greatest diameter (ampulla) were taken independently by an expert and a nonexpert sonographer...
April 22, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433984/haemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-presenting-as-hellp-syndrome-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge
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Robert Noel Kerley, Raymond Michael Kelly, Mary Rose Cahill, Louise Clare Kenny
Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare, potentially fatal, haematological disorder, which can be clinically challenging to diagnose and manage. We report a case of HLH in a previously healthy 33-year-old primigravida. The patient presented at 22 weeks gestation with dyspnoea, abdominal pain, anaemia, thrombocytopenia and elevated liver enzymes suggestive of HELLP syndrome.HELLP, a syndrome characterised by haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets is considered a severe form of pre-eclampsia...
April 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433732/the-clinical-significance-of-an-estimated-fetal-weight-below-the-10th-centile-a-comparison-of-outcomes-between-5th-versus-5th-9th-centile
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Malgorzata Mlynarczyk, Suneet P Chauhan, Hind A Baydoun, Catherine M Wilkes, Kimberly R Earhart, Yili Zhao, Christopher Goodier, Eugene Chang, Nicole M Lee Plenty, E Kaitlyn Mize, Michelle Owens, Shilpa Babbar, Dev Maulik, Emily DeFranco, David McKinney, Alfred Z Abuhamad
BACKGROUND: The association between small for gestational age (SGA; birth weight < 10(th) centile for gestational age) and neonatal morbidity is well established. Yet there is a paucity of data on the relationship between suspected SGA (sonographic estimated fetal weight <10(th) centile), at two thresholds and subsequent neonatal morbidity. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between sonographic estimated fetal weight (SEFW) < 5(th) centile versus 5-9(th) centile and neonatal morbidity...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433624/temporal-slice-registration-and-robust-diffusion-tensor-reconstruction-for-improved-fetal-brain-structural-connectivity-analysis
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Bahram Marami, Seyed Sadegh Mohseni Salehi, Onur Afacan, Benoit Scherrer, Caitlin K Rollins, Edward Yang, Judy A Estroff, Simon K Warfield, Ali Gholipour
Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging, or DWI, is one of the most promising tools for the analysis of neural microstructure and the structural connectome of the human brain. The application of DWI to map early development of the human connectome in-utero, however, is challenged by intermittent fetal and maternal motion that disrupts the spatial correspondence of data acquired in the relatively long DWI acquisitions. Fetuses move continuously during DWI scans. Reliable and accurate analysis of the fetal brain structural connectome requires careful compensation of motion effects and robust reconstruction to avoid introducing bias based on the degree of fetal motion...
April 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433574/serodiagnosis-of-toxoplasmosis-the-effect-of-measurement-of-igg-avidity-in-pregnant-women-in-rabat-in-morocco
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Majda Laboudi, Abderrahim Sadak
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women during the early first trimester of pregnancy is very important for preventing congenital infection of the fetus; it will not only prevent the risk of transmitting the infection to the fetus but it will also enable to give these women a preventive treatment. In this study, the avidity test was performed on pregnant women during their first prenatal visit at the National Institute of Hygiene in Rabat, Morocco. FINDINGS: One hundred and twenty-eight sera samples were collected from 128 pregnant women between august 2015 and June 2016; these women were chosen retrospectively and were in their first 4 months of pregnancy...
April 19, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432903/the-decidua-of-preeclamptic-like-bph-5-mice-exhibits-an-exaggerated-inflammatory-response-during-early-pregnancy
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C Y Heyward, J L Sones, H E Lob, L C Yuen, K E Abbott, W Huang, Z R Begun, S D Butler, A August, C A Leifer, R L Davisson
Preeclampsia is a devastating complication of pregnancy characterized by late-gestation hypertension and proteinuria. Because the only definitive treatment is delivery of the fetus and placenta, preeclampsia contributes to increased morbidity and mortality of both mother and fetus. The BPH/5 mouse model, which spontaneously develops a syndrome strikingly similar to preeclampsia, displays excessive inflammation and suppression of inflammation improves pregnancy outcomes. During early pregnancy, decidual macrophages play an important role in promoting maternal tolerance to fetal antigens and regulating tissue remodeling, two functions that are critical for normal placental development...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
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Gijs T J van Well, Leonie A Daalderop, Tim Wolfs, Boris W Kramer
The intrauterine environment was long considered sterile. However, several infectious threats are already present during fetal life. This review focuses on the postnatal immunological consequences of prenatal exposure to microorganisms and related inflammatory stimuli. Both the innate and adaptive immune systems of the fetus and neonate are immature, which makes them highly susceptible to infections. There is good evidence that prenatal infections are a primary cause of preterm births. Additionally, the association between antenatal inflammation and adverse neonatal outcomes has been well established...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431283/zika-virus-infection-of-adult-and-fetal-stat2-knock-out-hamsters
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Venkatraman Siddharthan, Arnaud J Van Wettere, Rong Li, Jinxin Miao, Zhongde Wang, John D Morrey, Justin G Julander
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection was investigated in adult and fetal STAT2 knock-out (KO) hamsters. Subcutaneous injection of ZIKV of adults resulted in morbidity, mortality, and infection of the uterus, placenta, brain, spinal cord, and testicles, thus providing an opportunity to evaluate congenital ZIKV infection in a second rodent species besides mice. ZIKV-infected cells with morphologies of Sertoli cells and spermatogonia were observed in the testes, which may have implications for sexual transmission and male sterility...
April 18, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430097/zika-virus-update-more-on-an-emerging-arboviral-disease-in-the-western-hemisphere
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Kelly G Vest
Zika virus has captivated the world with its quick spread throughout the Western Hemisphere. Increased emphasis has been placed on the infection of pregnant women and subsequent adverse and severe effects in the developing fetus and newborn. This article supplements a previous article and provides updated information on new and evolving evidence that strengthens the association between Zika virus and unique congenital and neurologic diseases, updates what is known about the epidemiology of the disease, and provides new and updated material for primary care providers as they counsel patients who may be exposed or infected...
April 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429635/congenital-hypothalamic-hamartoblastoma-versus-hamartoma
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C Dunham, D McFadden, L Dahlgren, B Butler, S Hamilton, M McKinnon
Pallister Hall syndrome (PHS) is a rare malformative disorder that is due to truncating functional repressor mutations in GLI3. Since the seminal publication in 1980, hypothalamic tumors have been recognized to be a cardinal feature of PHS. In their original description of the neuropathologic features of PHS, Clarren et al. coined the term "hamartoblastoma" to characterize what they deemed to be a dual malformative and neoplastic mass of the hypothalamus. In subsequent published cases/series of PHS, the term "hamartoma" was often substituted for hamartoblastoma given what appeared to be a benign natural history of this lesion...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429364/application-of-gene-detection-technique-in-the-antenatal-diagnosis-of-hereditary-hearing-loss
#18
Y Fang, M-S Gu, F Suo, C-X Wang, X-H Liu, F-M Liu
OBJECTIVE: Gene chip and gene sequencing techniques were used to detect the main pathogenic genes in pregnant women with hereditary hearing loss. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From May 2015 to May 2016, 1080 pregnant in Xuzhou Maternal and Child Health Hospital were enrolled in this study. Women age range was 18 to 40 years. 4 genes and 9 mutation sites, including 4 sites (35delG, 176, 235delC and 299) in GJB2 gene, 2 sites (2168A>G and IVS-7-2A>G) in SLC26A4 (PDS) gene, 2 sites (1494C>T and 1555A>G) in 12s rRNA gene and 1 site (538C>T) in GJB3 gene, were detected using the GeeDom® 9-item hereditary hearing loss gene detection kit...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428904/salvage-of-necrotic-appearing-limb-after-in-utero-endoscopic-lysis-of-constriction-bands
#19
M Abdel-Sattar, A Chon, B Chen, W Burkhalter, R H Chmait
We report a case of amniotic band syndrome complicated by constriction bands and marked distal swelling of both lower extremities. Color Doppler interrogation of the right lower extremity revealed complete lack of blood flow below the level of the constriction. Upon fetoscopic survey, the right lower extremity beyond the constriction band appeared dusky red and discolored with desquamation, consistent with a necrotic appearance. The constriction bands were cut in utero using endoshears, thereby allowing restoration of blood flow on postoperative day 1...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428216/maturation-of-platelet-function-during-murine-fetal-development-in-vivo
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Andreas Margraf, Claudia Nussbaum, Ina Rohwedder, Sarah Klapproth, Angela R M Kurz, Annamaria Florian, Volker Wiebking, Joachim Pircher, Monika Pruenster, Roland Immler, Steffen Dietzel, Ludmila Kremer, Friedemann Kiefer, Markus Moser, Andreas W Flemmer, Elizabeth Quackenbush, Ulrich H von Andrian, Markus Sperandio
OBJECTIVE: Platelet function has been intensively studied in the adult organism. However, little is known about the function and hemostatic capacity of platelets in the developing fetus as suitable in vivo models are lacking. APPROACH AND RESULTS: To examine fetal platelet function in vivo, we generated a fetal thrombosis model and investigated light-/dye-induced thrombus formation by intravital microscopy throughout gestation. We observed that significantly less and unstable thrombi were formed at embryonic day (E) 13...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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