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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546663/comparison-of-outcome-of-normal-and-high-risk-pregnancies-based-upon-cerebroplacental-ratio-assessed-by-doppler-studies
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Anita Kant, Namrata Seth, Deepti Rastogi
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the cerebroplacental ratio which is the ratio of pulsatility index of fetal middle cerebral and umbilical arteries, in normal and high-risk pregnancies during 30-36 weeks of gestation. METHODS: In this study, we included 70 patients, who were scanned for Doppler parameters of Middle cerebral artery and Umbilical artery pulsatility index ratio of fetus, between 30 and 36 weeks, and then were followed till delivery. Thirty-five patients with normal pregnancy and 35 patients with high-risk pregnancy were included...
June 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546238/persistent-fetal-lobulation-of-kidney-mimicking-renal-tumour
#2
Syed Muhammad Nazim, Muhibullah Bangash, Basit Salam
Renal pseudotumour is a term coined to describe conditions of renal anatomic variants that simulate focal renal pathology like a tumour on ultrasonography. These include persistent fetal lobulation, hypertrophy of Bertin columns and dromedary humps. We report a case of a 30-year-old nulliparous woman who was managed in gynaecology clinic for menorrhagia and was subsequently referred to us for management of recurrent urinary tract infections. The clinical examination was normal and on ultrasound scan, she was found to have multiple enlarged heterogeneous solid masses in both kidneys with significantly increased vascularity, suspicious for neoplastic lesions...
May 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545116/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-amniotic-fluid-of-fetuses-with-known-or-suspected-cardiac-load
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Christina Leufgen, Ulrich Gembruch, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Rolf Fimmers, Waltraut M Merz
BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction occurs in a variety of fetal disorders. Findings from adult cardiology, where n-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (nt-proBNP) is an established biomarker of left ventricular dysfunction have been extended to fetal life. Since fetal blood sampling is technically challenging we investigated amniotic fluid nt-proBNP for its suitability to diagnose fetal myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: Ultrasound, Doppler examination and echocardiography was applied to classify cases and controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544620/phenotyping-cardiac-and-structural-birth-defects-in-fetal-and-newborn-mice
#4
REVIEW
Xiaoqin Liu, Andrew J Kim, William Reynolds, Yijen Wu, Cecilia W Lo
Mouse models are invaluable for investigating the developmental etiology and molecular pathogenesis of structural birth defects. While this has been deployed for studying a wide spectrum of birth defects, mice are particularly valuable for modeling congenital heart disease, given they have the same four-chamber cardiac anatomy as in humans. We have developed the use of noninvasive fetal ultrasound together with micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging for high throughput phenotyping of mice for congenital heart defects (CHD) and other developmental anomalies...
May 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532678/selective-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Mar Bennasar, Elisenda Eixarch, Josep Maria Martinez, Eduard Gratacós
Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) affects 10-15% of all monochorionic pregnancies. Early severe forms are associated with intrauterine demise or neurological adverse outcome for both twins. The characteristics of umbilical artery (UA) Doppler in the IUGR fetus determine three clinical types: (I) normal UA Doppler and associated with good prognosis; (II) persistently absent/reverse UA end-diastolic flow and associated with early deterioration of the IUGR twin and very preterm delivery; (III) intermittently absent/reverse end-diastolic flow in the UA, and associated with unexpected fetal demise or neurological injury in one or both twins...
May 19, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532199/determination-of-the-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-women-with-gestational-impaired-glucose-tolerance-and-to-assess-whether-this-parameter-is-a-possible-prognostic-indicator-of-adverse-fetal-outcome
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Ismail Bhorat, Morgan Pillay, Tarylee Reddy
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate if the myocardial performance index (MPI) is altered in fetuses in women with gestational impaired glucose tolerance (GIGT), controlled on diet and whether this parameter is also predictive of adverse outcome in this group, as in poorly controlled gestational diabetes. METHOD: In a prospective cross-sectional study thirty two women with gestational impaired glucose tolerance on diet in the 3(rd) trimester were recruited and matched with 32 women with normal pregnancies (control group)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514879/growth-restriction-identifying-fetuses-at-risk
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Heidi K Leftwich, Bethany Stetson, Bethany Sabol, Katherine Leung, Judith U Hibbard, Isabelle Wilkins
PURPOSE: Examine risks of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and composite perinatal outcomes with estimated fetal weights (EFW) 10-20(th)%, and compare outcomes using umbilical artery Doppler (UAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective, cohort evaluating ultrasound (US) EFW 10th-20(th)%, between 2002-2012. Cases were identified with EFW % 10-20. Controls, EFW >20(th)% were obtained for each case, matched by gestational age and US date. Unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression was used for outcomes...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511860/first-trimester-fetal-echocardiography-identification-of-cardiac-structures-for-screening-from-6-to-13%C3%A2-weeks-gestational-age
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Darren Hutchinson, Angela McBrien, Lisa Howley, Yuka Yamamoto, Priya Sekar, Tarek Motan, Venu Jain, Winnie Savard, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: Early fetal echocardiography (FE), performed at 12 to 16 weeks' gestational age (GA), can be used to screen for fetal heart disease akin to that routinely performed in the second trimester. The efficacy of FE at earlier GAs has not been as well explored, particularly with recent advances in ultrasound technology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of early FE in assessing fetal heart structure, and the added benefit of color Doppler (CD), from as early as 6 weeks through to 13(+6) weeks' GA...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509324/three-dimensional-neurosonography-a-novel-field-in-fetal-medicine
#9
Michał Lipa, Ritsuko Kimata Pooh, Mirosław Wielgoś
Neurosonography is a promising technique for prenatal diagnosis, combining features of ultrasound imaging with fetal neurology. The brain is a three-dimensional structure, therefore observing brain structure in the three basic planes (sagittal, coronal and axial) is mandatory. The anterior fontanelle and sagittal suture may serve as acoustic ultrasound windows in the transvaginal brain scan, allowing to obtain high-resolution neuroimages of the intracranial structures. Furthermore, three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound combined with the transvaginal brain approach provides detailed and sophisticated neuroimages...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503785/novel-technique-for-measurement-of-fetal-right-myocardial-performance-index-using-dual-gate-pulsed-wave-doppler
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Mi-Young Lee, Hye-Sung Won, Jae-Yoon Shim, Pil-Ryang Lee, Ahm Kim, Eun-Mi Kil, Min-Ju Kim
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the reproducibility of the fetal right myocardial performance index determined by simultaneous recording of inflow and outflow using a dual gate pulsed-wave Doppler (DD). METHODS: This was a prospective study of 39 normal singleton fetuses. Two experienced operators each measured the right myocardial performance index in three ways, twice: (1) separate recording of the inflow and outflow using single-gate pulsed-wave Doppler (PD), (2) simultaneous recordings of the inflow and outflow using tissue Doppler (TD), and (3) simultaneous recordings of the inflow and outflow using DD...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493802/placental-imaging-normal-appearance-with-review-of-pathologic-findings
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Shaimaa Fadl, Mariam Moshiri, Corinne L Fligner, Douglas S Katz, Manjiri Dighe
The placenta plays a crucial role throughout pregnancy, and its importance may be overlooked during routine antenatal imaging evaluation. Detailed systematic assessment of the placenta at ultrasonography (US), the standard imaging examination during pregnancy, is important. Familiarity with the normal and abnormal imaging appearance of the placenta along with the multimodality and methodical approach for evaluation of its related abnormalities is necessary, so that radiologists can alert clinicians regarding appropriate prompt management decisions...
May 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488223/ultrasonic-identification-of-pump-twin-by-dual-gate-doppler-in-a-monochorionic-triamniotic-triplet-twin-reversed-arterial-perfusion-sequence-before-preventative-radiofrequency-ablation-a-case-report
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Yuichiro Takahashi, Shigenori Iwagaki, Rika Chiaki, Kazuhiko Asai, Masako Matsui, Ichiro Kawabata
We performed a dual-gate Doppler examination for a twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence in a monochorionic-triamniotic triplet pregnancy at 16 weeks of gestation and were able to identify the pump twin by arterial pulse rate synchronicity. We performed radiofrequency ablation to coagulate blood flow in the acardius at 16 weeks of gestation without any postoperative complication. At 29 weeks of gestation, we performed a cesarean section due to preterm rupture of the membranes and the patient delivered 1167/1237-g female neonates and a macerated acardius...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484895/diagnosis-of-umbilical-cord-entanglement-in-a-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancy-with-spontaneous-septostomy-of-the-dividing-membranes-using-dual-gate-doppler-imaging
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Ayumu Ito, Masahiko Nakata, Ayako Oji, Mayumi Takano, Nahomi Umemura, Sumito Nagasaki, Toshimitsu Maemura, Mineto Morita
Umbilical cord entanglement is the leading cause of fetal mortality in monoamniotic twin pregnancies and a pseudo monoamniotic environment. Published methods for detecting this complication include color Doppler and pulsed Doppler sonography; however, no method provides an absolute diagnosis. In this case, we report the diagnosis of umbilical cord entanglement using dual-gate Doppler imaging. A 35-year-old woman was referred to our hospital at 28 weeks of gestation for prenatal management because of diagnosis of a monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancy with spontaneous septostomy of the dividing membranes...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473976/care-related-and-maternal-risk-factors-associated-with-the-antenatal-nondetection-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-a-case-control-study-from-bremen-germany
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Sinja Alexandra Ernst, Tilman Brand, Anna Reeske, Jacob Spallek, Knud Petersen, Hajo Zeeb
Objective. To identify care-related and maternal risk factors for the antenatal nondetection of IUGR. Methods. In this hospital-based case-control study we compared antenatally undetected IUGR neonates (cases) to detected IUGR neonates (controls). Data were collected using newborn documentation sheets and standardized personal interviews with the mothers. We calculated antenatal detection rates and used uni- and multivariable logistic regression models to assess the association of antenatal nondetection of IUGR and maternal and care-related factors...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457816/interventions-to-prevent-stillbirth
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REVIEW
Jessica M Page, Robert M Silver
Stillbirth is one of the most distressing complications of pregnancy and still occurs far too frequently. The rate of stillbirth has been decreasing worldwide but room for improvement remains even in high-income countries. Risk factors for stillbirth have been identified in an effort to detect those women at increased risk. However, risk factors are non-specific and do not identify most stillbirths. Strategies employed to screen the general population such as assessment of fetal activity, fetal growth screening and biomarkers have also been used to identify increased risk for stillbirth...
April 27, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455084/recipient-umbilical-artery-elongation-redundancy-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
#16
Roopali Donepudi, Lovepreet K Mann, Christoph Wohlmuth, Anthony Johnson, Michael W Bebbington, Kenneth J Moise, David S Boudreaux, Helena Gardiner, Ramesha Papanna
BACKGROUND: Chronic hypertension in adults causes arterial lengthening in major arteries, but the effects of early fetal hypertension on the twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) recipient's vascular architecture remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesize that arterial cord redundancy is related to recipient hypertension and subsequent heart failure. Our objectives were: 1) to establish a 3D color Doppler ultrasound method of measuring umbilical arterial (UA) length relative to its corresponding venous segment in the Umbilical cord using AV-angle, 2) to compare recipient AV-angle to gestational age-matched controls, and 3) to test the association of AV-angle with recipient heart failure...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454690/placental-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-expression-in-small-for-gestational-age-infants-and-risk-for-adverse-outcomes
#17
Melissa Spiel, Saira Salahuddin, Elizabeth Pernicone, Zsuzsanna Zsengeller, Alice Wang, Anna M Modest, S Ananth Karumanchi, Jonathan L Hecht
INTRODUCTION: Soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFLT-1) is an anti-angiogenic factor implicated in the pathogenesis of preterm preeclampsia. We evaluated sFLT-1 expression and placental pathology in pregnancies complicated by small for gestational age (SGA) infants (<10th percentile), without evidence of preeclampsia. METHODS: Clinical and histologic data were compared between groups with high or low sFLT-1 expression determined by immunohistochemistry on archived placentas...
April 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443480/adverse-placental-perfusion-and-pregnancy-outcomes-in-a-new-nonhuman-primate-model-of-gestational-protein-restriction
#18
Victoria H J Roberts, Jamie O Lo, Katherine S Lewandowski, Peter Blundell, Kevin L Grove, Christopher D Kroenke, Elinor L Sullivan, Charles T Roberts, Antonio E Frias
Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy impacts fetal growth, with developmental consequences that extend to later life outcomes. In underdeveloped countries, this malnutrition typically takes the form of poor dietary protein content and quality, even if adequate calories are consumed. Here, we report the establishment of a nonhuman primate model of gestational protein restriction (PR) in order to understand how placental function and pregnancy outcomes are affected by protein deficiency. Rhesus macaques were assigned to either a control diet containing 26% protein or switched to a 13% PR diet prior to conception and maintained on this PR diet throughout pregnancy...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441446/fetal-outcomes-and-associated-factors-of-adverse-outcomes-of-pregnancy-in-southern-chinese-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#19
Zhongping Zhan, Ying Yang, Yanfeng Zhan, Dongying Chen, Liuqin Liang, Xiuyan Yang
This study aims to investigate the fetal outcomes and associated factors of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Clinical data from 251 SLE patients with 263 pregnancies from 2001 to 2015 were analyzed retrospectively. APOs occurred in 70.0% of pregnancies, in which pregnancy loss occurred in 28.5%; preterm delivery occurred in 21.3%; intrauterine growth retardation occurred in 12.2%; and fetal distress occurred in 8.0%. Over time, the rate of APOs decreased from 82...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440361/the-role-of-echocardiography-in-fetal-tachyarrhythmia-diagnosis-a-burden-for-the-pediatric-cardiologist-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
Liliana Gozar, Claudiu Marginean, Rodica Toganel, Iolanda Muntean
Supraventricular tachyarrhythmia represents the most frequent fetal dysrhythmia. In the lack of diagnosis and treatment these fetuses may develop hydrops and even death. For the therapeutic approach it is important to establish the diagnosis of the type of supraventricular tachycardia. In this paper we report 29 cases with different types of supraventricular tachycardia in which the diagnosis was established using our own protocol, which allowed us to make the difference between the types of tachycardia (atrioventricular reentry tachycardia due to the accessory pathway, atrial ectopic tachycardia and permanent junctional reciprocal tachycardia)...
April 22, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
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