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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231064/three-dimensional-ultrasound-for-prenatal-assessment-of-conjoined-twins-additional-advantages
#1
Tuangsit Wataganara, Pornpimol Ruangvutilert, Prasert Sunsaneevithayakul, Kusol Russameecharoen, Katika Nawapun, Nisarat Phithakwatchara
Conjoined twins are a rare, but serious, complication of monozygotic twins. Early prenatal diagnosis of conjoined twins is increasingly made with transvaginal ultrasound and color Doppler studies. Most prenatally diagnosed conjoined twins are terminated due to the high perinatal mortality, but advancement in pediatric surgery has allowed for successful postnatal separation in a small number of cases, and some parents may consider this option over termination of pregnancy. It is important to get a detailed prenatal ultrasound for the site and extent of fusion for an accurate categorization...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227415/ultrasound-transducer-positioning-aid-for-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring
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Paul Hamelmann, Alex Kolen, Lars Schmitt, Rik Vullings, Hans van Assen, Massimo Mischi, Libertario Demi, Judith van Laar, Jan Bergmans, Paul Hamelmann, Alex Kolen, Lars Schmitt, Rik Vullings, Hans van Assen, Massimo Mischi, Libertario Demi, Judith van Laar, Jan Bergmans, Alex Kolen, Judith Van Laar, Paul Hamelmann, Libertario Demi, Lars Schmitt, Rik Vullings, Hans Van Assen, Massimo Mischi, Jan Bergmans
Fetal heart rate (fHR) monitoring is usually performed by Doppler ultrasound (US) techniques. For reliable fHR measurements it is required that the fetal heart is located within the US beam. In clinical practice, clinicians palpate the maternal abdomen to identify the fetal presentation and then the US transducer is fixated on the maternal abdomen where the best fHR signal can be obtained. Finding the optimal transducer position is done by listening to the strength of the Doppler audio output and relying on a signal quality indicator of the cardiotocographic (CTG) measurement system...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227331/assessing-the-development-of-fetal-myocardial-function-by-a-novel-doppler-myocardial-performance-index
#3
Ahsan H Khandoker, F Marzbanrad, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, M Palaniswami, Ahsan H Khandoker, F Marzbanrad, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, M Palaniswami, Ahsan H Khandoker, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, F Marzbanrad, M Palaniswami
Doppler-derived myocardial performance index are used to assess aspects of systolic and diastolic function in adult as well as fetal heart. The Tei Index (TI) is a useful and non-invasive tool. The aim of this study was to determine normal values of fetal left ventricular (LV) TI in early (16-32 weeks) and late trimester (35-41 weeks) fetuses and to develop a new myocardial performance index (K-index; KI) which focuses on fetal diastolic interval when oxygenated blood from the placenta filled in the LV. Simultaneous recordings of Doppler Ultrasound Signal (DUS) of the LV outflow tracts and fetal electrocardiogram signals were obtained in 55 early- and late-trimester fetuses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215417/prenatal-diagnosis-of-the-criss-cross-heart
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Prasad Ravi, Deborah Fruitman, Lindsay Mills, Timothy Colen, Lisa K Hornberger
We sought to describe the prenatal features and postnatal outcomes of the "criss-cross heart" (CCH) with crossing atrioventricular connections as encountered in 5 cases and to review the literature regarding fetal diagnoses of this lesion. We reviewed the clinical history and fetal echocardiograms of 5 patients with a diagnosis of CCH encountered in our institution from 2010 to 2015. Affected pregnancies were identified through the University of Alberta fetal cardiology database. Fetal and postnatal echocardiograms, prenatal and postnatal clinical records, autopsy, and surgical reports were reviewed...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191626/intermittent-auscultation-ia-of-fetal-heart-rate-in-labour-for-fetal-well-being
#5
REVIEW
Ruth Martis, Ova Emilia, Detty S Nurdiati, Julie Brown
BACKGROUND: The goal of fetal monitoring in labour is the early detection of a hypoxic baby. There are a variety of tools and methods available for intermittent auscultation (IA) of the fetal heart rate (FHR). Low- and middle-income countries usually have only access to a Pinard/Laënnec or the use of a hand-held Doppler device. Currently, there is no robust evidence to guide clinical practice on the most effective IA tool to use, timing intervals and length of listening to the fetal heart for women during established labour...
February 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186000/monitoring-fetal-maturation-objectives-techniques-and-indices-of-autonomic-function
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Dirk Hoyer, Jan Zebrowski, Dirk Cysarz, Hernani Goncalves, Adelina Pytlik, Celia Amorim-Costa, Joao Bernardes, Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Otto Witte, Ekkehard Schleussner, Lisa Stroux, Christopher Redman, Antoniya Georgieva, Stephen Payne, Gari Clifford, Maria Signorini, Giovanni Magenes, Fernando Andreotti, Hagen Malberg, Sebastian Zaunseder, Igor Lakhno, Uwe Schneider
Monitoring the fetal behavior does not only have implications for acute care but also for identifying developmental disturbances that burden the entire later life. The concept, of "fetal programming", also known as "developmental origins of adult disease hypothesis", e.g. applies for cardiovascular, metabolic, hyperkinetic, cognitive disorders. Since the autonomic nervous system is involved in all of those systems, cardiac autonomic control may provide relevant functional diagnostic and prognostic information...
February 10, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185829/a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-for-severity-predictors-in-children-with-sickle-cell-anemia
#7
Emily Riehm Meier, Ross M Fasano, Paul R Levett
All patients with HbSS (SCA) share the same genetic mutation but the clinical phenotype is variable and difficult to predict early in life. A reliable severity predictor would be invaluable toward directing therapeutic decisions in those patients at highest risk of SCA complications. A search of PubMed, Cochrane Clinical Trials Register, and Scopus was performed to determine which SCA severity predictors have been validated in pediatric patients. The full text of 94 of the 590 references identified was reviewed based on the title/abstract...
February 2, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182335/how-to-monitor-pregnancies-complicated-by-fetal-growth-restriction-and-delivery-below-32-weeks
#8
W Ganzevoort, N Mensing van Charante, B Thilaganathan, F Prefumo, B Arabin, C M Bilardo, C Brezinka, J B Derks, A Diemert, J J Duvekot, E Ferrazzi, T Frusca, K Hecher, N Marlow, P Martinelli, E Ostermayer, A T Papageorghiou, D Schlembach, Ktm Schneider, T Todros, A Valcamonico, Gha Visser, A van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, C C Lees, H Wolf
OBJECTIVES: In the recent TRUFFLE study it appeared that, in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction (FGR) between 26 and 32 weeks, monitoring of the ductus venosus (DV) combined with computerised cardiotocography (cCTG) as a trigger for delivery, increased the chance of infant survival without neurological impairment. However, concerns in interpretation were raised as DV monitoring appeared associated with a non-significant increase in fetal death, and part of the infants were delivered after 32 weeks, after which the study protocol was no longer applied...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180962/cardiotocography-and-the-evolution-into-computerised-cardiotocography-in-the-management-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction
#9
REVIEW
Christina Kouskouti, Kerstin Regner, Julia Knabl, Franz Kainer
Timely recognition and appropriate management of high-risk pregnancies, such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), are of paramount importance for every obstetrician. After the initial screening of IUGR fetuses through sonographic fetometry and Doppler, the focus is shifted to the appropriate monitoring and timing of delivery. This can, especially in cases of early IUGR, become a very difficult task. At this point, cardiotocography (CTG) is introduced as a major tool in the day-to-day monitoring of the antenatal well-being of the IUGR fetus...
February 8, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180202/applicability-and-technical-aspects-of-two-dimensional-ultrasonography-for-assessment-of-fetal-heart-function
#10
REVIEW
Nathalie Jeanne Bravo-Valenzuela, Alberto Borges Peixoto, Luciano Marcondes Nardozza, Alex Sandro Souza, Edward Araujo Júnior
In recent years, fetal echocardiography has been used for the screening and diagnosis of anatomical heart defects and for the detailed study of fetal cardiac function. This method is characterized by its easy implementation and good reproducibility, allowing the diagnosis of myocardial dysfunction even in its subclinical phase. The functional assessment of the fetal heart should be routinely performed in fetuses with congenital heart disease and those without anatomical malformation. Several extra-cardiac conditions may alter fetal cardiac function, by increased placental resistance, volume overload or hyperdynamic circulation, compression, or maternal systemic disease with involvement of the fetal myocardium...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180200/acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-elastosonography-of-placenta-in-maternal-red-blood-cell-alloimmunization-a-preliminary-and-descriptive-study
#11
Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Harun Arslan, Ibrahim Akbudak, Recep Yıldızhan, Ali Kolusarı
AIMS: Maternal red blood cell alloimmunization is an important cause of fetal morbidity and mortality in the perinatal period, despite well-organized prophylaxis programs. The objective of the study was to evaluate placental elasticity by using Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) in Rhesus (Rh) alloimmunized pregnant women with hydropic and nonhydropic fetuses and to compare those with healthy pregnant women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This case-control and descriptive study comprised twenty-eight healthy pregnant women, 14 Rh alloimmunized pregnant women with nonhydropic fetuses, and 16 Rh alloimmunized pregnant women with hydropic fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158932/the-association-of-neonatal-morbidity-with-long-term-neurological-outcome-in-infants-who-were-growth-restricted-and-preterm-at-birth-secondary-analyses-from-truffle-trial-of-randomized-umbilical-and-fetal-flow-in-europe
#12
A G Van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, N Marlow, C Lees, H Wolf
OBJECTIVE: To study the relationship between neonatal morbidity (NNM) and two-year neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) in surviving children after early fetal growth restriction (FGR). DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a European randomised trial (TRUFFLE) of delivery for very preterm fetuses dependent on venous Doppler or cardiotocographic criteria. SETTING: Tertiary perinatal centres, participants in TRUFFLE. POPULATION: 402 surviving children after early FGR...
February 3, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153658/first-trimester-alcohol-exposure-alters-placental-perfusion-and-fetal-oxygen-availability-affecting-fetal-growth-and-development-in-a-non-human-primate-model
#13
Jamie O Lo, Matthias C Schabel, Victoria H J Roberts, Xiaojie Wang, Katherine S Lewandowski, Kathleen A Grant, Antonio E Frias, Christopher D Kroenke
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure leads to impaired fetal growth, brain development, and stillbirth. Placental impairment likely contributes to these adverse outcomes, but the mechanisms and specific vasoactive effects of alcohol that links altered placental function to impaired fetal development remain areas of active research. OBJECTIVE: Recently, we developed magnetic resonance imaging techniques in nonhuman primates to characterize placental blood oxygenation through measurements of T2* and perfusion using dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152557/perinatal-outcome-of-placental-massive-perivillous-fibrin-deposition-a-case-control-study
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Louise Devisme, Claire Chauvière, Hélène Franquet-Ansart, Anastasia Chudzinski, Morgane Stichelbout, Véronique Houfflin-Debarge, Damien Subtil
OBJECTIVE: To describe the obstetric outcomes associated with massive perivillous fibrin deposition (MFD) compared with a control series and to determine if outcome differs according to the extent of fibrin deposition. METHOD: Retrospective case-control study based on placentas analyzed over a consecutive 12-years period. MFD was considered severe if it extended over more than 50% of the placenta and moderate between 25 and 50%. RESULTS: During the study period, MFD was observed on 71 placentas, 39 severe and 32 moderate...
February 2, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138914/obstetric-and-perinatal-outcome-in-anti-ro-ssa-positive-pregnant-women-a-prospective-cohort-study
#15
Nuria Martínez-Sánchez, Sergio Pérez-Pinto, Ángel Robles-Marhuenda, Francisco Arnalich-Fernández, María Martín Cameán, Edurne Hueso Zalvide, Jose Luis Bartha
: Anti-Ro/SS-A is one specific type of antinuclear antibodies. They are in the majority of cases associated with primary Sjögren syndrome (SS) but also in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and in healthy people. During pregnancy, they are mainly associated to congenital heart block (CHB) and neonatal lupus (NL). The aim of this study was to compare the rate of maternal and fetal complications between a series of anti-Ro/SS-A positive pregnant women prospectively followed...
January 30, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130433/the-association-of-maternal-thyroid-function-with-placental-hemodynamics
#16
M Barjaktarovic, T I M Korevaar, L Chaker, V W V Jaddoe, Y B de Rijke, T J Visser, E A P Steegers, R P Peeters
STUDY QUESTION: What is the clinical association of maternal thyroid function with placental hemodynamic function? SUMMARY ANSWER: A higher free thyroxine (FT4) concentration in early pregnancy is associated with higher placental vascular resistance. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Suboptimal placental function is associated with preeclampsia (which, in turn, further deteriorates placental hemodynamics and impairs the fetal blood supply), fetal growth restriction and premature delivery...
January 26, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116113/early-onset-fetal-growth-restriction
#17
REVIEW
Andrea Dall'Asta, Valentina Brunelli, Federico Prefumo, Tiziana Frusca, Christoph C Lees
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) diagnosed before 32 weeks is identified by fetal smallness associated with Doppler abnormalities and is associated with significant perinatal morbidity and mortality and maternal complications. Recent studies have provided new insights into pathophysiology, management options and postnatal outcomes of FGR. In this paper we review the available evidence regarding diagnosis, management and prognosis of fetuses diagnosed with FGR before 32 weeks of gestation.
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114884/everrest-prospective-study-a-6-year-prospective-study-to-define-the-clinical-and-biological-characteristics-of-pregnancies-affected-by-severe-early-onset-fetal-growth-restriction
#18
Rebecca Spencer, Gareth Ambler, Jana Brodszki, Anke Diemert, Francesc Figueras, Eduard Gratacós, Stefan R Hansson, Kurt Hecher, Angela Huertas-Ceballos, Neil Marlow, Karel Marsál, Eva Morsing, Donald Peebles, Carlo Rossi, Neil J Sebire, John F Timms, Anna L David
BACKGROUND: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a serious obstetric condition for which there is currently no treatment. The EVERREST Prospective Study has been designed to characterise the natural history of pregnancies affected by severe early onset FGR and establish a well phenotyped bio-bank. The findings will provide up-to-date information for clinicians and patients and inform the design and conduct of the EVERREST Clinical Trial: a phase I/IIa trial to assess the safety and efficacy of maternal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene therapy in severe early onset FGR...
January 23, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114843/the-impact-of-fetal-middle-cerebral-artery-doppler-on-the-outcome-of-congenital-hydrocephalus
#19
Nail A Obeidat, Bahauddin I Sallout, Badi S Albaqawi, Wajeih Y Al AlAali
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of abnormal middle cerebral artery (MCA) Doppler on the perinatal mortality in fetuses with congenital hydrocephalus (CH). METHODS: A prospective study of all fetuses with CH who delivered at our hospital over a period of 7 years. Data were obtained from the ultrasound, labour room and intensive neonatal care unit (NICU) database. The Perinatal mortality rates were evaluated in relation to the following measures, associated congenital anomalies, cortical mantle thickness (CMT), and MCA Doppler abnormalities (absent or reversed diastole)...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103875/effects-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-on-umbilical-artery-resistance-and-intrafetal-blood-flow-distribution-a-doppler-ultrasound-study-from-papua-new-guinea
#20
Maria Ome-Kaius, Stephan Karl, Regina Alice Wangnapi, John Walpe Bolnga, Glen Mola, Jane Walker, Ivo Mueller, Holger Werner Unger, Stephen John Rogerson
BACKGROUND: Doppler velocimetry studies of umbilical artery (UA) and middle cerebral artery (MCA) flow help to determine the presence and severity of fetal growth restriction. Increased UA resistance and reduced MCA pulsatility may indicate increased placental resistance and intrafetal blood flow redistribution. Malaria causes low birth weight and fetal growth restriction, but few studies have assessed its effects on uteroplacental and fetoplacental blood flow. METHODS: Colour-pulsed Doppler ultrasound was used to assess UA and MCA flow in 396 Papua New Guinean singleton fetuses...
January 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
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