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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895448/neonatal-acute-kidney-injury-following-valsartan-exposure-in-utero-report-of-two-cases
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E Tsepkentzi, K Sarafidis, A Sotiriadis, K Chatzistamatiou, V Drossou-Agakidou
BACKGROUND: Maternal sartan intake during pregnancy has been associated with several fetal/neonatal complications related to disturbed renal development. Description of cases: We present two cases of neonatal acute kidney injury (AKI) following valsartan administration during pregnancy and provide evidence for the use of novel AKI biomarkers in these neonates. The first case was a female neonate, delivered at 32+4 weeks of gestation after maternal valsartan intake from 24 to 32 gestational weeks...
January 2016: Hippokratia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874184/antenatal-ultrasound-features-in-fetuses-with-gastroschisis-and-its-prediction-in-neonatal-outcome
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Jessica A Robertson, Roy M Kimble, Kellie Stockton, Renuka Sekar
BACKGROUND: Gastroschisis is the most common major congenital anomaly managed by paediatric surgeons. The significance of certain associated antenatal ultrasound features in determining fetal outcome is under discussion. AIM: The study aims to define if associated antenatal ultrasound features of gastroschisis are useful prognostic markers for fetal outcome. By establishing the significance of features, including extra- and intra-abdominal bowel dilatation, stomach herniation, stomach dilatation, bowel matting, growth restriction, abnormal umbilical artery (UA) Doppler ultrasounds, and abnormal amniotic fluid volume, it is hoped clinicians will have enhanced ability to counsel parents about the likely outcomes for their infant...
November 22, 2016: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862070/are-ultrasound-renal-aspects-associated-with-urinary-biochemistry-in-fetuses-with-lower-urinary-tract-obstruction
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Ahmed A Nassr, Chester Koh Koh, Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Jimmy Espinoza, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Dina Sharhan, Stephen Welty, Joseph Angelo, David Roth, Michael A Belfort, Michael Braun, Rodrigo Ruano
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between ultrasonographic renal parameters and urine biochemistry in fetuses with lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO). METHODS: Data were collected prospectively from 31 consecutive fetuses with LUTO that underwent vesicocentesis for fetal urinary biochemistry between April 2013 and September 2015. The following renal ultrasound markers were assessed immediately before the vesicocentesis: renal echogenicity, presence of cortical cysts, presence of findings suggestive of 'renal dysplasia' (hyperechogenic cystic kidneys with no cortical-medullary differentiation) and severe oligohydramnios (amniotic fluid < 5th percentile)...
November 12, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858228/prenatal-diagnosis-of-abnormal-umbilical-cord-insertion-a-rare-case-of-furcate-insertion
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Yasuyuki Fujita, Yasuo Yumoto, Kiyoko Kato
Furcate insertion (FI) is an extremely rare abnormality of umbilical cord insertion. One of the complications associated with FI is hemorrhage from the umbilical vein at the site of FI of the umbilical cord, which can cause sudden intrauterine fetal death. Because of its rarity, no prenatal diagnosis of FI has been reported. A 31-year-old woman at 34 weeks' gestation was referred to us for suspected abnormal cord insertion. Ultrasonography showed normal fetal growth and amniotic fluid volume, with no fetal anomalies...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822346/ultrasonographic-evaluation-of-placental-cord-insertion-at-different-gestational-ages-in-low-risk-singleton-pregnancies-a-predictive-algorithm
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F Padula, A S Laganà, S G Vitale, L Mangiafico, L D'Emidio, P Cignini, M Giorlandino, F A Gulino, S Capriglione, C Giorlandino
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of ultrasound in visualizing placental cord insertion (PCI) at different gestational ages in order to recommend the most feasible period during pregnancy to identify it. Secondary aim was to propose a predictive algorithm for PCI visualization. METHODS: We performed a single-center, prospective cohort study. We enrolled patients with singleton low-risk pregnancies who underwent fetal ultrasound scan at different gestational ages...
March 28, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804212/international-estimated-fetal-weight-standards-of-the-intergrowth-21-st-project
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J Stirnemann, J Villar, L J Salomon, E Ohuma, P Ruyan, D G Altman, F Nosten, R Craik, S Munim, L Cheikh Ismail, F C Barros, A Lambert, S Norris, M Carvalho, Y A Jaffer, J A Noble, E Bertino, M G Gravett, M Purwar, C Victora, R Uauy, Z Bhutta, S Kennedy, A T Papageorghiou
BACKGROUND: Estimated fetal weight (EFW) and fetal biometry are complementary measures to screen for fetal growth disturbances. Our aim was to provide international EFW standards to complement the INTERGROWTH-21(st) Fetal Growth Standards that are available for use worldwide. METHODS: Women with an accurate gestational age assessment, who were enrolled in the prospective, international, multicentre, population-based, Fetal Growth Longitudinal Growth Study (FGLS) and INTERBIO-21(st) Fetal Study (FS), two of the components of the INTERGROWTH-21(st) Project, had ultrasound scans every 5 weeks from 9-14 weeks until 40 weeks' gestation...
November 2, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804180/non-invasive-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-treatment-of-the-placental-unit-preliminary-in-vivo-study-using-a-monkey-model-of-pregnancy
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J Caloone, C Huissoud, A Kocot, J Vincenot, C Dehay, P Giroud, P Misery, F Allias, R C Rudigoz, D Melodelima
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to non-invasively treat placental tissues in a monkey model of pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A toroidal HIFU transducer working at 2.5 MHz with an integrated ultrasound-imaging probe was used. Eight pregnant monkeys were exposed to HIFU treatment after anesthesia. Lesions on placental tissues were performed non-invasively by placing the HIFU probe on the skin. Fetal and maternal parameters, such as maternal heart rate, fetal heart rate, and subcutaneous and intra-amniotic fluid temperature, were recorded during HIFU exposure...
November 2, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802555/promote-study-safety-of-osteopathic-manipulative-treatment-during-the-third-trimester-by-labor-and-delivery-outcomes
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Kendi L Hensel, Brandy M Roane, Anita Vikas Chaphekar, Peggy Smith-Barbaro
BACKGROUND: Few quality data exist on the safety of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) during pregnancy. The Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Effects (PROMOTE) study was a randomized controlled clinical trial that studied the application of an OMT protocol to manage pain and dysfunction in pregnant patients during their third trimester. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety of an OMT protocol applied during the third trimester of pregnancy by analyzing incidence of high-risk status and labor and delivery outcomes...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776483/induced-abortion-%C3%A2-impact-on-a%C3%A2-subsequent-pregnancy-in-first-time-mothers-a-registry-based-study
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Susanna Holmlund, Tommi Kauko, Jaakko Matomäki, Miia Tuominen, Juha Mäkinen, Päivi Rautava
BACKGROUND: To date, several studies concerning the effects of induced abortion (IA) on women's later psychosocial well-being and future delivery complications have been published. However, the lack of reports on woman's physical well-being during their first full-term pregnancy occurring after IA is what inspired the current study. Here, we evaluate the physical well-being and use of maternity services of first-time mothers with a history of IA. METHODS: Finnish National Birth Registry data from 2008 to 2010 were linked with the Induced Abortion Registry data from 1983 to 2007...
October 24, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756534/antenatal-fetal-surveillance-assessment-of-the-afv
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Dawn S Hughes, Everett F Magann
The evaluation of amniotic fluid volume (AFV) is an established part of the antenatal surveillance of pregnancies at risk for an adverse pregnancy outcome. The two most commonly used ultrasound techniques to estimate AFV are the amniotic fluid index (AFI) and the single deepest pocket (SDP). Four studies have defined normal AFVs, and although their normal volumes have similarities, there are also differences primarily due to the statistical methodology used in each study. Dye-determined AFV correlates with ultrasound estimates for normal fluid volumes but correlates poorly for oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios...
September 16, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703572/cytomegalovirus-infection-during-pregnancy-and-its-impact-on-the-intrauterine-fetal-development-case-report
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Mariya Angelova, Emil Kovachev, Nikolai Todorov
AIM: The aim of this publication is to present a case of CMV infection during pregnancy, with clinical manifestations of the development of microcephaly and simultaneous dilatation of the 3rd and 4th brain ventricle at 23 weeks gestation. This article discusses the role of ultrasound screening in the second trimester of pregnancy. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 25-year-old woman with the initials S.K. in her second pregnancy that came to our antenatal Consulting Centre...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614219/normal-amino-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-nt-probnp-values-in-amniotic-fluid
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Jorge Andrés Carvajal, Fernando Andrés Ferrer, Francisca Isabel Araya, Ana María Delpiano
INTRODUCTION: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is synthesized by human fetal membranes, both the amnion and chorion. This locally produced BNP inhibits the contraction of the human myometrium, contributing to the maintenance of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy. Reference values for NT-proBNP concentrations in amniotic fluid at different gestational ages have not been completely defined. We aimed to investigate the range of fetal NT-proBNP values in amniotic fluid in normal pregnancy between 17 and 41weeks of gestation...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27607564/a-new-minimally-invasive-technique-for-cystoscopic-laser-treatment-of-fetal-ureterocele
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Nicola Persico, Alfredo Berettini, Isabella Fabietti, Chiara Dallagiovanna, Dario Minoli, Fabio Mosca, Luigi Fedele, Gianantonio Manzoni
Prenatal ultrasound detection of fetal ureterocele with bilateral hydro-ureteronephrosis, obstruction of the bladder outlet and progressive amniotic fluid reduction can be associated with a significant risk of end-stage chronic renal disease after birth. Fetal cystoscopic laser incision of the ureterocele, with the aim of relieving the bladder outflow obstruction to preserve renal function, has been previously reported in one case, with a favourable outcome. This report employed standard 3.5-mm fetoscopic access to the amniotic cavity and the fetal bladder...
September 8, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27602415/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-molecular-and-serological-investigation-of-human-parvovirus-b19-infection-during-pregnancy
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Maurizio Zavattoni, Stefano Paolucci, Antonella Sarasini, Beatrice Tassis, Mariangela Rustico, Aida Quarenghi, Antonio Piralla, Fausto Baldanti
To define diagnostic and prognostic markers of parvovirus B19 (B19V) fetal infection, two groups were investigated: 1) pregnant women with specific symptoms or contacts with symptomatic households (n=37); 2) mothers with pathological ultrasound findings and the relevant fetus at the time of prenatal diagnosis (n=16). In the first group, diagnosis of B19V infection was achieved using IgM detection in 29/37 (78.3%) of patients, while B19V DNA was detected in 36/37 (97.3%) of infected women. In the second group, intrauterine infection was investigated by amniocentesis (n=5), cordocentesis (n=3) or both (n=5)...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585242/nuchal-cord-is-it-really-the-silent-risk-of-pregnancy
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Hatice Akkaya, Barış Büke, Meryem Kuru Pekcan, Kıvanç Şahin, Gülsüm Uysal, Gülin Feykan Yeğin, Ayşe Filiz Avşar, Fulya Çağlı
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between entanglement of umbilical cord around the fetal neck and adverse perinatal outcomes. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, perinatal outcomes of 218 pregnancies complicated with nuchal cord (NC) (study group) were compared with 190 uncomplicated pregnancies (control group). Main outcome measures were umbilical cord pH values, APGAR scores and cesarean section (C/S) rates. Fetal distress was stated as an abnormal heart rate pattern on electronic fetal heart monitorization...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27504949/zika-virus-intrauterine-infections-from-the-obstetrician-s-perspective
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Maria Gańczak, Agnieszka Brodowska
Zika virus (ZIKAV) infections could potentially occur in Poland due to international travel made by its nationals to regions where the Aedes mosquito is active. A causal relationship between prenatal ZIKAV infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies has been found due to the time association between the infection in pregnancy and a presence of congenital nervous system malformations, together with the detectable pathogen in amniotic fluid and fetus's tissues. Two ZIKAV infection cases of pregnant women who were diagnosed with fetal microcephaly in the state of Paraiba, Brazil, later described in Ultrasound Obstetrics and Gynecology by Oliveira Mello et al...
2016: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27504944/assessment-of-ultrasound-and-doppler-parameters-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy-as-predictors-of-adverse-perinatal-outcome-in-unselected-pregnancies
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Alberto Borges Peixoto, Taciana Mara Rodrigues da Cunha Caldas, Tácito Augusto Godoy Silva, Mário Sérgio Silva Gomes Caetano, Wellington P Martins, Eduardo Felix Martins Santana, Edward Araujo Júnior
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate ultrasound and Doppler parameters in the third trimester of pregnancy as possible predictors of adverse perinatal outcome in unselected pregnancies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective cross-sectional study including unselected pregnant women be-tween 27 and 36 + 6 weeks of gestation. The following ultrasound and Doppler parameters were assessed: estimated fetal weight (EFW) [g], EFW percentile, placental maturity grade (Grannum classification), single vertical deepest pocket (SVDP) of amniotic fluid [cm], amniotic fluid index (AFI) [cm], mean uterine artery (UtA) pulsatility index (PI), umbilical artery (UA) PI, middle cerebral artery (MCA) PI, MCA peak systolic velocity (PSV) [cm/s], and cerebroplacental ratio (CPR)...
2016: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27455181/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-molecular-and-serological-investigation-of-human-parvovirus-b19-infection-during-pregnancy
#18
Maurizio Zavattoni, Stefano Paolucci, Antonella Sarasini, Beatrice Tassis, Mariangela Rustico, Aida Quarenghi, Antonio Piralla, Fausto Baldanti
To define diagnostic and prognostic markers of parvovirus B19 (B19V) fetal infection, two groups were investigated: 1) pregnant women with specific symptoms or contacts with symptomatic households (n=37); 2) mothers with pathological ultrasound findings and the relevant fetus at the time of prenatal diagnosis (n=16). In the first group, diagnosis of B19V infection was achieved using IgM detection in 29/37 (78.3%) of patients, while B19V DNA was detected in 36/37 (97.3%) of infected women. In the second group, intrauterine infection was investigated by amniocentesis (n=5), cordocentesis (n=3) or both (n=5)...
July 2016: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27452432/carbohydrate-and-fatty-acid-perturbations-in-the-amniotic-fluid-of-the-recipient-twin-of-pregnancies-complicated-by-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-in-relation-to-treatment-and-fetal-cardiovascular-risk
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Warwick B Dunn, J William Allwood, Tim Van Mieghem, R Katie Morris, Fiona L Mackie, Caroline E Fox, Mark D Kilby
INTRODUCTION: Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) complicates 15% of monochorionic twin pregnancies, often being associated with recipient cardiac dysfunction. Untreated, it has a fetal mortality rate of at least 90%; although treatment by fetoscopic laser coagulation significantly improves prognosis. Measurement of recipient amniotic fluid metabolites, such as cardiac Troponin T and atrial natriuretic polypeptide, correlate with cardiac function in this fetus. The aim of this study is to describe the amniotic fluid metabolomic profile in TTTS, relate this to fetal recipient cardiac function and assess the metabolomic changes induced by fetoscopic laser coagulation...
August 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27433940/non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-lethal-skeletal-dysplasia-by-targeted-capture-sequencing-of-maternal-plasma
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Shan Dan, Yuan Yuan, Yaoshen Wang, Chao Chen, Changxin Gao, Song Yu, Yan Liu, Wei Song, Asan, Hongmei Zhu, Ling Yang, Hongmei Deng, Yue Su, Xin Yi
BACKGROUND: Since the discovery of cell-free foetal DNA in the plasma of pregnant women, many non-invasive prenatal testing assays have been developed. In the area of skeletal dysplasia diagnosis, some PCR-based non-invasive prenatal testing assays have been developed to facilitate the ultrasound diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias that are caused by de novo mutations. However, skeletal dysplasias are a group of heterogeneous genetic diseases, the PCR-based method is hard to detect multiple gene or loci simultaneously, and the diagnosis rate is highly dependent on the accuracy of the ultrasound diagnosis...
2016: PloS One
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