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Amniotic fluid ultrasound

Hee Young Cho, Yeonkyung Cho, Yun-Jeong Shin, Jieun Park, Sunghan Shim, Yongwook Jung, Sungshin Shim, Donghyun Cha
The prediction and monitoring of fetal growth restriction (FGR) fetuses has become with the use of ultrasound. However, these tools lack the fundamental evidence for the growth of fetus with FGR excluding pathogenic factors.Amniotic fluid samples were obtained from pregnant women for fetal karyotyping and genetic diagnosis at 16 to 19 weeks of gestation. For this study, 15 FGR and 9 control samples were selected, and cell-free fetal RNA was isolated from each supernatant of the amniotic fluid for microarray analysis...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Alaa Eldin A Youssef, Ahmed F Amin, Mohamed Khalaf, Marwa S Khalaf, Mohammed K Ali, Ahmed M Abbas
OBJECTIVE: The current study aims to evaluate a simple method for sonographic measurement of the fetal biacromial diameter for prediction of fetal macrosomia in term pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The current study was a single center prospective observational study conducted in a tertiary University Hospital from January 2015 to May 2017. We included all consecutive term (37-42 weeks) pregnant women presented to the labor ward for delivery. Ultrasound parameters were measured as biparietal diameter, head circumference, transverse thoracic diameter, mid arm diameter, abdominal circumference, femur length, estimated fetal weight and amniotic fluid index...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Achille Mileto, Malak Itani, Douglas S Katz, Joseph R Siebert, Manjiri K Dighe, Theodore J Dubinsky, Mariam Moshiri
OBJECTIVE: Common fetal anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract encompass a complex spectrum of abnormalities that can be detected prenatally by ultrasound. Common fetal anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract can affect amniotic fluid volume production with the development of oligohydramnios or anhydramnios, resulting in fetal pulmonary hypoplasia and, potentially, abnormal development of other fetal structures. CONCLUSION: We provide an overview of common fetal anomalies of the kidneys and urinary tract with an emphasis on sonographic patterns as well as pathologic and postnatal correlation, along with brief recommendations for postnatal management...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Ashraf Sadat Mousavi, Neda Hashemi, Maryam Kashanian, Narges Sheikhansari, Arash Bordbar, Shayesteh Parashi
The study was performed on pregnant women with a gestational age of 26-32 weeks of pregnancy, who had been admitted to the hospital with a confirmed diagnosis of premature rupture of membranes. In all eligible women, ultrasounds were performed for the evaluation of amniotic fluid index. Then, the women were divided into two groups according to amniotic fluid index of ≥5 cm and <5 cm. These women were followed and monitored up to delivery. The women of the two groups did not have significant difference between them according to age, gestational age at the time of ruptured membrane, body mass index, gravidity, parity, gestational age at delivery and route of delivery...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Julio Jiménez, Flore Lesage, Jute Richter, Taro Nagatomo, Thomas Salaets, Silvia Zia, Marina Gabriela Mori Da Cunha, Jeroen Vanoirbeek, Jan A Deprest, Jaan Toelen
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a chronic lung disease that affects extremely preterm infants and remains - despite improvements in neonatal intensive care - a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. Cell-therapeutic strategies employing mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been shown to modulate lung development in BPD models. OBJECTIVE: Herein, we evaluate the potential of human amniotic fluid (hAF)-SC and hAF-SC with upregulated expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as cell-therapeutic agents for BPD...
February 1, 2018: Neonatology
Erin M Fricke, Timothy G Elgin, Huiyu Gong, Jeff Reese, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Robert M Weiss, Kathy Zimmerman, Noelle C Bowdler, Karen M Kalantera, David A Mills, Mark A Underwood, Steven J McElroy
PROBLEM: Premature birth complicates 10%-12% of deliveries. Infection and inflammation are the most common etiologies and are associated with increased offspring morbidity and mortality. We hypothesize that lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced maternal inflammation causes direct placenta injury and subsequent injury to the fetal intestine. METHOD OF STUDY: Pregnant C57Bl6 mice were injected intraperitoneally on day 15.5 with 100 μg/kg LPS or saline. Maternal serum, amniotic fluid, placental samples, and ileal samples of offspring were obtained assessed for inflammation and/or injury...
January 25, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Burcin Karamustafaoglu Balci, Gokhan Goynumer
PURPOSE: The presence of echogenic amniotic fluid at term gestation on sonography is uncommon. The aim of our study was to investigate the incidence of echogenic amniotic fluid at term pregnancy, and to determine how often echogenic amniotic fluid was associated with meconium. METHODS: All singleton pregnant women at term who were admitted to our labor unit and who delivered within 24 h of the ultrasound scan were included in the study. For each woman, gestational age, maternal age, gravidity, parity, the character of the amniotic fluid on ultrasound at admission (clear or echogenic), birth weight, and the character of the amniotic fluid on artificial or spontaneous rupture of membranes or on cesarean section (clear/with vernix/meconium-stained) were recorded...
January 23, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Godofreda V Dalmacion, Ramon T Reyles, Antonia E Habana, Lalaine Mae V Cruz, Maricelle C Chua, Analyn T Ngo, Milagros J Tia-Jocson, Emmanuel S Baja
BACKGROUND: The major causes of maternal and neonatal mortality in the Philippines are hemorrhages and obstructed labor due to placental implantation abnormalities (PIAs), twin pregnancies and fetal malpresentations. All of which are all easily detected by ultrasound. However, women in rural areas and low-income groups do not have access to ultrasound during their prenatal care. We aimed to provide additional evidence on the benefits of handheld ultrasound (HU) for screening pregnancy related abnormalities in order to avert maternal and neonatal deaths...
January 18, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Leila Chimelli, Sheila Moura Pone, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Zilton Farias Meira Vasconcelos, Andrea Araújo Zin, Daniela Prado Cunha, Nathalia Raposo Thompson, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira, Clayton A Wiley, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone
During the Zika epidemic in Brazil, a baby was born at term with microcephaly and arthrogryposis. The mother had Zika symptoms at 10 weeks of gestation. At 17 weeks, ultrasound showed cerebral malformation and ventriculomegaly. At 24 weeks, the amniotic fluid contained ZIKV RNA and at birth, placenta and maternal blood were also positive using RT-qPCR. At birth the baby urine contained ZIKV RNA, whereas CSF at birth and urine at 17 days did not. Seizures started at 6 days. EEG was abnormal and CT scan showed cerebral atrophy, calcifications, lissencephaly, ventriculomegaly, and cerebellar hypoplasia...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Matthew J Blitz, Burton Rochelson, Leah B Stork, Stephanie Augustine, Meir Greenberg, Cristina P Sison, Nidhi Vohra
OBJECTIVE:  The objective of this study was to determine the effect, if any, of maternal body mass index (BMI) and amniotic fluid index (AFI) on the accuracy of sonographic estimated fetal weight (EFW) at 40 to 42 weeks' gestation. METHODS:  This was a retrospective cohort study of singleton gestations with ultrasound performed at 40 to 42 weeks from 2010 to 2013. In this study, patients with documented BMI and sonographic EFW and AFI, concurrently, within 7 days of delivery were included...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Sonja Brennan, Michal Schneider, David Watson, Yogavijayan Kandasamy, Donna Rudd
INTRODUCTION: Disorders of fetal growth, such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and large for gestational age (LGA), have been found to have a profound effect on the development of the fetal kidney. Abnormal kidney development is associated with hypertension and chronic kidney disease later in life. This study will use a novel ultrasound measurement to assess the renal parenchymal growth and kidney arterial blood flow in the fetus to evaluate the development of the fetal kidneys and provide an indirect estimate of nephron number...
December 28, 2017: BMJ Open
Matteo Cassina, Annapaola Calò, Leonardo Salviati, Alberta Alghisi, Annamaria Montaldi, Maurizio Clementi
OBJECTIVE: To study the outcome of a series of individuals with prenatal detection of trisomy 8 mosaicism by chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and/or amniocentesis. STUDY DESIGN: The databases of two Italian genetics units were reviewed to identify all consultations requested during pregnancy because of trisomy 8 mosaicism. To evaluate the pregnancy outcome, the regional registry of congenital malformations (including terminations of pregnancies) was consulted; additional follow-up data were collected by a telephone interview...
February 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
David P LeBel, Daynna J Wolff, Nicholas I Batalis, Tara Ellingham, Natalie Matics, Sanjay C Patwardhan, Iya Y Znoyko, Cynthia A Schandl
The SOX10 gene plays a vital role in neural crest cell development and migration. Abnormalities in SOX10 are associated with Waardenburg syndrome Types II and IV, and these patients have recognizable clinical features. This case report highlights the first ever reported homozygous loss of function of the SOX10 gene in a human. This deletion is correlated using family history, prenatal ultrasound, microarray analysis of amniotic fluid, and ultimately, a medical autopsy examination to further elucidate phenotypic effects of this genetic variation...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Khadije Rezaie Keikhaie, Kolsoum Rezaie Kahkhaie, Nooshin Mohammadi, Nooshin Amjadi, Aliye Ahmadi Forg, Abbas Ali Ramazani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was prediction the fetal lung maturity by ultrasonic markers and comparison by lamellar body count and fetal outcome. METHODS: A prospective Longitudinal study Department of perinatology of performed Emam Khomeini hospital and Mirza Kochak Khan Hospital in Tehran, Iran from March 2013 to January 2014. 100 pregnant women (37-40 weeks of gestation) who were admitted for elective cesarean section and referred for an obstetric ultrasound scan at the same day of their elective cesarean section were included...
January 2017: Journal of the National Medical Association
Sawsan Al-Obaidly, Abdullah Al-Ibrahim, Najah Saleh, Mariam Al-Belushi, Zeena Al-Mansouri, Najat Khenyab
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have highlighted the negative impact of maternal obesity on ultrasound accuracy for fetal weight estimation (EFW). However, the evidence is conflicting. We aimed in our study to find if the ultrasound accuracy for EFW would differ or decrease in obese and morbid obesity classes. We also studied the mode of delivery within the same cohort. METHODS: It is a retrospective study of obese patients with recorded BMI ≥30 kg/m2 , class I and II (BMI: 30-39...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Yan Li, Rong Xu, Jun Ohya, Hiroyasu Iwata
This paper explores the effectiveness of applying a deep learning based method to segment the amniotic fluid and fetal tissues in fetal ultrasound (US) images. The deeply learned model firstly encodes the input image into down scaled feature maps by convolution and pooling structures, then up-scale the feature maps to confidence maps by corresponded un-pooling and convolution layers. Additional convolution layers with 1×1 sized kernels are adopted to enhance the feature representations, which could be used to further improve the discriminative learning of our model...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Susanne Bens, Manuel Luedeke, Tanja Richter, Melanie Graf, Julia Kolarova, Gotthold Barbi, Krisztian Lato, Thomas F Barth, Reiner Siebert
BACKGROUND: Uniparental disomy of certain chromosomes are associated with a group of well-known genetic syndromes referred to as imprinting disorders. However, the extreme form of uniparental disomy affecting the whole genome is usually not compatible with life, with the exception of very rare cases of patients with mosaic genome-wide uniparental disomy reported in the literature. RESULTS: We here report on a fetus with intrauterine growth retardation and malformations observed on prenatal ultrasound leading to invasive prenatal testing...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
S Q Wang, Z X Yang, H Li
To explore the clinical and genetic characteristics of Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) and to raise awareness of the disease. The characteristics of clinical manifestations, personal history, cardiac ultrasound, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalogram (EEG) and chromosome detection results of two cases with WBS were analyzed. The two patients were both male and the age was 11 months and 1 day, and 9 months and 9 days, respectively. They both suffered from cardiovascular malformation: case one presented supravalvular aortic stenosis, and case two showed atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus...
October 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
C Rodó, A Suy, E Sulleiro, A Soriano-Arandes, A Antón, I García-Ruiz, S Arévalo, É Vázquez, A Vázquez, F de Ory, M P Sánchez-Seco, C Rodrigo, T Pumarola, E Carreras
We describe a case of a pregnant woman with Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and a foetus with severe brain malformations. ZIKV tested positive in amniotic fluid at 19 weeks but was negative at delivery. The newborn did not meet the case definition of congenital ZIKV syndrome because neither ZIKV RNA nor IgM antibodies were detected; however, prenatal brain lesions were confirmed after birth (Graphical Abstract).
October 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Li Liu, Ping Zhou, Zemin Cao, Xiaojun Tan
Prenatal examinations, including serological screening and ultrasound screening, are the methods determining a risk of fetal chromosomal disease. The current study is aimed to assess whether ultrasound screening can effectively assist the screening for fetal chromosomal disease among pregnant women with a single abnormal serum marker. Following serologic screening, pregnant women at 18‑32 weeks underwent systematic fetal ultrasound analysis. In this study, 99 pregnant women with an abnormal serum marker and fetal ultrasound abnormalities underwent prenatal diagnosis of amniotic fluid or umbilical cord blood, with confirmation by pathological examination performed following birth or induced labor...
November 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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