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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335669/the-experience-of-modified-sequential-selective-laser-photocoagulation-of-communicating-vessels-technique-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Susumu Murata, Mayumi Takano, Yukiko Kagawa, Masahiro Sumie, Masahiko Nakata
OBJECTIVE: Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of vascular anastomoses is the essential choice in twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). We proposed that the modified sequential selective laser photocoagulation of communicating vessels (modified SQLPCV) to clarify the perinatal outcomes in TTTS. METHODS: The modified SQLPCV was designed with the following order: 1, artery-to-artery anastomoses; 2, venous-to-venous anastomoses; 3, artery-to-venous anastomoses from donor to recipient; and 4, artery-to-venous anastomoses from recipient to donor...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333794/route-of-delivery-in-women-with-stillbirth-results-from-the-stillbirth-collaborative-research-network
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Annelee Boyle, Jessica P Preslar, Carol J R Hogue, Robert M Silver, Uma M Reddy, Robert L Goldenberg, Barbara J Stoll, Michael W Varner, Deborah L Conway, George R Saade, Radek Bukowski, Donald J Dudley
OBJECTIVE: To describe delivery management of singleton stillbirths in a population-based, multicenter case series. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 611 women with singleton stillbirths at 20 weeks of gestation or greater from March 2006 to September 2008. Medical and delivery information was abstracted from medical records. Both antepartum and intrapartum stillbirths were included; these were analyzed both together and separately. The primary outcome was mode of delivery...
April 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332220/perspectives-on-risk-assessment-of-risk-profiles-and-outcomes-among-women-planning-community-birth-in-the-united-states
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Marit L Bovbjerg, Melissa Cheyney, Jennifer Brown, Kim J Cox, Lawrence Leeman
BACKGROUND: There is little agreement on who is a good candidate for community (home or birth center) birth in the United States. METHODS: Data on n=47 394 midwife-attended, planned community births come from the Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project. Logistic regression quantified the independent contribution of 10 risk factors to maternal and neonatal outcomes. Risk factors included: primiparity, advanced maternal age, obesity, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, postterm pregnancy, twins, breech presentation, history of cesarean and vaginal birth, and history of cesarean without history of vaginal birth...
March 22, 2017: Birth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304347/plausible-roles-for-rage-in-conditions-exacerbated-by-direct-and-indirect-secondhand-smoke-exposure
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REVIEW
Joshua B Lewis, Kelsey M Hirschi, Juan A Arroyo, Benjamin T Bikman, David L Kooyman, Paul R Reynolds
Approximately 1 billion people smoke worldwide, and the burden placed on society by primary and secondhand smokers is expected to increase. Smoking is the leading risk factor for myriad health complications stemming from diverse pathogenic programs. First- and second-hand cigarette smoke contains thousands of constituents, including several carcinogens and cytotoxic chemicals that orchestrate chronic inflammatory responses and destructive remodeling events. In the current review, we outline details related to compromised pulmonary and systemic conditions related to smoke exposure...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300075/a-human-antibody-against-zika-virus-crosslinks-the-e-protein-to-prevent-infection
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S Saif Hasan, Andrew Miller, Gopal Sapparapu, Estefania Fernandez, Thomas Klose, Feng Long, Andrei Fokine, Jason C Porta, Wen Jiang, Michael S Diamond, James E Crowe, Richard J Kuhn, Michael G Rossmann
The recent Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has been linked to unusual and severe clinical manifestations including microcephaly in fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillian-Barré syndrome in adults. Neutralizing antibodies present a possible therapeutic approach to prevent and control ZIKV infection. Here we present a 6.2 Å resolution three-dimensional cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) structure of an infectious ZIKV (strain H/PF/2013, French Polynesia) in complex with the Fab fragment of a highly therapeutic and neutralizing human monoclonal antibody, ZIKV-117...
March 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288537/exit-procedure-for-fetal-mediastinal-teratoma-with-large-pericardial-effusion-a-case-report-with-review-of-literature
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Arpit Agarwal, Eliot Rosenkranz, Salih Yasin, Sethuraman Swaminathan
BACKGROUND: Large mediastinal teratomas in the fetus are rare and can present with direct compression of intrathoracic structures as well as pericardial and pleural effusions. Mediastinal fetal teratoma may be detected as a mass in the chest during a routine prenatal ultrasound. Because of the pressure on mediastinal structures it may result in non-immune fetal hydrops and polyhydramnios. The development of hydrops may lead to fetal demise. Timely obstetric and surgical removal is important to improve survival in this patient population...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285310/incidence-and-causes-of-intentional-fetal-or-neonatal-demise-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Marjolijn S Spruijt, Ellen Tameeris, De-Peng Zhao, Johanna M Middeldorp, Monique C Haak, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence and causes of intentional fetal and neonatal demise in twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: All TTTS pregnancies managed at our centre between 2000 and 2014 were included. We evaluated incidence and causes of intentional fetal/neonatal demise, defined as termination of pregnancy, selective fetal reduction, or withdrawal of neonatal intensive care. RESULTS: Intentional fetal/neonatal demise occurred in 9...
March 11, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277361/route-of-delivery-in-women-with-stillbirth-results-from-the-stillbirth-collaborative-research-network
#8
Annelee Boyle, Jessica P Preslar, Carol J R Hogue, Robert M Silver, Uma M Reddy, Robert L Goldenberg, Barbara J Stoll, Michael W Varner, Deborah L Conway, George R Saade, Radek Bukowski, Donald J Dudley
OBJECTIVE: To describe delivery management of singleton stillbirths in a population-based, multicenter case series. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 611 women with singleton stillbirths at 20 weeks of gestation or greater from March 2006 to September 2008. Medical and delivery information was abstracted from medical records. Both antepartum and intrapartum stillbirths were included; these were analyzed both together and separately. The primary outcome was mode of delivery...
March 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270583/a-reverse-genetics-platform-that-spans-the-zika-virus-family-tree
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Douglas G Widman, Ellen Young, Boyd L Yount, Kenneth S Plante, Emily N Gallichotte, Derek L Carbaugh, Kayla M Peck, Jessica Plante, Jesica Swanstrom, Mark T Heise, Helen M Lazear, Ralph S Baric
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus discovered in 1947, has only recently caused large outbreaks and emerged as a significant human pathogen. In 2015, ZIKV was detected in Brazil, and the resulting epidemic has spread throughout the Western Hemisphere. Severe complications from ZIKV infection include neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults and a variety of fetal abnormalities, including microcephaly, blindness, placental insufficiency, and fetal demise. There is an urgent need for tools and reagents to study the pathogenesis of epidemic ZIKV and for testing vaccines and antivirals...
March 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265962/treatment-of-fetal-supraventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Bridget B Zoeller
Fetal arrhythmia is a common reason for referral to fetal cardiology. Fetal supraventricular tachycardia can be subdivided into several groups with the most common being re-entrant supraventricular tachycardia and atrial flutter. Fetal tachycardia can lead to hydrops fetalis, which increases the risk of fetal demise, perinatal morbidities, and premature delivery. The diagnosis of fetal tachycardia can be a challenge as a traditional electrocardiogram cannot be completed on a fetus, and other methods must be used by fetal echocardiogram...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264970/cutting-edge-fetal-placental-type-i-ifn-can-affect-maternal-survival-and-fetal-viral-load-during-viral-infection
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Karen Racicot, Paulomi Aldo, Ayman El-Guindy, Ja-Young Kwon, Roberto Romero, Gil Mor
Pregnant women have greater mortality and complications associated with viral infections compared with the general population, but the reason for the increased susceptibility is not well defined. Placenta type I IFN is an important immune modulator and protects the pregnancy. We hypothesized that loss of placental IFN affects the regulation of the maternal immune system, resulting in the differential response to infections observed in pregnancy. Pregnant mice lacking the IFN-α/β receptor (IFNAR) became viremic and had higher mortality compared with nonpregnant animals...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253336/type-2-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-infection-increases-apoptosis-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface-in-late-gestation-pregnant-gilts
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Predrag Novakovic, John C S Harding, Ahmad N Al-Dissi, Susan E Detmer
The pathogenesis of fetal death associated with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is hypothesized to be a consequence of PRRS virus-induced apoptosis at the maternal-fetal interface (MFI). The objectives of this study were to evaluate distribution and degree of apoptosis in the uterine and fetal placental tissues during the experimental type 2 PRRS virus (PRRSV) infection and determine associations between apoptosis at the MFI, PRRSV RNA concentration and antigen staining intensity, PRRSV-induced microscopic lesions, and fetal preservation status...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223455/acute-fetal-demise-with-first-trimester-maternal-infection-resulting-from-listeria-monocytogenes-in-a-nonhuman-primate-model
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Bryce Wolfe, Gregory J Wiepz, Michele Schotzko, Gennadiy I Bondarenko, Maureen Durning, Heather A Simmons, Andres Mejia, Nancy G Faith, Emmanuel Sampene, Marulasiddappa Suresh, Sophia Kathariou, Charles J Czuprynski, Thaddeus G Golos
Infection with Listeria monocytogenes during pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, preterm birth, and neonatal complications, including sepsis and meningitis. While the risk of these conditions is thought to be greatest during the third trimester of pregnancy, the determinants of fetoplacental susceptibility to infection, the contribution of gestational age, and the in vivo progression of disease at the maternal-fetal interface are poorly understood. We developed a nonhuman primate model of listeriosis to better understand antecedents of adverse pregnancy outcomes in early pregnancy...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208940/neurological-disorders-complicating-pregnancy-focus-on-obstetric-outcome
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Sandya Renukesh, Lavanya Rai
INTRODUCTION: Neurological disorders in pregnancy can be pregnancy related or can be caused by exacerbation of a pre-existing neurological condition or sometimes may even be detected for the first time during pregnancy in which it might be an incidental finding. The diagnosis and management of the neurological disorders in pregnancy is always a challenging task due to varied symptomatology and risks to the fetus. The evaluation and management should be performed in a stepwise fashion and requires multidisciplinary approach...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202184/high-prevalence-of-same-sex-twins-in-patients-with-cloacal-exstrophy-support-for-embryological-association-with-monozygotic-twinning
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Brenna S Fullerton, Eric A Sparks, Amber M Hall, Cristine S Velazco, Biren P Modi, Dennis P Lund, Tom Jaksic, W Hardy Hendren
PURPOSE: Previous studies have hypothesized that cloacal exstrophy may be caused by errors early in embryological development related to monozygotic twinning. This study reports the prevalence of twins in a large cohort of patients with cloacal exstrophy. METHODS: Patients with cloacal exstrophy treated 1974-2015 were reviewed for reports of multiple gestation or conjoined twinning. The genetic sex of the patient and their twin, and any mention of anomaly in the twin were recorded...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183709/consequences-of-delivery-at-home-in-a-woman-without-prenatal-care
#16
Nakul Kumar, Lisa Gilbert, Terry Ellis, Sandeep Krishnan
This is a case report of a 39-year-old multigravida woman without allopathic prenatal care who, after three previous caesarean sections, attempted to deliver her fourth child at home with the help of a direct entry midwife. During labour, fetal movement and fetal heart tones became undetectable, at which time the patient was referred by the midwife to the hospital. The patient was diagnosed with uterine rupture, bladder rupture and fetal demise; she was rushed to emergency surgery. The patient's lack of allopathic prenatal care, attempt of vaginal birth after three previous caesarean sections, coupled with her desire for delivery at home, led to her complicated course...
February 9, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178739/methamphetamine-consumption-during-pregnancy-effects-on-child-health
#17
Jürgen Dinger, Patricia Hinner, Jörg Reichert, Mario Rüdiger
Methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy represents an emerging health care problem. The consequences are not only of relevance to the pregnant women, but also their unborn child. It is associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia and hypertension, fetal demise, preterm delivery, and intrauterine growth restriction. The deleterious effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure on the developing fetal brain may lead to long-term neuro-developmental and behavioral problems.Given the current evidence, abuse of methamphetamine during pregnancy must be of utmost concern to health care professionals and to policy-makers...
February 8, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178055/pulmonary-hypertension-in-pregnancy-a-report-of-49-cases-at-four-tertiary-north-american-sites
#18
Marie-Louise Meng, Ruth Landau, Olof Viktorsdottir, Jennifer Banayan, Tamila Grant, Brian Bateman, Richard Smiley, Elena Reitman
OBJECTIVE: To identify whether pregnancy outcomes vary by etiology and severity of pulmonary hypertension and whether contemporary therapies influence outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records at four academic institutions was conducted to identify pregnant women with pulmonary hypertension (2001-2015). International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision codes for pulmonary hypertension and pregnancy were used to identify potential participants...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166604/smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome-carrier-frequency-and-estimates-of-in-utero-mortality-rates
#19
Gabriel A Lazarin, Imran S Haque, Eric A Evans, James D Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: To tabulate individual allele frequencies and total carrier frequency for Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) and compare expected versus observed birth incidences. METHODS: 262,399 individuals with no known indication or increased probability of SLOS carrier status, primarily US-based, were screened for SLOS mutations as part of an expanded carrier screening panel. Results were retrospectively analyzed to estimate carrier frequencies in multiple ethnic groups...
February 6, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163434/aortic-and-pulmonary-artery-calcification-an-unusual-manifestation-of-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome
#20
Sumitra Venkatesh, J Sanyukta, S Jain, S S Prabhu, S Kulkarni
Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) at times complicates monochorionic twin gestations, resulting in conditions ranging from discordant sizes to fetal demise of one baby. Various types of cardiac defects have been described in the recipient twin of this syndrome. Isolated great artery calcification, i.e. aortic and pulmonary artery calcification is one such uncommon condition associated with TTTS. Calcification of the walls of great vessels may be due to chronic vascular injury sustained as a result of circulatory volume overload in the recipient twin...
January 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
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