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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532678/selective-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancies
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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/28524368/severe-pemphigoid-gestationis-associated-with-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis-in-the-setting-of-a-systemic-disorder
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Jawad Oumerzouk, Nabil Abida, Achraf Zaimi, Kaoutar Znati, El Mehdi Zbir, Ahmed Bourazza
Pemphigoid gestationis is a skin-specific autoimmune disorder that can sometimes present as the cutaneous manifestation of a multiorgan disease due to potentially common pathogenic mechanisms. We report a severe form of pemphigoid gestationis in a 32-year-old primigravida woman, who presented at 22 weeks of gestation with headaches and blurred vision, later developing encephalitis, intrauterine fetal demise and dilated cardiomyopathy.
May 19, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506686/excessively-delayed-maternal-reaction-after-their-perception-of-decreased-fetal-movements-in-stillbirths-population-based-study-in-japan
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Shigeki Koshida, Tetsuo Ono, Shunichiro Tsuji, Takashi Murakami, Hisatomi Arima, Kentaro Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Fetal movement is the most common method to evaluate fetal well-being. Furthermore, maternal perception of decreased fetal movements is associated with perinatal demise. Previously, we showed that perception of decreased fetal movements was the most common reason for mothers visiting the outpatient department among those who had stillbirths in our region. Further investigation of stillbirths with decreased fetal movements is essential to find a possible way of preventing stillbirth...
May 12, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503212/associations-between-maternal-risk-factors-of-adverse-pregnancy-and-birth-outcomes-and-the-offspring-epigenetic-clock-of-gestational-age-at-birth
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Polina Girchenko, Jari Lahti, Darina Czamara, Anna K Knight, Meaghan J Jones, Anna Suarez, Esa Hämäläinen, Eero Kajantie, Hannele Laivuori, Pia M Villa, Rebecca M Reynolds, Michael S Kobor, Alicia K Smith, Elisabeth B Binder, Katri Räikkönen
BACKGROUND: A recent study has shown that it is possible to accurately estimate gestational age (GA) at birth from the DNA methylation (DNAm) of fetal umbilical cord blood/newborn blood spots. This DNAm GA predictor may provide additional information relevant to developmental stage. In 814 mother-neonate pairs, we evaluated the associations between DNAm GA and a number of maternal and offspring characteristics. These characteristics reflect prenatal environmental adversity and are expected to influence newborn developmental stage...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490230/acceptability-of-in-utero-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-for-sickle-cell-disease
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Ryan M Antiel, Scott D Halpern, Evelyn M Stevens, Jesse D Vrecenak, Chavis A Patterson, Trudy Tchume-Johnson, Kim Smith-Whitley, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake, Lamia P Barakat
BACKGROUND: In utero hematopoietic cell transplantation (IUHCT) has curative potential for sickle cell disease (SCD) but carries a risk of fetal demise. METHODS: We assessed the conditions under which parents of children with SCD and young adults with SCD would consider IUHCT in a future pregnancy, given a 5% fixed risk of fetal demise. Participants were randomized to consider a hypothetical cure rate (20%, 40%, or 70%). Subsequently, cure rate was either increased or decreased depending on the previous answer to reveal the lowest acceptable rate...
May 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486373/medical-and-obstetric-complications-among-pregnant-women-with-liver-cirrhosis
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Anna Palatnik, Mary E Rinella
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical characteristics and obstetric outcomes in pregnant women with liver cirrhosis. METHODS: This was a retrospective matched cohort study of women with liver cirrhosis between January 2005 and January 2016 in a university hospital. Women in a case group were matched to women in a control group according to year of delivery, age, body mass index, and parity in a 1:4 ratio. Bivariable and multivariable analyses were performed to compare the prevalence of the primary composite outcome, which included any one of the following: fetal or neonatal demise, placental abruption, preeclampsia, preterm delivery at less than 37 weeks of gestation, and small-for-gestational age neonate between women in the case group and those in the control group...
May 5, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455087/assessing-the-potential-impact-of-extending-antenatal-steroids-to-the-late-preterm-period
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Vivienne Souter, Ellen Kauffman, Ms Alice J Marshall, Jodie G Katon
BACKGROUND: In 2016 guidance statements were issued by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists about extending antenatal steroid use to selected late preterm singleton pregnancies. OBJECTIVE: To review antenatal steroid use prior to the 2016 guidance statements and assess the potential impact of these. STUDY DESIGN: This cohort study used chart-abstracted data from singleton deliveries from January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2016 at 12 centers participating in the Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program, a quality initiative in Washington State...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453379/pseudoamniotic-band-syndrome-post-fetal-thoracoamniotic-shunting-for-bilateral-hydrothorax
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Michelle Han, Yalda Afshar, Andrew H Chon, Emily Scibetta, Rashmi Rao, Ramen H Chmait
INTRODUCTION: Pseudoamniotic band syndrome (PABS) occurs iatrogenically after fetal surgery or amniocentesis due to chorioamniotic membrane separation. Separation of the amnion from the chorion can expand to form fibrous amniotic bands that can envelope fetal limbs or the umbilical cord, with consequences ranging from limb constriction to fetal demise. CASE REPORT: We report a case of bilateral fetal pleural effusions at 27 weeks' gestation treated by bilateral thoracoamniotic shunts...
April 28, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450276/pregnancy-and-bile-acid-disorders
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Vanessa Pataia, Peter H Dixon, Catherine Williamson
During pregnancy, extensive adaptations in maternal metabolic and immunological physiology occur. Consequently, pre-existing disease may be exacerbated or attenuated and new disease susceptibility may be unmasked. Cholestatic diseases, characterized by a supraphysiological raise in bile acid levels, require careful monitoring during pregnancy. This review describes the latest advances in the knowledge of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), the commonest bile acid disorder specific to pregnancy, with a focus on the disease etiology and potential mechanisms of ICP-associated adverse pregnancy outcomes, including fetal demise...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444780/fetal-brain-injury-in-complicated-monochorionic-pregnancies-diagnostic-yield-of-prenatal-mri-following-surveillance-ultrasound-and-influence-on-prognostic-counselling
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Alice Robinson, Mark Teoh, Andrew Edwards, Michael Fahey, Stacy Goergen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the additional diagnostic information provided by prenatal (fetal) magnetic resonance imaging (pMRI) following tertiary ultrasound (US) for fetal cranial abnormalities in complicated monochorionic gestations (cMCGs) METHODS: Women with cMCGs complicated by twin - twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), co-twin demise (CD), selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR), and / or twin anemia - polycythemia sequence (TAPS) who were referred for pMRI after tertiary US were included...
April 26, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425981/whole-exome-sequencing-on-deceased-fetuses-with-ultrasound-anomalies-expanding-our-knowledge-of-genetic-disease-during-fetal-development
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Carin L Yates, Kristin G Monaghan, Deborah Copenheaver, Kyle Retterer, Julie Scuffins, Cathlin R Kucera, Bethany Friedman, Gabriele Richard, Jane Juusola
PurposeThe aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic yield of whole-exome sequencing (WES) in fetuses with ultrasound anomalies that resulted in fetal demise or pregnancy termination. The results were also utilized to aid in the identification of candidate genes for fetal development and to expand the clinical phenotype of known genetic conditions.MethodsWES was performed on specimens from 84 deceased fetuses. Data were analyzed and final results were classified into one of four categories: positive, possible, negative, and candidate gene only...
April 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419567/cardiorespiratory-physiology-in-the-safe-passage-study-protocol-methods-and-normative-values-in-unexposed-infants
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Michael M Myers, Amy J Elliott, Hein J Odendaal, Larry Burd, Jyoti Angal, Coen Groenewald, J David Nugent, Joel S Yang, Joseph R Isler, Kim A Dukes, Fay Robinson, William P Fifer
AIM: The Safe Passage Study, conducted by the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth Network, is investigating contributions of prenatal alcohol exposure to fetal and infant demise. This current report presents physiological data from full term infants with no prenatal exposure to alcohol or maternal smoking. METHODS: Data are from 666 infants from the Northern Plains (North and South Dakota) and South Africa. A standardized protocol assessed cardiorespiratory function during baseline and head-up tilts shortly after birth and at 1 month of age...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417514/enlarged-cavum-septi-pellucidi-and-vergae-in-the-fetus-a-cause-for-concern
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Yoona K Ho, Michelle Turley, Krishelle L Marc-Aurele, Marilyn C Jones, Elise Housman, Dawn Engelkemier, Lorene E Romine, Paritosh C Khanna, Dolores H Pretorius
OBJECTIVES: To investigate fetal cases identified at our institution to determine whether an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae is associated with other fetal abnormalities and whether its presence warrants more detailed investigation of the fetus. METHODS: In a retrospective study, 15 high- and low-risk patients undergoing prenatal sonography who had an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae identified were reviewed. Data were collected for the sonographic study indication, gestation age at diagnosis of a prominent cavum, and associated anomalies...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413694/first-neonatal-demise-with-travel-associated-zika-virus-infection-in-the-united-states-of-america
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Nikolaos Zacharias, Janice Whitty, Sarah Noblin, Sophia Tsakiri, Jose Garcia, Michael Covinsky, Meenakshi Bhattacharjee, David Saulino, Nina Tatevian, Sean Blackwell
Zika virus is increasingly recognized as a fetal pathogen worldwide. We describe the first case of neonatal demise with travel-associated Zika virus infection in the United States of America, including a novel prenatal ultrasound finding. A young Latina presented to our health care system in Southeast Texas for prenatal care at 23 weeks of gestation. Fetal Dandy-Walker malformation, asymmetric cerebral ventriculomegaly, single umbilical artery, hypoechoic fetal knee, dorsal foot edema, and mild polyhydramnios were noted upon initial screening prenatal sonography at 26 weeks...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410946/right-atrial-dysfunction-in-the-fetus-with-severely-regurgitant-tricuspid-valve-disease-a-potential-source-of-cardiovascular-compromise
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Lisa W Howley, Nee Scze Khoo, Anita J Moon-Grady, Sonali S Patel, Fayeza Alrais, Wayne Tworetzky, Timothy Colen, Paul Brooks, Jean Trines, Tiina Ojala, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: In severe right heart obstruction (RHO), redistribution of cardiac output to the left ventricle (LV) is well tolerated by the fetal circulation. Although the same should be true of severely regurgitant tricuspid valve disease (rTVD) with reduced or no output from the right ventricle, affected fetuses more frequently develop hydrops or suffer intrauterine demise. We hypothesized that right atrium (RA) function is altered in rTVD but not in RHO, which could contribute to differences in outcomes...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405085/giant-cystic-umbilical-cord-associated-with-patent-urachus-and-intrauterine-fetal-demise
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Kira Brooks, Joseph Guileyardo, Don Le, Jesy Joykutty
True cystic structures within the umbilical cord are rare, and when they persist into the second and third trimester, they are often associated with an abnormal karyotype or other developmental abnormalities. Clinically significant pseudocysts resulting from massive edema of the umbilical cord have been associated with a congenitally patent urachus. We present a case of intrauterine fetal demise at 28 weeks' gestation in which cystic dilatation of the umbilical cord was diagnosed prenatally by ultrasound imaging...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403053/zika-virus-infection-associated-with-congenital-birth-defects-in-a-hiv-infected-pregnant-woman
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Esaú Custódio João, Maria Isabel Fragoso da Silveira Gouvea, Maria de Lourdes Benamor Teixeira, Wallace Mendes-Silva, Juliana Silva Esteves, Edwiges Motta Santos, Leandro Augusto Ledesma, Ana Paula Gomes, Maria Letícia Cruz
We describe a case of Zika virus infection acquired during the first trimester in a HIV-infected pregnant woman that led to multiple fetal malformations and fetal demise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
May 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394716/lethal-congenital-malformations-in-fetuses-antenatal-ultrasound-or-perinatal-autopsy
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Sumit Grover, Bhavna Garg, Neena Sood, Kamaldeep Arora
BACKGROUND: Congenital malformations (CMF) are major causes of fetal demise which can be detected antenatally by Ultrasonography (USG). METHODS: We studied 100 perinatal autopsies for CMF. Sensitivity of USG was determined and accuracy of USG with that of autopsy was compared. RESULTS: At Autopsy 134 individual CMF were seen in 40 cases. The sensitivity of USG in detecting major CMF was 54.47%. A complete agreement between autopsy and USG findings was seen in 13/40 (32...
April 10, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388825/observational-study-of-associations-between-gestational-weight-gain-and-perinatal-outcomes-in-dichorionic-twin-pregnancies
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Katarzyna Kosinska-Kaczynska, Iwona Szymusik, Bartosz Kaczynski, Miroslaw Wielgos
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate relationships between gestational weight gain (GWG) and adverse events during pregnancy among patients of normal weight with twin pregnancies. METHODS: The present observational study included patients with dichorionic twin pregnancies with a pre-gravid body mass index of 18.5-24.99 kg/m(2) who underwent delivery at no earlier than 22 weeks of pregnancy between January 1, 2007, and June 30, 2016, at the Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373042/-enterovirus-infection-during-pregnancy-underestimated-cause-of-fetal-and-neonatal-complications
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J Méreaux, O Picone, C Vauloup-Fellous, Z Khediri, A Benachi, L Mandelbrot, J-M Ayoubi
Enteroviruses are responsible for about one billion infections every year in the world. The clinical expression is in the vast majority asymptomatic cases (90%). Its consequences during pregnancy are rarely described. From the Medline database, we selected and analyzed 34 articles ranging from 1965 to 2015, to analyse the current knowledge of enterovirus infection consequences during pregnancy. We found that enterovirus infections may be the cause of fetal loss. The enterovirus infections during the 2nd and 3rd trimester may also lead to in utero fetal anomalies and death, but also to severe neonatal infections...
March 31, 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
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