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Tamara Barghouthi, Cheryl Bushnell
Stroke risk is 3 times higher in pregnancy than in the general young adult population and carries high morbidity and mortality risks. The recognition of signs and symptoms of stroke and other serious cerebrovascular disorders in pregnant and postpartum patients is important for the obstetrician to be able to initiate urgent evaluation and management. The objective of this review is to provide an evidence-based summary of stroke incidence, risk factors, prevention, and treatment of stroke in pregnancy. The impact of postpartum contraceptive use can on stroke risk is summarized...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
I Nisand
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March 11, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Sarah Jane Holcombe
Unsafe abortion is one of the three leading causes of maternal mortality in low-income countries; however, few countries have reformed their laws to permit safer, legal abortion, and professional medical associations have not tended to spearhead this type of reform. Support from a professional association typically carries more weight than does that from an individual medical professional. However, theory predicts and the empirical record largely reveals that medical associations shy from engagement in conflictual policymaking such as on abortion, except when professional autonomy or income is at stake...
March 12, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
F Bellussi, L Alcamisi, G Guizzardi, D Parma, G Pilu
OBJECTIVES: to investigate the usefulness of visual biofeedback by transperineal ultrasound to improve the pushing coaching during the active second stage of labor in nulliparous women. METHODS: a randomized controlled trial of low risk nulliparous women in the active second stage of labor. Patients were allocated either to coaching aided by visual demonstration of the progress of the fetal head by transperineal ultrasound (sonographic coaching, Group A) or to classical coaching (Group B)...
March 13, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Susanne Lohmann, Elke Mattern, Gertrud M Ayerle
OBJECTIVE: To explore how midwives perceive patient preferences related to midwifery care in Germany. DESIGN: This qualitative study, which was part of a larger study, used a hermeneutic-interpretive approach and involved focus group interviews with midwives. Data collection and analysis were done in a conjoined fashion between April 2015 and September 2016. SETTING: Four focus group interviews were conducted in four different federal states of Germany...
February 10, 2018: Midwifery
Sarah Cotton, Robert E Brown, Elizabeth K Nugent, Sonia C Robazetti, Pamela D Berens, Judith A Smith
OBJECTIVE: To assess the consistency between human papillomavirus (HPV) mRNA testing in women with a history of previous HPV infections diagnosed by HPV DNA assay and the potential effects on follow-up HPV screening. METHODS: This was a quality improvement study that used data from a pathology laboratory software database reviewed from November 2014 to June 2016 to identify female patients aged 30 years or older with greater than one HPV-positive result, including one or more HPV mRNA assay results and one or more documented HPV DNA assay results for comparison...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ronit Koren, Yifat Wiener, Karen Or, Carlos A Benbassat, Shlomit Koren
OBJECTIVES: To study the current practices in the management of subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) and thyroid nodules during pregnancy of obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) and endocrinologists in Israel. METHODS: An electronic questionnaire was sent by email to all members of the Israeli Endocrine Society and the Israel Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Questionnaires included demographic data and clinical scenarios with questions regarding the screening and management of pregnant women with SCH, hypothyroxinemia, and a palpable thyroid nodule...
March 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Michiko Wada, Makoto Kita, Kaoru Kawasaki, Toru Kusakabe, Tetsuya Tagami, Noriko Satoh-Asahara, Akira Shimatsu, Koshi Hashimoto
Maternal Graves' disease (GD) during pregnancy may influence thyroid function in fetuses. Neonates born to mothers with high serum TSH receptor antibody (TRAb) levels have been reported to develop 'neonatal GD'. Therefore, evaluations of serum thyroid hormone and TRAb levels in neonates upon birth are crucial for a prompt diagnosis. At delivery, we measured TRAb with third-generation TRAb test using an M22 human monoclonal antibody in neonates by collecting umbilical cord blood in a blood collection tube with lithium-heparin, which provides a whole blood/plasma sample...
March 10, 2018: Endocrine Journal
Marie-Jocelyne Martel, Catherine Jane MacKinnon
OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence-based guidelines for the provision of a trial of labour (TOL) after Caesarean section. OUTCOME: Fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality associated with vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC) and repeat Caesarean section. EVIDENCE: MEDLINE database was searched for articles published from January 1, 1995, to February 28, 2004, using the key words "vaginal birth after Caesarean (Cesarean) section." The quality of evidence is described using the Evaluation of Evidence criteria outlined in the Report of the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Exam...
March 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Kristl Tomlin, Lucia Mirea, Amy Williamson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have identified the menstrual cycle as essential in assessing overall health of adolescent girls. Menses should be considered a "vital sign" and documentation of last menstrual period (LMP) is recommended at every patient encounter. The aim of this study is to estimate and compare LMP documentation among adolescent and pediatric healthcare providers. STUDY DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective cohort study identified a random sample of 50 female patients seen in the general pediatrics (PEDS), adolescent medicine (AM), and pediatric and adolescent gynecology (PAG) ambulatory clinics at Phoenix Children's Hospital between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Paras Ali, Sofia Butt, Nazli Hossain
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the practice of Eclampsia management at a tertiary care public sector hospital. PATIENTS & METHODS: We conducted criteria based audit of 93 Eclampsia patients admitted in Gynae unit III, Civil hospital and Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi, between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. Management practices were assessed using evidence-based criteria for care. A clinical criteria for standards of care were developed from Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynecologist (RCOG/NICE) guidelines, World Health Organization (WHO) manual, twelve criteria were identified for the audit purpose...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Katherine Ward, Angela Deneris
Menopause-related symptoms frequently lead women to seek health care. Recommendations for prescribing hormone therapy have changed significantly since the publication of initial results from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study in 2002. The North American Menopause Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have newer guidelines based on long-term analyses of the WHI participants as well as emerging data from other clinical trials. Women with an intact uterus who are using systemic estrogen must also use a progestogen; however, there are 2 new selective estrogen receptor modulators on the market for use without a progestogen...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Abigail R Koch, Pamela T Roesch, Caitlin E Garland, Stacie E Geller
CONTEXT: Severe maternal morbidity (SMM) rates in the United States more than doubled between 1998 and 2010. Advanced maternal age and chronic comorbidities do not completely explain the increase in SMM or how to effectively address it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have called for facility-level multidisciplinary review of SMM for potential preventability and have issued implementation guidelines. IMPLEMENTATION: Within Illinois, SMM was identified as any intensive or critical care unit admission and/or 4 or more units of packed red blood cells transfused at any time from conception through 42 days postpartum...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
Roberta Rossini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Giuseppe Musumeci, Giulia Masiero, Emanuele Barbato, Paolo Calabrò, Davide Capodanno, Sergio Leonardi, Maddalena Lettino, Ugo Limbruno, Alberto Menozzi, U O Alfredo Marchese, Francesco Saia, Marco Valgimigli, Walter Ageno, Anna Falanga, Antonio Corcione, Alessandro Locatelli, Marco Montorsi, Diego Piazza, Andrea Stella, Antonio Bozzani, Alessandro Parolari, Roberto Carone, Dominick J Angiolillo
Perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy in patients treated with coronary stents undergoing surgery remains poorly defined. Importantly, surgery represents a common reason for premature treatment discontinuation, which is associated with an increased risk in mortality and major adverse cardiac events. However, maintaining antithrombotic therapy to minimize the incidence of perioperative ischemic complications may increase the risk of bleeding complications. Although guidelines provide some recommendations with respect to the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy, these have been largely developed according to the thrombotic risk of the patient and a definition of the hemorrhagic risk specific to each surgical procedure, key to defining the trade-off between ischemia and bleeding, is not provided...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Arpitha Chiruvolu, Elise Elliott, Diana Rich, Genna Leal Stone, Huanying Qin, Robert W Inzer
BACKGROUND: In the range of timing suggested by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 30 to 60 s, preterm infants may potentially derive more short and long-term benefits with delayed cord clamping (DCC) for at least 60 s. However, there are concerns with longer resuscitation delay in this vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical consequences of 45 versus 60 s delay in umbilical cord clamping in singleton infants born between 230/7 to 316/7 weeks gestation...
March 5, 2018: Early Human Development
S Morano, L Migliorini, N Rania, L Piano, T Tassara, J Nicoletti, I Lundgren
OBJECTIVE: The present study represents a qualitative research aimed to explore the obstetricians' psychological experiences of birth. BACKGROUND: During labour the role of obstetricians assumes a fundamental importance in hospitalised childbirth. However, literature analysis has shown that the psychological side of birth has been investigated only considering the woman's and midwife's points of view. The obstetricians' psychological experiences have not been considered enough and only a few studies at a quantitative level have been performed...
February 2018: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Bertrand Gachon, Marion Desgranges, Laetitia Fradet, Arnaud Decatoire, Florian Poireault, Fabrice Pierre, Xavier Fritel, David Desseauve
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Increased ligamentous laxity is associated with pelvic floor distension in pregnant women. This considered, it may also be related to the risk of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI). Our objective was to assess the association among increased ligamentous laxity, perineal tear severity, and OASI occurrence. METHODS: This is a prospective study. We assessed ligamentous laxity between the 36th week of pregnancy and the onset of labor, by measuring the passive extension of the nondominant index finger for a 0...
March 7, 2018: International Urogynecology Journal
Allison J Kwong, Matthew S Chang, Ruth E Tuomala, Laura E Riley, Julian N Robinson, Muthoka L Mutinga, Karin L Andersson, Robert S Brown, Emily Oken, Chinweike Ukomadu, Anna E Rutherford
Objectives Hepatitis B (HBV) remains a significant public health burden, despite effective therapy. Routine HBV screening is recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risk of vertical transmission, but the rates of follow-up care peri-partum are low. The aim of this study was to evaluate physician practices and knowledge regarding HBV in women diagnosed perinatally. Methods A survey was distributed to obstetricians and midwives within the Partners HealthCare system at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital...
March 6, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Holly E Reid, Anja Wittkowski, Sarah Vause, Alexander E P Heazell
OBJECTIVES: To explore the views of maternity service users and professionals towards obstetric consultant presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DESIGN: Semistructured interviews conducted face to face with maternity service users and professionals in March and April 2016. All responses were analysed together (ie, both service users' and professionals' responses) using an inductive thematic analysis. SETTING: A large tertiary maternity unit in the North West of England that has implemented 24/7 obstetric consultant presence...
March 6, 2018: BMJ Open
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