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Uterine artery

Gerit Moser, Gregor Weiss, Monika Sundl, Martin Gauster, Monika Siwetz, Ingrid Lang-Olip, Berthold Huppertz
During the first trimester of pregnancy, extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs) invade into the decidual interstitium to the first third of the myometrium, thereby anchoring the placenta to the uterus. They also follow the endovascular and endoglandular route of invasion; plug, line and remodel spiral arteries, thus being responsible for the establishment of hemotrophic nutrition with the beginning of the second trimester and invade and open uterine glands toward the intervillous space for a histiotrophic nutrition during the first trimester...
October 24, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Neil Vargesson, David R Hootnick
Limb malformations are amongst the most common and visible birth effects. Causes have been purported to include genetic aberrations as well as teratogens, such as thalidomide. Here we review the evidence for vascular disruption in the genesis of limb malformations through abnormal arterial transitioning and from events such as amniocentesis, uterine constriction, and through teratogen exposure. We use several clinical and experimental examples and highlight the need to understand more about the role the vascular system plays in the molecular mechanisms underpinning normal limb development...
October 20, 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
C Baeza, N Mottet, C Coppola, M Desmarets, R Ramanah, D Riethmuller
OBJECTIVE: To assess delivery mode, maternal morbidity including uterine rupture and scar dehiscence and neonatal outcome, during a pregnancy after a previous caesarean delivery before 32 weeks of amenorrhea. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was carried out at the Besançon University Hospital during an 8-year period. We identified 292 consecutive patients presenting a singleton pregnancy delivery before 32 weeks of amenorrhea. We analysed the next pregnancy...
October 17, 2016: Gynécologie, Obstétrique & Fertilité
Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a common pregnancy complication and is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality. Placental hypoxia contributes to adverse fetal consequences, including IUGR. Exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia can lead to IUGR; however, assessment of maternal vascular function in a rat model of hypoxia, and the mechanisms that may contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes, has not been extensively studied. We hypothesized that exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia will affect maternal systemic vascular function and increase the uterine artery resistance index (RI), which will be associated with IUGR...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Kerstin Eckhoff, Thilo Wedel, Marcus Both, Kayhan Bas, Nicolai Maass, Ibrahim Alkatout
BACKGROUND: Rectus sheath hematoma is a rare clinical diagnosis, particularly in pregnancy. Due to unspecific symptoms, misdiagnosis is likely and could potentially endanger a patient as well as her fetus. CASE PRESENTATION: A 26-year-old white woman presented with mild right-sided abdominal pain, which increased during palpation and movement, at 26 + 3 weeks' gestational age. Ultrasound imaging initially showed a round and well-demarcated structure, which appeared to be in contact with her uterine wall, leading to a suspected diagnosis of an infarcted leiomyoma...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Sven Cnattingius, Anna-Karin Wikström, Olof Stephansson, Kari Johansson
BACKGROUND: Results from uterine artery Doppler investigations suggest that the aetiology of late preeclampsia with fetal growth restriction may be more similar to the aetiology of early preeclampsia than with late preeclampsia without fetal growth restriction. We hypothesised that a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) birth in a late preeclamptic pregnancy may be associated with increased subsequent risk of early preeclampsia. We also studied effects of maternal factors on risks of preeclampsia recurrence...
October 17, 2016: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Heather Miller, Matthew L Anderson, Christopher P Smith, Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Karin A Fox
BACKGROUND: Chylous ascites is defined as the pathologic accumulation of lymphatic fluid within the peritoneal cavity and has been reported to complicate gynecologic surgeries, with an incidence of 0.17-2%. We report a case of chylous ascites after complex surgery for placenta percreta. CASE: A 26-year-old woman underwent cesarean delivery followed by bilateral uterine artery embolization and modified radical hysterectomy at 26 5/7 weeks of gestation for placenta percreta invading the urinary bladder...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Emilio A Herrera, Francisca Cifuentes-Zúñiga, Esteban Figueroa, Cristian Villanueva, Cherie Hernández, René Alegría, Viviana Arroyo, Estefania Peñaloza, Marcelo Farías, Ricardo Uauy, Paola Casanello, Bernardo J Krause
In humans, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with vascular dysfunction, oxidative stress and signs of endothelial programming in umbilical vessels. We aimed to determine the effects of maternal antioxidant treatment with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on fetal endothelial function and eNOS programming in IUGR guinea pigs. IUGR was induced by implanting ameroid constrictors on uterine arteries of pregnant guinea pigs at mid gestation, receiving half of the sows NAC in the drinking water (from day 34 until term)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Ricardo C Cavalli, Ana Sofia Cerdeira, Elizabeth Pernicone, Henri A Korkes, Suzanne D Burke, Augustine Rajakumar, Ravi I Thadhani, Drucilla J Roberts, Manoj Bhasin, S Ananth Karumanchi, Hernan D Kopcow
Decidual NK (dNK) cells, a distinct type of NK cell, are thought to regulate uterine spiral artery remodeling, a process that allows for increased blood delivery to the fetal-placental unit. Impairment of uterine spiral artery remodeling is associated with decreased placental perfusion, increased uterine artery resistance, and obstetric complications such as preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction. Ex vivo manipulation of human peripheral blood NK (pNK) cells by a combination of hypoxia, TGFß-1 and 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine yields cells with phenotypic and in vitro functional similarities to dNK cells, called idNK cells...
2016: PloS One
Emma von Wowern, Jakob Andersson, Ida Dalene Skarping, Maria T Howie, Per Olofsson
INTRODUCTION: Uterine artery (UtA) Doppler velocimetry changes and increased arterial stiffness are associated with preeclampsia. We aimed to investigate the relation between UtA velocimetry changes and arterial stiffness in pregnant women. METHODS: Doppler velocimetry and photoplethysmographic digital pulse wave analysis (DPA) were performed in 173 pregnant women in the second or third trimester, where UtA Doppler pulsatility index (PI), diastolic notching, and UtA score (UAS) combining notching and high PI were calculated...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Heather Yvonne Small, Ryszard Nosalski, Hannah Morgan, Elisabeth Beattie, Tomasz J Guzik, Delyth Graham, Christian Delles
Women with chronic hypertension are at increased risk of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. We have previously characterized the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHRSP) as a model of deficient uterine artery function and adverse pregnancy outcome compared with the control Wistar-Kyoto. The activation of the immune system plays a role in hypertension and adverse pregnancy outcome. Therefore, we investigated the role of tumor necrosis factor-α in the SHRSP phenotype in an intervention study using etanercept (0...
November 2016: Hypertension
D H Mendez Lozano, M V Lenero, R L Gonzalez, J B Scheffer, M T Gonzalez, Y Barron, R Frydman
AIM OF THE STUDY: The objective of this study was to assess the impact of tadalafil on endometrial growth, the uterine artery pulsatility index (PI) and the uterine artery resistance index (RI) in patients under clomiphene ovarian stimulation for intrauterine insemination (IUI). METHODS: This randomized crossover study included 30 patients with a normal endometrium over 53 cycles, and 46 of those cycles in 23 patients were included in the analysis. In group A the patients were under 100 mg clomiphene daily for five days (2-6) and 5 mg tadalafil daily for 7 days (4-10)...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Asma Khalil, Basky Thilaganathan
Identification of the fetus at risk of adverse outcome at term is a challenge to both clinicians and researchers alike. Despite the fact that fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a known risk factor for stillbirth, at least two thirds of the stillbirth cases at term are not small for gestational age (SGA) - a commonly used proxy for FGR. However, the majority of SGA fetuses are constitutionally small babies and do not suffer from adverse perinatal outcome. The cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) is emerging as a marker of failure to reach growth potential at term...
September 23, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Cho Hee Kim, Gyeong Sik Jeon, Shin Jae Lee, Suk Ho Kang
A 36-year-old primipara woman was referred to the interventional department for management of severe primary post-partum hemorrhage with a vaginal laceration after a normal vaginal delivery. Angiography revealed that the superior rectal branch of the inferior mesenteric artery was one of the origins of persistent vaginal bleeding following embolization of both uterine arteries. The patient was successfully treated by selective embolization without other complications. Our case report highlights that the inferior mesenteric artery should be considered as an unusual extrauterine source for post-partum hemorrhage...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Penha Cristina Barradas, Tiago Savignon, Alex C Manhães, Frank Tenório, Alan P da Costa, Marta C Cunha-Rodrigues, Juliana Vaillant
Hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury is an important cause of death and disabilities. Despite all improvements in neonatal care, the number of children who suffer some kind of injury during birth has remained stable in the last decade. A great number of studies have shown alterations in neural cells and many animal models have been proposed in the last 5 decades. Robinson et al. (2005) proposed an HI model in which the uterine arteries are temporarily clamped on the 18th gestation day. The findings were quite similar to the ones observed in postmortem studies...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Natalie K Binder, Jemma Evans, Lois A Salamonsen, David K Gardner, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino, Natalie J Hannan
Embryo implantation requires synchronized dialogue between the receptive endometrium and activated blastocyst via locally produced soluble mediators. During the mid-secretory (MS) phase of the menstrual cycle, increased glandular secretion into the uterine lumen provides important mediators that modulate the endometrium and support the conceptus during implantation. Previously we demonstrated the importance of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the human uterus, particularly with respect to embryo implantation...
2016: PloS One
Mariya Angelova, Ivan Todorov, Emil Kovachev
AIM: To determine the prognostic value of the low Pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) levels in the early stages of pregnancy (11-13 weeks GA) independently and in combination with a Doppler test of the uterine arteries during the second half of pregnancy (22-23 weeks GA). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study covered the period 2010-2011 and included 106 pregnant women, aged 35-40, with a single child pregnancy. The research excluded pregnant women with anomalies of the fetus, smokers and women taking prophylactically low doses of aspirin...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Yong Li, Hui Qi, Wenqin Ma, Chaoying Wu, Xia Li, Danmei Zhao, Wenfeng Ye, Mei Xiang
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to demonstrate the tips and tricks of a simpler technique for temporary blocking of the uterine artery in laparoscopic resection of the diffuse adenomyosis lesion to make the procedure more efficient and reproducible. DESIGN: This study is designed to be a step-by-step explanation of the technique using videos and pictures (Canadian Task Force Classification III). SETTING: This study was conducted at Changzhou Maternal and Child Health Hospital in Changzhou, China...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Sofie Perdu, Barbara Castellana, Yoona Kim, Kathy Chan, Lauren DeLuca, Alexander G Beristain
Over one-fifth of North American women of childbearing age are obese, putting these women at risk for a variety of detrimental chronic diseases. In addition, obesity increases the risk for developing major complications during pregnancy. The mechanisms by which obesity contributes to pregnancy complications and loss remain unknown. Increasing evidence indicates that obesity results in major changes to adipose tissue immune cell composition and function; whether or not obesity also affects immune function in the uterus has not been explored...
July 21, 2016: JCI Insight
Burak Karadag, Onur Erol, Ozgur Ozdemir, Aysel Uysal, Ahmet Sukru Alparslan, Cemil Gurses, Mert Koroglu
Uterine arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is defined as abnormal and nonfunctional connections between the uterine arteries and veins. Although the patients typically present with vaginal bleeding, some patients may experience life-threatening massive bleeding in some circumstances. The treatment of choice depends on the symptoms, age, desire for future fertility, and localization and size of the lesion; however, embolization of the uterine artery is the first choice in symptomatic AVM in patients at reproductive age with expectations of future fertility...
2016: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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