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Breanna L Alman, Evan Coffman, Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Thomas J Luben
BACKGROUND: Water and water-based beverages constitute a major part of daily fluid intake for pregnant women, yet few epidemiologic studies have investigated the role of water consumption on birth outcomes. METHODS: We used data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study to conduct a case-control study investigating associations between maternal water consumption during pregnancy and birth defects (BD). We used interview data on water consumption during the first trimester of pregnancy in 14,454 cases (major BDs n ≥ 50) and 5,063 controls...
October 21, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
Manuella Gautier, Michèle Gueneret, Corinne Plavonil, Eugénie Jolivet, Bruno Schaub
OBJECTIVE: To establish the normal reference range of fetal nasal bone length (NBL) during the second trimester in an Afro-Caribbean population and the likelihood ratio (LR) for fetal trisomy 21. METHODS: Prenatal records of euploid, non-malformed singleton fetuses who underwent second-trimester ultrasonographic scans at 20-24 weeks of gestation were retrospectively analyzed for NBL and gestational age (GA). Only Afro-Caribbean couples were selected. The relationship between fetal NBL and GA was determined...
October 21, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Ceren Kizmazoglu, Joung H Lee, Burak Sade
BACKGROUND: This paper describes a case of 4th ventricular mass, whose management had to be modified due to a rare variation of the occipital sinus (OS). CLINICAL DESCRIPTION: 32 year-old female presented with persistent headache and nausea. MRI showed a 4th ventricular mass and hydrocephalus. Venous sinus anatomy appeared unusual, thus an MRV was performed. MRV revealed the OS as the main drainage pathway for the whole brain, providing the only drainage between the superior sagittal sinus and the jugular veins through the marginal sinus (MS)...
October 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Chih-Ping Chen, Chen-Yu Chen, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Chen-Chi Lee, Dai-Dyi Town, Meng-Shan Lee, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present molecular cytogenetic characterization of an Xp22.32→pter deletion and an Xq26.3→qter duplication in a male fetus with congenital malformations and maternal X chromosome pericentric inversion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 22-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 17 weeks of gestation because of an abnormal maternal serum screening result. Prenatal ultrasound revealed a hypoplastic left heart and short limbs. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 46,Y,der(X) t(X;?)(p22...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jagdish C Mohan, Vishwas Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Arvind Sethi
Hypoplastic right heart syndrome is a rare cyanotic congenital heart disease with under-development of the right ventricle, tricuspid, and pulmonary valves leading to right-to-left shunting of the blood through inter-atrial septal defect. Perinatal mortality is high with very few patients surviving to adulthood without corrective surgery. This report describes a 26-year-old young woman, who had recurrent abortions and stillbirths and detected to have marked cyanosis with hypoplastic right heart, sub-arterial ventricular septal defect, absent pulmonary valve, non-compaction of the left ventricle, and bicuspid aortic valve with aortic regurgitation...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Wolfgang Füreder, Sabine Cerny-Reiterer, Wolfgang R Sperr, Leonhard Müllauer, Eva Jäger, Ilse Schwarzinger, Klaus Geissler, Peter Valent
Patients with aplastic anemia or hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) may respond to immunosuppressive therapy, including the anti-CD52 antibody alemtuzumab. We analyzed treatment responses to alemtuzumab in 5 patients with MDS or aplastic anemia (AA) evolving to MDS. Two patients with hypoplastic MDS (hMDS) showed a partial response (PR) to alemtuzumab. In both responding patients, a concomitant paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) clone was detected before therapy. One responder relapsed after 15 months and underwent successful allogeneic stem cell transplantation...
October 14, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Moshe Bronshtein, Zeev Blumenfeld, Asaad Choury, Ayala Gover
OBJECTIVES: To assess the natural history and outcome of fetal pulmonary stenosis [PS] detected at 14 to 16 weeks gestation. METHODS: This is a retrospective study, in the years 2004-2015, with serial follow up during pregnancy. Patients referred for complete early fetal ultrasound including all fetal systems and a fetal echocardiogram. Ninety seven percent of the women were low risk, and 3% had risk factors such as maternal type 1 diabetes mellitus, exposure to teratogenic drugs or anomalies in previous pregnancies or in other family members...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Igor Arregi, Maria Climent, Dobromir Iliev, Jürgen Strasser, Nadège Gouignard, Jenny K Johansson, Tania Singh, Magdalena Mazur, Henrik Semb, Isabella Artner, Liliana Minichiello, Edgar M Pera
Vitamin A-derived retinoic acid (RA) signals are critical for the development of several organs, including the pancreas. However, the tissue-specific control of RA synthesis in organ and cell lineage development has only poorly been addressed in vivo. Here we show that Retinol dehydrogenase-10 (Rdh10), a key enzyme in embryonic RA production, has important functions in pancreas organogenesis and endocrine cell differentiation. Rdh10 was expressed in the developing pancreas epithelium and surrounding mesenchyme...
October 14, 2016: Endocrinology
Sathappan Karuppiah, Christopher Mckee, Ashley Hodge, Mark Galantowicz, Joseph Tobias, Aymen Naguib
Over the years, there has been a growing recognition of the potential negative sequelae of allogeneic blood products on postoperative outcomes following cardiac surgery. In addition, followers of the Jehovah's Witness (JW) faith have a religious restriction against receiving blood or blood components. Advances in perioperative care, cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and surgical technique have minimized the need for allogeneic blood products. Specific blood conservation strategies include maximizing the preoperative hematocrit and coagulation function as well as intraoperative strategies, such as acute normovolemic hemodilution and adjustments of the technique of CPB...
September 2016: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
František Liška, Renata Peterková, Miroslav Peterka, Vladimír Landa, Václav Zídek, Petr Mlejnek, Jan Šilhavý, Miroslava Šimáková, Vladimír Křen, Colby G Starker, Daniel F Voytas, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Michal Pravenec
Recently, it has been found that spontaneous mutation Lx (polydactyly-luxate syndrome) in the rat is determined by deletion of a conserved intronic sequence of the Plzf (Promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger protein) gene. In addition, Plzf is a prominent candidate gene for quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR). In the current study, we tested the effects of Plzf gene targeting in the SHR using TALENs (transcription activator-like effector nucleases)...
2016: PloS One
Daniela Luvero, Francesco Plotti, Stella Capriglione, Andrea Miranda, Salvatore Lopez, Giuseppe Scaletta, Arianna Dell'anna, Roberto Angioli
OBJECTIVE: It's reported two cases with evidence of unilateral adnexal absence and ectopic ovarian hypoplasia with fallopian tube absence. A review of literature and discussion about the causes of these malformations is presented. STUDY DESIGN: We searched in English language medical reports published between 1973 and 2014 on MEDLINE. We used key words including ovarian agenesis, ovarian hypoplasia, undescended ovary and fallopian tube abnormalities. RESULTS: 5 studies were included on unilateral maldescent ovary without uterine anomalies and 23 reports of unilateral absence of one ovary with or without the absence of the fallopian tube...
October 11, 2016: Minerva Ginecologica
Patrick Mahoney, Justyna J Miszkiewicz, Rosie Pitfield, Chris Deter, Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg
The Havers-Halberg Oscillation (HHO) hypothesis links evidence for the timing of a biorhythm retained in permanent tooth enamel (Retzius periodicity) to adult body mass and life history traits across mammals. Potentially, these links provide a way to access life history of fossil species from teeth. Recently we assessed intra-specific predictions of the HHO on human children. We reported Retzius periodicity (RP) corresponded with enamel thickness, and cusp formation time, when calculated from isolated deciduous teeth...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
Bui Quoc Thang, Tatsuya Furugaki, Motoo Osaka, Yutaka Watanabe, Shinya Kanemoto, Fuminaga Suetsugu, Yuji Hiramatsu
PURPOSE: There is less certainty regarding the best strategy for treating neonates with functional single ventricle (SV) and hypoplastic aortic arch. We have applied a modified extended aortic arch anastomosis (EAAA) and main pulmonary artery banding (PAB) as an initial palliation in neonates with transverse arch hypoplasia and assessed the mid-term outcomes. METHODS: In total, 10 neonates with functional SV and extensive hypoplasia or interruption of the arch underwent a modified EAAA (extended arch anastomosis with a subclavian flap) concomitant with main PAB through a thoracotomy without cardiopulmonary bypass...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Mineto Kamata, Corey Stiver, Aymen Naguib, Dmitry Tumin, Joseph D Tobias
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of ventricular morphology on perioperative outcomes during Fontan surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Single standing, not-for-profit pediatric hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 72 patients who underwent Fontan surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass without aortic cross-clamp between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2014. INTERVENTIONS: None...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jun-Yen Pan, Chu-Chuan Lin, Jen-Ping Chang
Assessment of the pulmonary circulation status including pressure, resistance, size, and absence of anatomical distortion, is crucial to the successful Fontan operation. Most patients are found to have acceptable pulmonary arteries after previous palliation, although some degree of distortion is not uncommon. However, in rare instances, some patients have only one functioning lung with another pulmonary artery seriously hypoplastic or atretic. For theses patients, completion of a Fontan operation will be challenging...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Christopher E Greenleaf, J Miguel Urencio, Jorge D Salazar, Ali Dodge-Khatami
Since the first successful intervention for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) was undertaken by Norwood in 1983, there have been many advancements in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care of these children for a diagnosis that just 25 years ago was almost certainly a fatal one. This paper aims to describe the most recent trends and perspectives on the treatment of HLHS. In particular, we will discuss the five current options for HLHS, including Norwood stage I as the beginning to 3-stage palliation, transplant, true hybrid, hybrid-bridge-to-Norwood, and compassionate care...
July 2016: Translational pediatrics
Hayat Aynaou, Imane Skiker, Hanane Latrech
INTRODUCTION: Pycnodysostosis is a rare genetic disease characterized by osteosclerosis and bone fragility. The clinical aspects are varied including short stature, acro-osteolysis of distal phalanges, and dysplasia of the clavicles. Oral and maxillofacial manifestations of this disease are very clear. The head is usually large, a beaked nose, obtuse mandibular angle, and both maxilla and mandible are hypoplastic. Dental abnormalities are common. We report a case with the typical clinical and radiological characteristics of the Pycnodysostosis associated with a conductive hearing loss, an association rarely reported...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
Mouhammad Yabrodi, Christopher W Mastropietro
The management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome has changed substantially over the past four decades. In the 1970's, children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome could only be provided with supportive care. As a result, most of these unfortunate children died within the neonatal period. The advent of the Norwood procedure in the early 1980's has changed the prognosis for these children, and the majority now undergoing a series of three surgical stages that can support survival beyond the neonatal period and into early adulthood...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Research
Petros V Anagnostopoulos
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September 14, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Toshiharu Matsuura, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Yusuke Yanagi, Koichiro Yoshimaru, Kenichiro Yamamura, Eiji Morihana, Hazumu Nagata, Kiyoshi Uike, Hidetoshi Takada, Tomoaki Taguchi
BACKGROUND: Congenital portosystemic shunts (CPSS) with intrahepatic portal vein (IHPV) hypoplasia or absence cause encephalopathy or pulmonary hypertension (PH). Acute shunt closure may result in postoperative portal hypertension. The aim of this study was to propose a surgical strategy according to the anatomical types of CPSS and IHPV. METHODS: Twenty-three CPSS patients were diagnosed from1990 to 2015. All patients were evaluated by computed tomography, angiography, and PV pressure monitoring under a shunt occlusion test...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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