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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445905/prenatal-diagnosis-of-galen-vein-aneurysm-using-ultrasonography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-perinatal-and-long-term-neurological-outcomes-a-case-series
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Pedro Pires, Larisse de Brito Aurélio Martins, Norma Maria Tenório Brito Pires, Heron Werner, Adilson Cunha Ferreira, Edward Araujo Júnior
Objective To describe the prenatal diagnosis of Galen vein aneurysm (GVA) based on ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a series of cases, as well as its postnatal outcomes and follow-up until 4 years of age. Methods A retrospective longitudinal study was performed, analyzing a database comprising seven cases of prenatal diagnosis of GVA at two Brazilian institutions from February of 2000 to May of 2012. The following data were evaluated: gestational age at diagnosis, GVA dimensions on ultrasonography, associated fetal changes, findings on fetal echocardiography, gestational age at delivery, type of delivery, birth weight, Apgar score at the 1st and 5th minutes, neonatal outcomes, and survival with follow-up until 4 years of age...
April 26, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445873/pregnancy-outcomes-in-patients-with-glomerular-disease-attending-a-single-academic-center-in-north-carolina
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Michelle M O'Shaughnessy, Meghan A Jobson, Katy Sims, Abigail L Liberty, Patrick H Nachman, William F Pendergraft
BACKGROUND: Contemporary data regarding pregnancy outcomes in US patients with primary glomerular diseases are lacking. We aimed to report fetal and maternal outcomes among women with biopsy-proven primary glomerular disease who received obstetric care at a single large academic US center. METHODS: All women with a biopsy-confirmed primary glomerular disease diagnosis and without end-stage kidney disease who received obstetric care at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals (1996-2015) were identified using the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network registry and the UNC Hospitals Perinatal Database...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441729/the-influence-of-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticle-morphology-on-embryonic-development-in-a-zebrafish-exposure-model
#3
Shiuli Pujari-Palmer, Xi Lu, Marjam Karlsson Ott
Nanomaterials are used in many different industries such as cosmetics, food, clothing, and electronics. There is increasing concern that exposure to nanoparticles (NPs) during pregnancy can adversely affect fetal development. It is well known that the size, charge, and chemistry of a nanoparticle can modulate embryological development. The role that particle morphology plays on early development, however, is still widely unknown. The present study aims to investigate the effect of hydroxyapatite nanoparticle (HANP) morphology on embryological development in a zebrafish exposure model...
April 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440361/the-role-of-echocardiography-in-fetal-tachyarrhythmia-diagnosis-a-burden-for-the-pediatric-cardiologist-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#4
Liliana Gozar, Claudiu Marginean, Rodica Toganel, Iolanda Muntean
Supraventricular tachyarrhythmia represents the most frequent fetal dysrhythmia. In the lack of diagnosis and treatment these fetuses may develop hydrops and even death. For the therapeutic approach it is important to establish the diagnosis of the type of supraventricular tachycardia. In this paper we report 29 cases with different types of supraventricular tachycardia in which the diagnosis was established using our own protocol, which allowed us to make the difference between the types of tachycardia (atrioventricular reentry tachycardia due to the accessory pathway, atrial ectopic tachycardia and permanent junctional reciprocal tachycardia)...
April 22, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436166/perinatal-loss-at-term-the-role-of-uteroplacental-and-fetal-doppler-assessment
#5
Caitriona Monaghan, Julia Binder, Baskaran Thilaganathan, José Morales-Roselló, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association of uterine artery (UtA) Doppler indices and cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) on perinatal outcome at term. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study conducted in a single tertiary referral centre included all singleton pregnancies undergoing ultrasound assessment in the third trimester, which subsequently delivered at term. Fetal biometry and Dopplers including the umbilical artery (UA), middle cerebral artery (MCA) and uterine artery were recorded...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434287/la-donna-di-ostuni-a-case-of-eclampsia-28-000%C3%A2-years-ago
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Pierre-Yves Robillard, Marco Scioscia, Donato Coppola, Jean Chaline, Francesco Bonsante, Silvia Iacobelli
La "Donna di Ostuni", the Lady from Ostuni (fortified medieval city, on the southern Italian Adriatic coast) is the skeleton of "the human most ancient mother" ever found by paleoanthropologists, grave dated of 28,000 years BP. It concerns a 20-years-old woman buried with her baby in her womb estimated at 8 months gestation. To date, the cause of the maternal-fetal deaths is qualified of unknown origin. We propose that eclampsia may be a possible explanation for these deaths (mother and baby together). Eclampsia (convulsions), the curse of human births (non-existent in other mammals), has been described since writings has existed 5000 years ago in all civilisations...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434210/changes-in-perinatal-hospital-deaths-occurring-outside-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-over-a-decade
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Amélie Du Pont-Thibodeau, Keith Barrington, Catherine Taillefer, Annie Janvier
AIM: Perinatal deaths occurring outside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are rarely recorded in outcome studies, despite having a direct impact on perinatal statistics. Our aim was to investigate the timing and modes of perinatal deaths that occurred outside the NICU and changes over time. METHOD: We reviewed all perinatal deaths from 22 weeks of gestation onwards, without NICU admissions, during two periods in a Canadian tertiary mother and baby hospital and categorised deaths according to nine specific categories...
April 23, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433732/the-clinical-significance-of-an-estimated-fetal-weight-below-the-10th-centile-a-comparison-of-outcomes-between-5th-versus-5th-9th-centile
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Malgorzata Mlynarczyk, Suneet P Chauhan, Hind A Baydoun, Catherine M Wilkes, Kimberly R Earhart, Yili Zhao, Christopher Goodier, Eugene Chang, Nicole M Lee Plenty, E Kaitlyn Mize, Michelle Owens, Shilpa Babbar, Dev Maulik, Emily DeFranco, David McKinney, Alfred Z Abuhamad
BACKGROUND: The association between small for gestational age (SGA; birth weight < 10(th) centile for gestational age) and neonatal morbidity is well established. Yet there is a paucity of data on the relationship between suspected SGA (sonographic estimated fetal weight <10(th) centile), at two thresholds and subsequent neonatal morbidity. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between sonographic estimated fetal weight (SEFW) < 5(th) centile versus 5-9(th) centile and neonatal morbidity...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428183/risk-and-burden-of-adverse-intrapartum-related-outcomes-associated-with-non-cephalic-and-multiple-birth-in-rural-nepal-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Naoko Kozuki, Joanne Katz, Subarna K Khatry, James M Tielsch, Steven C LeClerq, Luke C Mullany
OBJECTIVES: Intrapartum-related complications are the second leading cause of neonatal death worldwide. We estimate the community-level risk and burden of intrapartum-related fetal/neonatal mortality and morbidity associated with non-cephalic and multiple birth in rural Sarlahi District, Nepal. DESIGN: Community-based prospective cohort study. SETTING: Rural Sarlahi District, Nepal. PARTICIPANTS: Pregnant women residing in the study area...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426617/clinical-updates-in-women-s-health-care-summary-arrhythmias-primary-and-preventive-care-review
#10
Brittany S Fuller, Michele D Voeltz
Obstetrician-gynecologists often are the sole providers of health care to female patients. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, obstetrician- gynecologists must be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and signs of cardiovascular disease and arrhythmia. Furthermore, they must be prepared to identify and treat common types of arrhythmia in this population and refer patients to cardiology for specialized care. Understanding the role of pregnancy among women with arrhythmia is critically important to optimize both maternal and fetal outcomes...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426137/hydroxyurea-hydroxycarbamide-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Ashley P Jones, Jo Howard
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. It is associated with lifelong morbidity and a reduced life expectancy. Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamide), an oral chemotherapeutic drug, ameliorates some of the clinical problems of SCD, in particular that of pain, by raising fetal haemoglobin. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of hydroxyurea therapy in people with SCD (all genotypes), of any age, regardless of setting...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425250/retrospective-analysis-of-maternal-fetal-and-neonatal-outcomesof-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-at-gazi-university
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Berrin Günaydin, Merih Bayram, Melis Altuğ, Semra Cevher, Nuray Bozkurt
BACKGROUND/AIM: Maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes in parturients with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) have been retrospectively documented. We aimed to present pregnancy outcomes of parturients with ICP who underwent delivery. The study was conducted during a 1-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After ethics committee approval, data from 1 January to 31 December 2015 were collected to identify parturients with ICP. RESULTS: Ten out of 37 patients underwent normal spontaneous vaginal delivery (NSVD), and the remaining 27 parturients underwent cesarean section (CS)...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423971/intrauterine-infection-immune-system-and-premature-birth
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Fernanda Rodrigues Helmo, Eduardo Arthur Rodovalho Alves, Renata Alves de Andrade Moreira, Viviane Oliveira Severino, Laura Penna Rocha, Maria Luíza Gonçalves Dos Reis Monteiro, Marlene Antônia Dos Reis, Renata Margarida Etchebehere, Juliana Reis Machado, Rosana Rosa Miranda Corrêa
Preterm birth accounts for nearly one million deaths among children under five years of age, and although its etiopathogenesis is not fully elucidated, ascending intrauterine infection and fetal inflammatory response seem to be the main triggers. The intense inflammatory response mediated by IL-1β, TNF-α, PAF, IFN-γ and IL-6, PGE2 and MMP-1 and MMP-9 causes fetal membrane damage and rupture, increased uterine contractions and biochemical and structural changes in the cervix. Furthermore, preterm neonates have deficient innate and adaptive immune responses characterized by reduced levels of IgG, opsonization and phagocytosis, as well as increased activation of Th1 cells in relation to Th2 cells...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422757/cross-reactive-dengue-human-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-severe-pathologies-and-death-from-zika-virus-infections
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Yiu-Wing Kam, Cheryl Yi-Pin Lee, Teck-Hui Teo, Shanshan W Howland, Siti Naqiah Amrun, Fok-Moon Lum, Peter See, Nicholas Qing-Rong Kng, Roland G Huber, Mei-Hui Xu, Heng-Liang Tan, Andre Choo, Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Florent Ginhoux, Katja Fink, Cheng-I Wang, Lisa F P Ng, Laurent Rénia
Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been linked with neurological complications and congenital Zika syndrome. Given the high level of homology between ZIKV and the related flavivirus dengue virus (DENV), we investigated the level of cross-reactivity with ZIKV using a panel of DENV human mAbs. A majority of the mAbs showed binding to ZIKV virions, with several exhibiting neutralizing capacities against ZIKV in vitro. Three of the best ZIKV-neutralizing mAbs were found to recognize diverse epitopes on the envelope (E) glycoprotein: the highly conserved fusion-loop peptide, a conformation-specific epitope on the E monomer, and a quaternary epitope on the virion surface...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417285/alcohol-and-thiamine-deficiency-trigger-differential-mitochondrial-transition-pore-opening-mediating-cellular-death
#15
REVIEW
Abdoulaye Bâ
Accumulating evidence has shown that binge-type alcohol intake in mothers interferes with thiamine deficiency (TD) to promote the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Developmental alcohol or TD exposures act either synergistically or separately to reproduce FAS features e.g. intrauterine growth retardation and related microcephaly characterized by extensive cellular death induced by one another neurotoxicant. However molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying apoptosis in both alcohol and TD toxicities are unknown...
June 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413467/calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-protects-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-from-hyperoxia-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death
#16
Hongmin Fu, Tiesong Zhang, Rongwei Huang, Zhen Yang, Chunming Liu, Ming Li, Fang Fang, Feng Xu
Hyperoxia therapy for acute lung injury (ALI) may unexpectedly lead to reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cause additional ALI. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a 37 amino acid neuropeptide that regulates inflammasome activation. However, the role of CGRP in DNA damage during hyperoxia is unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of CGRP on DNA damage and the cell death of alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) exposed to 60% oxygen. AEC II were isolated from 19-20 gestational day fetal rat lungs and were exposed to air or to 60% oxygen during treatment with CGRP or the specific CGRP receptor antagonist CGRP8-37...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412851/cervical-pessary-in-the-prevention-of-preterm-births-in-multiple-pregnancies-with-a-short-cervix-prisma-compliant-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Ramesh Thangatorai, Fang Chan Lim, Sivalingam Nalliah
BACKGROUND: Preterm births occur frequently in multiple pregnancies with a short cervix. The cervical pessary is a potential intervention for prevention of preterm births. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of cervical pessary in the prevention of preterm births in multiple pregnancies with a short cervix (<25mm). SEARCH STRATEGY: Major databases from 2006 to 20(th) November 2016 were searched for relevant terms. SELECTION CRITERIA: We included randomised controlled trials that assessed the effectiveness of cervical pessary on pregnancy outcomes in multiple pregnancies with a short cervix...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412674/analysis-of-relevant-risk-factors-for-intrauterine-death-of-fetuses-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
#18
Yang Qiong, Yuan Yichong
Our study aimed to explore the relevant risk factors for intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy via a retrospective analysis. Then, 98 pregnant women with intrauterine death of fetuses in the third trimester of pregnancy were enrolled, who had undergone the induced labor of dead fetuses in our hospital from January, 2013 to January, 2015. By taking their disease conditions into considerations, methods of induced labor as softening of cervix with dinoprostone suppositories and amniotic infusion of ethacridine or oxytocin were performed, and the timely cesarean section for termination of pregnancy was performed...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410945/diagnostic-approach-in-fetal-coarctation-of-the-aorta-a-cost-utility-analysis
#19
Patrick D Evers, Daksha Ranade, Mark Lewin, Bhawna Arya
BACKGROUND: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is difficult to diagnose by fetal echocardiogram (F-Echo), often requiring multiple F-Echos during gestation and neonatal echocardiograms (N-Echos) after birth. Furthermore, CoA is the most common ductal-dependent lesion missed on routine physical exam. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the most cost-effective diagnostic approach in caring for infants in whom an initial F-Echo is concerning for CoA. METHODS: Four paradigms for management after initial F-Echo could not rule out CoA were compared, with a single paradigm involving additional F-Echos: (1) multiple F-Echos for diagnostic clarity and performance of N-Echo on neonates with remaining high suspicion for CoA on F-Echos (prenatal-multiple), (2) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on neonates with high suspicion for CoA on initial F-Echo (postnatal-selective), (3) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on all neonates (postnatal-all), and (4) no further F-Echo or N-Echo with reliance on routine physical exam to identify afflicted infants (postnatal-none)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403958/practice-of-pathological-examinations-in-stillbirths-a-10-year-retrospective-study
#20
F Jones, P Thibon, M Guyot, A Molin, C Jeanne-Pasquier, B Guillois, G Benoist, M Dreyfus
OBJECTIVES: To describe the practice of fetal and placental pathological examinations in a large series of spontaneous stillbirths over 10 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Inclusion of cases recorded by the Lower Normandy Regional Fetal-Infant Mortality Observatory (observatoire régional de mortalité fœto-infantile) from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2014. The possible cause of death was coded in accordance with the ReCoDe classification system. RESULTS: Seven hundred and forty-four cases were recorded...
January 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
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