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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894704/antenatal-fetal-surveillance-in-multiple-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Dick Oepkes, Marieke Sueters
Multiple pregnancies occur either spontaneously or because of assisted reproduction techniques in 1-3% of pregnancies. The presence of more than one fetus in the womb is associated with a range of possible complications, both for the mother and fetuses. Early detection of these complications followed by timely and appropriate management will reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. The techniques, skills, and experience for timely detection of complications and managing them appropriately require sufficient training and exposure...
September 29, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893080/travel-associated-zika-virus-disease-acquired-in-the-americas-through-february-2016-a-geosentinel-analysis
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Davidson H Hamer, Kira A Barbre, Lin H Chen, Martin P Grobusch, Patricia Schlagenhauf, Abraham Goorhuis, Perry J J van Genderen, Israel Molina, Hilmir Asgeirsson, Phyllis E Kozarsky, Eric Caumes, Stefan H Hagmann, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Gilles Eperon, Elizabeth D Barnett, Emmanuel Bottieau, Andrea K Boggild, Philippe Gautret, Noreen A Hynes, Susan Kuhn, R Ryan Lash, Karin Leder, Michael Libman, Denis J M Malvy, Cecilia Perret, Camilla Rothe, Eli Schwartz, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Martin S Cetron, Douglas H Esposito
Background: Zika virus has spread rapidly in the Americas and has been imported into many nonendemic countries by travelers. Objective: To describe clinical manifestations and epidemiology of Zika virus disease in travelers exposed in the Americas. Design: Descriptive, using GeoSentinel records. Setting: 63 travel and tropical medicine clinics in 30 countries. Patients: Ill returned travelers with a confirmed, probable, or clinically suspected diagnosis of Zika virus disease seen between January 2013 and 29 February 2016...
November 22, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891787/evaluation-of-the-western-australian-register-of-developmental-anomalies-thirty-five-years-of-surveillance
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Wendy N Nembhard, Carol Bower
BACKGROUND: The birth defects component of the Western Australian Register for Developmental Anomalies (WARDA-BD) was evaluated to assess its efficiency, effectiveness, and data quality. METHODS: WARDA-BD was evaluated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Evaluating Public Health Surveillance Systems and Data Quality Standards from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. The evaluation included interviews with Register staff, local community organizations, parents, clinicians, and researchers; process observation; and secondary data analyses...
November 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891775/surveillance-of-ventricular-septal-defects-in-delaware
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Amy Acheson, Anika Vaidy, Kathleen Stomieroski, Dana R Thompson, Kristin M Maiden, Deborah B Ehrenthal, Samir Yezdani, Abdul Majeed Bhat, Robert Locke, Louis E Bartoshesky
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of ventricular septal defects (VSDs), a birth defect in which there is an opening in the wall that separates the left and right ventricles of the heart, seemed to be substantially higher in Delaware compared with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN). The Delaware Birth Defects Registry (BDR) noted their high prevalence of VSDs in comparison with other states. METHODS: A subset of children with a VSD born in 2007 through 2010 was identified from the complete reportable statewide defect list that the BDR creates each year...
November 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874184/antenatal-ultrasound-features-in-fetuses-with-gastroschisis-and-its-prediction-in-neonatal-outcome
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Jessica A Robertson, Roy M Kimble, Kellie Stockton, Renuka Sekar
BACKGROUND: Gastroschisis is the most common major congenital anomaly managed by paediatric surgeons. The significance of certain associated antenatal ultrasound features in determining fetal outcome is under discussion. AIM: The study aims to define if associated antenatal ultrasound features of gastroschisis are useful prognostic markers for fetal outcome. By establishing the significance of features, including extra- and intra-abdominal bowel dilatation, stomach herniation, stomach dilatation, bowel matting, growth restriction, abnormal umbilical artery (UA) Doppler ultrasounds, and abnormal amniotic fluid volume, it is hoped clinicians will have enhanced ability to counsel parents about the likely outcomes for their infant...
November 22, 2016: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858967/placental-pulsatility-index-a-new-more-sensitive-parameter-for-predicting-adverse-outcome-in-pregnancies-suspected-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Saemundur Gudmundsson, Kari Flo, Gisela Ghosh, Tom Wilsgaard, Ganesh Acharya
INTRODUCTION: The pulsatility indices (PI) of the umbilical (UA) and uterine (UtA) arteries are used as the surrogate measures of utero-placental perfusion. Combining the two might simplify the evaluation of total placental vascular impedance, possibly improve prediction of adverse outcomes and help to identify pregnancies with suspected fetal growth restriction that need more intense surveillance. MATERIAL AND METHODS: UA and UtA blood flow velocities were recorded using pulsed-wave Doppler in a longitudinal study of 53 low-risk pregnancies (248 observations) during 20-40 weeks of gestation...
November 17, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852037/placental-immune-editing-switch-pies-learning-about-immunomodulatory-pathways-from-a-unique-case-report
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Miguel H Bronchud, Francesc Tresserra, Wenjie Xu, Sarah Warren, Maite Cusido, Bernat Zantop, Ana Claudia Zenclussen, Alessandra Cesano
The hypothesis of this work is that, in order to escape the natural immune surveillance mechanisms, cancer cells and the surrounding microenvironment might express ectopically genes that are physiologically present in the placenta to mediate fetal immune-tolerance. These natural "placental immune-editing switch" mechanisms (PIES) may represent the result of millions of years of mammalian evolution developed to allow materno-fetal tolerance. Here, we introduce genes of the immune regulatory pathways that are either similarly over- or under-expressed in tumor vs normal tissue...
November 11, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824754/raspberry-leaf-and-hypoglycemia-in-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Kai I Cheang, Thanh T Nguyen, Nicole W Karjane, Kelsey E S Salley
BACKGROUND: Raspberry leaf is commonly consumed by pregnant women. Hypoglycemic effects have been documented with other species within the plant family. Whether raspberry leaf affects glycemic control in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is unknown. CASE: A 38-year-old nulliparous woman with GDM developed hypoglycemia requiring lowered insulin dose after consuming raspberry leaf tea at 32 weeks of gestation. The temporal relationship was confirmed by the patient's self-withdrawal and reintroduction of the herb...
December 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788415/increasing-possibilities-increasing-dilemmas-a-qualitative-study-of-swedish-midwives-experiences-of-ultrasound-use-in-pregnancy
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Kristina Edvardsson, Ann Lalos, Annika Åhman, Rhonda Small, Sophie Graner Md PhD, Ingrid Mogren
OBJECTIVE: to explore Swedish midwives' experiences and views of the use of obstetric ultrasound in clinical management of pregnancy, and in situations where maternal and fetal health interests conflict. DESIGN: an exploratory qualitative study based on focus group discussions (FGDs) was undertaken in 2013 as part of the CROss Country Ultrasound Study (CROCUS). Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: midwives (N=25) were recruited from four public hospitals located in the northern and central parts of Sweden...
September 22, 2016: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776847/-mode-of-delivery-in-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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N Mottet, D Riethmuller
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the benefit/risk balance of way of birth according to fetal presentation, to assess monitoring during preterm labor, to discuss method of delivery and practice of delayed cord clamping in case of spontaneous preterm birth. METHODS: Bibliographic research from the Pubmed database and recommendations issued by the main scientific societies, and assignment of a level of evidence and a recommendation grade. RESULTS: In case of vertex presentation, no studies suggest that cesarean section improve neonatal outcome during spontaneous preterm birth (LE4)...
October 21, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760522/amniotic-fluid-embolism-as-a-cause-of-maternal-mortality-in-china-between-1996-and-2013-a-population-based-retrospective-study
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Yi Mu, Nolan McDonnell, Zhuoyang Li, Juan Liang, Yanping Wang, Jun Zhu, Elizabeth Sullivan
BACKGROUND: To analyse the maternal mortality ratio, demographic and pregnancy related details in women who suffered a fatal amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) in China. METHODS: A retrospective population based study using data collected as part of the National Maternal Mortality Surveillance System between 1996 and 2013. Data were collected onto a standardised form from women whose cause of death was listed as being secondary to AFE. RESULTS: Records were available for 640 deaths...
October 19, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756534/antenatal-fetal-surveillance-assessment-of-the-afv
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Dawn S Hughes, Everett F Magann
The evaluation of amniotic fluid volume (AFV) is an established part of the antenatal surveillance of pregnancies at risk for an adverse pregnancy outcome. The two most commonly used ultrasound techniques to estimate AFV are the amniotic fluid index (AFI) and the single deepest pocket (SDP). Four studies have defined normal AFVs, and although their normal volumes have similarities, there are also differences primarily due to the statistical methodology used in each study. Dye-determined AFV correlates with ultrasound estimates for normal fluid volumes but correlates poorly for oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios...
September 16, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753589/chorioamniotic-membrane-separation-found-on-routine-testing-in-an-otherwise-asymptomatic-woman-with-late-preterm-twin-gestation
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Sarah M Holmen, Tiki Bakhshi, Maria M Molina, Larissa F Weir
BACKGROUND: Chorioamniotic membrane separation (CMS) is a rare finding that is commonly preceded by invasive fetal procedures. The presence of CMS can also be associated with uncommon maternal or fetal conditions as well as preterm delivery, amniotic band syndrome, umbilical cord complications, and fetal and neonatal death. It is classified as a high-risk antepartum condition due to the significant fetal morbidity and mortality that may ensue. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old gravida 5 para 1212 at 35 weeks presented for antepartum fetal testing...
October 2016: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752931/pharmacological-management-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Riki Bergel, Eran Hadar, Yoel Toledano, Moshe Hod
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common morbidities complicating pregnancy, with short- and long-term consequences to the mothers, fetuses, and newborns. Management and treatment are aimed to achieve best possible glycemic control, while avoiding hypoglycemia and ensuring maternal and fetal safety. It involves behavioral modifications, nutrition and medications, if needed; concurrent with maternal and fetal surveillance for possible adverse outcomes. This review aims to elaborate on the pharmacological options for GDM therapy...
November 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745612/improved-ascertainment-of-pregnancy-associated-suicides-and-homicides-in-north-carolina
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Anna E Austin, Catherine J Vladutiu, Kathleen A Jones-Vessey, Tammy S Norwood, Scott K Proescholdbell, M Kathryn Menard
INTRODUCTION: Injuries, including those resulting from violence, are a leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period. North Carolina, along with other states, has implemented surveillance systems to improve reporting of maternal deaths, but their ability to capture violent deaths is unknown. The purpose of this study was to quantify the improvement in ascertainment of pregnancy-associated suicides and homicides by linking data from the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) to traditional maternal mortality surveillance files...
November 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741551/thyroid-cancer-in-pregnancy
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Sophia S Yu, Lindsay A Bischoff
Owing to the young median age of diagnosis, thyroid cancer in women can coincide with pregnancy and affect its management. The evaluation of a thyroid nodule in pregnant women is similar to that in nonpregnant women, but special consideration must be taken for the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its sequelae in pregnancy. The initial comprehensive exam for pregnant and nonpregnant women includes evaluation of the biochemical function and structure of the thyroid gland, and then fine-needle aspiration biopsy of any suspicious nodule...
November 2016: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729252/lower-perinatal-mortality-in-preterm-born-twins-than-in-singletons-a-nationwide-study-from-the-netherlands
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Blanka Vasak, Jessica J Verhagen, Steven V Koenen, Maria P H Koster, P A O M de Reu, Arie Franx, Jan G Nijhuis, Gouke J Bonsel, Gerard H A Visser
BACKGROUND: Twin pregnancies are at increased risk for perinatal morbidity and mortality, due to many factors including a high incidence of preterm delivery. Compared to singleton pregnancies overall perinatal mortality risk is higher in twin pregnancies, however for the preterm period perinatal mortality has been reported to be lower in twins. OBJECTIVE: To compare perinatal mortality in relation to gestational age at birth between singleton and twin pregnancies, taken into account socioeconomic status, fetal sex and parity...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27722962/chronic-hypertension-and-pregnancy
#18
Luís Guedes-Martins
Chronic hypertension is frequently encountered during pregnancy and needs to be distinguished from other hypertensive complications of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. The prevalence of this pregnancy complication is attributable to the increased prevalence of obesity and maternal age at childbearing. Women with chronic arterial hypertension are at increased risk for several pregnancy complications, including superimposed preeclampsia, caesarean delivery, preterm delivery <37 weeks gestation, birth weight <2500 g, neonatal unit admission, and perinatal death...
October 9, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661658/committee-opinion-no-677-antenatal-corticosteroid-therapy-for-fetal-maturation
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Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes. A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 0/7 weeks and 33 6/7 weeks of gestation, including for those with ruptured membranes and multiple gestations. It also may be considered for pregnant women starting at 23 0/7 weeks of gestation who are at risk of preterm delivery within 7 days, based on a family's decision regarding resuscitation, irrespective of membrane rupture status and regardless of fetal number...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661650/committee-opinion-no-677-summary-antenatal-corticosteroid-therapy-for-fetal-maturation
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Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes. A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 0/7 weeks and 33 6/7 weeks of gestation, including for those with ruptured membranes and multiple gestations. It also may be considered for pregnant women starting at 23 0/7 weeks of gestation who are at risk of preterm delivery within 7 days, based on a family's decision regarding resuscitation, irrespective of membrane rupture status and regardless of fetal number...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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