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Ultrasound fetal medicine

Charlotte Rosenkrantz Bodin, Mikkel Mylius Rasmussen, Ann Tabor, Lena Westbom, Eleonor Tiblad, Charlotte Kvist Ekelund, Camilla Bernt Wulff, Ida Vogel, Olav Bjørn Petersen
Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the incidence, the prenatal detection rate by ultrasound, and the pregnancy outcome of spina bifida (SB) in Denmark (DK) in 2008-2015 and to compare results to national data from Sweden. Methods: Data were retrieved from the Danish Fetal Medicine Database, which includes International Classification of Diseases- (ICD-) 10 codes for pre- or postnatally diagnoses and pregnancy outcome. Missing data were obtained from the National Patient Register...
2018: BioMed Research International
Ana Maria Vayna, Alina Veduta, Simona Duta, Anca Maria Panaitescu, Sabrina Stoica, Natalia Buinoiu, Florina Nedelea, Gheorghe Peltecu
OBJECTIVES: To assess the performance of first-trimester ultrasound (US) in identifying major fetal structural abnormalities in an unselected population. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of all pregnancies that underwent the 11- to 14-week scan in the Fetal Medicine Department of Filantropia Hospital in Bucharest, which were prospectively examined within our screening program. The purpose of the first-trimester US was to evaluate the risk for chromosomal abnormalities and to conduct fetal anatomic examination using a detailed protocol...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Kenneth Lim, Kimberly Butt, Joan M Crane
OBJECTIVES: To review (1) the use of ultrasonographic-derived cervical length measurement in predicting preterm birth and (2) interventions associated with a short cervical length. OUTCOMES: Reduction in rates of prematurity and/or better identification of those at risk, as well as possible prevention of unnecessary interventions. EVIDENCE: Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed and The Cochrane Library up to December 2009, using appropriate controlled vocabulary and key words (preterm labour, ultrasound, cervix, incompetent cervix, transvaginal, transperineal, cervical length, fibronectin)...
February 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Christopher Flatley, Sailesh Kumar, Ristan M Greer
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to create reference ranges for the fetal Middle Cerebral artery Pulsatility Index (MCA PI), Umbilical Artery Pulsatility Index (UA PI) and the Cerebro-Placental Ratio (CPR) in a clearly defined low-risk cohort using the Generalised Additive Model for Location, Shape and Scale (GAMLSS) method. METHODS: Prospectively collected cross-sectional biometry and Doppler data from low-risk women attending the Mater Mother's Hospital, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Department in Brisbane, Australia between January 2010 and April 2017 were used to derive gestation specific centiles for the MCA PI, UA PI and CPR...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Victoria Arruga Novoa Y Novoa, Laura F Sutton, Allan E Neis, Amber M Marroquin, Tamara A Freimund, Tracey M Coleman, Kathleen A Praska, Krystal L Ruka, Vicki L Warzala, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Rodrigo Ruano
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the reproducibility of standardization of lung-to-head ratio measurements in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at our center among sonographers after we standardized the method. METHODS: We reviewed ultrasound images of 12 fetuses with CDH at Mayo Clinic from 2010 to 2016. Nine operators (1 maternal-fetal medicine specialist with experience in measuring the lung-to-head ratio and 8 sonographers), who were blinded to previous findings, reviewed 33 selected images from 12 fetuses with left CDH...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Bruna Maria Lopes Barbosa, Agatha S Rodrigues, Mario Henrique Burlacchini Carvalho, Roberto Eduardo Bittar, Rossana Pulcineli Vieira Francisco, Lisandra Stein Bernardes
BACKGROUND: To evaluate possible predictive factors of spontaneous prematurity in fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed. Inclusion criteria were presence of CDH; absence of fetoscopy; absence of karyotype abnormality; maximum of one major malformation associated with diaphragmatic hernia; ultrasound monitoring at the Obstetrics Clinic of Clinicas Hospital at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, from January 2001 to October 2014...
January 12, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Raul Moreira Neto, Selma Porovic
Fetal neurology is evolving as an area of great interest in prenatal diagnosis and fetal medicine. The identification and diagnosis of brain damage prenatally has been a great challenge in obstetrics for many years. Investigations of fetal behavior in comparison with morphological studies led to the conclusion that fetal behavioral patterns directly reflect developmental and maturational processes of the fetal central nervous system (CNS). Four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound has greatly improved the assessment of the quality of the fetal spontaneous movements, and enabled a better evaluation of fetal behavior...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Nicolas Mottet, Sébastien Aubry, Chrystelle Vidal, Guillaume Boiteux, Jean-Patrick Metz, Didier Riethmuller, Lionel Pazart, Rajeev Ramanah
INTRODUCTION: 2-D ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) could be considered as a new noninvasive tool for monitoring fetal lung development based on evaluation of mechanical properties during pregnancy. Interesting results are available concerning the use of SWE on developing organs, especially on premature infants and animal models. The main objective in this study is to evaluate the feasibility of 2-D SWE in human fetal lungs between 24 and 34 weeks of gestation (WG). The secondary objective is to modellise fetal lung-to-liver elastography ratio (LLE ratio) and to assess variations between normal lung and lung surfactant-enriched after a corticosteroids course indicated for a threatened preterm labour (TPL)...
December 26, 2017: BMJ Open
Diana W Bianchi
Circulating DNA fragments in a pregnant woman's plasma derive from three sources: placenta, maternal bone marrow, and fetus. Prenatal sequencing to noninvasively screen for fetal chromosome abnormalities is performed on this mixed sample; results can therefore reflect the maternal as well as the fetoplacental DNA. Although it is recommended that pretest counseling include the possibility of detecting maternal genomic imbalance, this seldom occurs. Maternal abnormalities that can affect a prenatal screening test result include disorders that affect the size and metabolism of DNA, such as B12 deficiency, autoimmune disease, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy...
December 7, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Caroline Diguisto, Norbert Winer, Guillaume Benoist, Helene Laurichesse Delmas, Jerome Potin, Aurélien Binet, Hubert Lardy, Baptiste Morel, Franck Perrotin
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of in utero aspiration for anechoic fetal ovarian cysts. METHODS: This multicenter, prospective, randomized open trial with two parallel groups included women from nine outpatient fetal medicine departments with singleton pregnancies ≥ 28 weeks of gestation, a female fetus with an ultrasound-diagnosed simple ovarian cyst, defined as a single fully anechoic cystic structure measuring ≥ 30 mm. They were randomly allocated to in utero cyst aspiration under ultrasound guidance or expectant management...
December 5, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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April 2017: PLoS Medicine
Kristy Cho, Caitlin Dunne, Arianne Y K Albert, Jon C Havelock
OBJECTIVE(S): To determine whether an association exists between small crown-rump length (CRL) and adverse obstetrical outcomes in pregnancies conceived by IVF and to compare a CRL reference based on IVF pregnancies to a reference based on spontaneous pregnancies. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. CRL was classified as small by comparing it with the local university hospital maternal fetal medicine standard and the Monash IVF reference chart. SETTING: University-affiliated fertility center...
January 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Charlotte Gimpel, Fred E Avni, Carsten Bergmann, Metin Cetiner, Sandra Habbig, Dieter Haffner, Jens König, Martin Konrad, Max C Liebau, Lars Pape, Georg Rellensmann, Andrea Titieni, Constantin von Kaisenberg, Stefanie Weber, Paul J D Winyard, Franz Schaefer
Importance: Prenatal and neonatal cystic kidney diseases are a group of rare disorders manifesting as single, multiple unilateral, or bilateral cysts or with increased echogenicity of the renal cortex without macroscopic cysts. They may be accompanied by grossly enlarged kidneys, renal oligohydramnios, pulmonary hypoplasia, extrarenal abnormalities, and neonatal kidney failure. The prognosis is extremely variable from trivial to very severe or even uniformly fatal, which poses significant challenges to prenatal counseling and management...
January 1, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
Yufeng Deng, Mark L Palmeri, Ned C Rouze, Clare M Haystead, Kathryn R Nightingale
Harmonic imaging techniques have been applied in ultrasonic elasticity imaging to obtain higher-quality tissue motion tracking data. However, harmonic tracking can be signal-to-noise ratio and penetration depth limited during clinical imaging, resulting in decreased yield of successful shear wave speed measurements. A logical approach is to increase the source pressure, but the in situ pressures used in diagnostic ultrasound have been subject to a de facto upper limit based on the Food and Drug Administration guideline for the mechanical index (MI <1...
February 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
George R Saade, Elizabeth A Thom, William A Grobman, Jay D Iams, Brian M Mercer, Uma M Reddy, Alan T N Tita, Dwight J Rouse, Yoram Sorokin, Ronald J Wapner, Kenneth J Leveno, Sean C Blackwell, M Sean Esplin, Jorge E Tolosa, John M Thorp, Steve N Caritis, J Peter VanDorsten
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the presence of cervical funneling or intra-amniotic debris identified in the second trimester is associated with higher rates of preterm birth (PTB) in asymptomatic nulliparous women with a midtrimester cervical length (CL) less than 30 mm (i.e., less than the 10(th) percentile). METHODS: A secondary cohort analysis of a multicenter trial of women between 16 and 22 weeks with a singleton gestation and a CL less than 30 mm by transvaginal ultrasound randomized to either 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate or placebo...
November 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Bing Song, Zhao-Lian Wei, Xiao-Feng Xu, Xue Wang, Xiao-Jin He, Huan Wu, Ping Zhou, Yun-Xia Cao
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the incidence and risk factors for monochorionic diamniotic(MC-DA) twinning after assisted reproductive technologies (ART). DESIGN: Retrospective population-based study. SETTING: The study was conducted in China; Department of Reproductive Medicine Center at The First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University. POPULATION: A cohort of 8860 clinical pregnancies after embryo transfer (ET) carried out in our center between 2011 and 2016 were retrospectively analyzed for the incidence of MC-DA twinning...
2017: PloS One
Ankita Kulkarni, Jennifer Powel, Michael Aziz, Leena Shah, Susan Lashley, Carlos Benito, Yinka Oyelese
OBJECTIVES: To assess the accuracy and effectiveness of routine screening for vasa previa, to describe our experience, and to assess factors that contribute to missed cases of vasa previa. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study of all cases of vasa previa from a single maternal-fetal medicine service between 2009 and 2017 was performed. Ultrasound findings and obstetric and neonatal outcomes were reviewed and analyzed. RESULTS: Thirty-five cases of vasa previa were identified...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
F J Murcia Pascual, L Delgado Cotán, V Jiménez Crespo, F Vázquez Rueda, E Rodríguez Cano, M Miño Mora, R M Paredes Esteban
OBJECTIVES: To assess the accuracy of prenatal ultrasound diagnosis and to analyze the protocol applied for congenital defects (CD) in our environment. METHODS: Descriptive study of prenatally diagnosed CD in our area between 2004-2013. Includes: total births, fetal medicine referrals (number of consultations, ultrasound, invasive techniques) anatomical and chromosomal abnormalities, confirmed diagnoses, necropsies performed, false diagnoses, absence of prenatal diagnoses, and number and reasons for abortions (VIEs)...
July 20, 2017: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Everett F Magann, Lisa S Newton, Susan A Barr
BACKGROUND A case report of urethral diverticulum complicating pregnancy is presented. The diagnosis and management are challenging because of the rare nature of this condition, the varied presentations and differential diagnoses, and the possibility of misdiagnosis. CASE REPORT A 25-year-old primigravida with scheduled induction of labor at 39 weeks gestation due to gestational diabetes mellitus presented for a routine antenatal appointment at 38 weeks and four days. On digital cervical examination, she was found to have a large semi-solid anterior vaginal mass, shown by trans-vaginal ultrasound to have a nearly solid appearance of a 5×7 cm mass with septation...
October 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
Laura Marchi, Claudia Gaini, Chiara Franchi, Federico Mecacci, Caterina Bilardo, Lucia Pasquini
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of the study was to investigate intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of Uterine Artery (UtA) Pulsatility Index (PI) in the third trimester of pregnancy. The secondary aim of the study was to examine whether high maternal Body Mass Index (BMI) or gestational age (GA) influence the reliability of this measurement. METHODS: Singleton pregnancies in women with known BMI were recruited between 30(+0) and 40(+0) weeks. UtA PI Doppler measurements were performed prospectively, independently and blindly by two Fetal Medicine Foundation accredited operators...
September 27, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
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