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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301892/evaluating-the-performance-of-ultrasound-screening-for-congenital-heart-disease-a-descriptive-cohort-study
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Rosemary J Froehlich, Lindsay Maggio, Phinnara Has, Erika F Werner, Dwight J Rouse
Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate the rate of abnormal fetal echocardiogram after normal detailed anatomy ultrasound when both are performed by maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Study Design Retrospective review of women who underwent detailed anatomy ultrasound and fetal echocardiography between 16 and 26 weeks' gestation at a single center. Women included had at least one indication for fetal echocardiography as recommended by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and normal cardiac anatomy on initial detailed anatomy ultrasound...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295742/prognosis-of-isolated-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-using-lung-to-head-circumference-ratio-variability-across-centers-in-a-national-perinatal-network
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Marie-Victoire Senat, Hanane Bouchghoul, Julien Stirnemann, Pascal Vaast, Julia Boubnova, Laetitia Begue, Elizabeth Carricaburu, Agnes Sartor, Jacques Jani, Alexandra Benachi, Jean Bouyer
BACKGROUND: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a severe congenital anomaly. The observed to expected lung area-to-head circumference ratio (o/e-LHR) has been shown to provide a useful prediction of subsequent survival in fetuses with CDH in reference centers with expertise and a large caseload. However, the accuracy of o/e-LHR measurements in unselected fetal medicine units or in centers with less expertise is not well known. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate o/e-LHR measurement in prognostic evaluation of postnatal survival when the measurement is performed in fetal medicine units with different levels of expertise...
March 13, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295159/first-and-second-trimester-serum-tests-with-and-without-first-trimester-ultrasound-tests-for-down-s-syndrome-screening
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REVIEW
S Kate Alldred, Yemisi Takwoingi, Boliang Guo, Mary Pennant, Jonathan J Deeks, James P Neilson, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three copies of chromosome 21 (or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome) rather than two. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability. Non-invasive screening based on biochemical analysis of maternal serum or urine, or fetal ultrasound measurements, allows estimates of the risk of a pregnancy being affected and provides information to guide decisions about definitive testing.  Before agreeing to screening tests, parents need to be fully informed about the risks, benefits and possible consequences of such a test...
March 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277918/concordance-of-fetal-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-cardiac-disease-utilizing-updated-guidelines
#4
Marijo Aguilera, Kirsten Dummer
OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the concordance of prenatally diagnosed congenital cardiac disease with postnatal echocardiography. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who underwent fetal echocardiograms performed by pediatric cardiologists at a single referral center from January to December 2014 were reviewed. Fetal echocardiography exams were performed in accordance with guidelines by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines (2013 and 2014, respectively)...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242965/role-of-ultrasound-based-prenatal-prediction-of-pulmonary-function-in-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-does-it-have-prognostic-significance-postnatally
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Nupur Shah, Sujit Chowdhary, Anita Kaul
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The incidence of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in India is 1 in 1000. About 60 % of these are isolated, and the survival prognosis in them depends upon the quantum of contralateral functional lung. Out of the various pulmonary and extrapulmonary sonological predictors, observed to expected lung-head ratio (O/E LHR) is an efficient gestation-independent predictor of pulmonary function. This study was carried out to see the correlation of this prenatal predictor with the postnatal outcome depending on the pulmonary function...
February 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180199/ultrasound-and-mri-comprehensive-approach-in-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-osteochondrodysplasias-cases-series
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Costin Berceanu, Ioana Andreea Gheonea, Simona Vlădăreanu, Monica Mihaela Cîrstoiu, Radu Vlădăreanu, Claudia Mehedinţu, Sabina Berceanu, Răzvan Ciortea, Elvira Brătilă
AIM: To present the systematic ultrasonographic assessment in fetal osteochondrodysplasias and to evaluate the fetal MRI intake, as a complementary exploration to US, in the prenatal diagnosis and perinatal prognosis of fetal nonlethal osteochondrodysplasias. Material and methods: In this tertiary multicentre study were included 37 cases diagnosed prenatally with various entities in the category of nonlethal fetal osteochondrodysplasias. The initial diagnosis was carried out by the routine or detailed ultrasound examination...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165177/intrauterine-death-rate-in-gastroschisis-following-the-introduction-of-an-antenatal-surveillance-program-retrospective-observational-study
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Helen Perry, Costa Healy, Diana Wellesley, Nigel J Hall, Melanie Drewett, David M Burge, David T Howe
AIM: To investigate whether an antenatal surveillance protocol including ultrasound and cardiotocograph monitoring reduces intrauterine death (IUD) in cases of gastroschisis. Secondary outcomes included neonatal death rate, mode of delivery and rate of intervention before planned time of delivery. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study of all women with antenatally diagnosed gastroschisis who were managed according to the surveillance program between 2002 and 2015 in a tertiary fetal medicine and pediatric surgical center covering the Wessex region of England...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153573/development-and-assessment-of-a-novel-task-trainer-and-targeting-tasks-for-ultrasound-guided-invasive-procedures
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Joshua F Nitsche, Kristina M Shumard, Brian C Brost
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) recommends that all providers performing ultrasound-guided invasive procedures be competent in a core set of guidance skills common to all ultrasound-guided procedures, including in-plane and out-of-plane needle guidance and needle imaging optimization techniques such as probe translation, rotation, and heel-toe standoff. To allow for the practice and assessment of these core skills, we have created a novel task trainer and set of targeting tasks, and sought to obtain validity evidence in the content and response process domains for this training and assessment system according to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing...
January 30, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126366/testing-for-zika-virus-infection-in-pregnancy-key-concepts-to-deal-with-an-emerging-epidemic
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REVIEW
Catherine Eppes, Martha Rac, James Dunn, James Versalovic, Kristy O Murray, Melissa A Suter, Magda Sanz Cortes, Jimmy Espinoza, Maxim D Seferovic, Wesley Lee, Peter Hotez, Joan Mastrobattista, Steven L Clark, Michael A Belfort, Kjersti M Aagaard
Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne (Aedes genus) arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. Following epidemics in Micronesia and French Polynesia during the past decade, more recent Zika virus infection outbreaks were first reported in South America as early as May 2013 and spread to now 50 countries throughout the Americas. Although no other flavivirus has previously been known to cause major fetal malformations following perinatal infection, reports of a causal link between Zika virus and microcephaly, brain and ocular malformations, and fetal loss emerged from hard-hit regions of Brazil by October 2015...
March 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116216/subsequent-fertility-of-goats-with-prenatal-mortality-diagnosed-by-ultrasound-and-treated-by-pgf2%C3%AE-and-oxytetracycline
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A S Aban, R M Abdelghafar, M E Badawi, A M Almubarak
Thirteen Saanen and Saanen crossbred female goats, between the ages of 6 months and 7, years were presented to the clinic, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sudan University of Science and Technology, for sonographic pregnancy diagnosis. Transabdominal ultrasound was performed using 3.5 MHz probe which revealed non-viable fetuses as judged by absence of heart beats and movements. Twelve goats were given single i/m injection of PGF2α analogue and 5% oxytetracycline. Ten goats responded to the treatment and six of them became pregnant and gave birth within the normal gestational period...
2017: Veterinary Medicine International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114316/timing-of-gestational-weight-gain-on-fetal-growth-and-infant-size-at-birth-in-vietnam
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Melissa F Young, Phuong Hong Nguyen, O Yaw Addo, Hoa Pham, Son Nguyen, Reynaldo Martorell, Usha Ramakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the importance of timing of gestational weight gain during three time periods: 1: ≤ 20 weeks gestation), 2: 21-29 weeks) and 3: ≥ 30 weeks) on fetal growth and infant birth size. METHODS: Study uses secondary data from the PRECONCEPT randomized controlled trial in Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam (n = 1436). Prospective data were collected on women starting pre-pregnancy through delivery. Maternal conditional weight gain (CWG) was defined as window-specific weight gains, uncorrelated with pre-pregnancy body mass index and all prior body weights...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108156/the-role-of-ultrasound-in-women-who-undergo-cell-free-dna-screening
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Mary E Norton, Joseph R Biggio, Jeffrey A Kuller, Sean C Blackwell
The introduction of cell-free DNA screening for aneuploidy into obstetric practice in 2011 revolutionized the strategies utilized for prenatal testing. The purpose of this document is to review the current data on the role of ultrasound in women who have undergone or are considering cell-free DNA screening. The following are Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommendations: (1) in women who have already received a negative cell-free DNA screening screen, ultrasound at 11-14 weeks of gestation solely for the purpose of nuchal translucency measurement (Current Procedural Terminology code 76813) is not recommended (grade 1B); (2) we recommend that diagnostic testing should not be recommended to patients solely for the indication of an isolated soft marker in the setting of a negative cell-free DNA screen (grade 2B); (3) in women with an isolated soft marker without other clinical implications (ie, choroid plexus cyst or echogenic intracardiac focus) and a negative cell-free DNA screen, we recommend describing the finding as not clinically significant or as a normal variant (grade 2B); (4) in women with an isolated soft marker that has no other clinical implication (ie, choroid plexus cyst or echogenic intracardiac focus) and a negative first- or second-trimester screening result, we recommend describing the finding as not clinically significant or as a normal variant (grade 2B); (5) we recommend that all women in whom a structural abnormality is identified by ultrasound should be offered diagnostic testing with chromosomal microarray (grade 1A); and (6) we recommend against routine screening for microdeletions with cell-free DNA screening (grade 1B)...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079791/a-possible-new-approach-in-the-prediction-of-late-gestational-hypertension-the-role-of-the-fetal-aortic-intima-media-thickness
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Silvia Visentin, Ambrogio P Londero, Martina Camerin, Enrico Grisan, Erich Cosmi
The aim was to determine the predictive role of combined screening for late-onset gestational hypertension by fetal ultrasound measurements, third trimester uterine arteries (UtAs) Doppler imaging, and maternal history. This prospective study on singleton pregnancies was conducted at the tertiary center of Maternal and Fetal Medicine of the University of Padua during the period between January 2012 and December 2014. Ultrasound examination (fetal biometry, fetal wellbeing, maternal Doppler study, fetal abdominal aorta intima-media thickness [aIMT], and fetal kidney volumes), clinical data (mother age, prepregnancy body mass index [BMI], and parity), and pregnancy outcomes were collected...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065816/development-of-customized-fetal-growth-charts-in-twins
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Tullio Ghi, Federico Prefumo, Anna Fichera, Mariano Lanna, Enrico Periti, Nicola Persico, Elsa Viora, Giuseppe Rizzo
BACKGROUND: Twin gestations are at significantly higher risk of fetal growth restriction in comparison with singletons. Using fetal biometric charts customized for obstetrical and parental characteristics may facilitate an accurate assessment of fetal growth. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to construct reference charts for the gestation of fetal biometric parameters stratified by chorionicity and customized for obstetrical and parental characteristics...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041548/-heterotopic-pregnancy-following-in-vitro-fertilization-with-excision-of-ruptured-cornual-pregnancy-and-eventually-caesarean-section-close-to-term
#15
Jimmi Elers, Helle Zingenberg, Mette H Bing, Lene Paulsen
We describe a rare case of heterotopic pregnancy following in vitro fertilization with transferring of two embryos in a 39-year-old woman with previous bilateral salpingectomy. An ultrasound examination was performed on the day before admission showing a vital intrauterine pregnancy and no ectopic pregnancy. The woman was admitted with a ruptured cornual pregnancy at ten weeks of gestation. Laparotomy was performed on vital indication with excision of the ruptured haemorrhagic cornual pregnancy. The intrauterine pregnancy continued uneventfully with obstetric and fetal medicine specialist monitoring...
December 26, 2016: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997256/ultrasound-functional-evaluation-of-fetuses-with-myelomeningocele-study-of-the-interpretation-of-results
#16
A Maroto, T Illescas, M Meléndez, S Arévalo, C Rodó, J L Peiró, M Belfort, A Cuxart, E Carreras
OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability of the interpretation of a new technique for the ultrasound evaluation of the level of neurological lesion in fetuses with myelomeningocele. METHODS: Observational study including myelomeningocele fetuses, referred to our center for the sonographic assessment of the fetal lower-limb movements, made and recorded by an expert in Maternal-fetal medicine and a specialist in Rehabilitation. Two observers, with different levels of expertise and blinded to each other's results, interpreted each recorded scan two different times...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992943/hyperechogenic-bowel-etiologies-management-and-outcome-according-to-gestational-age-at-diagnosis-in-279-consecutive-cases-in-a-single-center
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Vincenzo Davide Catania, Alessandra Taddei, Marcella Pellegrino, Erika Adalgisa De Marco, Laura Merli, Carlo Manzoni, Lorenzo Nanni, Lucia Masini
Introduction The aim of the study was to investigate perinatal outcome of fetuses with hyperechogenic bowel (HB) in relation to gestational age at diagnosis. Materials and Methods This is a retrospective observational study of fetal HB cases from 2002 to 2012. Patients were divided into three groups according to trimester at diagnosis. For each group, data from fetal ultrasound examination, fetal medicine investigations, intrapartum cares, and neonatal outcome were obtained. Results A diagnosis of HB was made in 279 fetuses among them 17 (6%) during the first trimester, 186 (67%) during the second trimester, and 75 (27%) during the third trimester...
February 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988140/use-of-mri-in-the-diagnosis-of-fetal-brain-abnormalities-in-utero-meridian-a-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study
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Paul D Griffiths, Michael Bradburn, Michael J Campbell, Cindy L Cooper, Ruth Graham, Deborah Jarvis, Mark D Kilby, Gerald Mason, Cara Mooney, Stephen C Robson, Allan Wailoo
BACKGROUND: In-utero MRI (iuMRI) has shown promise as an adjunct to ultrasound but the comparative diagnostic performance has been poorly defined. We aimed to assess whether the diagnostic accuracy and confidence of the prenatal diagnosis of fetal brain abnormalities is improved with iuMRI and assess the clinical impact and patient acceptability of iuMRI. METHODS: We did a multicentre, prospective, cohort study in the UK, at 16 fetal medicine centres, of pregnant women aged 16 years or older whose fetus had a brain abnormality detected by ultrasound at a gestational age of 18 weeks or more, had no contraindications to iuMRI, and consented to enter the study...
February 4, 2017: Lancet
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...
February 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862084/intra-and-inter-observer-reproducibility-and-generalizability-of-first-trimester-uterine-artery-pulsatility-index-by-transabdominal-and-transvaginal-ultrasound
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Laura Marchi, Eva Zwertbroek, Judith Snelder, Maaike Kloosterman, Caterina Maddalena Bilardo
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of the study was to assess intra-observer and inter-observer reproducibility and generalizability (general reliability) of first trimester Doppler measurements of uterine arteries (UtA) performed both transabdominally (TA) and transvaginally (TV). Secondary aims were to investigate whether maternal BMI and acquisition modality (transabdominal or transvaginal) affect feasibility and reliability of UtA Doppler evaluation. METHODS: Singleton pregnancies between 11(+0) and 13(+6) weeks underwent TA and TV Doppler measurements of UtA prospectively, blindly and independently by Fetal Medicine Foundation-accredited operators...
December 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
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