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Dafina Petrova, Rocio Garcia-Retamero
Diagnostic information from prenatal screening for Down syndrome can help families prepare for the birth of a child with special needs or help them decide whether they want to continue with the pregnancy. Currently in the UK women are offered the combined screening test (a blood test and an ultrasound) that categorizes them into "higher risk" or "lower risk" groups (see www.nhs.uk). Women at higher risk are offered a diagnostic test, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). These diagnostic tests are invasive and carry a 0...
August 17, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809760/the-milestone-of-non-invasive-prenatal-identification-of-chromosomal-abnormalities-in-fetal-trophoblasts-recovered-from-maternal-blood
#2
Jaime Garcia-Heras
Two recent studies demonstrated that array CGH and NGS allow identification of chromosomal abnormalities in fetal trophoblasts circulating in maternal blood. This remarkable breakthrough paves the way for an improved assay that supersedes the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in cell-free fetal DNA. Furthermore, it is foreseeable to expand the use of this new genomic analysis in trophoblasts to uncover single gene mutations of clinical significance prenatally.
2017: Journal of the Association of Genetic Technologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798887/attitude-toward-prenatal-testing-and-termination-of-pregnancy-among-health-professionals-and-medical-students-in-saudi-arabia
#3
Nagwa E A Gaboon, Khadijah H Bakur, Alaa Y Edrees, Jumana Y Al-Aama
This study was aimed at assessing the attitude of health care professionals in Jeddah city toward prenatal diagnosis (PND) and termination of pregnancy (TOP). A cross-sectional study was conducted, and the participants completed a self-administered questionnaire. Approximately 82% of participants showed a consistent trend of accepting PND when appropriate, and 47.5% of the respondents were in favor of TOP if the fetus had a severe disease. Compared with men (69.3%), a significantly greater number of women (88%) accepted to have PND...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782502/society-for-maternal-fetal-medicine-smfm-consult-series-43-hepatitis-c-in-pregnancy-screening-treatment-and-management
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Brenna L Hughes, Charlotte M Page, Jeffrey A Kuller
In the United States, 1-2.5% of pregnant women are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), which carries an approximately 5% risk of transmission from mother to infant. HCV can be transmitted to the infant in utero or during the peripartum period, and infection during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of adverse fetal outcomes, including fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. The purpose of this document is to discuss the current evidence regarding HCV in pregnancy and to provide recommendations on screening, treatment, and management of this disease during pregnancy...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730216/the-importance-of-perinatal-autopsy-review-of-the-literature-and-series-of-cases
#5
Maria Şorop-Florea, Raluca Niculina Ciurea, Mihai Ioana, Alex Emilian Stepan, George Alin Stoica, Florentina Tănase, Maria Cristina Comănescu, Marius Bogdan Novac, Ioana Drăgan, Ciprian LaurenŢiu Pătru, Roxana Cristina Drăguşin, George Lucian Zorilă, Ovidiu Marian Cărbunaru, NuŢi Daniela Oprescu, Iuliana Ceauşu, Simona Vlădăreanu, Ştefania Tudorache, Dominic Gabriel Iliescu
Perinatal autopsy remains the gold-standard procedure used to establish the fetal, neonatal or infant abnormalities. Progressively, perinatal pathology has become a specialized field with important roles of audit for fetal prenatal diagnostic tools, in parents counseling regarding future pregnancies, in scientific research, for epidemiology of congenital abnormalities and teaching. The differences between prenatal ultrasound and autopsy reports represent a strong argument for the autopsy examination following termination of pregnancy...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727133/is-unexplained-elevated-maternal-serum-alpha-fetoprotein-still-important-predictor-for-adverse-pregnancy-outcome
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Derya Başbuğ, Alper Başbuğ, Cavidan Gülerman
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determined the predictive value of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) as a marker for adverse pregnancy outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was carried out at Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Women's Health Education and Research Hospital between 2009 and 2010. This study included a total of 1,177 pregnant women, including 170 in the study group and 1,007 in the control group. Pregnancy outcomes and characteristics were analyzed with regard to the MSAFP value...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726258/correlation-between-z-score-fetal-fraction-and-sequencing-reads-in-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
#7
Marie Balslev-Harder, Stine R Richter, Susanne Kjaergaard, Peter Johansen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702698/principles-of-first-trimester-screening-in-the-age-of-non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-screening-for-chromosomal-abnormalities
#8
REVIEW
Karl Oliver Kagan, Jiri Sonek, Philipp Wagner, Markus Hoopmann
PURPOSE: First trimester risk assessment for chromosomal abnormalities plays a major role in the contemporary pregnancy care. It has evolved significantly since its introduction in the 1990s, when it essentially consisted of just the nuchal translucency measurement. Today, it involves the measurement of several biophysical and biochemical markers and it is often combined with a cell-free DNA (cfDNA) analysis as a secondary test. METHODS: A search of the Medline and Embase databases was done looking for articles about first trimester aneuploidy screening...
July 12, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698954/principles-of-first-trimester-screening-in-the-age-of-non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-screening-for-other-major-defects-and-pregnancy-complications
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REVIEW
Karl Oliver Kagan, Jiri Sonek, Philipp Wagner, Markus Hoopmann
PURPOSE: First trimester risk assessment plays a major role in the contemporary pregnancy care. It has evolved significantly since its introduction in the 1990s when it essentially consisted of just the nuchal translucency measurement. Today, it involves the measurement of several biophysical and biochemical markers and can assess the risk for a wide array of major chromosomal and non-chromosomal defects as well as other pregnancy-related complications. METHODS: A search of the Medline and Embase databases was done looking for articles about first trimester screening...
July 11, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686807/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-non-invasive-prenatal-dna-testing-for-trisomy-21-implications-for-implementation-in-china
#10
Jiajie Jin, Junwen Yang, Yingyao Chen, Jiayan Huang
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review clinical validation studies of massive parallel sequencing (MPS) technology in prenatal screening for trisomy 21 and to explore the potential implementation strategies in China compared with those in developing countries. METHODS: Searches of the Cochrane Library, Medline, EMBASE, Web of Science, Biosis Previews, and three major Chinese databases were performed to identify all the peer-reviewed articles published between 1 January 2011 and 15 October 2016...
July 7, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685502/the-impact-of-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-on-anxiety-in-women-considered-at-high-or-low-risk-for-aneuploidy-after-combined-first-trimester-screening
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Zara Richmond, Ron Fleischer, Maya Chopra, Jason Pinner, Mario D'Souza, Yelena Fridgant, Jonathan Hyett
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) examine the psychological impact of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in women with a high-risk (≥1:300) and low-risk (≤1:301) result on combined First Trimester Screening (cFTS); and (2) to examine factors influencing anxiety and decision-making in both risk populations. METHOD: Questionnaires and structured interviews were administered to low (n = 50) and high (n =63) risk women at the time of NIPT blood draw (point A) and again at least one week after receiving their NIPT result (point B)...
July 6, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681452/views-of-the-obstetric-profession-on-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-a-national-survey
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Sara K Filoche, Beverley Lawton, Angela Beard, Peter Stone
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has been available in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) for approximately four years. It is likely to be introduced into the publicly funded prenatal screening service. AIM: To explore obstetrician use and views of NIPT, with consideration to its implementation into screening services for Down syndrome and other conditions. METHODS: An anonymous online survey combining Likert scales and free text was designed to assess current practice, knowledge, ethical considerations, counselling and views toward public funding of NIPT...
July 6, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667577/the-role-of-beaming-and-digital-pcr-for-multiplexed-analysis-in-molecular-oncology-in-the-era-of-next-generation-sequencing
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Jérôme Alexandre Denis, Erell Guillerm, Florence Coulet, Annette K Larsen, Jean-Marc Lacorte
BEAMing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and digital PCR (dPCR) are used for robust and accurate quantification of nucleic acids. These methods are particularly well suited for the identification of very small fractions (<1%) of variant copies such as the presence of mutant genes in a predominantly wild-type background. BEAMing and dPCR are increasingly used in diverse fields including bacteriology, virology, non-invasive prenatal testing, and oncology, in particular for the molecular analysis of liquid biopsies...
June 30, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667567/women-s-experience-with-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-and-emotional-well-being-and-satisfaction-after-test-results
#14
Rachèl V van Schendel, G C M Lieve Page-Christiaens, Lean Beulen, Caterina M Bilardo, Marjon A de Boer, Audrey B C Coumans, Brigitte H W Faas, Irene M van Langen, Klaske D Lichtenbelt, Merel C van Maarle, Merryn V E Macville, Dick Oepkes, Eva Pajkrt, Lidewij Henneman
Increasingly, high-risk pregnant women opt for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) instead of invasive diagnostic testing. Since NIPT is less accurate than invasive testing, a normal NIPT result might leave women less reassured. A questionnaire study was performed among pregnant women with elevated risk for fetal aneuploidy based on first-trimester combined test (risk ≥1:200) or medical history, who were offered NIPT in the nationwide Dutch TRIDENT study. Pre- and post-test questionnaires (n = 682) included measures on: experiences with NIPT procedure, feelings of reassurance, anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, STAI), child-related anxiety (PRAQ-R), and satisfaction...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665986/impact-of-prenatal-screening-on-the-prevalence-of-down-syndrome-in-slovenia
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Gorazd Rudolf, Nataša Tul, Ivan Verdenik, Marija Volk, Anamarija Brezigar, Nadja Kokalj Vokač, Nataša Jeršin, Bernarda Prosenc, Tanja Premru Sršen, Borut Peterlin
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of prenatal screening and genetic testing for trisomy 21 (T21) on the prevalence of T21 in Slovenia. DESIGN AND SETTING: Data about all prenatally and postnatally confirmed cases of T21 in Slovenia between 1981 and 2012 were collected retrospectively from all genetic laboratories in Slovenia. The expected number of babies with T21 according to maternal age was calculated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcomes measures were number of fetuses and newborn infants with T21 diagnosed prenatally and postnatally and the impact of advances in screening and genetic diagnostics on the prevalence of newborns with T21 in Slovenia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663415/non-invasive-prenatal-testing-use-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-in-down-syndrome-screening
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EDITORIAL
Imran Rafi, Melissa Hill, Judith Hayward, Lyn S Chitty
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654730/promises-pitfalls-and-practicalities-of-prenatal-whole-exome-sequencing
#17
Sunayna Best, Karen Wou, Neeta Vora, Ignatia B Van der Veyver, Ronald Wapner, Lyn S Chitty
Prenatal genetic diagnosis provides information for pregnancy and perinatal decision-making and management. In several small series, prenatal whole exome sequencing (WES) approaches have identified genetic diagnoses when conventional tests (karyotype and microarray) were not diagnostic. Here, we review published prenatal WES studies and recent conference abstracts. Thirty-one studies were identified, with diagnostic rates in series of five or more fetuses varying between 6.2% and 80%. Differences in inclusion criteria and trio versus singleton approaches to sequencing largely account for the wide range of diagnostic rates...
June 27, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647786/mosaic-embryo-transfer-after-oocyte-in-vitro-maturation-in-combination-with-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-nipt-first-report-of-a-euploid%C3%A2-live-birth
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Naomi Inoue, Rosmary Lopez, Andrea Delgado, Denisse Nuñez, Jimmy Portella, Luis Noriega-Hoces, Luis Guzmán
PURPOSES: The purpose of this study is to describe a healthy life birth after a mosaic embryo transfer in oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM). METHODS: Patient received minimal stimulation, starting on day 3 after menstrual period. No hCG trigger was administered. Oocyte retrieval was performed and oocytes were matured for 30 h. After denuding, mature oocytes were inseminated by ICSI. Embryos were cultured until blastocyst stage and biopsied. RESULTS: One euploid embryo after array comprehensive genome hybridization (aCGH) was diagnostic...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640470/contingent-first-trimester-screening-for-aneuploidies-with-cell-free-dna-in-a-danish-clinical-setting
#19
Caroline Borregaard Miltoft, Line Rode, Charlotte Kvist Ekelund, Karin Sundberg, Susanne Kjaergaard, Helle Zingenberg, Ann Tabor
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim was to compare the screening performance for Trisomy 21, of standard combined first trimester screening with referral to invasive testing at a cut-off at 1 in 300, with a contingent testing, consisting of referral to invasive testing at a 1 in 100 cut-off and referral to cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing for a risk between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000. METHODS: Singleton pregnant women with a combined first trimester risk ≥ 1 in 1000 were consecutively recruited from two Danish hospitals between August 2014 and May 2015...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635537/prenatal-diagnosis-tests-and-women-s-risk-perception-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Simona Fumagalli, Laura Antolini, Antonella Nespoli, Patrizia Vergani, Enrico Ferrazzi, Sara Oggioni, Anna Locatelli
OBJECTIVE: To investigate women's decision to undergo non-invasive and/or invasive tests for prenatal diagnosis depending on the procedure-related risk and the risk of carrying a foetus with Down syndrome (DS). Both risks are rated in terms of numerical relevance and acceptability. METHOD: A sample of 448 consecutive women with low-risk pregnancies were interviewed to collect social and clinical variables and to determine their perceptions of the risks of invasive procedure-related miscarriage and carrying a foetus with DS...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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