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amniotic fluid measurements

Kamal Niaz, Mohammad Abdollahi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a deadly flavivirus that has spread from Africa to Asia and European countries. The virus is associated with other viruses in the same genus or family, transmitted by the same mosquito species with known history of fatality. A sudden increase in the rate of infection from ZIKV has made it a global health concern, which necessitates close symptom monitoring, enhancing treatment options, and vaccine production. This paper reviewed current reports on birth defects associated with ZIKV, mode of transmission, body fluids containing the virus, diagnosis , possible preventive measures or treatments, and vaccine development...
October 18, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
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
Jennifer Weida, Avinash S Patil, Frank P Schubert, Gail Vance, Holli Drendel, Angela Reese, Stephen Dlouhy, Shaochun Bai, Men-Jean Lee
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the incidence of maternal cell contamination (MCC) in the first few milliliters of amniotic fluid withdrawn during amniocentesis. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed. The initial 2-3 ml of amniotic fluid withdrawn during amniocentesis was divided into direct analysis (uncultured) and cultured samples. A matching maternal buccal swab was obtained for MCC testing. MCC was determined by short-tandem repeat analysis...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Liran Hiersch, Mayan Eitan, Eran Ashwal, Boaz Weisz, Benny Chayen, Shlomo Lipitz, Yoav Yinon
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the risk for twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) and adverse perinatal outcome in monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twin pregnancies with amniotic fluid discordance (AFD). METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 34 MCDA pregnancies with AFD (intertwin difference of ≥3 cm in maximal vertical pocket measurement) without meeting the criteria for twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) or selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR)...
October 12, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Neeta L Vora, Lisa Smeester, Kim Boggess, Rebecca C Fry
Second-trimester amniotic fluid supernatant (AFS) contains cell-free fetal RNA (cffRNA) transcripts that can provide information about fetal gene expression. In a retrospective case-control study, we measured second-trimester fetal gene expression using cffRNA extracted from AFS in women who had spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) <34 weeks and in women who delivered >37 weeks. We extracted cffRNA from AFS of women with singletons who had second-trimester genetic amniocenteses. Twenty-one gravidas who had sPTB and 21 term controls were matched 1:1 for maternal age, fetal sex, race, gestational age (GA) at the time of amniocentesis, and medication exposure...
September 27, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
Enrica Zucca, Emanuela Corsini, Valentina Galbiati, Anna Lange-Consiglio, Francesco Ferrucci
BACKGROUND: Data obtained in both animal models and clinical trials suggest that cell-based therapies represent a potential therapeutic strategy for lung repair and remodeling. Recently, new therapeutic approaches based on the use of stem cell derivatives (e.g., conditioned medium (CM) and microvesicles (MVs)) to regenerate tissues and improve their functions were proposed. The aim of this study was to investigate the immunomodulatory effects of equine amniotic mesenchymal cell derivatives on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced cytokine production in equine alveolar macrophages, which may be beneficial in lung inflammatory disorders such as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) in horses...
2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
G J Chan, M Silverman, M Zaman, A Murillo-Chaves, A Mahmud, A H Baqui, T K Boyd
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the association between chorioamnionitis, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study of 600 pregnant women was conducted at a maternity center in Dhaka from January to October 2011. Outcomes included histologic, microbiologic and clinical chorioamnionitis. Log-binomial models assessed the association between risk factors and histologic chorioamnionitis (HC). RESULTS: Of the 552 women with placental specimens, 70 (12...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Assaad Kesrouani, Elie Chalhoub, Elie El Rassy, Mirna Germanos, Aline Khazzaka, Jamale Rizkallah, Elie Attieh, Norma Aouad
In this article second trimester amniotic fluid biomarkers are measured for correlation with preterm delivery. One additional milliliter of amniotic fluid is collected during amniocentesis for dosages of IL-6, MMP-9, CRP and glucose levels, along with maternal serum CRP and glucose. MMP-9 and Il-6 levels were measured with the corresponding Human Quantikine(R) ELISA Kit (R&D systems) according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Cut-off values for AF MMP-9 and IL-6 were fixed by the kit sensitivity thresholds...
December 2016: Data in Brief
D Sarrouilhe, C Dejean
The etiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is believed to be multifactorial and to involve genetic and environmental components. Environmental chemical exposures are increasingly understood to be important in causing neurotoxicity in fetuses and newborns. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States suggest a substantial increase in ASD prevalence, only partly explicable by factors such as diagnostic substitution. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ubiquitous xenoestrogen widely employed in a variety of consumer products including plastic and metal food and beverage containers, dental sealants and fillings, medical equipment and thermal receipts...
September 9, 2016: L'Encéphale
Jorge Andrés Carvajal, Fernando Andrés Ferrer, Francisca Isabel Araya, Ana María Delpiano
INTRODUCTION: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is synthesized by human fetal membranes, both the amnion and chorion. This locally produced BNP inhibits the contraction of the human myometrium, contributing to the maintenance of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy. Reference values for NT-proBNP concentrations in amniotic fluid at different gestational ages have not been completely defined. We aimed to investigate the range of fetal NT-proBNP values in amniotic fluid in normal pregnancy between 17 and 41weeks of gestation...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Augusto F Schmidt, Paranthaman S Kannan, Claire A Chougnet, Steve C Danzer, Lisa A Miller, Alan H Jobe, Suhas G Kallapur
BACKGROUND: Chorioamnionitis is associated with an increased risk of brain injury in preterm neonates. Inflammatory changes in brain could underlie this injury. Here, we evaluated whether neuroinflammation is induced by chorioamnionitis in a clinically relevant model. METHODS: Rhesus macaque fetuses were exposed to either intra-amniotic (IA) saline, or IA lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (1 mg) 16 or 48 h prior to delivery at 130 days (85 % of gestation) (n = 4-5 animals/group)...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Nabih I El Khouly, Osama A Elkelani, Said A Saleh
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the value of combining the estimated fetal weight (EFW) and amniotic fluid index (AFI) measured in term patients early in labor with intact membranes for prediction of macrosomia. METHODS: In a single center, prospective observational study, 600 patients in the first stage of labor before rupture of membranes in whom ultrasonography was performed to measure AFI and EFW, and these data were analyzed statistically to evaluate prediction of fetal macrosomia...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
J Thuróczy, J Szilágyi, L Müller, L Balogh
Thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) concentrations in pregnant and nonpregnant bitches were measured. The allantoic and amniotic fluid samples were collected separately in the third week of pregnancy, and fetal blood samples were collected in the fourth week of pregnancy. There was no difference between T4 results in the pregnant and nonpregnant animals, but the measured serum concentrations exceeded the healthy range for normal adults. Serum T4 concentrations were lower in the fetus than those in adults (P < 0...
July 21, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
Sung Eui Lee, Seung Chul Kim, Ki Hyung Kim, Man Soo Yoon, Wan Kyu Eo, Ari Kim, Young Ok Kim
OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether the level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), placental growth factor (PlGF), and soluble VEGF receptor-1 (sFlt-1) in midtrimester amniotic fluid of preterm birth have different values compared with term delivery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our participants were 86 pregnant women who had undergone amniocentesis from 16 to 19 weeks of gestation. Forty-three cases were women with preterm delivery, and the other 43 cases were matched women with full-term delivery...
August 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Rehab H Ashour, Mohamed-Ahdy Saad, Mohamed-Ahmed Sobh, Fatma Al-Husseiny, Mohamed Abouelkheir, Amal Awad, Doaa Elghannam, Hassan Abdel-Ghaffar, Mohamed Sobh
BACKGROUND: The paracrine and regenerative activities of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may vary with different stem cell sources. The aim of the present study is to compare the effects of MSCs from different sources on acute kidney injury (AKI) induced by cisplatin and their influence on renal regeneration. METHODS: A single intraperitoneal injection of cisplatin (5 mg/kg) was used to induce AKI in 120 Sprague-Dawley rats. Rats were treated with either rat bone marrow stem cells (rBMSCs), human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hADSCs), or human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (hAFSCs)...
2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Hatice Akkaya, Barış Büke, Meryem Kuru Pekcan, Kıvanç Şahin, Gülsüm Uysal, Gülin Feykan Yeğin, Ayşe Filiz Avşar, Fulya Çağlı
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between entanglement of umbilical cord around the fetal neck and adverse perinatal outcomes. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, perinatal outcomes of 218 pregnancies complicated with nuchal cord (NC) (study group) were compared with 190 uncomplicated pregnancies (control group). Main outcome measures were umbilical cord pH values, APGAR scores and cesarean section (C/S) rates. Fetal distress was stated as an abnormal heart rate pattern on electronic fetal heart monitorization...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Emeka John Agwu, Anthony C Ugwu, Samuel L Shem, Muhammed Abba
BACKGROUND: Amniotic fluid (AF) is one of the major determinants of fetal biophysical profile and can predict pregnancy outcome. Abnormal value of amniotic fluid index (AFI) may indicate fetal and maternal disorders. PURPOSE: To establish reference standards for AFI for this population after 28 weeks of pregnancy and evaluate the relationship between AFI, the estimated fetal weight (EFWT), and fetal gender. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional estimation of AFI and FWT was done in 385 apparently healthy pregnant women in the gestational age range of 28-42 weeks...
August 2016: Acta Radiologica Open
Marina Gabriela Monteiro Carvalho Mori da Cunha, Silvia Zia, Diego Vilibaldo Beckmann, Marianne Sylvia Carlon, Fanny Oliveira Arcolino, Maarten Albersen, Ney Luis Pippi, Dominguita Lühers Graça, Conny Gysemans, Peter Carmeliet, Elena Levtchenko, Jan Deprest, Jaan Toelen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if the up-regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor strengthens the protective effect of amniotic fluid stem cells in a renal ischemia-reperfusion injury model. DESIGN: Randomized animal study. SETTINGS: University research laboratory. SUBJECTS: A total of 40 males 12-week-old Wistar rats were subjected to ischemia-reperfusion and assigned to four groups: amniotic fluid stem cells, vascular endothelial growth factor-amniotic fluid stem cells in two different doses, and vehicle...
August 19, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
A Samuelsson, J M Pombo, C W Coen, C Mallard, P Gressens, L Poston
OBJECTIVE: Mounting evidence suggests that an overactive immune response during pregnancy may alter the development of the central nervous system in the foetus. An increased concentration of pro-inflammatory cytokines has been demonstrated in amniotic fluid of obese pregnancy. This study investigate if low-chronic inflammation, during brain development may have enduring effects on hypothalamic immune response leading to autonomic disturbances and sympathetic mediated hypertension arising from maternal obesity...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Maria Gańczak, Agnieszka Brodowska
Zika virus (ZIKAV) infections could potentially occur in Poland due to international travel made by its nationals to regions where the Aedes mosquito is active. A causal relationship between prenatal ZIKAV infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies has been found due to the time association between the infection in pregnancy and a presence of congenital nervous system malformations, together with the detectable pathogen in amniotic fluid and fetus's tissues. Two ZIKAV infection cases of pregnant women who were diagnosed with fetal microcephaly in the state of Paraiba, Brazil, later described in Ultrasound Obstetrics and Gynecology by Oliveira Mello et al...
2016: Ginekologia Polska
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