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Neonatal ultrasound

Karl-Heinz Deeg
Prenatal, neonatal meningoencephalitis and infections of the brain in older infants are often associated with serious complications which can be diagnosed by sonography through the open fontanelles. Most frequently postmeningitic hydrocephalus and subdural effusions occur. Rarer complications are brain abscesses and ventriculitis which are caused by gram negative bacteria such as E. coli, Serratia marcescens, Proteus and Enterobacter. A serious complication after ventriculitis is the development of compartment hydrocephalus...
March 13, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Rachel A Pilliod, David R Pettersson, Thomas Gibson, Ladawna Gievers, Amanda Kim, Roya Sohaey, Karen Y Oh, Brian L Shaffer
BACKGROUND: Absence of the CSP on prenatal imaging is historically associated with additional anomalies, however recently cases of isolated, absent CSP have also been identified. This study seeks to assess the accuracy of prenatal imaging in evaluating isolated, absent CSP and to describe the spectrum of clinical outcomes. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study of all prenatally diagnosed absent CSP cases between 2011 and 2016 at our institution. Cases with additional structural parenchymal abnormalities were excluded...
March 13, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
Zahra Laleh Eslamian, Elahe Zarean, Maryam Moshfeghi, Zahra Heidari
Background: Early prediction of adverse neonatal outcome would be possible by Doppler impedance indices of middle cerebral artery (MCA), umbilical artery (UmA), and descending aortal artery (AO) that result in decrease neonatal morbidity and mortality rate. The aim of the present study was a determination of optimal value for the ratio of MCA to descending aorta blood flow (MCA/AO) impedance indices and its comparison with the ratio of MCA to UmA (MCA/UmA) impedance indices and their relationship with neonatal outcome...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Ana Margarida Monteiro, Olinda Marques, Sofia Martins, Ana Antunes
The authors report a case of a 15-year-old girl with hypopituitarism due to pituitary stalk interruption syndrome diagnosed in the neonatal period. The patient was admitted to the emergency room with impaired consciousness and hypoglycaemia. The day before, she increased her water intake to about 1.5 L to perform a pelvic ultrasound. In the following hours, she developed vomiting and food refusal. Blood analysis revealed hypoglycaemia, hyponatraemia, decreased serum osmolality and normal urinary density. Hyponatraemia and adrenal crisis were managed with a gradual but slow resolution of consciousness and electrolytic balance...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
José Morales-Roselló, Asma Khalil, Victoria Fornés-Ferrer, Alfredo Perales-Marín
OBJECTIVE: To study the accuracy of the cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) for the detection of intrapartum fetal compromise (IFC) in fetuses growing over the 10th centile. METHODS: This was a prospective study of 569 nonsmall fetuses attending the day hospital unit of a tertiary hospital that underwent an ultrasound examination at 36-40 weeks, and were delivered within 4 weeks of examination. IFC was defined as a composite of: abnormal intrapartum fetal heart rate or intrapartum fetal scalp pH < 7...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Melissa G Y Lee, Johnny Millar, Elizabeth Rose, Aleesha Jones, Dora Wood, Taryn L Luitingh, Diana Zannino, Johann Brink, Igor E Konstantinov, Christian P Brizard, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of vocal cord paresis (VCP) after neonatal aortic arch repair/Norwood-type procedure, and the effectiveness of noninvasive laryngeal ultrasound in detecting VCP compared with gold standard invasive nasoendoscopy. METHODS: Fifty-two patients who underwent an arch repair (39 of 52; 75%) or Norwood-type procedure (13 of 52; 25%) via sternotomy between April 1, 2015, and April 30, 2017 underwent laryngeal ultrasound (50 of 52; 96%) and/or flexible fiber optic nasoendoscopy (39 of 52; 75%) at 48 to 72 hours after endotracheal extubation...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Biagio Castaldi, Giulia Bordin, Valentina Favero, Daniel Nardo, Francesca Previati, Sabrina Salvadori, Eugenio Baraldi, Ornella Milanesi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Preterm newborns undergo hemodynamic challenges in the postnatal period. The aim of this study was to investigate myocardial mechanics changes in the postnatal period in preterm infants using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-nine preterm infants ≤34 weeks' gestation underwent cardiac ultrasound evaluation during the first 96 hours of life. A repeated echocardiogram at 3 weeks of age was performed. Echocardiographic assessment involved left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral E/A ratio, S' and E' velocities, E/E' ratio, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), left atrium-to-aorta ratio, ductal diameter and ductal shunt pattern...
March 6, 2018: Echocardiography
Matthew Wong, Janette Reyes, Eveline Lapidus-Krol, Monping Chiang, Tilman Humpl, Malikah Al-Faraj, Greg Ryan, Priscilla P L Chiu
Prenatal observed/expected lung-to-head ratio (O/E LHR) by ultrasound correlates with postnatal mortality for congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) patients. The aim of this study is to determine if O/E LHR correlates with pulmonary hypertension (PH) outcomes for CDH patients. METHODS: A single center retrospective chart review was performed for CDH neonates from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2015, (REB #1000053124) to include prenatal O/E LHR, liver position, first arterial blood gas, repair type, echocardiogram (ECHO), and lung perfusion scan (LPS) results up to 5years of age...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jeewaka E Mohotti, Nicole S Carter, Victor Jia Wei Zhang, Leon T Lai, Christopher Xenos, Hamed Asadi, Ronil V Chandra
Intracranial aneurysms in the neonate, presenting in the first 4 weeks of life, are exceedingly rare. They appear to have characteristics, including presentation and location, that vary from those found in adults. The authors present a case of a 28-day-old neonate with a ruptured distal middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysm. Initial noninvasive imaging with transfontanelle ultrasound and CT confirmed intraparenchymal and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Contrast-enhanced MRI revealed a 14-mm ruptured fusiform MCA aneurysm that was not identified on time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Arkadiusz Krzyżanowski, Dariusz Swatowski, Tomasz Gęca, Maciej Kwiatek, Aleksandra Stupak, Sławomir Woźniak, Anna Kwaśniewska
BACKGROUND: Persistent right umbilical vein (PRUV) is usually an isolated finding but it may be accompanied by other fetal malformations. AIMS: We aimed to determine the incidence of prenatally diagnosed PRUV in a referral population, assess the neonatal outcome and discuss the findings together with those from previous publications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 2360 women with low-risk singleton pregnancies were examined in the second and third trimesters...
March 2, 2018: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Grazia Morandi, Claudia Piona, Daniela Degani, May Chebl El Hachem, Nicoletta Resta, Carmela Richelli, Silvana Lauriola
The second daughter of two healthy non-consanguineous parents, born at 37 weeks, presented with a large 3×2 cm abdominal angiomatous formation on her left flank, associated with left leg hypertrophy, macrodactyly of both feet with syndactyly of the second and third finger of the right food and left polydactyly (figure 1). Her neurological development and cardiopulmonary function were normal; she had no gastrointestinal or skeletal problems. Her weight was 3195 g (75th-90th centile). edpract;archdischild-2017-314021v1/F1F1F1Figure 1Photos of the lower limbs and the left side of the abdomen reveal bilateral hypertrophy of the limbs, more evident in the left leg, macrodactyly of both feet with syndactyly of the second and third finger of the right foot and left polydactyly and a large abdominal angiomatous formation...
February 28, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
Nicholas R Zessis, Jennifer L Nicholas, Stephen I Stone
Bilateral adrenal hemorrhages rarely occur during the neonatal period and are often associated with traumatic vaginal deliveries. However, the adrenal gland has highly regenerative capabilities and adrenal insufficiency typically resolves over time. We evaluated a newborn female after experiencing fetal macrosomia and a traumatic vaginal delivery. She developed acidosis and acute renal injury. Large adrenal hemorrhages were noted bilaterally on ultrasound, and she was diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency based on characteristic electrolyte changes and a low cortisol (4...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
Alaa Eldin A Youssef, Ahmed F Amin, Mohamed Khalaf, Marwa S Khalaf, Mohammed K Ali, Ahmed M Abbas
OBJECTIVE: The current study aims to evaluate a simple method for sonographic measurement of the fetal biacromial diameter for prediction of fetal macrosomia in term pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The current study was a single center prospective observational study conducted in a tertiary University Hospital from January 2015 to May 2017. We included all consecutive term (37-42 weeks) pregnant women presented to the labor ward for delivery. Ultrasound parameters were measured as biparietal diameter, head circumference, transverse thoracic diameter, mid arm diameter, abdominal circumference, femur length, estimated fetal weight and amniotic fluid index...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Tarsh Pandit, Robin Ray, Sabe Sabesan
The aim of the study was to determine the training needs of doctors managing emergencies in rural and remote Australia. A systematic review of Australian articles was performed using MEDLINE (OVID) and INFORMIT online databases from 1990 to 2016. The search terms included 'Rural Health', 'Emergency Medicine', 'Emergency Medical Services', 'Education, Medical, Continuing' and 'Family Practice'. Only peer-reviewed articles, available in full-text that focussed on the training needs of rural doctors were reviewed...
February 22, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Sarah J Pugh, Ana M Ortega-Villa, William Grobman, Roger B Newman, John Owen, Deborah A Wing, Paul S Albert, Katherine L Grantz
OBJECTIVE: Accurate assessment of gestational age is critical to pediatric care, yet is limited in developing countries without access to ultrasound. Our objectives were to assess the accuracy of gestational age at birth (GA) prediction and preterm birth (PTB) classification using routinely collected anthropometry measures. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: United States. POPULATION OR SAMPLE: 2334 non-obese and 468 obese pregnant women...
February 23, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Jessica Sheehan Tangren, Camille E Powe, Jeffrey Ecker, Kate Bramham, Elizabeth Ankers, S Ananth Karumanchi, Ravi Thadhani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Kidney stones are associated with future development of hypertension, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome. Our objective was to assess whether stone formation before pregnancy was associated with metabolic and hypertensive complications in pregnancy. We hypothesized that stone formation is a marker of metabolic disease and would be associated with higher risk for maternal complications in pregnancy. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of women who delivered infants at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 2006 to 2015...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
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When any fetal blood group factor inherited from the father is not possessed by the mother, antepartum or intrapartum fetal-maternal bleeding may stimulate an immune reaction in the mother. Maternal immune reactions also can occur from blood product transfusion. The formation of maternal antibodies, or "alloimmunization," may lead to various degrees of transplacental passage of these antibodies into the fetal circulation. Depending on the degree of antigenicity and the amount and type of antibodies involved, this transplacental passage may lead to hemolytic disease in the fetus and neonate...
March 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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When any fetal blood group factor inherited from the father is not possessed by the mother, antepartum or intrapartum fetal-maternal bleeding may stimulate an immune reaction in the mother. Maternal immune reactions also can occur from blood product transfusion. The formation of maternal antibodies, or "alloimmunization," may lead to various degrees of transplacental passage of these antibodies into the fetal circulation. Depending on the degree of antigenicity and the amount and type of antibodies involved, this transplacental passage may lead to hemolytic disease in the fetus and neonate...
March 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jessie V Madden, Christopher J Flatley, Sailesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Small-for-gestational age (SGA) infants (birthweight <10th centile) are at increased risk of perinatal complications but are frequently not identified antenatally, particularly in low risk women delivering at term (>37 weeks gestation). This is compounded by the fact that late pregnancy ultrasound is not the norm in many jurisdictions for this cohort of women. We thus investigated the relationship between birthweight <10th centile and serious neonatal outcomes in low risk women at term...
February 17, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Christopher Flatley, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: In high-risk pregnancies combining the cerebro-placental ratio (CPR) with the estimated fetal weight (EFW) improves the identification of vulnerable fetuses. The purpose of this study was to assess the CPR and EFW's ability to predict adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes in a low-risk pregnancy, when measured late in gestation. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of women who birthed at Mater Mothers Hospitals, Brisbane, Australia between 2010 and 2015...
February 18, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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