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venous thrombosis and pregnancy

Bozidarka L Zaric, Milan Obradovic, Vladan Bajic, Mohamed A Haidara, Milos Jovanovic, Esma R Isenovic
Homocysteine (Hcy) is thiol group containing the amino acid, which naturally occurs in all humans. Hcy is degraded in the body through two metabolic pathways, while a minor part is excreted through kidneys. The chemical reactions that are necessary for degradation of Hcy require the presence of the folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12. Consequently, the level of the total Hcy in the serum is influenced by the presence or absence of these vitamins. An elevated level of the Hcy, hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) and homocystinuria are connected with occlusive artery disease, especially in the brain, the heart, and the kidney, in addition to venous thrombosis, chronic renal failure, megaloblastic anemia, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer's disease, pregnancy problems, and others...
March 12, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Zeynep Dadaci, Cengiz Kadiyoran, Mustafa Golen, Hilal Akay Cizmecioglu
The authors report a 35-year-old woman who presented 1 month after delivery with the complaint of pain behind her left eye which started during her pregnancy. The patient described increased fullness with dependent head position and pain on left gaze but she had no proptosis and her ocular examination was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed an intraconal mass with inhomogeneous contrast enhancement. As the authors did not suspect malignity and her ocular examination was normal without any signs of inflammation, the authors followed the patient closely...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Yu Zuo, Jennifer Fan, Ravi Sarode, Song Zhang, Una E Makris, David R Karp, Yu-Min Shen
The evaluation of thrombotic and pregnancy risks associated with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL)in individual patients without antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) clinical manifestation is challenging. Our aim is to identify additional risk factors or potential candidate "second hits" for APS clinical events in a large cohort of ethnically diverse aPL-positive patients. We included 219 consecutive aPL-positive patients who attended clinic at our institution. All patients had at least 1 persistent high titer (≥99 percentiles) aPL...
January 1, 2018: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Kelley C McLean, Andra H James
Venous thromboembolism is a leading cause of maternal death. Because of the low absolute frequency of events, however, outcome-based clinical data are limited. Consequently, clinicians must additionally rely both on published guidelines and on extrapolation of data from studies focused on nonpregnant individuals. The diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis are complicated by pregnancy, and often require modifications to standard diagnostic and treatment algorithms outside of pregnancy...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Christopher J Pannucci, Kory I Fleming
OBJECTIVE: Perioperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk can be quantified with the 2005 Caprini score. The Caprini score has previously been validated by review of the electronic medical record (EMR) in >3000 plastic surgery patients. However, the accuracy of Caprini-based risk stratification using the EMR, as opposed to face-to-face contact with the patient, remains unknown. METHODS: Plastic and reconstructive surgery patients who had surgery under general anesthesia, required postoperative admission, and were started on enoxaparin prophylaxis were identified...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Hian Yan Voon, Ming Cheng Chai, Ling Yien Hii, Rafaie Amin, Haris Njoo Suharjono
Strategies to prevent mortality from obstetric venous thromboembolism begin with identification, risk stratification and subsequently, implementation of prophylactic measures. We sought to identify the burden of pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis in postpartum women, including the main clinical indications and its uptake in a multireligious population, with Islam as the official religion. A total of 2514 deliveries between 1st January to 31st December 2016, across three centres in Malaysia were reviewed retrospectively from hospital-based registries...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Paola Devis, M Grace Knuttinen
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) during pregnancy is associated with high mortality, morbidity, and costs. Pulmonary embolism (PE), its most feared complication, is the leading cause of maternal death in the developed world. DVT can also result in long-term complications that include postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) adding to its morbidity. Women are up to 5 times more likely to develop DVT when pregnant. The current standard of care for this condition is anticoagulation. This review discusses the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prophylaxis and diagnosis of DVT during pregnancy, and then focuses on endovascular treatment modalities...
December 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Olga Amengual, Tatsuya Atsumi
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the occurrence of venous and arterial thromboses, often multiple, and obstetric-related adverse events in the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS, first described in 1983, as thrombosis, abortion and cerebral disease, is nowadays recognised as a systemic disease with a wide constellation of clinical manifestations related to acute and chronic vascular lesions. The presence of aPL is the serological hallmark of APS representing a heterogeneous population of autoantibodies with many antigenic specificities directed to phospholipid-binding proteins, either alone or in combination with phospholipids...
February 21, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Marina Sousa Gomes, Mariana Guimarães, Nuno Montenegro
BACKGROUND: Changes in the coagulation system during pregnancy and puerperium produce a physiological hypercoagulable state. These changes are thought to be the cause of the higher rates of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and mechanical prosthetic valve thrombosis during pregnancy. Thrombolysis can be a treatment option in this cases. However, there are no available data from randomized controlled trials in pregnant patients and information about the security of thrombolytics in pregnancy is missing...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Beverley J Hunt, Kiran Parmar, Kimberley Horspool, Neil Shephard, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Steve Goodacre
This study aimed to estimate the diagnostic utility of biomarkers for suspected venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnancy and the puerperium. Research nurses/midwives collected blood samples from 310 pregnant/postpartum women with suspected pulmonary emboli (PE) and 18 with diagnosed deep vein thrombosis (DVT). VTE was diagnosed using imaging, treatment and adverse outcome data. Primary analysis was limited to women with conclusive imaging (36 with VTE, 247 without). The area under the curve (AUC) for each biomarker was: activated partial thromboplastin time 0·669 (95% confidence interval 0·570-0·768), B-type natriuretic peptide 0·549 (0·453-0·645), C-reactive protein 0·542 (0·445-0·639), Clauss fibrinogen 0·589 (0·476-0·701), D-Dimer (by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) 0·668 (0·561-0·776), near-patient D-Dimer 0·651 (0·545-0·758), mid-regional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide 0·524 (0·418-0·630), prothrombin fragment 1 + 2 0·562 (0·462-0·661), plasmin-antiplasmin complexes 0·639 (0·536-0·742), prothombin time 0·613 (0·508-0·718), thrombin generation lag time 0·702 (0·598-0·806), thrombin generation endogenous potential 0·559 (0·437-0·681), thrombin generation peak 0·596 (0·478-0·715), thrombin generation time to peak 0·655 (0·541-0·769), soluble tissue factor 0·531 (0·424-0·638) and serum troponin 0·597 (0·499-0·695)...
January 23, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
Savino Sciascia, Massimo Radin, Giovanni Sanna, Irene Cecchi, Dario Roccatello, Maria Laura Bertolaccini
Objective: Recently, our group conceived a risk score for clinical manifestations of APS (the global APS score, or GAPSS) that takes into account the combination of independent cardiovascular risk factors and the aPL positivity profile. These include hyperlipidaemia, arterial hypertension, aCL, anti-β2 glycoprotein-I, aPS-PT and the LA. A complementary version, the adjusted GAPSS (aGAPSS), which excludes aPS-PT, was also designed. The aim of our study was to systematically review the literature to assess the clinical utility of the GAPSS and aGAPSS for risk stratification of any APS clinical manifestation...
January 12, 2018: Rheumatology
Ghita Harifi, Wared Nour-Eldine, Mohammad Hassan A Noureldine, Mohammad Baker Berjaoui, Romy Kallas, Rita Khoury, Imad Uthman, Jamal Al-Saleh, Munther A Khamashta
First described in 1983, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune condition characterized by the occurrence of recurrent arterial and/or venous thrombosis, and/or pregnancy morbidity, in the setting of persistent presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). While thrombosis is the most well-known pathogenic mechanism in this disorder, the relevance of some other mechanisms such as arterial stenosis is being increasingly recognized. Arterial stenosis has been first described in the renal arteries in patients with APS, however intracranial and coeliac arteries can also be involved with various and treatable clinical manifestations...
January 12, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
David A Crosby, Kevin Ryan, Niall McEniff, Patrick Dicker, Carmen Regan, Caoimhe Lynch, Bridgette Byrne
OBJECTIVE: Venous thromboembolism remains one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in the developed world. Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have a role in the prevention of lethal pulmonary emboli when anticoagulation is contraindicated or has failed [1]. It is unclear whether or not the physiological changes in pregnancy influence efficacy and complications of these devices. The decision to place an IVC filter in pregnancy is complex and there is limited information in terms of benefit and risk to the mother...
March 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Mathieu Puyade, Emilie Cayssials, Fabrice Pierre, Olivier Pourrat
Background: The most frequent myeloproliferative neoplasms are essential thrombocythemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia, which usually manifests with thrombocytosis. Only essential thrombocythemia is associated with morbidity during pregnancy (recurrent miscarriages, intrauterine fetal death, small for gestational age and preeclampsia). The aim of this paper is to describe outcomes of pregnancy in women with myeloproliferative neoplasms seen at a single academic institution. Methods: Data were collected retrospectively from 2002 to 2015...
December 2017: Obstetric Medicine
Michela Villani, Giovanni Favuzzi, Pasquale Totaro, Elena Chinni, Gennaro Vecchione, Patrizia Vergura, Lucia Fischetti, Maurizio Margaglione, Elvira Grandone
Pregnancies after assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have been associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). On the contrary, the magnitude of this risk in unsuccessful ART cycles (not resulting in a clinical pregnancy) has not yet been clearly defined. In this study, we evaluated the incidence of VTE in unsuccessful cycles and compared it with that recorded in successful cycles in the same study population. From a cohort of 998 women consecutively referred by local Fertility Clinics to our Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis Unit (April 2002-July 2011), we identified and included women with at least one cycle of ovarian stimulation and a negative history for VTE...
February 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
M Rossignol, E Morau, M Dreyfus
Pregnancy and postpartum are very high-risk periods for venous thromboembolism events (TEE), which seems to extend far beyond the classical 6-8 weeks after childbirth. Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the 3 main causes of direct maternal death in western countries. Between 2010 an 2012 in France, 24 deaths were related to PE giving a maternal mortality ratio of 1/100,000, which is not different from the former report (2007-2009). PE is responsible of 9% of maternal deaths, in equal position with postpartum hemorrhage and amniotic fluid embolism...
December 2017: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Hui Shi, Hui Zheng, Yu-Feng Yin, Qiong-Yi Hu, Jia-Lin Teng, Yue Sun, Hong-Lei Liu, Xiao-Bing Cheng, Jun-Na Ye, Yu-Tong Su, Xin-Yao Wu, Jin-Feng Zhou, Gary L Norman, Hui-Yun Gong, Xin-Ming Shi, Yi-Bing Peng, Xue-Feng Wang, Cheng-De Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and clinical associations of antiphosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies (aPS/PT) with thrombosis and pregnancy loss in Chinese patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and seronegative APS (SNAPS). METHODS: One hundred and eighty six Chinese patients with APS (67 primary, 119 secondary), 48 with SNAPS, 176 disease controls (79 systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE], 29 Sjogren's syndrome [SS], 30 ankylosing spondylitis [AS], 38 rheumatoid arthritis [RA]) and 90 healthy donors were examined...
November 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Arpan Patel, Athira Unnikrishnan, Martina Murphy, Robert Egerman, Sarah Wheeler, Ashley Richards, John Wingard
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a hematologic disorder characterized by an acquired somatic mutation in the phosphatidylinositol glycan class A gene which leads to a higher risk for increased venous and arterial thrombosis. Current treatment for PNH includes eculizumab. Pregnant patients who have PNH have higher risk for thrombosis and hemorrhage with both pregnancy and their underlying PNH. Treatment frequently poses conundrum. The safety and efficacy of eculizumab during pregnancy and breast feeding have not been extensively studied and contraception has been recommended due to potential for teratogenicity...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
David R Hansberry, Michael D'Angelo, Michael D White, Arpan V Prabhu, Mougnyan Cox, Nitin Agarwal, Sandeep Deshmukh
PURPOSE: The vast amount of information found on the internet, combined with its accessibility, makes it a widely utilized resource for Americans to find information pertaining to medical information. The field of radiology is no exception. In this paper, we assess the readability level of websites pertaining specifically to emergency radiology. METHODS: Using Google, 23 terms were searched, and the top 10 results were recorded. Each link was evaluated for its readability level using a set of ten reputable readability scales...
November 15, 2017: Emergency Radiology
M Radin, K Schreiber, I Cecchi, D Roccatello, M J Cuadrado, S Sciascia
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The most common neurological manifestation of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is ischaemic stroke. Identifying patients with APS at high risk for developing any thrombotic event remains a major challenge. In this study, the aim was to identify predictive factors of ischaemic stroke in a cohort of primary APS (PAPS) patients who presented with new onset symptoms suggestive of acute stroke. METHODS: This prospective multicentre study included 36 consecutive PAPS patients who presented with new onset symptoms suggestive of an acute stroke...
February 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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