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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446135/comparison-of-rapid-immunoassays-for-rupture-of-fetal-membranes
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Irogue Igbinosa, Ferney A Moore, Cheri Johnson, Jon E Block
BACKGROUND: Rupture of membranes (ROM) before the onset of uterine contractions, particularly in pregnancies less than 37 weeks gestational age, is a common diagnostic problem in obstetrical practice. Timely detection of ROM is vital to support gestational age-specific interventions to optimize perinatal outcomes and minimize the risk of serious complications such as preterm delivery, fetal distress and maternal/fetal infections. Rapid bedside immunoassay tests designed to detect amniotic fluid proteins in cervicovaginal fluids have emerged as valuable clinical tools to provide timely ROM diagnosis...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443480/adverse-placental-perfusion-and-pregnancy-outcomes-in-a-new-nonhuman-primate-model-of-gestational-protein-restriction
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Victoria H J Roberts, Jamie O Lo, Katherine S Lewandowski, Peter Blundell, Kevin L Grove, Christopher D Kroenke, Elinor L Sullivan, Charles T Roberts, Antonio E Frias
Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy impacts fetal growth, with developmental consequences that extend to later life outcomes. In underdeveloped countries, this malnutrition typically takes the form of poor dietary protein content and quality, even if adequate calories are consumed. Here, we report the establishment of a nonhuman primate model of gestational protein restriction (PR) in order to understand how placental function and pregnancy outcomes are affected by protein deficiency. Rhesus macaques were assigned to either a control diet containing 26% protein or switched to a 13% PR diet prior to conception and maintained on this PR diet throughout pregnancy...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441952/management-of-suspected-primary-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-pregnant-women-in-norway-twenty-years-of-experience-of-amniocentesis-in-a-low-prevalence-population
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Gry Findal, Anne Helbig, Guttorm Haugen, Pål A Jenum, Babill Stray-Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Primary infection with Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy may pose a threat to the fetus. Women infected prior to conception are unlikely to transmit the parasite to the fetus. If maternal serology indicates a possible primary infection, amniocentesis for toxoplasma PCR analysis is performed and antiparasitic treatment given. However, discriminating between primary and latent infection is challenging and unnecessary amniocenteses may occur. Procedure-related fetal loss after amniocentesis is of concern...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440792/an-extra-uterine-system-to-physiologically-support-the-extreme-premature-lamb
#4
Emily A Partridge, Marcus G Davey, Matthew A Hornick, Patrick E McGovern, Ali Y Mejaddam, Jesse D Vrecenak, Carmen Mesas-Burgos, Aliza Olive, Robert C Caskey, Theodore R Weiland, Jiancheng Han, Alexander J Schupper, James T Connelly, Kevin C Dysart, Jack Rychik, Holly L Hedrick, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake
In the developed world, extreme prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity due to a combination of organ immaturity and iatrogenic injury. Until now, efforts to extend gestation using extracorporeal systems have achieved limited success. Here we report the development of a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the fetus of a lamb via an umbilical cord interface that is maintained within a closed 'amniotic fluid' circuit that closely reproduces the environment of the womb...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437442/relationship-between-early-onset-severe-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-and-higher-risk-of-meconium-stained-fluid
#5
Maria C Estiú, Maria A Frailuna, Carla Otero, Marcela Dericco, Catherine Williamson, Jose J G Marin, Rocio I R Macias
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the commonest gestational liver disease. The risk of adverse fetal outcome has been associated with the severity of maternal hypercholanemia after diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a relationship between the severity and timing of onset of hypercholanemia and the risk of meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) and adverse neonatal events. STUDY DESIGN: The study included 382 pregnancies complicated by ICP managed at a referral hospital in Buenos Aires (Argentina) between June 2009 and December 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434745/hot-topic-16s-rrna-gene-sequencing-reveals-the-microbiome-of-the-virgin-and-pregnant-bovine-uterus
#6
S G Moore, A C Ericsson, S E Poock, P Melendez, M C Lucy
We tested the hypothesis that the uterus of virgin heifers and pregnant cows possessed a resident microbiome by 16S rRNA gene sequencing of the virgin and pregnant bovine uterus. The endometrium of 10 virgin heifers in estrus and the amniotic fluid, placentome, intercotyledonary placenta, cervical lumen, and external cervix surface (control) of 5 pregnant cows were sampled using aseptic techniques. The DNA was extracted, the V4 hypervariable region of the 16S rRNA gene was amplified, and amplicons were sequenced using Illumina MiSeq technology (Illumina Inc...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
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REVIEW
Gijs T J van Well, Leonie A Daalderop, Tim Wolfs, Boris W Kramer
The intrauterine environment was long considered sterile. However, several infectious threats are already present during fetal life. This review focuses on the postnatal immunological consequences of prenatal exposure to microorganisms and related inflammatory stimuli. Both the innate and adaptive immune systems of the fetus and neonate are immature, which makes them highly susceptible to infections. There is good evidence that prenatal infections are a primary cause of preterm births. Additionally, the association between antenatal inflammation and adverse neonatal outcomes has been well established...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426649/the-importance-of-appropriate-initial-bacterial-colonization-of-the-intestine-in-newborn-child-and-adult-health
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REVIEW
W Allan Walker
The fetus does not reside in a sterile intrauterine environment and is exposed to commensal bacteria from the maternal gut/blood stream which crosses the placenta and enters the amniotic fluid. This intestinal exposure to colonizing bacteria continues at birth and during the first year of life and has a profound influence on lifelong health. Why is this important? Intestinal crosstalk with colonizing bacteria in the developing intestine affects the infant's adaptation to extrauterine life (immune homeostasis) and provides protection against disease expression (allergy, autoimmune disease, obesity, etc...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424010/olfactory-development-part-1-function-from-fetal-perception-to-adult-wine-tasting
#9
Harvey B Sarnat, Laura Flores-Sarnat, Xing-Chang Wei
Discrimination of odorous molecules in amniotic fluid occur after 30 weeks' gestation; fetuses exhibit differential responses to maternal diet. Olfactory reflexes enable reliable neonatal testing. Olfactory bulbs can be demonstrated reliably by MRI after 30 weeks' gestation, and their hypoplasia or aplasia also documented by late prenatal and postnatal MRI. Olfactory axons project from nasal epithelium to telencephalon before olfactory bulbs form. Fetal olfactory maturation remains incomplete at term for neuronal differentiation, synaptogenesis, myelination, and persistence of the transitory fetal ventricular recess...
May 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421903/expression-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-its-substrate-level-in-patients-with-premature-rupture-of-membranes
#10
Ge Zuo, Jian-Xin Dong, Fang-Fei Zhao, Yan Chen
In this study, 30 case of patients with full-term premature membrane rupture and another 30 cases of full-term delivered subject without premature rupture of membranes (PROM) were selected to explore the relationship between premature membrane rupture with matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) and its substrate level. Results showed the plasma zinc, MMP-9 in serum and amniotic fluid increased in patients with PROM; their type IV collagen in serum and foetal membrane decreased. Increased Zinc ion concentration results in increased concentration of MMP-9, a zinc-dependent enzyme; the degradation of type IV collagen by MMP-9 might be the potential mechanism of premature rupture of membranes in full-term pregnant women...
May 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420901/discrepancy-between-non-invasive-prenatal-genetic-testing-nipt-and-amniotic-chromosomal-test-due-to-placental-mosaicism-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Kei Hayata, Yuji Hiramatsu, Hisashi Masuyama, Eriko Eto, Takashi Mitsui, Shoko Tamada
We experienced a case of advanced maternal age in which a fetus was found to be positive for trisomy 18 at re-examination following indeterminate non-invasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT), the amniotic fluid chromosomal test revealed a normal karyotype, and confined placental mosaicism (CPM) was observed in an SNP microarray analysis of the placenta. The child was born with no defects or complications. In the present case, the result of the original NIPT at week 15 of pregnancy was indeterminate and the subsequent re-examination result was positive; since the definitive normal diagnosis was not reported until the latter half of week 21, the pregnant patient was subjected to psychological stress for a long period of time...
April 2017: Acta Medica Okayama
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420513/euchromatic-variants-of-8q21-2-in-twins
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Xiao-Hui Song, Hui-Kuo Hsu, Mei-Tsz Su, Tai-Sheng Chang, Piing Yuh Su, Ming Chen, Pao-Lin Kuo
OBJECTIVE: Euchromatic variants (EVs) of 8q21.2 are extremely rare chromosomal abnormalities. So, far there have only been two reports on EVs of 8q21.2. Here, we report an 8q21.2 EV detected in cultured amniotic-fluid cells of twins. It was later found to be inherited from the mother, who did not present with abnormal phenotypes. CASE REPORT: A pregnant woman underwent amniocentesis at 16 weeks of gestation because of advanced maternal age. This pregnancy was monozygotic twins conceived naturally...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419406/routine-oro-nasopharyngeal-suction-versus-no-suction-at-birth
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REVIEW
Jann P Foster, Jennifer A Dawson, Peter G Davis, Hannah G Dahlen
BACKGROUND: Oro/nasopharyngeal suction is a method used to clear secretions from the oropharynx and nasopharynx through the application of negative pressure via a suction catheter or bulb syringe. Traditionally, airway oro/nasopharyngeal suction at birth has been used routinely to remove fluid rapidly from the oropharynx and nasopharynx in vigorous and non-vigorous infants at birth. Concerns relating to the reported adverse effects of oro/nasopharyngeal suctioning led to a practice review and routine oro/nasopharyngeal suctioning is no longer recommended for vigorous infants...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419180/impact-of-gestational-nicotine-exposure-on-intrauterine-and-fetal-infection-in-a-rodent-model1
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Maria von Chamier, Leticia Reyes, Linda F Hayward, Mary B Brown
We investigated the interaction between prenatal nicotine exposure and intrauterine infection using established rat models. Beginning at gestation day (GD) 6, dams were continuously infused with either saline or 6 mg/kg/day nicotine (Nic). At GD 14, dams received either sterile broth or 105 CFU Mycoplasma pulmonis (MP), resulting in 4 treatment groups: Control (4 dams, 33 fetal units); MP only (5 dams, 55 fetal units); Nic only (5 dams, 61 fetal units) and Nic + MP (7 dams, 82 fetal units). At GD 18, nicotine exposure significantly increased (P ≤ 0...
April 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414516/effects-of-having-preterm-infants-smell-amniotic-fluid-mother-s-milk-and-mother-s-odor-during-heel-stick-procedure-on-pain-physiological-parameters-and-crying-duration
#15
Dilek Küçük Alemdar, Funda Kardaş Özdemir
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to assess effects of having preterm infants smell amniotic fluid, mother's milk, and mother's odor during heel stick procedure on pain, physiological parameters, and crying duration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was a randomized controlled experimental research. The population of the study was made up of preterm infants receiving treatment and care at a neonatal intensive care unit, where the study was conducted between January 2015 and March 2016...
April 17, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411000/meconium-aspiration-or-respiratory-distress-associated-with%C3%A2-meconium-stained-amniotic-fluid
#16
REVIEW
Nestor E Vain, Daniel G Batton
The designation meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) reflects a spectrum of disorders in infants born with meconium-stained amniotic fluid, ranging from mild tachypnea to severe respiratory distress and significant mortality. The frequency of MAS is highest among infants with post-term gestation, thick meconium, and birth asphyxia. Pulmonary hypertension is an important component in severe cases. Prenatal hypopharyngeal suctioning and postnatal endotracheal intubation and suctioning of vigorous infants are not effective...
April 11, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405117/oligoamnios-and-perinatal-outcome
#17
Sandhyasri Panda, M Jayalakshmi, G Shashi Kumari, G Mahalakshmi, Y Srujan, V Anusha
OBJECTIVES: We aimed at evaluating the predictive value of amniotic fluid index ≤5 on perinatal outcome in terms of effect on cardiotocography, mode of delivery, meconium in liquor, birth weight, fetal distress, APGAR score at birth and neonatal admission to ICU. METHODS: This is a prospective study of 308 antenatal women admitted to labor ward of MIMS during February 2014-December 2015 with gestational ages between 34 and 41 weeks. All women enrolled were subjected to history taking, examination, AFI estimation and compared between those with AFI ≤5 from rest...
April 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397548/pre-natal-diagnosis-of-thalassaemia-in-sri-lanka-a-ten-year-review
#18
Kalinga Khemal Nanayakkara, Undugodage Ganganath Rodrigo, Kuda Liyanage Nandika Perera, Chinthani Deepthi Nanayakkara
Thalassaemia is the commonest monogenic disease in Sri Lanka, affecting over 3500 children and half-a-million thalassaemia carriers. This is a review of 82 amniocenteses performed from 2006 to 2016, in the largest prenatal diagnoses study for thalassaemia carried out in Sri Lanka. Amniocenteses were performed between 11 and 12 weeks of ultrasonically confirmed gestation, on mothers with previous thalassaemia major children pregnant for the second time and nulliparous thalassaemia trait women married to trait partners...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397229/-prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-rare-case-of-7q11-23-duplication-syndrome
#19
Guangjuan Ma, Yulin Jiang, Zhen Yu, Wencheng Dai, Ning Liu, Huijun Li, Gulinazi Mijiti
OBJECTIVE: To explore the application of combined techniques for the prenatal diagnosis of a case with 7q11.23 duplication. METHODS: Amniocentesis was performed in the second trimester for a mother with a high risk suggested by serological prenatal screening. G-banded chromosomal analysis was performed on cultured amniocytes and peripheral blood samples from both parents. DNA from amniotic fluid sample was isolated for a BACs-on-Beads (BoBs) assay. To define the range of duplication, copy number variation was determined with single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP array, Affymetrix CytoScan 750K) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis...
April 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397227/-prenatal-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-a-case-with-lowe-syndrome-caused-by-interstitial-deletion-of-xq25-26
#20
Xiangyu Zhu, Jie Li, Tong Ru, Ruifang Zhu, Chenyan Dai, Wanjun Wang, Yali Hu
OBJECTIVE: To report on a sporadic case of Lowe syndrome diagnosed prenatally with ultrasound examination and genetic testing. METHODS: Detailed sonographic fetal screening was performed by an experienced sonographer at 32 weeks of gestation. Fetal cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was applied to detect potential brain abnormality. Chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) was conducted on amniotic fluid sample from the fetus and peripheral blood sample from the mother...
April 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
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