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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923540/fetal-cytomegalovirus-infection
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REVIEW
Marianne Leruez-Ville, Yves Ville
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) congenital infection affects 0.7% of live births worldwide and is the leading cause of congenital neurological handicap of infectious origin. However, systematic screening for this infection has not been implemented in pregnancy or at birth in any country. This apparent paradox had been justified by persisting gaps in the knowledge of this congenital infection: uncertain epidemiological data, difficulty in the diagnosis of maternal infection, absence of validated prenatal prognostic markers, unavailability of an efficient vaccine and scarcity of data available on the treatment...
October 20, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920020/repeated-failed-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-in-a-woman-with-immune-thrombocytopenia-and-antiphospholipid-syndrome-lessons-learnt
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C Y Y Hui, W C Tan, E L Tan, L K Tan
We present a case of a 37-year-old Chinese woman (gravida 4 para 0) with a history of immune thrombocytopenia and type IIb antiphospholipid syndrome. She was started on 100 mg of aspirin, 20 mg of prednisolone and 20 mg of subcutaneous low-molecular-weight heparin daily for her fourth pregnancy. She opted for non-invasive prenatal testing for aneuploidy screening but had failed results three times consecutively from insufficient fetal cfDNA initially or high variance in cfDNA counts on redraws. She declined invasive karyotyping...
December 5, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909773/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-fetal-pelvic-cysts
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REVIEW
Styliani Archontaki, Yvan Vial, Sylviane Hanquinet, Reto Meuli, Leonor Alamo
The detection of fetal anomalies has improved in the last years as a result of the generalization of ultrasound pregnancy screening exams. The presence of a cystic imaging in the fetal pelvis is a relatively common finding, which can correspond to a real congenital cystic lesion or result from the anomalous liquid accumulation in a whole pelvic organ, mainly the urinary bladder, the uterus, or the vagina. In selected cases with poor prognosis and/or inconclusive echographic findings, magnetic resonance may bring additional information in terms of the characterization, anatomical location, and real extension of the pathology...
December 1, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907018/pregnancy-outcome-following-prenatal-diagnosis-of-chromosomal-anomaly-a-record-linkage-study-of-26-261-pregnancies
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Myrthe Jacobs, Sally-Ann Cooper, Ruth McGowan, Scott M Nelson, Jill P Pell
Previous studies have demonstrated the influence of changes in the age at which women give birth, and of developments in prenatal screening and diagnosis on the number of pregnancies diagnosed and terminated with chromosomal anomalies. However, we are unaware of any population studies examining pregnancy terminations after diagnosis of chromosomal anomalies that has included all aneuploidies and the influence of maternal factors. The aims of this study were to examine the association between results of prenatal tests and pregnancy termination, and the proportion of foetuses with and without chromosomal anomalies referred for invasive diagnostic tests over time...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900229/patient-perception-of-negative-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-results
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A Theresa Wittman, S Shahrukh Hashmi, Hector Mendez-Figueroa, Salma Nassef, Blair Stevens, Claire N Singletary
Objective To determine patient perception of residual risk after receiving a negative non-invasive prenatal testing result. Introduction Recent technological advances have yielded a new method of prenatal screening, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which uses cell-free fetal DNA from the mother's blood to assess for aneuploidy. NIPT has much higher detection rates and positive predictive values than previous methods however, NIPT is not diagnostic. Past studies have demonstrated that patients may underestimate the limitations of prenatal screening; however, patient perception of NIPT has not yet been assessed...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896286/aneuploidy-screening-using-circulating-fetal-cells-in-maternal-blood-by-dual-probe-fish-protocol-a-prospective-feasibility-study-on-a-series-of-172-pregnant-women
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Giuseppe Calabrese, Donatella Fantasia, Melissa Alfonsi, Elisena Morizio, Claudio Celentano, Paolo Guanciali Franchi, Giulia Sabbatinelli, Chiara Palka, Peter Benn, Gianmaria Sitar
BACKGROUND: A long sought goal in medical genetics has been the replacement of invasive procedures for the detection of chromosomal aneuploidies by isolating and analyzing fetal cells or free fetal DNA from maternal blood, avoiding risk to the fetus. However, a rapid, simple, consistent, and low-cost procedure suitable for routine clinical practice has not yet been achieved. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of predicting fetal aneuploidy by applying our recently established dual-probe FISH protocol to fetal cells isolated and enriched from maternal blood...
November 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896246/quantitative-fluorescent-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-rapid-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-aneuploidies-in-chorionic-villus-sampling-in-a-single-institution
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You Jung Shin, Jin Hoon Chung, Do Jin Kim, Hyun Mee Ryu, Moon Young Kim, Jung Yeol Han, June Seek Choi
OBJECTIVE: To validate quantitative fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (QF-PCR) via chorionic villus sampling (CVS) for the diagnosis of fetal aneuploidies. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of consecutive pregnant women who had undergone CVS at Cheil General Hospital between December 2009 and June 2014. Only cases with reported QF-PCR before long-term culture (LTC) for conventional cytogenetic analysis were included, and the results of these two methods were compared...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894129/isolated-fetal-ascites-neonatal-outcome-in-51-cases-observed-in-a-tertiary-referral-center
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Vincenzo Davide Catania, Alessia Muru, Marcella Pellegrino, Erika Adalgisa De Marco, Filomena Valentina Paradiso, Carlo Manzoni, Lorenzo Nanni, Lucia Masini
Introduction Prenatal detection of isolated ascites is a rare finding on ultrasound, usually suggestive of an underlying pathology that may negatively impact on the pregnancy and neonatal outcome. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the outcome of primary isolated ascites in relation to gestational age (GA) at diagnosis. Materials and Methods Data were prospectively collected for fetuses with ascites that have been followed in our center of prenatal diagnosis and therapy from 2004 to 2014. Patients have been divided in group I when ascites was detected before the 24th week of GA and group II if it was noticed later...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891555/the-epidemiologic-transition-of-thalassemia-and-associated-hemoglobinopathies-in-southern-taiwan
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Hui-Ching Wang, Li-Ling Hsieh, Yi-Chang Liu, Hui-Hua Hsiao, Shu-Kai Lin, Wen-Chan Tsai, Ta-Chih Liu
Since 1993, following the National Thalassemia Major Prevention Program and an increase in immigration and interracial marriages, especially in southern Taiwan, the distribution of hemoglobinopathies may have changed. This study investigates the epidemiologic transition of hemoglobinopathies. We analyzed 1870 specimens collected between 2003 and 2012 in southern Taiwan, used gap-polymerase chain reaction and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism-based methods, and confirmed genotypes of hemoglobinopathies by DNA sequencing...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888703/the-association-between-prenatal-atrioventricular-septal-defects-and-chromosomal-abnormalities
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Maddalena Morlando, Amarnath Bhide, Alessandra Familiari, Asma Khalil, José Morales-Roselló, Aris T Papageorghiou, Julene S Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: Atrioventricular septal defect is associated with a high risk of a chromosomal abnormality, particularly trisomy 21. The aim of this study is to assess the rate of trisomy 21 in fetuses diagnosed with an atrioventricular septal defect and to examine the influence of prior screening on the rate of trisomy 21. METHODS: Electronic ultrasound database was searched to identify fetuses diagnoses with an atrioventricular septal defect from 2002 to 2014. Rate of trisomy 21 and other aneuploidies was calculated among fetuses with normal situs...
October 29, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888318/toward-improving-the-fetal-diagnosis-of-coarctation-of-the-aorta
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Meaghan Beattie, Shabnam Peyvandi, Suguna Ganesan, Anita Moon-Grady
Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is the most common ductal-dependent lesion missed on neonatal exam screening. Prenatal diagnosis of CoA improves outcomes through early initiation of prostaglandin. Fetal echocardiographic parameters including 2D and Doppler findings have been studied as predictive measures for fetal diagnosis of CoA, but diagnosis rates remain variable. A comprehensive set of predictor variables was applied to fetuses suspected of CoA to analyze which parameters were associated with postnatal CoA...
November 25, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887921/non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-thalassemias-using-maternal-plasma-cell-free-dna
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REVIEW
Irena Hudecova, Rossa W K Chiu
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using maternal plasma cell free DNA has already reshaped the existing prenatal care system for pregnancies screened for common chromosomal aneuploidies. On the other hand, much progress has been made in developing NIPT for monogenic diseases. Thalassemia served as a disease model to develop strategies for NIPT of monogenic traits. One approach focuses on the detection or exclusion of paternally inherited fetal mutations that are absent from the mother's genome. The assessment of maternally inherited mutations in maternal plasma requires the use of highly sensitive DNA quantification techniques...
October 26, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887753/effect-of-culturally-competent-educational-films-about-prenatal-screening-on-informed-decision-making-of-pregnant-women-in-the-netherlands
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I A Peters, A G Posthumus, J C I Y Reijerink-Verheij, H M E Van Agt, M F C M Knapen, S Denktaş
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a culturally competent educational film (CCEF) on informed decision making (IDM) regarding prenatal screening (PS) in a study population consisting of multicultural pregnant women. METHODS: A cross-sectional study with 262 women in the control group and 117 in the intervention group. All counselled participants received a self-report questionnaire to obtain data on IDM and only the intervention group received the CCEF. Twenty two percent of the study population had an ethnic minority background and 52% had a low or medium educational level...
November 15, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884654/a-narrative-review-of-interventions-addressing-the-parental-fetal-relationship
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Nicole Borg Cunen, Julie Jomeen, Rita Borg Xuereb, Angela Poat
BACKGROUND: Expectant parents develop varying degrees of emotional affiliation with the unborn child. Interventions supporting this relationship may be beneficial given its link to maternal health behaviour during pregnancy, as well as the parental-infant bond after birth. AIM: To identify and describe the effects of programmes and strategies that have addressed the parental-fetal relationship. METHOD: English-language primary studies, published between 2005-2015, were identified and their methodological quality was assessed...
November 21, 2016: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883195/the-use-of-cardiac-orienting-responses-as-an-early-and-scalable-biomarker-of-alcohol-related-neurodevelopmental-impairment
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Diego A Mesa, Julie A Kable, Claire D Coles, Kenneth Lyons Jones, Lyubov Yevtushok, Yaroslav Kulikovsky, Wladimir Wertelecki, Todd P Coleman, Christina D Chambers
BACKGROUND: Considered the leading cause of developmental disabilities worldwide, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a global health problem. To take advantage of neural plasticity, early identification of affected infants is critical. The cardiac orienting response (COR) has been shown to be sensitive to the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and is an inexpensive, easy to administer assessment tool. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the COR effectiveness in assessing individual risk of developmental delay...
November 24, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879326/effects-of-levothyroxine-treatment-on-pregnancy-outcomes-in-pregnant-women-with-autoimmune-thyroid-disease
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Sima Nazarpour, Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani, Masoumeh Simbar, Maryam Tohidi, Hamid Alavi Majd, Fereidoun Azizi
BACKGROUND: Despite some studies indicating that thyroid antibody positivity during pregnancy has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, evidence regarding the effects of levothyroxine (LT4) treatment of euthyroid/subclinical hypothyroid pregnant women with autoimmune thyroid disease on pregnancy outcome is limited. We aimed to assess whether pregnant women with autoimmune thyroid disease, but without overt thyroid dysfunction are affected by higher rates of adverse pregnancy outcomes...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878832/prenatal-cfdna-screening-results-indicative-of-maternal-neoplasm-survey-of-current-practice-and-management-needs
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Meagan E Giles, Lauren Murphy, Nevena Krstić, Cathy Sullivan, Syed S Hashmi, Blair Stevens
OBJECTIVE: To determine genetic counselors' current practices and management needs for patients with prenatal cfDNA screening results indicative of maternal neoplasm. METHODS: A survey was completed by genetic counselors recruited via the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). RESULTS: Over 300 genetic counselors were surveyed. Almost all participants (95%) were aware that NIPT results may suggest maternal neoplasm and 77% reported they would disclose such results...
November 23, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878784/a-population-based-study-of-prevalence-of-down-syndrome-in-southern-thailand
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Somchit Jaruratanasirikul, Ounjai Kor-Anantakul, Montira Chowvichian, Wannee Limpitikul, Pathikan Dissaneevate, Nitthakarn Intharasangkanawin, Atchara Sattapanyo, Sermsri Pathompanitrat
BACKGROUND: Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal disorder that causes mental retardation. In 2009, a population-based birth defects study was implemented in three provinces in southern Thailand. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of DS in the studied regions, and the proportion of DS fetuses detected by prenatal screening. METHODS: Data were obtained from a population-based surveillance study undertaken during 2009-2013. Entries in the birth defects registry included live births, stillbirths after 24 weeks gestational age, and terminations of pregnancy following prenatal diagnosis...
November 23, 2016: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876989/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasmosis-in-diabetic-pregnant-women-in-southwestern-of-iran
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Jasem Saki, Shahla Shafieenia, Masoud Foroutan-Rad
To investigate anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgG and IgM antibodies in diabetic pregnant women in Ahvaz, southwest of Iran this experiment was performed. In current study the sera of 110 diabetic pregnant women as well as 110 non diabetic pregnant women referred to the hospitals affiliated with the Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences were assessed for anti-T. gondii IgG and IgM antibodies by ELISA and IFA methods. The ELISA assessments showed that 47 (42.7 %) and 3 (2.7 %) of diabetic women were positive for IgG and IgM antibodies, respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876014/prenatal-diagnosis-in-sweden-2011-to-2013-a-register-based-study
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Kerstin Petersson, Marie Lindkvist, Margareta Persson, Peter Conner, Annika Åhman, Ingrid Mogren
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis involves methods used in early pregnancy as either screening tests or diagnostic methods. The aims of the study were to i) investigate guidelines on prenatal diagnosis in the counties of Sweden, ii) investigate uptake of prenatal diagnosis, and iii) background characteristics and pregnancy outcomes in relation to different prenatal diagnostic methods. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study using data from the Swedish Pregnancy Register 2011 to 2013 (284,789 pregnancies) was performed...
November 22, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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