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Sepsis in pregnancy

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
Thomas Harder, Cornelius Remschmidt, Sebastian Haller, Tim Eckmanns, Ole Wichmann
BACKGROUND: Given limited resources and time constraints, the use of existing systematic reviews (SR) for the development of evidence-based public health recommendations has become increasingly important. Recently, a five-step approach for identifying, analyzing, appraising and using existing SRs based on recent guidance by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was proposed within the Project on a Framework for Rating Evidence in Public Health (PRECEPT). However, case studies are needed to test whether this approach is useful, what challenges arise and how problems can be solved...
October 11, 2016: Systematic Reviews
Muhammad Abdul Mabood Khalil, Muhammad Salman Ghazni, Jackson Tan, Nazish Naseer, Muhammad Ashhad Ullah Khalil
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) was first described in 1960. It may occur as a complication of gonadotropin hormone therapy during assisted pregnancy or for primary infertility. A 26-year-old female patient with polycystic ovarian syndrome and primary infertility was treated to conceive. She received intravenous gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) along with follicle-stimulating hormone in an outside private clinic. She presented to the emergency department with abdominal and chest pain, loose stool, vomiting, shortness of breath and decreasing urine output...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Adam S Dingens, Tessa S Fairfortune, Susan Reed, Caroline Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) during pregnancy is a well-established risk factor for preterm birth and other preterm pregnancy complications. Little is known about adverse neonatal outcomes associated with BV exposure in full-term births, nor its influence on adverse outcomes independent of its effect on gestational age. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between BV during pregnancy and adverse neonatal outcomes among full-term and preterm infants. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of Washington State mother/infant pairs from 2003-2013, stratified by full-term (primary outcomes) and preterm births (secondary outcomes)...
2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
V Mishra Vineet, A Goyal Preeti, S Aggarwal Rohina, S Choudhary, Tanvir Tanvir, D Dharaiya Nisarg, A Gaddagi Rashmi
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a clinical syndrome characterized by a sudden decline in glomerular filtration rate leading to decreased excretion of nitrogenous waste products. It continues to be a common problem in developing countries. AIMS: The aim of this study was to understand AKI characteristics in pregnancy and identify the factors related to its unfavorable outcome. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cross-sectional study. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted between January 2013 and May 2014...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Ashakiran T Rathod, K V Malini
PURPOSE: To analyze obstetric admissions to intensive care unit and to identify the risk factors responsible for intensive care admission. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of all obstetric cases admitted to the intensive care unit over a period of 3 years. Data were collected from case records. The risk factors responsible for ICU admission were analyzed. RESULTS: There were 765 obstetric admissions to ICU accounting for 1.24 % of all deliveries...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Nathalie Bleau, Nicholas Czuzoj-Shulman, Andrea R Spence, Haim Arie Abenhaim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study is to evaluate the risk of morbidity and mortality of splenectomy in pregnant women compared with non-pregnant women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective population-based matched cohort study using the Health Care Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample database from 2003 to 2011. Pregnant women with splenectomy were age-matched to non-pregnant women with splenectomy. We compared risks of morbidity and mortality between pregnant and non-pregnant women using conditional logistic regression analysis...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Simeon-Pierre Choukem, Regina Ndasi Langmia, Esther Barla, Paul Koki-Ndombo
INTRODUCTION: Neonatal respiratory distress (NRD) is a main cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Early detection of its risk factors and early treatment of its etiologies are major challenges. However, few studies in developing countries have provided data needed to tackle it. We aimed to determine the prevalence, predictors, etiologies and outcome of NRD in a tertiary health care centre of Cameroon. METHODS: We analyzed the hospital files of all newborns admitted to the Neonatal unit of Douala General Hospital from 1(st) January 2011 to 28(th) February 2013...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Amalachukwu M Okpala, Samuel A Debrah, Mohammed Mouhajer
Management of the burst abdomen is complex due to the co-morbidities associated with it. When coupled with intraabdominal sepsis and pregnancy, it becomes even more difficult due to the ethical issues that have to be considered when managing both mother and child. Due to the paucity of literature on this subject, a management algorithm has been proposed which aims at tackling this delicate issue. However, the major consideration in the management of these cases is that decisions are to be made based on optimization of the condition of the mother...
June 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Mohan Venkata Sumedha Maturu, Tom Devasia, Mugula Sudhakar Rao, Hashir Kareem
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a highly morbid condition in pregnancy which poses both maternal and fetal risk. In majority of cases, endocarditis occurs only on single valve and usually occurs on valve with structural disease or prosthetic valve. Multi-valvular involvement is not common and so we report a case of native triple valve endocarditis as a complication of post abortal sepsis which was successfully treated medically.
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Shuofei Yang, Haozhe Qi, Kejia Kan, Chenjia Quan, Hui Xie, Xiangjiang Guo, Lan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Patients with sepsis commonly exhibit a hypercoagulability with high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are found to trigger inflammation and coagulation. We aim to determine whether NETs promoted the hypercoagulability and early anticoagulation reduced NETs releasing during sepsis. METHODS: In this prospective study, septic patients between September 2013 and June 2015 were included. Patients of age < 18 years, acute organ failure, pregnancy, coagulation disorders, receiving anticoagulation before admission were excluded...
September 9, 2016: Shock
Gustavo M Rocha, Filipa S Flor-DE-Lima, Hercília A Guimaraes
BACKGROUND: Grunting respirations occurring in the first hours of life is a frequent nonspecific clinical sign. Our objective was to assess the clinical significance of grunting lasting over two hours of birth in term and near term newborns. +0 METHODS: A five years retrospective study of all newborns >35 weeks of gestational age admitted for grunting to a level III NICU. RESULTS: Prolongued grunting occurred in 1.2% of the delivered newborns. Data on 151 grunter newborns and 302 controls were reviewed...
September 8, 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
Smruti B Vaishnav, Bhalendu Vaishnav, Kailas N Desai, Nitin S Raithatha, Neeta S Bose
BACKGROUND: There is a dearth of studies on the clinical profile and therapeutic aspects of critically ill obstetric patients from rural areas, especially those requiring tertiary care support and ventilator therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed the aetiological, clinical, interventional and outcome-related factors of obstetric patients requiring mechanical ventilation in western India. We analysed factors that influence seeking of antenatal care, pregnancy and its complications, severity assessment score, indications and initiation of mechanical ventilation, multiorgan failure and their correlation with maternal mortality...
March 2016: National Medical Journal of India
Mahfuzar Rahman, Fakir Md Yunus, Rasheduzzaman Shah, Fatema Tuz Jhohura, Sabuj Kanti Mistry, Tasmeen Quayyum, Bachera Aktar, Kaosar Afsana
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the impact of the Improving Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Survival (IMNCS) project, which is being implemented by BRAC in rural communities in Bangladesh. METHODS: Four districts received program intervention i.e. trained community health workers to deliver essential maternal, neonatal, and child healthcare and nutrition services while two districts were treated as comparison group. A quasi-experimental study design (compared before-and-after) was undertaken...
2016: PloS One
Tobias A J Nijman, Elvira O G van Vliet, Christiana A Naaktgeboren, Katrien Oude Rengerink, Thomas S de Lange, Caroline J Bax, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Jim van Eyck, Marjolein Kok, Hubertina C J Scheepers, Mallory Woiski, Arie Franx, Ben Willem J Mol, Martijn A Oudijk
OBJECTIVE: Preterm birth is the most common cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Around one third of preterm deliveries starts with preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM). The aim of this trial was to study the effect of prolonged tocolysis with nifedipine versus placebo in women with PPROM on perinatal outcome and prolongation of pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: The Apostel IV was a nationwide multicenter randomized placebo controlled trial. We included women with PPROM without contractions between 24(+0) and 33(+6) weeks of gestation...
October 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Yi-Ping Li, Chi-Man Kuok, Shin-Yu Lin, Wu-Shiun Hsieh, Ming-Kwang Shyu
AIM: In this study, we collected group B streptococcus (GBS) screening data and analyzed screening rate, antimicrobial resistance rate, and neonatal observation room (NOR) admission rate due to inadequate chemoprophylaxis. METHODS: The GBS screening data for January 2006-December 2013 were retrospectively collected and analyzed. We also collected data for neonates admitted to NOR due to inadequate chemoprophylaxis during the period 1 April 2010-31 December 2013...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Qi Lu, Shupeng Cheng, Min Zhou, Jialin Yu
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in neonates is devastating, and risk-factor identification is crucial. This study aimed to evaluate risk factors for NEC in different gestational age (GA) groups. METHODS: Risk factors associated with NEC were investigated using a retrospective case-control design. Patients with Bell's Stage NEC≥II were divided into three groups based on GA: I, <34 weeks; II, ≥34 weeks but <37 weeks; III, ≥37 weeks. Each case was paired with two GA- and weight-matched controls...
June 22, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Aoibheann Flynn, Naomi Burke, Bridgette Byrne, Noreen Gleeson, Bairbre Wynne, Louise Barnes
Generalized pustular psoriasis of pregnancy is a rare dermatosis with potential serious consequences for both the mother and fetus. Treatment is difficult and historically steroids were the mainstay of treatment. Cyclosporin has been used for a few cases resistant to steroids. We report our own experience of two cases of generalized pustular psoriasis of pregnancy. Cases of generalized pustular psoriasis of pregnancy need review by a dermatologist with experience of skin disorders in pregnancy. Both the fetus and mother need to be monitored closely when systemic illness occurs, as there is a risk of stillbirth...
June 2016: Obstetric Medicine
J Prakash, P Pant, S Prakash, M Sivasankar, R Vohra, P K Doley, L K Pandey, U Singh
The incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) in pregnancy is declining in developing countries but still remains a major cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. The aim of the study was to analyze the changing trends in pregnancy related AKI (PR-AKI) over a period of thirty-three years. Clinical characteristics of PR-AKI with respect to incidence, etiology and fetal and maternal outcomes were compared in three study periods, namely 1982-1991,1992-2002 and 2003-2014. The incidence of PR-AKI decreased to 10...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Venkatesh Thammishetti, Subrahmanyam Dharanipragada, Debdatta Basu, Ramesh Ananthakrishnan, Deepanjali Surendiran
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral Venous Thrombosis (CVT) is a well known disease with diverse clinical presentation and causes. With advances in neuroimaging and changing lifestyles, the clinical profile and causes of CVT are changing. D-dimer has been studied in early diagnosis of CVT with variable results. This prospective study was carried out to assess the clinical profile of CVT and role of D-dimer in diagnosis of CVT. AIM: To study various aspects of CVT and role of D-dimer...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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