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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036756/acupuncture-or-acupressure-for-induction-of-labour
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REVIEW
Caroline A Smith, Mike Armour, Hannah G Dahlen
BACKGROUND: This is one of a series of reviews of methods of cervical ripening and labour induction. The use of complementary therapies is increasing. Women may look to complementary therapies during pregnancy and childbirth to be used alongside conventional medical practice. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points of the body. Acupressure is using the thumbs or fingers to apply pressure to specific points. The limited observational studies to date suggest acupuncture for induction of labour has no known adverse effects to the fetus, and may be effective...
October 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030908/epidemiology-of-infertility-in-china-a-population-based-study
#2
Zehong Zhou, Danni Zheng, Hongping Wu, Rong Li, Suxin Xu, Yuefan Kang, Yunxia Cao, Xiujuan Chen, Yimin Zhu, Shuguang Xu, Zi-Jiang Chen, Ben Willem Mol, Jie Qiao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the current prevalence of and risk factors for infertility among couples of reproductive age in China. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional study. SETTING: We approached 25,270 couples in 8 provinces/municipalities, of whom 18,571 (response rate 74%, 18,571/25,270) were interviewed. POPULATION: Couples living together and married for more than 1 year, of whom the female spouse was 20-49 years old...
October 14, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028104/the-influence-of-ovulation-induction-and-assisted-conception-on-maternal-and-perinatal-outcomes-of-twin-pregnancies
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G Bordi, A D'Ambrosio, I Gallotta, L Di Benedetto, A Frega, F Torcia, M Schimberni, M Bonito, D Caserta
OBJECTIVE: To compare obstetrical and neonatal outcomes of twin pregnancies conceived via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with those of naturally conceived ones and to investigate the influence of the ART procedure type on these parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This observational study included 450 ART and 647 spontaneous twin pregnancies delivered over 15 years at a single university-based hospital of Rome, Italy. Logistic and linear regression models adjusted for confounding factors were used to evaluate the effect of ART and the type of assisted conception (IVF/ICSI, ovulation induction ± intrauterine insemination, egg/embryo donation) on maternal and perinatal outcomes...
September 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026065/urethral-diverticulum-presenting-as-a-large-vaginal-mass-complicating-pregnancy-and-delivery
#4
Everett F Magann, Lisa S Newton, Susan A Barr
BACKGROUND A case report of urethral diverticulum complicating pregnancy is presented. The diagnosis and management are challenging because of the rare nature of this condition, the varied presentations and differential diagnoses, and the possibility of misdiagnosis. CASE REPORT A 25-year-old primigravida with scheduled induction of labor at 39 weeks gestation due to gestational diabetes mellitus presented for a routine antenatal appointment at 38 weeks and four days. On digital cervical examination, she was found to have a large semi-solid anterior vaginal mass, shown by trans-vaginal ultrasound to have a nearly solid appearance of a 5×7 cm mass with septation...
October 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022077/no-association-between-periodontitis-and-preterm-low-birth-weight-a-case-control-study
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Mariana Fampa Fogacci, Elaine de O C Cardoso, Davi da S Barbirato, Denise Pires de Carvalho, Carmelo Sansone
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the association between periodontitis in pregnant women and adverse pregnancy outcomes by heeding confounding risk factors for preterm low birth weight infants. METHODS: This study was reported according to The Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) Statement. A case-control study was conducted. Medical records of all pregnant women attending a prenatal care clinic were screened. Those between 21 and 34 years and gestational age of 28-32 weeks were initially enrolled in the study...
October 11, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020789/-the-role-of-maternal-imunity-and-woman%C3%A2-s-microbiome-in-the-pathogenesis-of-preterm-labor
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M Koucký, K Malíčková, J Hrdý, A Černý, H Hrbáčková, P Šimják, A Pařízek
OBJECTIVE: To summarize available data concerning the role of maternal imunity and woman´s microbiome in the pathogenesis of preterm labor and their use in clinical practice. SETTING: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology od the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, and General Teaching Hospital. DESIGN: Review article. METHODS: Compilation od published data from scientific literature. CONCLUSION: Preterm labor complicates approximately 10% of all pregnancies and represents a serious medical, social and economic problem...
2017: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017305/spontaneous-epidural-hematoma-associated-with-venous-phlebolith-in-cervical-spine-and-possible-pathogenesis
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Dong Hwan Kim, Dong Ha Kim, Kyoung Hyup Nam, Byung Kwan Choi, In Ho Han
Although the etiology of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is unclear, SSEH is known to be associated with anticoagulants, coagulopathy, vascular malformation, hypertension, and pregnancy. However, no report has been issued on the relation between SSEH and venous phlebolith. Here, the authors present an extremely rare case of SSEH associated with phlebolith in the cervical spine and suggest a possible pathogenesis. A 36-year-old man without any relevant medical history presented with neck pain and numbness and severe radiating pain on the left arm...
September 2017: Korean Journal of Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989916/use-of-progesterone-supplement-therapy-for-prevention-of-preterm-birth-review-of-literatures
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REVIEW
Suk-Joo Choi
Preterm birth (PTB) is one of the most common complications during pregnancy and it primarily accounts for neonatal mortality and numerous morbidities including long-term sequelae including cerebral palsy and developmental disability. The most effective treatment of PTB is prediction and prevention of its risks. Risk factors of PTB include history of PTB, short cervical length (CL), multiple pregnancies, ethnicity, smoking, uterine anomaly and history of curettage or cervical conization. Among these risk factors, history of PTB, and short CL are the most important predictive factors...
September 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985745/mucus-and-mucins-do-they-have-a-role-in-the-inhibition-of-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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REVIEW
Anwar Suleman Mall, Habtom Habte, Yolanda Mthembu, Julia Peacocke, Corena de Beer
BACKGROUND: Mucins are large O-linked glycosylated proteins which give mucus their gel-forming properties. There are indications that mucus and mucins in saliva, breast milk and in the cervical plug inhibit the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) in an in vitro assay. Crude mucus gels form continuous layers on the epithelial surfaces of the major internal tracts of the body and protect these epithelial surfaces against aggressive luminal factors such as hydrochloric acid and pepsin proteolysis in the stomach lumen, the movement of hard faecal pellets in the colon at high pressure, the effects of shear against the vaginal epithelium during intercourse and the presence of foreign substances in the respiratory airways...
October 6, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980329/a-case-of-prenatally-diagnosed-limited-dorsal-myeloschisis-with-good-prognosis
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Anne Sophie Lafitte, Marie Blouet, Frédérique Belloy, Alin Borha, Guillaume Benoist
Diagnosis of fetal spinal dysraphism is a challenge. It is difficult to distinguish between a meningocele, myelomeningocele, and a recently described entity called limited dorsal myeloschisis (LDM). Although myelomeningocele is associated with a poor prognosis, LDM can have a good outcome. We present a case of prenatally diagnosed LDM. Because sonographic examination revealed a round, cystic, septated cervical mass without associated cerebral anomalies, the lesion was initially considered an isolated meningocele...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969481/delivery-through-cervicovaginal-fistula-literature-review-and-case-report
#11
Rafał Watrowski, Burghardt Babbel, Gerald Gitsch
Less than 10 deliveries via cervicovaginal fistula (CVF) with closed cervical os were reported so far. In the majority of cases, the patients had a history of induced abortions. The CVF was usually recognized due to postpartum hemorrhage. The facilitating role of prostaglandins used for labor induction was supposed. In all cases, the babies remained unaffected by the delivery route. We report a new case of a 37 years old gravida 2, para 0, with a history of a paracervical tear following a first trimester abortion 11 years ago...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960293/prevalence-risk-factors-and-pregnancy-outcomes-of-cervical-cell-abnormalities-in-the-puerperium-in-a-hyperendemic-hiv-setting
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Hopolang C Maise, Dhayendre Moodley, Motshedisi Sebitloane, Suzanne Maman, Benn Sartorius
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of cervical cell abnormalities detected in the puerperium in association with HIV-1 infection on pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: The present study was a secondary data analysis of pregnancy outcomes, Pap smear results, HIV results, and participant demography from a behavioral intervention randomized controlled trial of 1480 pregnant women aged 18 years or more conducted at a periurban primary health clinic in South Africa during 2008-2010...
September 28, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955106/cervical-ectopic-pregnancy-in-resource-deprived-areas-a-rare-and-difficult-diagnosis
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Mohammed Mouhajer, Samuel Obed, Amalachukwu M Okpala
Ectopic pregnancy is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in women of reproductive age especially in resource deprived areas worldwide. Cervical ectopic pregnancy is a rare, life threatening form of ectopic pregnancy which needs a high index of suspicion for diagnosis, thus adding a complex twist to the dilemma faced by the obstetrician in resource deprived areas. A case of a cervical ectopic pregnancy which presented in a resource deprived area in a region in Ghana is discussed, and the difficulties encountered in diagnosis and management of this life threatening condition are outlined...
June 2017: Ghana Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954503/place-of-residence-does-not-significantly-influence-radiological-morphology-of-cervical-cancer
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Franciszek Burdan, Agnieszka Mocarska, Robert Klepacz, Jerzy Walocha, Tomasz Kubiatowski, Dariusz Surdyka, Dariusz Kieszko, Krzysztof Patyra, Iwonna Żelzowska-Cieślińska, Elżbieta Starosławska
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Cervical squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common malignancies of women. Its incidence and morphology was analyzed based on the magnetic resonance (MR) data among rural and urban residents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 61 Caucasian women (58.26±9.63 years) preliminary diagnosed with a cervical cancer without any previous treatment. Standard MR examination, including diffusion weighted imagining, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value measurement and dynamic contrast enhancement, was performed...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953123/should-the-risk-of-invasive-cancer-in-pregnancy-and-the-safety-of-loop-electrosurgical-excision-procedure-during-the-first-15-weeks-change-our-practice
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Efraim Siegler, Ofer Lavie, Amnon Amit, Zvi Vaknin, Ron Auslander, Zeev Blumenfeld
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article was to describe the outcome of women diagnosed with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grades 2 or 3 in pregnancy either observed or treated by loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) in the first 15 weeks of gestation. METHODS: Loop electrosurgical excision procedure during the first 15 gestational weeks compared with observation of CIN2/3. This is a retrospective analysis of a nonrandomized study at tertiary, academic, and referring centers in Israel...
October 2017: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953119/cervical-excision-procedure-a-trend-of-decreasing-length-of-excision-observed-in-a-multicenter-survey
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Andrea Ciavattini, Nicolò Clemente, Carlo Antonio Liverani, Paolo Cattani, Luca Giannella, Giovanni Delli Carpini, Stefano Morini, Monica Buttignol, Francesco Sopracordevole
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to observe the trend of length of cone excisions in women treated with cervical excision procedure in five institutions of Central and Northern Italy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A multicenter retrospective cohort study was conducted on women who underwent a cervical excision procedure between January 2006 and December 2014. The pertinent clinical, histopathological, and sociodemographic characteristics of each woman were collected...
October 2017: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952289/cytology-based-screening-during-antenatal-care-as-a-method-for-preventing-cervical-cancer
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Paula Bruno Monteiro, Marcelo Praxedes Monteiro Filho, Jéssica Teixeira de Figueirêdo, Maria Vieira de Lima Saintrain, Zenilda Vieira Bruno, Francisco Herlânio Costa Carvalho
Background: Cervical cancer is one of the most serious threats to women’s lives. Therefore, the present study aimed to know the dynamics in the collection of cytologic samples during antenatal care as a method of cervical cancer screening and to identify the factors associated with its performance. Material and Methods: Analytical cross-sectional study carried out with pregnant and postpartum women in Fortaleza, Ceará, Northeastern Brazil. Data were collected using a questionnaire addressing sociodemographic variables, antenatal care, pregnancy and cytology-based screening for cervical cancer during antenatal care...
September 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949973/vaginal-progesterone-pessaries-for-pregnant-women-with-a-previous-preterm-birth-to-prevent-neonatal-respiratory-distress-syndrome-the-progress-study-a-multicentre-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Caroline A Crowther, Pat Ashwood, Andrew J McPhee, Vicki Flenady, Thach Tran, Jodie M Dodd, Jeffrey S Robinson
BACKGROUND: Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, as a consequence of preterm birth, is a major cause of early mortality and morbidity. The withdrawal of progesterone, either actual or functional, is thought to be an antecedent to the onset of labour. There remains limited information on clinically relevant health outcomes as to whether vaginal progesterone may be of benefit for pregnant women with a history of a previous preterm birth, who are at high risk of a recurrence. Our primary aim was to assess whether the use of vaginal progesterone pessaries in women with a history of previous spontaneous preterm birth reduced the risk and severity of respiratory distress syndrome in their infants, with secondary aims of examining the effects on other neonatal morbidities and maternal health and assessing the adverse effects of treatment...
September 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942691/twin-transvaginal-cervical-length-at-16-20%C3%A2-weeks-and-prediction-of-preterm-birth
#19
Ashley E Hester, Nana-Ama E Ankumah, Suneet P Chauhan, Sean C Blackwell, Baha M Sibai
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine if transvaginal cervical length at 16-20 weeks is predictive of preterm birth < 34 weeks in a large cohort of twin pregnancies. STUDY DESIGN: This is a secondary analysis from a randomized trial of 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate in twins to prevent preterm birth. Transvaginal cervical length was performed at 16-20-week gestation. The inclusion criteria were nonanomalous twins with transvaginal cervical length at 16-20 weeks...
September 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935263/predicting-preterm-birth-cervical-length-and-fetal-fibronectin
#20
REVIEW
Moeun Son, Emily S Miller
Spontaneous preterm birth remains the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide, and accounts for a significant global health burden. Several obstetric strategies to screen for spontaneous preterm delivery, such as cervical length and fetal fibronectin measurement, have emerged. However, the effectiveness of these strategies relies on their ability to accurately predict those pregnancies at increased risk for spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB). Transvaginal cervical shortening is predictive of preterm birth and when coupled with appropriate preterm birth prevention strategies, has been associated with reductions in SPTB in asymptomatic women with a singleton gestation...
September 18, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
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