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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926832/persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-of-the-newborn-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-a-case-control-study
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Manon Gijtenbeek, M C Haak, Derk Jan Ten Harkel, Arjan B Te Pas, Johanna M Middeldorp, Frans J C M Klumper, Nan van Geloven, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
BACKGROUND: Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is suggested to increase the risk of PPHN. OBJECTIVES: To describe the incidence of PPHN in TTTS twins and to identify risk factors in TTTS twins for the development of severe PPHN. METHODS: Cases with severe PPHN were extracted from our monochorionic twin database (2002-2016). Severe PPHN was defined as severe hypoxaemia requiring mechanical ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) treatment, confirmed by strict echocardiographic criteria...
September 20, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925589/recurrent-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-rttts-and-twin-anemia-polycythemia-sequence-taps-after-fetoscopic-laser-surgery-fls-size-of-the-cannula-does-matter
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Roopali Donepudi, Joost Akkermans, Lovepreet Mann, Frans J Klumper, Johanna M Middeldorp, Enrico Lopriore, Kenneth J Moise, Michael Bebbington, Anthony Johnson, Dick Oepkes, Ramesha Papanna
OBJECTIVES: Optimal outcomes after fetoscopic laser surgery (FLS) for twin-twin transfusion (TTTS) depend on the successful completion of ablation of all placental anastomoses. Our objective was to determine the incidence and risk factors for the occurrence of recurrent TTTS (rTTTS) or twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) after FLS, and focusing on the impact of different diameters of the cannula. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data of 666 consecutive patients undergoing laser surgery for TTTS from 2 centers was performed...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924546/sirenomelia-associated-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-in-a-newborn
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H Turgut, R Ozdemir, I K Gokce, C Karakurt, A Karadag
Sirenomelia, also known as "mermaid malformation/syndrome," is a rare, serious congenital anomaly characterized by variable degrees of fusion of the lower limbs and associated with severe malformations of vertebral, genitourinary, cardiovascular system and single umbilical artery. The first pregnancy of a 25-year-old woman resulted in one twin born by Cesarian section at 32 weeks' gestation, who was referred to our hospital with cyanosis, a congenital anomaly and respiratory distress. On physical examination, there was no urogenital region and anal fissure and gender was indeterminate...
June 30, 2017: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918426/aortic-isthmus-flow-recording-predicts-the-outcome-of-the-recipient-twin-after-laser-coagulation-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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France Leduc, Amélie Delabaere, Roxanne Gendron, Florent Fuchs, Sandrine Wavrant, Marie-Josée Raboisson, Jean-Claude Fouron, François Audibert
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to assess the prognostic value of the systolic flow through the aortic isthmus in monochorionic pregnancies complicated by twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated by placental laser ablation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and outcome data of 105 cases of TTTS treated by laser photocoagulation of placental anastomoses were reviewed. Hemodynamic parameters were collected before and after treatment. The isthmic systolic index (ISI) was calculated as the peak systolic velocity/systolic nadir ratio...
September 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912922/obstetric-outcomes-of-twin-pregnancies-in-japanese-women-aged-40-and-older
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Shunji Suzuki
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the obstetric outcomes of twin pregnancies between Japanese women aged ≥ 40 years and their younger counterparts aged 25 - 29. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of twin pregnancies managed at Japanese Red Cross Katsushika Maternity Hospital between 2002 and 2016. Women aged 40 and older at delivery (n = 117) were compared with women aged 25 - 29 at delivery (n = 536). RESULTS: Although the women ≥ 40 years old were more likely to have increased risks of HELLP (hemolytic, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet) syndrome and very low birth weight neonates, there were no measurable differences in obstetric outcomes such as hypertensive disorders, premature delivery and neonatal asphyxia between the two groups...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902428/nuclear-lamina-genetic-variants-including-a-truncated-lap2-in-twins-and-siblings-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Graham F Brady, Raymond Kwan, Peter J Ulintz, Phirum Nguyen, Shirin Bassirian, Venkatesha Basrur, Alexey I Nesvizhskii, Rohit Loomba, M Bishr Omary
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming the major chronic liver disease in many countries. Its pathogenesis is multifactorial but twin and familial studies indicate significant heritability, which is not fully explained by currently-known genetic susceptibility loci. Notably, mutations in genes encoding nuclear lamina proteins, including lamins, cause lipodystrophy syndromes that include NAFLD. We hypothesized that variants in lamina-associated proteins predispose to NAFLD and used a candidate gene-sequencing approach to test for variants in 10 nuclear lamina-related genes in a cohort of 37 twin and sibling pairs: 21 individuals with, and 53 without, NAFLD...
September 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869935/fetal-aneuploidy-a-comparison-of-dichorionic-twins-and-monochorionic-twins
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Xiaomei Shi, Lin Li, Xuan Huang, Baojiang Chen, Yi Zhou, Qun Fang
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical characteristics of fetal aneuploidy between dichorionic twins (DCT) and monochorionic twins (MCT) undergoing invasive prenatal diagnosis. METHODS: Twin fetuses undergoing invasive prenatal diagnosis were enrolled in this study. All twin fetuses were classified into 2 groups according to chorionicity. The rates of fetal aneuploidy in different groups were compared. RESULT: This study included 1,714 fetuses (857 sets of twin pairs); among them, 1,190 were DCT and 524 were MCT...
September 5, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865106/neonatal-encephalopathy-in-calves-presented-to-a-university-hospital
#8
A W Bianco, G E Moore, S D Taylor
BACKGROUND: While studies have examined bovine dystocia in relation to calf survival, little has been published regarding perinatal morbidity and treatment of newborn calves beyond failure of transfer of passive immunity (FTPI). Neonatal encephalopathy (NE) is a clinical syndrome commonly diagnosed in infants and foals but is poorly described in calves. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To identify risk factors for development of NE in calves and factors predictive of survival...
September 2, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864011/can-color-difference-on-the-maternal-side-of-the-placenta-distinguish-between-acute-peripartum-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-and-twin-anemia-polycythemia-sequence
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Lisanne S A Tollenaar, Danny P Zhao, Johanna M Middeldorp, Dick Oepkes, Femke Slaghekke, Enrico Lopriore
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the color difference between two placental shares in monochorionic placentas with acute peripartum twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS). METHODS: We evaluated all digital pictures of TAPS, acute peripartum TTTS and a control group of uncomplicated monochorionic placentas examined at our center. We determined the color intensity of the individual placental share on the maternal side of each monochorionic placenta using an image-processing program and calculated the color difference ratio (CDR)...
September 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859779/no-262-prenatal-screening-for-and-diagnosis-of-aneuploidy-in-twin-pregnancies
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François Audibert, Alain Gagnon
OBJECTIVE: To provide a Canadian consensus document with recommendations on prenatal screening for and diagnosis of fetal aneuploidy (e.g., Down syndrome and trisomy 18) in twin pregnancies. OPTIONS: The process of prenatal screening and diagnosis in twin pregnancies is complex. This document reviews the options available to pregnant women and the challenges specific to screening and diagnosis in a twin pregnancy. OUTCOMES: Clinicians will be better informed about the accuracy of different screening options in twin pregnancies and about techniques of invasive prenatal diagnosis in twins...
September 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835639/dietary-fat-intake-modulates-effects-of-a-frequent-ace-gene-variant-on-glucose-tolerance-with-association-to-type-2-diabetes
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Rita Schüler, Martin A Osterhoff, Turid Frahnow, Matthias Möhlig, Joachim Spranger, Darko Stefanovski, Richard N Bergman, Li Xu, Anne-Cathrin Seltmann, Stefan Kabisch, Silke Hornemann, Michael Kruse, Andreas F H Pfeiffer
The frequent ACE insertion/deletion polymorphism (I/D) is, albeit inconsistently, associated with impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance. We recently observed an enhanced upregulation of ACE by elevated fat intake in GG-carriers of the I/D-surrogate rs4343 variant and therefore investigated its potential nutrigenetic role in glucose metabolism. In this nutritional intervention study 46 healthy and non-obese twin pairs consumed recommended low fat diets for 6 weeks before they received a 6-week high fat (HF) diet under isocaloric conditions...
August 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835143/neonatal-cerebral-lesions-predict-2-year-neurodevelopmental-impairment-in-children-treated-with-laser-surgery-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Ramen H Chmait, Andrew H Chon, Sheree M Schrager, Arlyn Llanes, Anita H Hamilton, Douglas L Vanderbilt
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether postnatally detected cerebral abnormalities are predictive of neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) in survivors of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) that underwent laser surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 99 children treated for TTTS had neurodevelopmental assessment at age 2-years (± 6 weeks). "High-risk survivors" had cerebral imaging in the neonatal period. "High-risk survivors" were defined as: 1) delivered at < 32 weeks; or 2) cerebral imaging clinically indicated...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825976/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-personality-and-depression-a-twin-study
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Carolyn E Cesta, Ralf Kuja-Halkola, Kelli Lehto, Anastasia N Iliadou, Mikael Landén
BACKGROUND: Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at elevated risk for suffering from depression. Neuroticism is a personality trait that has been associated with an increased risk for developing major depressive disorder (MDD). The aim of the present study was to quantify and decompose the correlation between neuroticism, PCOS, and MDD into shared and unique genetic and environmental etiologies, by using quantitative genetic methods. METHODS: In a cohort of 12,628 Swedish female twins born from 1959 to 1985, neuroticism, PCOS identified by symptoms of hyperandrogenemia (i...
August 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821800/gender-differences-in-infant-mortality-and-neonatal-morbidity-in-mixed-gender-twins
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Dongying Zhao, Lile Zou, Xiaoping Lei, Yongjun Zhang
In the present study, we aimed to explore gender differences in infant mortality and neonatal morbidity in mixed-gender twin pairs. Data were obtained from the US National Center for Health Statistics Linked Birth-Infant Death Cohort. A total of 108,038 pairs of mixed-gender twins were included in this analysis. Among the mixed-gender twins, no significant difference in the odds of fetal mortality between male twins (1.05%) and female co-twins (1.04%). However, male twins were at increased odds of neonatal mortality (adjusted OR 1...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819576/pitfall-in-the-diagnosis-of-diabetes-insipidus-and-pregnancy
#15
Melissa Sum, Jessica B Fleischer, Alexander G Khandji, Sharon L Wardlaw
Diabetes insipidus (DI) during pregnancy and the perinatal period is an uncommon medical problem characterized by polyuria and excessive thirst. Diagnosis of DI may be overlooked in the setting of pregnancy, a time when increased water intake and urine output are commonly reported. We report two cases: one of transient DI in a young woman during her third trimester of twin pregnancy in association with acute fatty liver and hypertension and one of postpartum DI secondary to Sheehan syndrome from rupture of a splenic artery aneurysm...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812462/severe-intrauterine-amputations-in-one-dichorionic-twin-with-pentalogy-of-cantrell-further-evidence-and-consideration-for-mechanical-teratogenesis
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Víctor M Salinas-Torres, Estivaliz A De La O-Espinoza, Rafael A Salinas-Torres
Pentalogy of Cantrell (PC) is characterized by midline supraumbilical abdominal wall defect, lower sternum defect, anterior diaphragmatic and pericardial defect, and congenital cardiac anomalies. Several etiological influences have been postulated, however, most of the reported cases are sporadic. In addition, evidence for mechanical teratogenesis in PC is limited. Here, we describe in one dichorionic twin with complete PC, additional severe intrauterine amputations (mainly head and neck) not previously reported resultant from mechanical teratogenesis...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764674/arabin-cervical-pessary-for-prevention-of-preterm-birth-in-cases-of-twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome-treated-by-fetoscopic-laser-coagulation-the-pecep-laser-randomised-controlled-trial
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Carlota Rodó, Sílvia Arévalo, Liesbeth Lewi, Isabel Couck, Bettina Hollwitz, Kurt Hecher, Elena Carreras
BACKGROUND: Fetoscopic LASER coagulation of the placental anastomoses has changed the prognosis of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. However, the prematurity rate in this cohort remains very high. To date, strategies proposed to decrease the prematurity rate have shown inconclusive, if not unfavourable results. METHODS: This is a randomised controlled trial to investigate whether a prophylactic cervical pessary will lower the incidence of preterm delivery in cases of twin-twin transfusion syndrome requiring fetoscopic LASER coagulation...
August 1, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761987/depression-anxiety-and-mental-health-service-experiences-of-women-with-a-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-pregnancy
#18
Lynn Falletta, Rebecca Fischbein, Surya Sruthi Bhamidipalli, Lauren Nicholas
Symptoms of emotional distress during and after pregnancy may be introduced or exacerbated by unexpected medical conditions in the mother or fetus. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), which accounts for 17% of fetal deaths in twins and entails substantial medical uncertainty, may represent a particularly challenging pregnancy experience. Yet, little is known about the impact of TTTS on women's emotional health. We retrospectively surveyed 350 women who experienced a TTTS pregnancy about their experiences at three time points (prior to, during, and after pregnancy) to examine symptoms of anxiety and depression, mental health diagnoses, thoughts of seeking mental healthcare, help received, and preferred mental health services...
July 31, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755531/the-role-of-ultrasound-in-the-prediction-of-birth-weight-discordance-in-twin-pregnancies-are-we-there-yet
#19
Ana Raquel Neves, Filipa Nunes, Miguel Branco, Maria do Céu Almeida, Isabel Santos Silva
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the accuracy of ultrasound prediction of birth weight discordance (BWD) and the influence of chorionicity and fetal growth restriction (FGR) on ultrasound performance. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 176 twin pregnancies at a Portuguese tertiary center, between 2008 and 2014. Last ultrasound biometry was recorded. Cases with delivery before 24 weeks, fetal malformations, interval between last ultrasound and deliver >3 weeks, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and monoamniotic pregnancies were excluded...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754298/a-novel-shank3-interstitial-microdeletion-in-a-family-with-intellectual-disability-and-brain-mri-abnormalities-resembling-unidentified-bright-objects
#20
Gaetano Terrone, Giuseppina Vitiello, Rita Genesio, Alessandra D'Amico, Floriana Imperati, Lorenzo Ugga, Teresa Giugliano, Giulio Piluso, Lucio Nitsch, Nicola Brunetti-Pierri, Ennio Del Giudice
BACKGROUND: SHANK3 mutations are responsible for Phelan-McDermid syndrome but they are also associated with autism and/or intellectual disability. CASE REPORT: We report a family with four affected individuals including the 37 year-old mother, her 12 year-old male monozygotic twins and 8 year-old daughter harboring a novel SHANK3 interstitial microdeletion. All four members presented with intellectual disability of variable severity. The twins showed brain abnormalities similar to Unidentified Bright Objects (UBOs), typically detected in patients with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), but they did not display causative mutations in NF1 gene...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
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