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Prolonged pregnancy

Guillermo J Pons-Estel, Laura Andreoli, Francesco Scanzi, Ricard Cervera, Angela Tincani
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the occurrence of venous and/or arterial thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity in the presence of pathogenic autoantibodies known as antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). APS may be associated with other diseases, mainly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence or absence of SLE might modify the clinical or serological expression of APS. Apart from the classical manifestations, APS patients with associated SLE more frequently display a clinical profile with arthralgias, arthritis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, livedo reticularis, epilepsy, glomerular thrombosis, and myocardial infarction...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Oat Peltoniemi, S Björkman, C Oliviero
In this review, we address significant characteristics of parturition in the pig and their connection to post-partum reproductive health and fertility. We discuss the normal physiology and behaviour around parturition and the effect of the second phase (expulsion of foetuses) on the third phase of parturition (expulsion of foetal membranes). In addition, we intend to cover retained placenta, and the connection to post-partum uterine health and fertility in the contemporary prolific sow. We also explore factors that support successful parturition or can cause potential problems...
October 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Margaret M Brosnahan, Emily J Silvela, Jessica Crumb, Donald C Miller, Hollis N Erb, Douglas F Antczak
Invasive trophoblast from Day-34 horse conceptuses survives in extra-uterine sites in allogeneic recipients that are immunologically naïve to donor major histocompatibility complex class I antigens. The ectopic trophoblast retains its in utero characteristics, including similar lifespan, physiologic effect of its secreted product (equine chorionic gonadotrophin) upon the recipient's ovaries, and induction of host immune responses. Immunologic memory has not been considered previously in this experimental system...
October 19, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Krasimira Hristova, Rumen Marinov, Georgi Stamenov, Kristina Chacheva, Marina Michova, Sabina Persenska, Ani Racheva
OBJECTIVE: Normal pregnancy is associated with reversible changes in both systolic and diastolic mechanics, consistent with an increase in preload and decrease in afterload and systemic vascular resistance. The aim is to evaluate left ventricular (LV) twist and untwist mechanics in a population of pregnant women during differing stages of a healthy pregnancy. DESIGN AND METHOD: We included 22 pregnant patients, 10 with multiple pregnancy (mean age 36.5 ± 3 years) and 20 healthy non pregnant women (mean age 33 ± 4years)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Brian M Ilfeld
A continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) consists of a percutaneously inserted catheter with its tip adjacent to a target nerve/plexus through which local anesthetic may be administered, providing a prolonged block that may be titrated to the desired effect. In the decades after its first report in 1946, a plethora of data relating to CPNB was published, much of which was examined in a 2011 Anesthesia & Analgesia article. The current update is an evidence-based review of the CPNB literature published in the interim...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Joginder Pal Attri, Reena Makhni, Savinder Sethi
BACKGROUND: Combined spinal-epidural analgesia has become the preferred technique for labor analgesia as it combines the benefits of both spinal analgesia and flexibility of epidural catheter. Study was carried out with the primary aim to compare levobupivacaine and ropivacaine with fentanyl in terms of onset and duration of sensory block and to know maternal and fetal outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a prospective randomized double-blind study, 60 primipara of the American Society of Anesthesiologists health status Class I and II with singleton pregnancy in active stage of labor were randomly allocated into two groups of 30 each...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Gillian Burkhardt, Jennifer Scott, Shada Rouhani, Sadia Haider, Ashley Greiner, Katherine Albutt, Colleen Mullen, Michael VanRooyen, Susan Bartels
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has experienced nearly two decades of civil conflict in the Eastern regions of North and South Kivu. This conflict has been notorious for the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, leading in many cases to pregnancy after rape. The objectives of this analysis were: 1) to describe patterns of sexual violence-related pregnancy (SVRP) disclosure; 2) to consider why survivors chose to disclose to particular individuals; and 3) to examine the dialogue around SVRPs between women with SVRPs and their confidants...
2016: PloS One
Montse Palacio, Stefania Ronzoni, Luis Sánchez-Ramos, Kellie E Murphy
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of maintenance tocolysis with progestogens compared with placebo or no treatment in women with singleton pregnancies and arrested preterm labor. DATA SOURCES: Studies without language restrictions were identified from MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, Scopus, the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and from inception to June 2015. MeSH headings for progestogens were combined with terms regarding labor, tocolysis, or preterm birth...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Akwugo A Eziefule, Solafa Elshatanoufy, Mili Thakur, Frederico G Rocha
Background Propofol is a widely known, commonly used drug. Complications can occur with the use of this drug, including propofol-related infusion syndrome (PRIS). PRIS, in the obstetric population, has not been documented; however, we report a case of a patient who developed PRIS after an emergent cesarean delivery of a preterm infant. Case Study A 35-year-old multigravida woman presented complaining of leakage of fluid and decreased fetal movement. Her pregnancy was complicated by methadone maintenance therapy due to a history of opioid abuse...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
Leen Bussche, Gat Rauner, Mark Antonyak, Bethany Syracuse, Melissa McDowell, Anthony M C Brown, Richard A Cerione, Gerlinde R Van de Walle
Signaling mechanisms that regulate mammary stem/progenitor cell (MaSC) self-renewal are essential for developmental changes that occur in the mammary gland during pregnancy, lactation and involution. We observed that equine MaSCs (eMaSCs) maintain their growth potential in culture for an indefinite period, while canine MaSCs (cMaSCs) lose their growth potential in long-term cultures. We then used this system to investigate the role of microvesicles (MVs) in promoting self-renewal properties. We found that Wnt3a and Wnt1 were expressed at higher levels in MVs isolated from eMaSCs compared to those from cMaSCs...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
O M Shaaban, A M Abbas, H A Abdel Hafiz, A S Abdelrahman, M Rashwan, E R Othman
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy during lactation is common in Egypt and is often unplanned. Overlap between pregnancy and lactation could be associated with an increased risk for the pregnant mother, her fetus as well as her nursing child. AIM OF THE STUDY: The current study aims to compare the maternal and perinatal outcome of pregnancies occurred during lactation with those occurred after weaning in women with substandard nutrition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective-cohort study was carried out in six Maternal and Child Health Centers in Assiut-Egypt...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Sophie Desmonde, Tessa Goetghebuer, Claire Thorne, Valériane Leroy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The number of HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants exposed to both HIV and multiple antiretroviral drugs in utero and during prolonged breastfeeding is increasing in low-income countries where HIV prevalence is the highest. We review recent evidence on the effects of perinatal/postnatal exposure to maternal HIV and combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) on health outcomes of HEU children (mitochondrial and metabolic toxicity, adverse pregnancy outcomes, neurodevelopment, growth, infectious morbidity, and mortality)...
September 2016: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
Joanna Davies, Rezan Kadir
Management of factor XI (FXI) deficiency in pregnancy is complicated by lack of correlation between FXI level and bleeding risk. Clinicians should be vigilant about the potential for prolonged or excessive bleeding following miscarriage or termination of pregnancy, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). A multidisciplinary approach along with an individual care plan is recommended to prevent bleeding complications. Assessment of bleeding history, FXI level, and global tests of hemostasis can aid management decisions regarding hemostatic prophylaxis...
October 3, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Paweł J Stanirowski, Anna Kociszewska, Krzysztof Cendrowski, Włodzimierz Sawicki
INTRODUCTION: Incisional surgical site infections (SSIs) occur in approximately 1.8-9.2% of patients undergoing cesarean section (CS) and contribute to prolonged hospitalization time and increased treatment costs. Dressings impregnated with dialkylcarbamoyl chloride (DACC) are an innovative approach to wound treatment based on a solely physical mechanism of action, and therefore can be used safely and without time restrictions in women during the puerperal and lactation period. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A single-blinded randomized, controlled pilot study was conducted at the Mazovian Bródno Hospital, a tertiary care hospital, between December 2013 and March 2014, and it evaluated the presence of superficial and deep SSIs in patients during the first 14 days after a CS...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Avi Z Rosenberg, Weiying Yu, D Ashley Hill, Christine A Reyes, David A Schwartz
Context .- The placenta is an important component in understanding the fetal response to intrauterine Zika virus infection, but the pathologic changes in this organ remain largely unknown. Hofbauer cells are fetal-derived macrophages normally present in the chorionic villous stroma. They have been implicated in a variety of physiological and pathologic processes, in particular involving infectious agents. Objectives .- To characterize the fetal and maternal responses and viral localization in the placenta following Zika virus transmission to an 11 weeks' gestation fetus...
September 28, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Nitin Joseph, Chidambara Krishnan, B Ashish Reddy, Nurul Afiqah Adnan, Low Mei Han, Yeoh Jing Min
BACKGROUND: Uterine prolapse is a common problem among women in developing countries. It is known to cause physical and psychosocial problems affecting the quality of life of patients. This study was done to determine the risk factors, clinical features, and management practices in uterine prolapse (UP). METHODS: A review of 350 case records of UP cases admitted between 2009 and 2014 was done in tertiary care hospitals. RESULTS: Mean age at presentation of UP was 52...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Nazia Shaikh, Shaweez Faizi, Lavanya Rai
OBJECTIVES: To study the neonatal respiratory morbidity in late-preterm neonates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was done over a period of 6 months (November 2014-April 2015) including 120 late-preterm births at a tertiary referral center. RESULTS: Among the 120 late-preterm babies, 42 (35 %) developed respiratory morbidity. Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) developed in 43 % of the babies who had not received steroid prophylaxis against 25...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Anita Soni, Seeru Garg, Khushboo Patel, Zarna Patel
BACKGROUND: Oligohydramnios is a known obstetric complication which is associated with operative interferences and perinatal morbidity and mortality. l-arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide and may play a role in local vasodilatation. Administration of l-arginine has been suggested to improve amniotic fluid index (AFI) in oligohydramnios. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To study the effect of l-arginine in optimizing fetal outcome in cases of oligohydramnios. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted at Dr L H Hiranandani hospital consisting of 100 antenatal patients diagnosed with oligohydramnios [AFI < 8 cm] remote from term...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Varsha L Deshmukh, Milind Jadhav, Kanan Yelikar
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To review the effects of obesity (BMI > 30) on antepartum risk/intrapartum risk. To study neonatal outcome of pregnant women with raised BMI. MATERIAL METHOD: BMI of 500 pregnant women booked before 12 weeks calculated and categorised as normal, overweight, obese and morbidly obese at GMCH, Aurangabad. Pregnant women with systemic disease and previous LSCS were excluded. Antepartum, intrapartum and neonatal variables were studied, and statistical analysis was carried out...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Vijaya Subramanian, Janani Venkat, Mohana Dhanapal
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To analyze which is superior, Doppler velocimetry or non-stress test or both by means of categorization into four groups and comparing the prediction of perinatal outcome in high-risk pregnancies like anemia, hypertensive disorders of pregnancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study conducted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISO KGH, Madras Medical College, Chennai, in the year 2014. Two hundred high-risk pregnancies like anemia, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy were included in the study...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
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