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Sun-Young Yoon, Hye-Sung Won, Mi-Young Lee, Min Kyong Cho, Euiseok Jung, Ki-Soo Kim, Young-Hwue Kim
Prenatal intervention of severe fetal aortic valve stenosis by ultrasound-guided percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty has been performed to prevent the progression to hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and achieve biventricular circulation in neonates. Here we report a case of fetal aortic valvuloplasty prenatally diagnosed with aortic stenosis at 24 weeks of gestation and showed worsening features on a follow-up echocardiography. Prenatal aortic valvuloplasty was performed at 29 weeks of gestation, and was a technical success...
January 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215417/prenatal-diagnosis-of-the-criss-cross-heart
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Prasad Ravi, Deborah Fruitman, Lindsay Mills, Timothy Colen, Lisa K Hornberger
We sought to describe the prenatal features and postnatal outcomes of the "criss-cross heart" (CCH) with crossing atrioventricular connections as encountered in 5 cases and to review the literature regarding fetal diagnoses of this lesion. We reviewed the clinical history and fetal echocardiograms of 5 patients with a diagnosis of CCH encountered in our institution from 2010 to 2015. Affected pregnancies were identified through the University of Alberta fetal cardiology database. Fetal and postnatal echocardiograms, prenatal and postnatal clinical records, autopsy, and surgical reports were reviewed...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210715/feasibility-and-reproducibility-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-tracking-wmt-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Christian Enzensberger, Friederike Achterberg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Oliver Graupner, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively...
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204891/low-titer-isolated-anti-ro-ssa-60-kd-antibodies-is-correlated-with-positive-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-at-risk-of-congenital-heart-block
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Marta Tonello, Ariela Hoxha, Elena Mattia, Alessandra Zambon, Silvia Visentin, Alessia Cerutti, Anna Ghirardello, Ornella Milanesi, Amelia Ruffatti
Congenital heart block (CHB) is an autoantibody mediated disorder presumably caused by placental transmission of maternal autoantibodies to Ro/SSA 52 kd, p200, Ro/SSA 60 kd, La/SSB ribonucleoproteins. This study investigated the clinical significance of isolated anti-Ro/SSA 52 kd, anti-p200, anti-Ro/SSA 60 kd, and anti-La/SSB antibodies in positive pregnant patients. One hundred sixty-three pregnant women positive to anti-Ro/SSA 52 kd and/or anti-Ro/SSA 60 kd and/or anti-La/SSB antibodies were prospectively enrolled in the study...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180202/applicability-and-technical-aspects-of-two-dimensional-ultrasonography-for-assessment-of-fetal-heart-function
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Nathalie Jeanne Bravo-Valenzuela, Alberto Borges Peixoto, Luciano Marcondes Nardozza, Alex Sandro Souza, Edward Araujo Júnior
In recent years, fetal echocardiography has been used for the screening and diagnosis of anatomical heart defects and for the detailed study of fetal cardiac function. This method is characterized by its easy implementation and good reproducibility, allowing the diagnosis of myocardial dysfunction even in its subclinical phase. The functional assessment of the fetal heart should be routinely performed in fetuses with congenital heart disease and those without anatomical malformation. Several extra-cardiac conditions may alter fetal cardiac function, by increased placental resistance, volume overload or hyperdynamic circulation, compression, or maternal systemic disease with involvement of the fetal myocardium...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177533/serial-echocardiography-for-immune-mediated-heart-disease-in-the-fetus-results-of-a-risk-based-prospective-surveillance-strategy
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Nobuhiko Kan, Earl D Silverman, John Kingdom, Nathalie Dutil, Carl Laskin, Edgar Jaeggi
OBJECTIVE: Mothers carrying anti-Ro antibodies are frequently referred for weekly echocardiograms to early detect and treat antibody-mediated fetal heart disease. We tested a surveillance strategy based on anti-Ro antibody titers. METHODS: From 2009-2014, 232 pregnancies were referred for maternal anti-Ro antibodies. At the baseline echocardiogram, anti-Ro titers were measured by ELISA and results categorized as negative (<8 U/ml; n = 43; excluded), low-moderate positive (8-49 U/ml; n = 62; group 1) or high positive (50- > 100 U/ml; n = 127; group 2)...
February 8, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163433/congenital-pseudoaneurysm-of-mitral-aortic-intervalvular-fibrosa-masquerading-as-left-atrial-mass-in-fetal-life
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Shanthi Chidambarathanu, Vijayalakshmi Raja, Indrani Suresh
A 28-week-old fetus was detected to have a single left atrial mass in prenatal ultrasound. Postnatal echocardiography showed an aneurysm between the anterior mitral leaflet and aortic valve, to the left of atrioventricular junction and communicating with the left ventricle through a narrow mouth. It probably originated from the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrous tissue and an inherent weakness at this site might be the cause. Reported cases of pseudoaneurysm of mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa and subvalvular ventricular aneurysms seen following infective endocarditis, surgery, or trauma seem to have a similar anatomical background...
January 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134395/ultrasound-examination-of-the-fetal-heart
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Katherine C Bishop, Jeffrey A Kuller, Brita K Boyd, Eleanor H Rhee, Stephen Miller, Piers Barker
Congenital heart disease (CHD) occurs in 4-13 per 1000 births in the United States. While many risk factors for CHD have been identified, more than 90% of cases occur in low-risk patients. Guidelines for fetal cardiac screening during the second trimester anatomy ultrasound have been developed by the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) in order to improve antenatal detection rates and to standardize the fetal cardiac screening examination. Patients found to be at increased risk of CHD because of risk factors or an abnormal screening examination should be referred for second trimester fetal echocardiography...
January 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110728/left-ventricle-segmentation-in-fetal-echocardiography-using-a-multi-texture-active-appearance-model-based-on-the-steered-hermite-transform
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Lorena Vargas-Quintero, Boris Escalante-Ramírez, Lisbeth Camargo Marín, Mario Guzmán Huerta, Fernando Arámbula Cosio, Héctor Borboa Olivares
OBJECTIVE: Fetal echocardiographic analysis is essential for detecting cardiac defects at early gestational ages. Fetal cardiac function can be assessed by performing some measurements regarding the dimension and shape of the heart cavities. In this work we propose an automatic segmentation method applied to the analysis of the left ventricle in fetal echocardiography. METHODS: For segmentation of the left ventricle, we designed a novel multi-texture active appearance model (AAM) based on the Hermite transform (HT)...
December 2016: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101770/factors-controlling-fetal-echocardiography-determine-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-isolated-ventricular-septal-defect
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Jiao Chen, Liang Xie, Han-Min Liu
BACKGROUND: Fetal echocardiography (FECG) is a key screening tool for prenatal cardiac abnormalities. Herein, we examined the ultrasonic factors determining prenatal ultrasonic diagnosis of isolated ventricular septal defect (IVSD). METHODS: The diagnostic role of ultrasonic factors was investigated in patients in middle or late pregnancy, diagnosed with IVSD by FECG and confirmed using postnatal echocardiography. RESULTS: One hundred and six patients with IVSD were enrolled; the majority had perimembranous VSD...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099426/fetal-origins-of-adult-cardiac-disease-a-novel-approach-to-prevent-fetal-growth-restriction-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-using-insulin-like-growth-factor
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Tarek Alsaied, Khaled Omar, Jeanne F James, Robert B Hinton, Timothy M Crombleholme, Mounira Habli
BACKGROUND: Fetal growth restriction is a risk factor for adult cardiovascular disease. Intra-placental gene transfer of human insulin-like growth factor-1 corrects birth weight in our mouse model of fetal growth restriction. This study addresses long term effects of fetal growth restriction on cardiac function and the potential preventive effect of insulin-like growth factor-1. STUDY DESIGN: Laparotomy was performed on pregnant C57BL/6J mice at embryonic day 18 and pups were divided into 3 groups: Sham operated; fetal growth restriction (induced by mesenteric uterine artery ligation); treatment (intra-placental injection of insulin-like growth factor-1 after uterine artery ligation)...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093413/persistence-of-cardiac-remodeling-in-preadolescents-with-fetal-growth-restriction
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Sebastian Imre Sarvari, Merida Rodriguez-Lopez, Marta Nuñez-Garcia, Marta Sitges, Alvaro Sepulveda-Martinez, Oscar Camara, Constantine Butakoff, Eduard Gratacos, Bart Bijnens, Fatima Crispi
BACKGROUND: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects 5% to 10% of newborns and is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in adulthood. We evaluated whether prenatal cardiovascular changes previously demonstrated in FGR persist into preadolescence. METHODS AND RESULTS: A cohort study of 58 FGR (defined as birth weight below 10th centile) and 94 normally grown fetuses identified in utero and followed-up into preadolescence (8-12 years of age) by echocardiography and 3-dimensional shape computational analysis...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086762/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-congenital-heart-defects-among-live-births-a-population-based-cross-sectional-survey-in-shaanxi-province-northwestern-china
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Leilei Pei, Yijun Kang, Yaling Zhao, Hong Yan
BACKGROUND: Nearly half of the population of Northwest China live in Shaanxi province, but population-based data on the epidemiologic characteristics of congenital heart defects (CHD) in this population is limited. The study aimed to investigate the prevalence and epidemiologic characteristics of the CHD among infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province. METHODS: Infants born between 2010 and 2013 in Shaanxi province were surveyed using a stratified multi-stage sampling method...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063262/quantification-of-mechanical-dyssynchrony-in-growth-restricted-fetuses-and-normal-controls-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-ste
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Kristina Krause, Mareike Möllers, Kerstin Hammer, Maria Karina Falkenberg, Ute Möllmann, Dennis Görlich, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
PURPOSE: To evaluate longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in normally grown fetuses by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and to compare longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in fetal growth restriction (FGR) with normal controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study was performed on 30 FGR and 62 normally grown fetuses, including 30 controls matched by gestational age, using STE and a transversal four-chamber view. Data analysis was carried out with a high frame rate of about 175 frames/s...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043830/fetal-primary-cardiac-tumors-during-perinatal-period
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REVIEW
Shi-Min Yuan
Fetal primary cardiac tumors are rare, but they may cause complications, which are sometimes life threatening, including arrhythmias, hydrops fetalis, ventricular outflow/inflow obstruction, cardiac failure, and even sudden death. Among fetal primary cardiac tumors, rhabdomyomas are most common, followed by teratomas, fibromas, hemangiomas, and myxomas. Everolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor, has been reported to be an effective drug to cause tumor remission in three neonates with multiple cardiac rhabdomyomas...
October 28, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029583/acr-appropriateness-criteria-assessment-of-fetal-well-being
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Lynn Simpson, Nadia J Khati, Sandeep P Deshmukh, Kika M Dudiak, Mukesh G Harisinghani, Tara L Henrichsen, Benjamin J Meyer, David A Nyberg, Liina Poder, Thomas D Shipp, Carolyn M Zelop, Phyllis Glanc
Although there is limited evidence that antepartum testing decreases the risk for fetal death in low-risk pregnancies, women with high-risk factors for stillbirth should undergo antenatal fetal surveillance. The strongest evidence supporting antepartum testing pertains to pregnancies complicated by intrauterine fetal growth restriction secondary to uteroplacental insufficiency. The main ultrasound-based modalities to determine fetal health are the biophysical profile, modified biophysical profile, and duplex Doppler velocimetry...
October 28, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029179/prenatal-diagnosis-of-congenital-heart-diseases-by-fetal-echocardiography-in-second-trimester-a-chinese-multicenter-study
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Chen Chu, Yingliu Yan, Yunyun Ren, Xiaotian Li, Yonghao Gui
INTRODUCTION: The objective of our study was to evaluate the performance of detailed fetal echocardiography by skilled obstetric physician sonologists in the diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD) in a Chinese population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This investigation included a multicenter prospective cohort of 10,259 pregnant women attending ten regional tertiary hospitals in China. The inclusion criteria were singleton pregnancy and gestational age 18 ~ ≤28 weeks...
December 28, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011589/maternal-engineered-nanomaterial-exposure-disrupts-progeny-cardiac-function-and-bioenergetics
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Quincy A Hathaway, Cody E Nichols, Danielle L Shepherd, Phoebe A Stapleton, Sarah L Mclaughlin, Janelle C Stricker, Stephanie L Rellick, Mark V Pinti, Alaeddin B Abukabda, Caroll R McBride, Jinghai Yi, Seth M Stine, Timothy R Nurkiewicz, John M Hollander
Nanomaterial production is expanding as new industrial and consumer applications are introduced. Nevertheless, the impacts of exposure to these compounds are not fully realized. The current study was designed to determine whether gestational nano-TiO2 exposure impacts cardiac and metabolic function of developing progeny. Pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to nano-TiO2 aerosols (~10 mg/m(3), 130 - 150 nm count median aerodynamic diameter) for 7-8 non-consecutive days beginning at gestational day 5-6. Physiological and bioenergetic effects on heart function and cardiomyocytes across three time points: fetal (gestational day 20), neonatal (4-10 days), and young adult (6-12 weeks) were evaluated...
December 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987334/echocardiography-findings-in-a-case-with-ballantyne-syndrome
#20
Yutaro Suzuki, Mie Yamamura, Keisuke Kikuchi, Rifumi Hattori, Takeshi Umazume, Hisanori Minakami
Marked fluid retention occurs in Ballantyne syndrome, but few reports are available on changes in cardiac morphology in this syndrome. A woman with generalized edema, dyspnea, fetal hydrops (skin edema and ascites), thickened placenta, and elevated plasma B-type natriuretic peptide level (344 pg/mL) was admitted to our hospital at gestational week (GW) 20(+3) . Blood pressure remained within the normal range. However, acute increases in left atrial volume index, pulmonary artery systolic pressure, and hyperdynamic left ventricular function (as evidenced by increased left ventricular ejection fraction to 74% with cardiac index of 5...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
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