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Preterm and transfusion

Kathryn J Sharma, Tania F Esakoff, Alyson Guillet, Richard M Burwick, Aaron B Caughey
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether adverse outcomes were more common in late preterm pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia and growth restriction compared to those affected by preeclampsia alone. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of 8,927 singleton pregnancies with preeclampsia. Pregnancies with small for gestational age (SGA) neonates (birthweight <10(th) percentile) were compared to those appropriate for gestational age (AGA) neonates. Maternal outcomes included cesarean delivery (CD) rate, CD for fetal heart rate (FHR) abnormalities, abruption, postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), maternal transfusion, acute renal failure, and peripartum cardiomyopathy...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Sanjiv B Amin, Satish Saluja, Arvind Saili, Nirupama Laroia, Mark Orlando, Hongyue Wang, Asha Agarwal
AIM: Jaundice may cause auditory toxicity (auditory neuropathy and hearing loss). However, total serum bilirubin (TSB) does not discriminate neonates at risk for auditory toxicity. We compared TSB, bilirubin:albumin molar ratio (BAMR), and unbound bilirubin for their association with auditory toxicity in neonates with severe jaundice (TSB ≥342μmol/L, or that met exchange transfusion). METHOD: Neonates greater or equal to 34 weeks gestational age with severe jaundice during the first 2 postnatal weeks were eligible for prospective cohort study, unless they had craniofacial malformations, chromosomal disorders, toxoplasmosis, other infections, rubella, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex infections, surgery, or family history of congenital deafness...
October 8, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Clare L Whitehead, Susan P Walker, Stephen Tong
Circulating nucleic acids have revolutionized prenatal diagnosis in the last decade, allowing non-invasive screening for single gene or chromosomal defects using a single sample of maternal blood. In addition to deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), ribonucleic acids (RNA) from the placenta are released into the maternal blood from early in pregnancy and may reflect changes in gene expression occurring within the placenta. Measuring circulating RNA may therefore provide insights into the placental transcriptome without the need for invasive testing...
October 6, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Ramen H Chmait, Eftichia V Kontopoulos, Andrew H Chon, Lisa M Korst, Arlyn Llanes, Rubén A Quintero
OBJECTIVES: Amniopatch is a proposed treatment of iatrogenic preterm premature rupture of membranes (iPPROM). We studied characteristics associated with successful amniopatch treatment of iPPROM after fetoscopic laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome. METHODS: Patients with iPPROM within 15 days of laser surgery treated with an amniopatch were studied. Factors associated with amniopatch success (i.e. cessation of leakage with normalization of amniotic fluid volume) were tested univariately and in multivariate logistic regression models...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Aaron E Pritchard, Beth H Shaz
CONTEXT: -Transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease is a rare, often fatal complication of cellular blood product transfusion. The requirement that at-risk groups receive irradiated products reduces the incidence of transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease. A comprehensive survey of irradiation practices has not been performed since 1989; meanwhile, new indications for irradiation have emerged. OBJECTIVE: -To assess current irradiation practices at College of American Pathologists member institutions...
October 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Alexandra H Wallace, Stuart R Dalziel, Brett R Cowan, Alistair A Young, Kent L Thornburg, Jane E Harding
OBJECTIVE: To compare long-term cardiovascular outcomes in survivors of fetal anaemia and intrauterine transfusion with those of non-anaemic siblings. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Auckland, New Zealand. PARTICIPANTS: Adults who received intrauterine transfusion for anaemia due to rhesus disease (exposed) and their unexposed sibling(s). EXPOSURE: Fetal anaemia requiring intrauterine transfusion...
September 23, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
G Sorin, B Tosello
Anemia of prematurity remains a common complication despite recent advances in perinatal and neonatal medicine. The delayed cord clamping (at least 30seconds as recommended) has several benefits: increased hemoglobin and hematocrit levels at birth, improved initial hemodynamic, decreased incidence of transfusions and intraventricular hemorrhages. When the birth transition is difficult, wait 30seconds before clamping can be impossible. So as not to interfere with the neonatal resuscitation, the "milking" has been proposed as an alternative method to the delayed cord clamping...
September 13, 2016: Gynécologie, Obstétrique & Fertilité
C Gale, M J Hyde, N Modi
OBJECTIVE: Randomised controlled trials, a gold-standard approach to reduce uncertainties in clinical practice, are growing in cost and are often slow to recruit. We determined whether methodological approaches to facilitate large, efficient clinical trials were acceptable to UK research ethics committees (RECs). DESIGN: We developed a protocol in collaboration with parents, for a comparative-effectiveness, randomised controlled trial comparing two widely used blood transfusion practices in preterm infants...
September 14, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Eran Weiner, Hadas Miremberg, Ehud Grinstein, Letizia Schreiber, Shimon Ginath, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms involved in bleeding in cases of placenta previa (PP) and the effect on pregnancy outcome is unclear. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to compare pregnancy outcome and placental histopathology in pregnancies complicated with symptomatic (bleeding) vs. non-symptomatic PP, and to study the effects of the co-existence of histopathological retro-placental hemorrhage (RPH) in cases of symptomatic PP on neonatal and maternal outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Labor and maternal characteristics, neonatal outcome and placental histopathology lesions of pregnancies with PP, delivered between 24 and 42weeks, during 2009-2015, were reviewed...
October 2016: Early Human Development
Jyothis Purushothaman, Kochuthresia J Puthumana, Aswath Kumar, Susheela J Innah, Sareena Gilvaz
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura is a common acquired autoimmune disorder defined by a low platelet count secondary to accelerated platelet destruction or impaired thrombopoesis by anti-platelet antibodies. Thrombopoietin (TPO)-mimetic drugs such as eltrombopag and romiplostim have been used successfully in many nonpregnant individuals with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) but studies based on its effects in pregnancy are limited. A 27-year-old multigravida who is a known case of ITP with bad obstetric history was referred to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at 26 weeks of gestation with complaints of mucosal bleeding and recurrent abortions...
July 2016: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Antonio Del Vecchio, Caterina Franco, Flavia Petrillo, Gabriele D'Amato
Based on small studies and not on statistically valid clinical trials, guidelines for neonatal transfusions remain controversial and practices vary greatly. Premature infants and critically ill neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) often require blood transfusions and extremely preterm neonates receive at least one red blood cell transfusion during their hospital stay. Transfusions to neonates convey both benefits and risks and consequently it is imperative to establish specific guidelines to improve practice and avoid unnecessary transfusions...
September 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Patrick D Carroll, Robert D Christensen, Vickie L Baer, Mark J Sheffield, Erick Gerday, Sarah J Ilstrup
BACKGROUND: Our previous retrospective study suggested that red blood cell (RBC) transfusion of preterm neonates can be associated with an increase in bilirubin, but this has not been tested prospectively. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied neonates before and after RBC transfusions, recording serial bilirubin levels and whether they qualified for phototherapy. Because lysed RBCs release plasma-free hemoglobin (Hb), a precursor to bilirubin, we also measured plasma free Hb and bilirubin from the donor blood...
September 7, 2016: Transfusion
Rani A Bashir, Vineet Bhandari, Sakeer Vayalthrikkovil, Yacov Rabi, Amuchou Soraisham, Selphee Tang, Essa Al Awad, Abhay Lodha
AIM: To compare preterm infants with no bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), BPD with chorioamnionitis (BPDC) and BPD with no chorioamnionitis (BPDNC) for the association with neurodevelopmental disability (NDD) at three years corrected age. METHODS: Demographic and outcome data of infants with birthweight (BW) ≤1250 g born during two epochs (1995-2000 and 2002-2007 with an interim washout period of one year) were compared on the basis of whether they had BPD, chorioamnionitis or both...
November 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Mehmet Ozgur Akkurt, And Yavuz, Serenat Eris Yalcin, Iltac Akkurt, Ozerk Turel Turan, Yakup Yalcin, Mekin Sezik
AIM: To investigate short- and long-term outcomes in women undergoing cesarean myomectomy (CM) Methods: This was a retrospective study that explored short-term outcomes of women, who underwent cesarean operations with or without myomectomies (CM controls) in a single tertiary centre throughout a 6-year-period. For long-term outcomes, the mean duration of follow-up was 6.3 ± 1.0 years. RESULTS: There were no differences among the CM (n= 91) and control groups (n = 60) considering mean change in hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, hemorrhage, as well as requirement for blood transfusions with a slightly increased operative time...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Masayuki Ochiai, Hiroaki Kurata, Hirosuke Inoue, Koichi Tanaka, Yuki Matsushita, Junko Fujiyoshi, Yoshifumi Wakata, Kiyoko Kato, Tomoaki Taguchi, Hidetoshi Takada
BACKGROUND: The substantial risk of iron overload is not routinely monitored in most of the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Japan; however, blood transfusion is an essential strategy for successfully treating preterm low-birth-weight infants. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the iron status and clinical features of infants with a birth weight of <1,500 g, i.e. very-low-birth-weight infants (VLBWIs). METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled 176 (82...
August 23, 2016: Neonatology
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
Peter Cosgrove, Eleanor J Molloy
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September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Sarah L Harris, Nicola C Austin, Malcolm Battin, Roland Broadbent, John Horwood, Ross Keenan, Scott Wells, Carole Spencer, Patricia Graham, Lianne J Woodward, Brian A Darlow
AIMS: To describe the survival, in-hospital morbidity, brain metrics and two-year neurodevelopmental outcomes of two extremely preterm cohorts and discuss the contribution of changes in clinical practice to these outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective comparative cohort study, of two cohorts of neonates born <28 weeks gestation: 47 infants born 1998-2000 and 39 infants 2006-2009. RESULTS: Comparing historical to the contemporary cohort respectively, admission temperature (35...
2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
Solwayo Ngwenya
INTRODUCTION: The complications of HIV/AIDS can produce grossly abnormal pathology. In low-resourced settings, women can present late with huge lesions. Massive vulval pathology copresenting in pregnancy produces difficulties in managing the patients and may lead to poor maternal or fetal outcomes. CASE REPORT: A 27-year-old P1 G2 (second pregnancy one live birth) patient presented at 30 weeks gestation with a massive vulval lesion. She was HIV seropositive and taking anti-retroviral therapy...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Michael Tchirikov, Zhaxybay Sh Zhumadilov, Gauri Bapayeva, Michael Bergner, Michael Entezami
OBJECTIVE: To determine if intrauterine intraumbilical supplementation with amino acids (AA) and glucose can improve neonatal outcome of severe growth restricted human fetuses (IUGR). METHODS: Prospective pilot study of intrauterine treatment of severe IUGR fetuses [n=14, 27 weeks of gestation (range 23-31)] with cerebroplacental ratio <1, with long-term intraumbilical AA and glucose supplementation (10% of feto-placental blood volume/day) using a perinatal port system alone (n=5) or combined with hyperbaric oxygenation (n=1, HBO) vs...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
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