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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742216/the-fetuses-at-risk-approach-survival-analysis-from-a-fetal-perspective
#1
K S Joseph, Michael S Kramer
Several phenomena in contemporary perinatology create challenges for analyzing pregnancy outcomes. These include recent increases in iatrogenic delivery at late preterm and early term gestation which are incongruent with the belief that stillbirth and neonatal death risk decrease exponentially with advancing gestational age. Perinatal epidemiologists have also puzzled over the paradox of intersecting birth weight- and gestational age-specific perinatal mortality curves for decades. For example, neonatal mortality rates among preterm infants of women who smoke are substantially lower than neonatal mortality rates among preterm infants of non-smoking women, whereas the reverse pattern occurs at term gestation...
July 25, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741751/assessment-of-diastolic-function-of-normal-fetal-heart-using-the-dual-gate-doppler-method
#2
Mayumi Takano, Masahiko Nakata, Sumito Nagasaki, Rei Ueyama, Mineto Morita
OBJECTIVES: The ratio of mitral peak early diastolic filling to early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E/e') reflects diastolic cardiac function in adults. The Dual gate Doppler (DD) method enables measurements of E/e' in the same heartbeat. This study was designed to assess the utility of the DD method for measurement of fetal E/e', and to determine reference ranges for normal fetuses. METHODS: This prospective study comprised normal singleton pregnancies between 16 and 36 weeks of gestational age (GA)...
July 25, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741114/-fetal-autopsies-relic-or-still-a%C3%A2-gold-standard
#3
J Andruszkow, W Weichert, T Braunschweig, R Knüchel-Clarke, F Erlmeier
BACKGROUND: Fetal autopsy rates are decreasing in Western countries although post-mortem examinations render important information for the parents concerning the cause of abortion and risk of recurrence in future pregnancies. OBJECTIVE: The intention of the presented study was to analyze the development of fetal autopsies in Germany during the last decade and to review accessible information obtained by fetal autopsy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Reports of fetal autopsies conducted in two German university Institutes of pathology between 2005 and 2014 were evaluated retrospectively...
July 24, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739513/intrauterine-inflammation-induces-sex-specific-effects-on-neuroinflammation-white-matter-and-behavior
#4
Ryan Makinson, Kelsey Lloyd, Aditya Rayasam, Sarah McKee, Amy Brown, Guillermo Barila, Nicola Grissom, Robert George, Matt Marini, Zsuzsanna Fabry, Michal Elovitz, Teresa M Reyes
Exposure to inflammation during pregnancy has been linked to adverse neurodevelopmental consequences for the offspring. One common route through which a developing fetus is exposed to inflammation is with intrauterine inflammation. To that end, we utilized an animal model of intrauterine inflammation (IUI; intrauterine lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration, 50 µg, E15) to assess placental and fetal brain inflammatory responses, white matter integrity, anxiety-related behaviors (elevated zero maze, light dark box, open field), microglial counts, and the CNS cytokine response to an acute injection of LPS in both males and females...
July 21, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739114/ethical-and-medical-management-of-a-pregnant-woman-with-brain-stem-death-resulting-in-delivery-of-a-healthy-child-and-organ-donation
#5
A Gopčević, B Rode, M Vučić, A Horvat, M Širanović, Ž Gavranović, V Košec, A Košec
Maternal brain death during pregnancy remains an exceedingly complex situation that requires not only a well-considered medical management plan, but also careful decision-making in a legally and ethically delicate situation. Management of brain dead pregnant patients needs to adhere to special strategies that support the mother in a way that she can deliver a viable and healthy child. Brain death in pregnant women is very rare, with only a few published cases. We present a case of a pregnant woman with previously diagnosed multiple brain cavernomas that led to intracranial hemorrhage and brain stem death during the 21st week of pregnancy...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738878/tlr4-response-mediates-ethanol-induced-neurodevelopment-alterations-in-a-model-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#6
María Pascual, Jorge Montesinos, Sandra Montagud-Romero, Jerónimo Forteza, Marta Rodríguez-Arias, José Miñarro, Consuelo Guerri
BACKGROUND: Inflammation during brain development participates in the pathogenesis of early brain injury and cognitive dysfunctions. Prenatal ethanol exposure affects the developing brain and causes neural impairment, cognitive and behavioral effects, collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Our previous studies demonstrate that ethanol activates the innate immune response and TLR4 receptor and causes neuroinflammation, brain damage, and cognitive defects in the developmental brain stage of adolescents...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735558/nicotinic-receptor-abnormalities-in-the-cerebellar-cortex-of-sudden-unexplained-fetal-and-infant-death-victims-possible-correlation-with-maternal-smoking
#7
Anna M Lavezzi, Stefano Ferrero, Luca Roncati, Francesco Piscioli, Luigi Matturri, Teresa Pusiol
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are cationic channels of the neuronal cell membrane, differentially expressed in the central nervous system which, when activated by endogenous acetylcholine or exogenous nicotine, are able to enhance cholinergic transmission. The aim of this study was to investigate in human perinatal age the immunohistochemical expression of the α7-nAChR subtype, given its involvement in neuronal differentiation and its significant vulnerability to the toxic effects of nicotine...
July 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735176/reduced-short-term-variation-following-antenatal-administration-of-betamethasone-is-reduced-fetal-size-a-predisposing-factor
#8
Tullio Ghi, Andrea Dall'Asta, Gabriele Saccone, Federica Bellussi, Tiziana Frusca, Pasquale Martinelli, Gianluigi Pilu, Nicola Rizzo
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between fetal size and the incidence of reduced short-term variability (STV) following bethametasone administration for fetal lung maturity. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective, multicenter, cohort study conducted in two Tertiary University Units. Only uncomplicated singleton pregnancies admitted for threatened preterm labor between 26 and 34 weeks and submitted to betamethasone for fetal lung maturity were included. Delivery occurring within 72h from betamethasone administration represented criteria for exclusion...
July 10, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734056/in-vivo-placental-mri-shape-and-textural-features-predict-fetal-growth-restriction-and-postnatal-outcome
#9
Sonia Dahdouh, Nickie Andescavage, Sayali Yewale, Alexa Yarish, Diane Lanham, Dorothy Bulas, Adre J du Plessis, Catherine Limperopoulos
PURPOSE: To investigate the ability of three-dimensional (3D) MRI placental shape and textural features to predict fetal growth restriction (FGR) and birth weight (BW) for both healthy and FGR fetuses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited two groups of pregnant volunteers between 18 and 39 weeks of gestation; 46 healthy subjects and 34 FGR. Both groups underwent fetal MR imaging on a 1.5 Tesla GE scanner using an eight-channel receiver coil. We acquired T2-weighted images on either the coronal or the axial plane to obtain MR volumes with a slice thickness of either 4 or 8 mm covering the full placenta...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733760/intrauterine-therapy-of-cytomegalovirus-infection-with-valganciclovir-review-of-the-literature
#10
REVIEW
Vera Seidel, Cornelia Feiterna-Sperling, Jan-Peter Siedentopf, Jörg Hofmann, Wolfgang Henrich, Christoph Bührer, Katharina Weizsäcker
Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the leading cause for sensorineural hearing loss and mental retardation in children without genetic diseases worldwide. There is little evidence guiding therapeutic strategies during pregnancy when intrauterine fetal CMV infection is confirmed. We provide a systematic review of the use of ganciclovir (GCV) or VGCV during pregnancy discussing safety of its use for mother and fetus and describe two cases of intrauterine therapy of fetal CMV infection with valganciclovir (VGCV)...
July 21, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730459/fetal-programming-as-a-predictor-of-adult-health-or-disease-the-need-to-reevaluate-fetal-heart-function
#11
REVIEW
Joana O Miranda, Carla Ramalho, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, José Carlos Areias
Epidemiologic and experimental evidence suggests that adverse stimuli during critical periods in utero permanently alters organ structure and function and may have persistent consequences for the long-term health of the offspring. Fetal hypoxia, maternal malnutrition, or ventricular overloading are among the major adverse conditions that can compromise cardiovascular development in early life. With the heart as a central organ in fetal adaptive mechanisms, a deeper understanding of the fetal cardiovascular physiology and of the echocardiographic tools to assess both normal and stressed pregnancies would give precious information on fetal well-being and hopefully may help in early identification of special risk groups for cardiovascular diseases later in life...
July 20, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730216/the-importance-of-perinatal-autopsy-review-of-the-literature-and-series-of-cases
#12
Maria Şorop-Florea, Raluca Niculina Ciurea, Mihai Ioana, Alex Emilian Stepan, George Alin Stoica, Florentina Tănase, Maria Cristina Comănescu, Marius Bogdan Novac, Ioana Drăgan, Ciprian LaurenŢiu Pătru, Roxana Cristina Drăguşin, George Lucian Zorilă, Ovidiu Marian Cărbunaru, NuŢi Daniela Oprescu, Iuliana Ceauşu, Simona Vlădăreanu, Ştefania Tudorache, Dominic Gabriel Iliescu
Perinatal autopsy remains the gold-standard procedure used to establish the fetal, neonatal or infant abnormalities. Progressively, perinatal pathology has become a specialized field with important roles of audit for fetal prenatal diagnostic tools, in parents counseling regarding future pregnancies, in scientific research, for epidemiology of congenital abnormalities and teaching. The differences between prenatal ultrasound and autopsy reports represent a strong argument for the autopsy examination following termination of pregnancy...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729164/antenatal-antipsychotic-exposure-induces-multigenerational-and-gender-specific-programming-of-adiposity-and-glucose-tolerance-in-adult-mouse-offspring
#13
E Courty, P Gobalakichenane, M Garcia, A Muscat, C Kazakian, T Ledent, M Moldes, B Blondeau, D Mitanchez, M Buyse, B Fève
Second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are well known for their metabolic side effects in humans, including obesity and diabetes. These compounds are maintained during pregnancy to prevent the relapse of psychoses, but they readily diffuse across the placenta to the fetus, as documented with the widely-prescribed drug olanzapine (OLZ). However, observational studies have provided conflicting results on the potential impact of SGAs on fetal growth and body weight, and their effects on metabolic regulation in the offspring...
July 17, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729106/no-223-content-of-a-complete-routine-second-trimester-obstetrical-ultrasound-examination-and-report
#14
Yvonne Cargill, Lucie Morin
OBJECTIVE: To review the benefits of and requirements for a complete second trimester ultrasound and the documentation needed. OUTCOMES: A complete second trimester ultrasound provides information about the number of fetuses, the gestational age, the location of the placenta, and fetal and maternal anatomy. EVIDENCE: In the production of this document, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine's "Practice Guideline for the Performance of Obstetric Ultrasound Examinations," the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' practice bulletin, "Ultrasound in Pregnancy," and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Working Party Report, "Ultrasound Screening" were reviewed...
August 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728138/first-trimester-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentration-in-relation-to-anogenital-distance-an-androgen-sensitive-measure-of-reproductive-development-in-infant-girls
#15
Emily S Barrett, Sheela Sathyanarayana, Omar Mbowe, Sally W Thurston, J Bruce Redmon, Ruby H N Nguyen, Shanna H Swan
INTRODUCTION: Evidence from animal models suggests that prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous endocrine-disrupting chemical, is associated with adverse reproductive outcomes in females. Exposure during early gestation, a critical period for reproductive development, is of particular concern. Anogenital distance (AGD) is a sensitive biomarker of the fetal hormonal milieu and a measure of reproductive toxicity in animal models. In some studies, the daughters of BPA-exposed dams have shorter AGD than controls...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727969/fetal-dysmorphology-still-an-essential-art-analysis-of-the-limitations-of-microarray-in-a-fetal-population-and-a-look-toward-the-genome-sequencing-era
#16
E Fletcher, M Porteous, K J McKenzie, E J Maher, M J Evans
Cytogenomic microarray allows assessment of the genome at higher resolutions than traditional karyotyping. The objective of this study is to evaluate the utility of microarray in a routine fetal autopsy setting before the advent of routine fetal exome/genome sequencing and the issues these technologies may generate. A systematic review of fetal postmortems at 12-24 weeks gestation between January 2011 and December 2014 was undertaken. Cases where there was no consent for audit, research, or genetic testing were excluded as were cases referred to the Procurator Fiscal, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths...
July 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726518/differential-responses-of-mesenteric-arterial-bed-to-vasoactive-substances-in-l-name-induced-preeclampsia-role-of-oxidative-stress-and-endothelial-dysfunction
#17
Taline A S Amaral, Dayane T Ognibene, Lenize C R M Carvalho, Ana Paula M Rocha, Cristiane A Costa, Roberto S Moura, Angela C Resende
To investigate the systemic and placental oxidant status as well as vascular function in experimental preeclampsia (PE) induced by nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). Fetal parameters and maternal blood pressure, proteinuria, mesenteric arterial bed (MAB) reactivity, and systemic and placental oxidative stress were compared between four groups: pregnant rats receiving L-NAME (60 mg/kg/day, orally) (P + L-NAME) or vehicle (P) from days 13 to 20 of pregnancy and nonpregnant rats receiving L-NAME (NP + L-NAME) or vehicle (NP) during 7 days...
July 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723764/increased-nuchal-translucency-in-fetuses-with-a-normal-karyotype-diagnosis-and-management-an-observational-study
#18
Demetra Socolov, Razvan Socolov, Vlad Eusebiu Gorduza, Tudor Butureanu, Ruxandra Stanculescu, Alexandru Carauleanu, Ioana Pavaleanu
The use of nuchal translucency (NT) in 1992 by Nicolaides et al was a major breakthrough in screening for chromosomal aneuploidies at the end of the first trimester. However, pathological conditions other than chromosomal aneuploidies are also associated with increased NT, which can also be detected in normal fetuses. This study sought to evaluate the causes of this ultrasound sign in a group of patients from Iasi, Romania.During the decade-long study period, there were 71 certified cases involving increased NT; the patients in these cases underwent diagnostic amniocentesis and karyotyping...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723688/trigonelline-inhibits-inflammation-and-protects-%C3%AE-cells-to-prevent-fetal-growth-restriction-during-pregnancy-in-a-mouse-model-of-diabetes
#19
Ji-Yin Zhou, Xiao-Huang Du, Zuo Zhang, Gui-Sheng Qian
BACKGROUND: As an active component from traditional Chinese medicine, trigonelline has a protective effect on diabetes. This study evaluated the protective effects of trigonelline on diabetic mice during pregnancy. METHODS: Diabetes was induced in female mice by intraperitoneal injection for continuous 5-day of 40 mg/kg/day streptozotocin. Female mice were divided into 4 groups after they were allowed to mate with normal male mice: nondiabetic, nondiabetic treated with trigonelline (70 mg/kg) for 18 days, diabetic, and diabetic treated with trigonelline (70 mg/kg)...
July 20, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722320/congenital-unilateral-renal-agenesis-prevalence-prenatal-diagnosis-associated-anomalies-data-from-two-birth-defect-registries
#20
Hélène Laurichesse Delmas, Monique Kohler, Bérénice Doray, Didier Lémery, Christine Francannet, Jocelyn Quistrebert, Cécile Marie, Isabelle Perthus
BACKGROUND: The different mechanisms leading to a solitary kidney should be differentiated because the long-term outcome might be different. The fetal period is the best moment to make a true diagnosis of congenital unilateral renal agenesis (URA). The objective was to determine the prevalence of URA at birth. The secondary objectives were to describe the evolution of sensitivity of prenatal diagnosis over time and the different forms of URA (isolated and associated with other malformations) detected up to 1 year...
July 19, 2017: Birth defects research
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