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V V Ashraf, J Prijesh, R Praveenkumar, K Saifudheen
Hyperemesis gravidarum-induced Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is an underestimated condition. The purpose of this study is to improve its awareness and early diagnosis. We report five cases of WE secondary to hyperemesis gravidarum. Classic triad of encephalopathy, ataxia, and ocular signs was seen in four out of five patients. Two unusual features noted in this series were papilledema in one patient and severe sensory-motor peripheral neuropathy in one patient. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was abnormal in all the five patients, and high signal in medial thalamus and surrounding the aqueduct was the most common abnormality (5/5)...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Nicole Yoder, Reshef Tal, J Ryan Martin
BACKGROUND: Ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality during the first trimester and the incidence increases dramatically with assisted-reproductive technology (ART), occurring in approximately 1.5-2.1 % of patients undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Abdominal ectopic pregnancy is a rare yet clinically significant form of ectopic pregnancy due to potentially high maternal morbidity. While risk factors for ectopic pregnancy after IVF have been studied, very little is known about risk factors specific for abdominal ectopic pregnancy...
October 19, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jose Lopez-Novoa, Lucia Perez-Roque, Elena Nuñez-Gomez, Claudia Ollauri, Laura Ruiz-Remolina, Miguel Arevalo, Carmelo Bernabeu, Alicia Rodriguez-Barbero, Miguel Pericacho
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia, characterized by hypertension and proteinuria occurring after the twentieth week of pregnancy, is a major contributor to maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in developed countries. The mechanisms mediating the pathogenesis preeclampsia are far from clear. Strong experimental evidence suggests that placental ischemia, resulting from the inappropriate remodeling of the maternal spiral arteries, stimulates the release of soluble factors causing hypertension and renal damage...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lourdes A Blanco Esquivel, Jorge Macia Urbina, Hugo Mendieta Zerón
BACKGROUND: Severe obstetric morbidity constitutes a serious problem worldwide; however, an effective obstetrical prognosis scale is still missing. OBJECTIVE: To propose a modified Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Score (SOFA) score based on time before reaching specialized medical attention. METHOD: This was an ambispective, descriptive study, including all women treated at the Obstetrical Intensive Care Unit (OICU) of the "Mónica Pretelini Sáenz" Maternal-Perinatal Hospital (HMPMPS), Toluca, Mexico, from June 2009 to June 2013...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
David G Reuter, Yuk Law, Wayne C Levy, Stephen P Seslar, R Eugene Zierler, Mark Ferguson, James Chattra, Tim McQuinn, Lenna L Liu, Mark Terry, Patricia S Coffey, Jane A Dimer, Coral Hanevold, Joseph T Flynn, F Bruder Stapleton
The morbidity and mortality associated with preeclampsia is staggering. The physiology of the Page kidney, a condition in which increased intrarenal pressure causes hypertension, appears to provide a unifying framework to explain the complex pathophysiology. Page kidney hypertension is renin-mediated acutely and ischemia-mediated chronically. Renal venous outflow obstruction also causes a Page kidney phenomenon, providing a hypothesis for the increased vulnerability of a subset of women who have what we are hypothesizing is a "renal compartment syndrome" due to inadequate ipsilateral collateral renal venous circulation consistent with well-known variation in normal venous anatomy...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Jezid Miranda, Ghada Bourjeily, Andrew Levinson, Carmelo Dueñas, Camilo Bello Muñoz, José A Rojas-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Every day, about 830 women die worldwide from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric early-warning scores have been proposed as a potential tool to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, based upon the identification of predetermined abnormal values in the vital signs or laboratory parameters, to generate a rapid and effective medical response. Several early-warning scores have been developed for obstetrical patients, but the majority are the result of a clinical consensus rather than statistical analyses of clinical outcome measures (i...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Shaun K Morris, Lisa G Pell, Mohammed Ziaur Rahman, Michelle C Dimitris, Abdullah Mahmud, M Munirul Islam, Tahmeed Ahmed, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Tahmid Kashem, Shaila S Shanta, Jonathan Gubbay, Eszter Papp, Michelle Science, Stanley Zlotkin, Daniel E Roth
BACKGROUND: Early infancy is a high-risk period for severe acute respiratory infection (ARI), particularly in low-income countries with resource-limited health systems. Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) is commonly preceded by upper respiratory infection (URTI), and often caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and other common community-acquired viral pathogens. Vitamin D status is a candidate modifiable early-life determinant of the host antiviral immune response and thus may influence the risk of ARI-associated morbidity in high-risk populations...
October 13, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Harun Arslan, Ali Kolusarı, Recep Yıldızhan, Mesut Ozgokce, Abdussamet Batur, Ibrahim Akbudak
PURPOSE: To compare maternal liver elasticity scores by Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastosonography in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies and its association with the severity of the disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two healthy, 33 mild, 33 severe preeclamptic and 28 pregnant women with Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets (HELLP) syndrome were included into the study. Maternal liver elasticity was measured by ARFI elastosonography at the first day of puerperium...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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BACKGROUND: Healthy life expectancy (HALE) and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) provide summary measures of health across geographies and time that can inform assessments of epidemiological patterns and health system performance, help to prioritise investments in research and development, and monitor progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We aimed to provide updated HALE and DALYs for geographies worldwide and evaluate how disease burden changes with development...
October 8, 2016: Lancet
Angela Zacharasiewicz
Maternal smoking in pregnancy (MSP) is a large modifiable risk factor for pregnancy related mortality and morbidity and also the most important known modifiable risk factor for asthma. This review summarises the effects of MSP throughout infancy, childhood and adolescence with regards to asthma (development and severity). Firstly, the direct damage caused by nicotine on fetal lung development, fetal growth and neuronal differentiation is discussed, as well as the indirect effects of nicotine on placental functioning...
July 2016: ERJ Open Research
Marc A Rodger, Jean-Christophe Gris, Johanna I P de Vries, Ida Martinelli, Évelyne Rey, Ekkehard Schleussner, Saskia Middeldorp, Risto Kaaja, Nicole J Langlois, Timothy Ramsay, Ranjeeta Mallick, Shannon M Bates, Carolien N H Abheiden, Annalisa Perna, David Petroff, Paulien de Jong, Marion E van Hoorn, P Dick Bezemer, Alain D Mayhew
BACKGROUND: Placenta-mediated pregnancy complications include pre-eclampsia, late pregnancy loss, placental abruption, and birth of a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) neonate. These complications are leading causes of maternal, fetal, and neonatal morbidity and mortality in high-income countries. Affected women are at high risk of recurrence in subsequent pregnancies; however, effective strategies to prevent recurrence are absent. Findings from our previous study-level meta-analysis suggested that low-molecular-weight heparin reduced the risk of recurrent placenta-mediated pregnancy complications...
October 6, 2016: Lancet
Deepak Sharma, Pradeep Sharma, Sweta Shastri
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is defined as growth of fetus below its in-utero growth potential. Small for Gestational Age (SGA) is defined as newborn with birth weight less than 10(th) centile as per the gestational age, sex and race. There exists major difference between IUGR and SGA. IUGR infants have multiple short term and long term complications and IUGR is a silent cause of various morbidity and mortality in these infants. IUGR/SGA is usually end results of maternal, placental, fetal and genetic causes...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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
Loïc Sentilhes, Benjamin Merlot, Hugo Madar, François Sztark, Stéphanie Brun, Catherine Deneux-Tharaux
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is one of the leading causes of maternal death and severe maternal morbidity worldwide and strategies to prevent and treat PPH vary among international authorities. Areas covered: This review seeks to provide a global overview of PPH (incidence, causes, risk factors), prevention (active management of the third stage of labor and prohemostatic agents), treatment (first, second and third-line measures to control PPH), by also underlining recommendations elaborated by international authorities and using algorithms...
October 5, 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
Lydia J Leon, Nita Solanky, Susanne E Stalman, Charalambos Demetriou, Sayeda Abu-Amero, Philip Stanier, Lesley Regan, Gudrun E Moore
About 20% of pregnancies are affected by some form of complication. Research has shown that anomalies in implantation, development, and growth of the fetus; ineffective nutrient exchange between mother and fetus due to placental dysfunction; and maternal problems such as hypertension or infection during pregnancy can all lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, the molecular aetiology of such events remains poorly understood. Fetal growth restriction (FGR), recurrent miscarriage (RM), preterm birth (PTB), and pre-eclampsia (PE) are the most common pregnancy complications encountered in the UK and these outcomes can result in an array of morbidities in both mother and baby, and in the most severe cases in mortality...
October 2016: Placenta
Mitsumasa Umesawa, Gen Kobashi
Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) represent some of the most important problems faced by public health because HDP is a major cause of maternal and prenatal morbidity and mortality. Several epidemiological studies have been performed to determine the prevalence and risk factors of HDP as well as its subtypes. The prevalences of HDP, gestational hypertension and preeclampsia are 5.2-8.2%, 1.8-4.4% and 0.2-9.2%, respectively. Body mass index, anemia and lower education appear to be modifiable risk factors for HDP...
September 29, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Shannon A McMahon, Rachel P Chase, Peter J Winch, Joy J Chebet, Giulia V R Besana, Idda Mosha, Zaina Sheweji, Caitlin E Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Births before arrival (BBA) to health care facilities are associated with higher rates of perinatal morbidity and mortality compared to facility deliveries or planned home births. Research on such births has been conducted in several high-income countries, but there are almost no studies from low-income settings where a majority of maternal and newborn deaths occur. METHODS: Drawing on a household survey of women and in-depth interviews with women and their partners, we examined the experience of BBA in rural districts of Morogoro Region, Tanzania...
September 27, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Sarka Lisonkova, Matthew D Haslam, Leanne Dahlgren, Innie Chen, Anne R Synnes, Kenneth I Lim
BACKGROUND: Most studies examining geographic barriers to maternity care in industrialized countries have focused solely on fetal and neonatal outcomes. We examined the association between rural residence and severe maternal morbidity, in addition to perinatal mortality and morbidity. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study of all women who gave birth in British Columbia, Canada, between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2010. We compared maternal mortality and severe morbidity (e...
September 26, 2016: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Claudine Gayle, Janice Rymer
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a traditional practice that has no medical benefit and severe health consequences for girls and women. This article discusses the risks to patients who are pregnant and have had FGM. It will describe urinary tract infections caused by FGM, and how this condition increases the risk of preterm labour and delivery. It will also address the difficulty in vaginal examinations that can be caused by FGM and instances when this can delay diagnosis and treatment. In addition, it will explore a number of intrapartum risks caused by FGM and the role of deinfibulation in pregnancy...
September 22, 2016: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
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