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REVIEW
Wayne R Cohen
The assessment of uterine contractions is important in clinical decision-making, but the precise role for appraising contractions remains controversial. Four clinical approaches to assessing contractions are available: manual palpation; intrauterine pressure determination; external tocodynamometry; and electrohysterography. Palpation is inexpensive and harmless but requires the constant bedside presence of a trained observer. Intrauterine pressure measurement is considered the most sensitive and specific technique, and has become the standard by which other methods are judged; however, its quantitative measurements are not always precise or reproducible...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711635/a-new-pupillary-measure-to-assess-pain-a-prospective-study
#2
David J Charier, Daniel Zantour, Vincent Pichot, Florian Chouchou, Jean-Claude M Barthelemy, Frederic Roche, Serge B Molliex
Pupillary diameter (PD) varies under the influence of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, increasing proportionally to pain intensity. Such variations however should not be confused with pupillary fluctuations, which refer to the fast and permanent PD fluctuations induced by the ongoing interplay between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, which we propose to measure using the Variation Coefficient of Pupillary Diameter (VCPD). This study aimed first at correlating both PD, PD increase during a contraction, and VCPD, with pain as rated with the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) during obstetrical labor, and then at comparing such correlations with one another...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710882/mid-trimester-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-pprom-etiology-diagnosis-classification-international-recommendations-of-treatment-options-and-outcome
#3
REVIEW
Michael Tchirikov, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, James Maher, Jörg Buchmann, Yuri Naberezhnev, Andreas S Winarno, Gregor Seliger
Mid-trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), defined as rupture of fetal membranes prior to 28 weeks of gestation, complicates approximately 0.4%-0.7% of all pregnancies. This condition is associated with a very high neonatal mortality rate as well as an increased risk of long- and short-term severe neonatal morbidity. The causes of the mid-trimester PPROM are multifactorial. Altered membrane morphology including marked swelling and disruption of the collagen network which is seen with PPROM can be triggered by bacterial products or/and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706457/relaxant-and-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-two-thalidomide-analogs-as-pde-4-inhibitors-in-pregnant-rat-uterus
#4
Víctor Manuel Muñoz-Pérez, Eduardo Fernández-Martínez, Héctor Ponce-Monter, Mario I Ortiz
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects of two thalidomide analogs as phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitors in pregnant rat uterus. Uteri from Wistar female rats were isolated at 19 day of pregnancy. Uterine samples were used in functional studies to evaluate the inhibitory effects of the thalidomide analogs, methyl 3-(4-nitrophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4NO2PDPMe) and methyl 3-(4-aminophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4APDPMe), on prostaglandin-F2α (PGF2α)-induced phasic, K(+)-induced tonic, and Ca(2+)-induced contractions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697105/transient-fetal-tachycardia-after-intravenous-diphenhydramine-administration
#5
Alice Abernathy, Laura Alsina, Jessica Greer, Robert Egerman
BACKGROUND: Fetal tachycardia is attributable to a variety of etiologies, including an untreated maternal medical condition or an indicator of potential fetal compromise. Maternal medication administration may also affect the fetal heart rate. CASE: A 28-year-old nulliparous patient at 41 weeks of gestation was treated for pruritus with intravenous diphenhydramine after epidural administration of fentanyl. Within 14 minutes, the fetal heart rate increased from a baseline of 155 beats per minute (bpm) to more than 200 bpm while maintaining moderate variability...
July 7, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679021/population-pharmacokinetic-analysis-of-vaginally-and-intravenously-administered-oxytocin-in-postmenopausal-women
#6
Elisabet I Nielsen, Shahla H Al-Saqi, Aino F Jonasson, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg
Oxytocin is a neuropeptide hormone used clinically for more than 50 years due to its ability to induce uterine contractions and milk ejection. Vagitocin is a vaginal oxytocin gel developed as a potential treatment of vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women. The aim of this study was to characterize the oxytocin pharmacokinetics following vaginal and intravenous administration in postmenopausal women. Data from 33 participants enrolled in 2 clinical studies were used in the analysis, with a total of 651 observed oxytocin plasma concentrations, of which 78 were baseline observations, 178 observations following intravenous administration (10 IU), and 395 observations following vaginal administration (100 or 400 IU)...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660431/the-identification-and-tracking-of-uterine-contractions-using-template-based-cross-correlation
#7
Sarah C McDonald, Graham Brooker, Hala Phipps, Jon Hyett
The purpose of this paper is to outline a novel method of using template based cross-correlation to identify and track uterine contractions during labour. A purpose built six-channel Electromyography (EMG) device was used to collect data from consenting women during labour and birth. A range of templates were constructed for the purpose of identifying and tracking uterine activity when cross-correlated with the EMG signal. Peak finding techniques were applied on the cross-correlated result to simplify and automate the identification and tracking of contractions...
June 28, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651899/the-cytotrophoblastic-shell-and-complications-of-pregnancy
#8
Graham J Burton, Eric Jauniaux
Many complications of pregnancy have their pathophysiological roots in the early stages of placentation. Impaired trophoblast invasion and deficient remodelling of the maternal spiral arteries are a common feature. While malperfusion of the placenta may underpin cases of fetal growth restriction and early-onset pre-eclampsia, the mechanistic links to spontaneous miscarriage, pre-term labour and premature rupture of the membranes are less obvious. Here, we speculate that formation of a well-developed cytotrophoblastic shell at the maternal-fetal interface is crucial for pregnancy success...
June 13, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649034/electrohysterography-for-uterine-monitoring-during-term-labour-compared-to-external-tocodynamometry-and-intra-uterine-pressure-catheter
#9
Marion W C Vlemminx, Kirsten M J Thijssen, Galin I Bajlekov, Jeanne P Dieleman, M Beatrijs Van Der Hout-Van Der Jagt, S Guid Oei
OBJECTIVE: Current uterine monitoring techniques have major drawbacks that could be avoided when using electrohysterography for uterine monitoring. Recently, a new electrohysterography method has been developed, providing a real-time tocogram on standard cardiotocography monitors. The diagnostic characteristics of this novel method need to be determined and compared to conventional methods We hypothesised that electrohysterography can perform better than external tocodynamometry due to the adhesive properties of the contact electrodes (less motion sensitive), and the improved signal acquisition through subcutaneous tissue (less obesity sensitive)...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643665/sonographic-landmarks-to-differentiate-false-labor-and-early-true-labor-as-a-possible-new-application-of-ultrasound-in-labor-ward
#10
A Bouzid, M Kehila, H Trabelsi, H S Abouda, R Ben Hmid, M B Chanoufi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate discrimination of clinical parameters and ultrasound examination to differentiate "false labor" and "true labor". METHODS: In a prospective study during a period of 6 months, a total of 178 patients in term (37-41 weeks) consulting our obstetric unit for uterine contraction, were enrolled. Patients were examined separately by a midwife and a resident and separated into "true labor group" and "false labor group". The clinical characteristics of true versus false labor patients were compared...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631554/the-effects-of-platelet-activating-factor-on-uterine-contractility-perfusion-hypoxia-and-pain-in-mice
#11
Kevin M Hellman, Peter Y Yu, Folabomi A Oladosu, Chaya Segel, Alice Han, Pottumarthi V Prasad, Tamas Jilling, Frank F Tu
It is widely hypothesized that menstrual pain is triggered by prostaglandin synthesis that evokes high-pressure uterine contractions and ischemia. However, the effects of molecules implicated in menstrual pain on uterine contractility, perfusion, and oxygenation in vivo have been rarely demonstrated. Studies in women that do not respond to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have reported elevated levels of platelet-activating factor (PAF). To establish in vivo evidence of PAF's capability to impair uterine homeostasis and to elicit visceral pain, we examined the effects of the PAF receptor agonist (carbamyl PAF [CPAF]) in comparison to other molecules hypothesized to play a role in uterine pain in mice...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630830/bilateral-humerus-and-right-femur-fracture-in-a-newborn-after-cesarean-section-for-breech-presentation-in-a-twin-pregnancy-a-very-rare-case-report
#12
P Rahul, Amit Rakesh Grover, S M Ajoy
INTRODUCTION: The most common fractures during vaginal delivery occur in the clavicle, humerus, and femur. Cesarean section reduces the chances of a child having a birth injury. However, in some difficult extractions, long bone fractures may occur. Cesarean section further reduces the incidence of birth injuries, especially in a breech delivery. Maneuvers employed during cesarean section, energetic traction, improper uterine incisions, and contracted uterus may cause these injuries. In the medical literature, there are few articles highlighting the occurrence of long bone fractures during cesarean section...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630618/perinatal-effects-of-scorpion-venoms-maternal-and-offspring-development
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REVIEW
Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Valquiria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Scorpion envenomation is a public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Considering the high incidence of scorpionism in some areas, pregnant women and nursing mothers may be possible victims. Scorpion stings alter the release of neurotransmitters and some cytokines. These mediators act as organizers and programmers in the adequate formation of the nerves, and non-physiological concentrations of them during the brain organization originate disorders and diseases that can appear later in the life of the individual...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593770/-retrospective-analysis-of-monochorionic-twin-pregnancies-born-in-the-institute-for-the-care-of%C3%A2-mother-and-child-between-2012-2015
#14
K Běhávková, L Krofta, K Macková, J Vojtěch, L Hašlík, R Pock, L Hympánová, M Kučerová, H Heřman, Z Straňák, J Feyereisl
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe monochorionic twin pregnancies and their complications, born between 24th and 37th week of gestation in the Institute for the Care of Mother and Child in years 2012-2015. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: The Institute for the Care of Mother and Child, Praha. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015 we observed 177 monochorionic twin pregnancies from which two or one viable fetuses were born, or both fetuses died in utero...
2017: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559440/bitter-taste-receptors-as-targets-for-tocolytics-in-preterm-labor-therapy
#15
Kaizhi Zheng, Ping Lu, Ellen Delpapa, Karl Bellve, Ruitang Deng, Jennifer C Condon, Kevin Fogarty, Lawrence M Lifshitz, Tiffany A Moore Simas, Fangxiong Shi, Ronghua ZhuGe
Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity, with few prevention and treatment options. Uterine contraction is a central feature of PTB, so gaining new insights into the mechanisms of this contraction and consequently identifying novel targets for tocolytics are essential for more successful management of PTB. Here we report that myometrial cells from human and mouse express bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) and their canonical signaling components (i.e., G-protein gustducin and phospholipase C β2)...
May 30, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556962/treatment-of-spontaneous-preterm-labour-with-retosiban-a-phase-ii-pilot-dose-ranging-study
#16
Steven Thornton, Guillermo Valenzuela, Charlotte Baidoo, Michael J Fossler, Timothy H Montague, Linda Clayton, Marcy Powell, Jerry Snidow, Brendt Stier, David Soergel
AIMS: To investigate maternal, fetal, and neonatal safety and tolerability, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of intravenous (IV) retosiban in pregnant women with spontaneous preterm labour (PTL) between 34(0/7) and 35(6/7) weeks' gestation. METHODS: In parts A and B of a 3-part double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-centre study, women were randomised 3:1 (Part A) or 2:1 (Part B) to either 12-hour (h) IV retosiban followed by a single dose of oral placebo (R-P) or 12-hour IV placebo followed by single-dose oral retosiban (P-R)...
May 29, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545266/-analysis-of-misssed-diagnosis-and-misdiagnosis-of-1-212-cases-with-placental-abruption
#17
D Xu, C Liang, J W Xu, J He
Objective: To investigate the risk factors and clinical manifestations of placental abruption, and to analyze the causes of missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted in 135 584 women who delivered in Women's Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University from January 2005 to December 2015. The diagnosis of placental abruption was made in 1 212 cases. According to the consistency of prenatal and postnatal diagnosis, they were divided into 3 groups. (1) The diagnosis was consistent prenatally and postnatally in 715 cases(58...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536663/endometriosis-nodule-causing-spontaneous-haemoperitoneum-in-pregnancy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Junaid Rafi, Geetha Mahindrakar, Debjani Mukhopadhyay
Spontaneous haemoperitoneum in pregnancy (SHiP) due to endometriosis is a very rare condition and this is a case of a 41-year-old primigravida, who presented at 32 weeks with sudden onset of severe lower abdominal pain without any uterine activity. This was a dichorionic-diamniotic twin pregnancy, following in vitro fertilisation for subfertility secondary to severe endometriosis. On admission, pain score was eight, with ten being the maximum of the scale. The vital signs were stable. Abdominal palpation revealed generalised tenderness with no guarding or palpable contraction...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532844/effects-of-d-cloprostenol-on-different-layers-and-regions-of-the-bovine-uterus-during-the-follicular-and-luteal-phases
#19
M Piccinno, R L Sciorsci, V Masciopinto, M De Rosa, A Rizzo
INTRODUCTION: D-cloprostenol is a synthetic PGF2α, commonly used in bovine reproduction, that increases myometral contractility. However, little is known regarding its contractile behaviour and how it depends on the reproductive state and uterine topography (regions and muscular layers). HYPOTHESIS AND OBJECTIVES: These aspects would affect the action of d-cloprostenol on the uterus. Therefore, we hypothesize a possible use of this drug at the time of artificial insemination, to improve conception rates and, in the post-partum, in order to accelerate uterine involution in dairy cattle...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532683/the-essential-oil-from-the-twigs-of-cinnamomum-cassia-presl-inhibits-oxytocin-induced-uterine-contraction-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Lan Sun, Li-Na Liu, Jia-Chun Li, Yao-Zhong Lv, Shao-Bo Zong, Jun Zhou, Zheng-Zhong Wang, Jun-Ping Kou, Wei Xiao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The twigs and bark of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (Lauraceae) are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of tumor, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, digestive system disease and inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the inhibitory effect of the essential oil from the twigs of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (EOCC) on uterine contraction in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mouse uterine contraction was induced by oxytocin (OT) exposure following estradiol benzoate pretreatment...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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