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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633864/perinatal-group-b-streptococcal-infections-virulence-factors-immunity-and-prevention-strategies
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Jay Vornhagen, Kristina M Adams Waldorf, Lakshmi Rajagopal
Group B streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae is a β-hemolytic, Gram-positive bacterium that is a leading cause of neonatal infections. GBS commonly colonizes the lower gastrointestinal and genital tracts and, during pregnancy, neonates are at risk of infection. Although intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis during labor and delivery has decreased the incidence of early-onset neonatal infection, these measures do not prevent ascending infection that can occur earlier in pregnancy leading to preterm births, stillbirths, or late-onset neonatal infections...
June 17, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631553/administration-of-progesterone-throughout-pregnancy-increases-maternal-steroids-without-adverse-effect-on-mature-oligodendrocyte-immunostaining-in-the-guinea-pig
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Julia C Shaw, Hannah K Palliser, Kerrin Palazzi, Jonathan J Hirst
Progesterone is administered to pregnant women at risk of premature labor, despite systematic reviews showing conflicting outcomes regarding its use, highlighting doubt over the effectiveness of the therapy. Progesterone can be rapidly metabolized into a number of steroids, but to date, there has been a lack of investigation into the fetal steroid profiles following administration and whether this impacts fetal neurodevelopment. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of progesterone treatment on allopregnanolone and cortisol levels in the fetus and on a marker of myelination in the fetal brain...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613021/combined-value-of-placental-alpha-microglobulin-1-detection-and-cervical-length-via-transvaginal-ultrasound-in-the-diagnosis-of-preterm-labor-in-symptomatic-patients
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Vyacheslav Bolotskikh, Vera Borisova
AIM: We aimed to evaluate the combined value of placental alpha microglobulin-1 (PAMG-1) and cervical length (CL) via transvaginal ultrasound for assessing risk of imminent spontaneous preterm delivery in patients presenting with threatened preterm labor (PTL). METHODS: Clinical exam, PAMG-1 test, cardiotocography, and CL measurement via transvaginal ultrasound were performed on all patients meeting inclusion criteria. Ninety-nine patients at 22(+0) -36(+6) gestational weeks with the symptoms of PTL were included...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611933/monochorionic-triamniotic-triplet-pregnancy-complicated-by-twin-reversed-arterial-perfusion-sequence-case-report-and-literature-review
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Pingshan Pan, Guoyang Luo, Lu Tang, Jeanne D Rolle, Yuqin Qin, Quan Zeng, Jiangting Wei, Yuanfang Chen, Hongwei Wei
Background  Monochorionic-triamniotic pregnancies are rare and fraught with complications. Case  A case of monochorionic-triamniotic triplet pregnancy complicated by twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence is presented. The patient declined termination or selective fetal reduction. Triplet C was acardiac. At 24 weeks, triplet B developed polyhydramnios. At 30 weeks, polyhydramnios was seen in all three amniotic sacs, but without signs of fetal hydrops and with normal Doppler velocimetry measurements in the umbilical artery, middle cerebral artery, and ductus arteriosus of triplets A and B...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608856/antenatal-dexamethasone-exposure-differentially-affects-distinct-cortical-neural-progenitor-cells-and-triggers-long-term-changes-in-murine-cerebral-architecture-and-behavior
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M A Tsiarli, A Rudine, N Kendall, M O Pratt, R Krall, E Thiels, D B DeFranco, A P Monaghan
Antenatal administration of synthetic glucocorticoids (sGC) is the standard of care for women at risk for preterm labor before 34 gestational weeks. Despite their widespread use, the type of sGC used and their dose or the dosing regimens are not standardized in the United States of America or worldwide. Several studies have identified neural deficits and the increased risk for cognitive and psychiatric disease later in life for children administered sGC prenatally. However, the precise molecular and cellular targets of GC action in the developing brain remain largely undefined...
June 13, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601683/prenatal-intrapartum-and-postnatal-factors-are-associated-with-pediatric-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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Elizabeth T Jensen, Jonathan T Kuhl, Lisa J Martin, Marc E Rothenberg, Evan S Dellon
BACKGROUND: Multiple lines of evidence point to the potential importance of early-life environmental factors in the rapid rise in incidence of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), but potential exposures have not been extensively studied. OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between prenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal factors and the development of pediatric EoE using a case-control study. METHODS: Cases of EoE were recruited from an existing registry at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595292/neonatal-outcomes-associated-with-placental-abruption
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Katheryne L Downes, Edmond D Shenassa, Katherine L Grantz
Placental abruption, early separation of the placenta, is associated with preterm birth and perinatal mortality, but associations with other neonatal morbidities remains under-studied. We examined the association between abruption and newborn outcomes. We analyzed n = 223,341 singleton deliveries from the Consortium on Safe Labor Study, a retrospective, multi-site, observational study (2002-2008) of electronic medical records in the U.S. Adjusted relative risks (RR), incident ratio ratios and 99% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated...
June 8, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594783/progestogens-for-maintenance-tocolysis-in-women-with-a-short-cervix-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fabio Facchinetti, Patrizia Vergani, Mariarosaria Di Tommaso, Luca Marozio, Barbara Acaia, Roberto Vicini, Lucrezia Pignatti, Anna Locatelli, Marina Spitaleri, Chiara Benedetto, Barbara Zaina, Roberto DʼAmico
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of progestogens for maintenance tocolysis in women undelivered after their first preterm labor episode. METHODS: Women with singleton pregnancies between 22 0/7 and 31 6/7 weeks of gestation with arrested preterm labor and a cervical length 25 mm or less at hospital discharge were eligible. Patients with a previous preterm birth were excluded. In a randomized controlled trial conducted in five university hospitals, women were randomized to receive vaginal progesterone (200 mg per day) or intramuscular 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (341 mg per week) or to an observation groups (control group)...
June 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593917/vitamin-d-deficiency-in-pregnancy-at-term-risk-factors-and-pregnancy-outcomes
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Chui Ling Lee, Beng Kwang Ng, Loo Ling Wu, Fook Choe Cheah, Hanita Othman, Nor Azlin Mohamed Ismail
Background Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is a worldwide epidemic. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, its predictive factors and the association with pregnancy outcomes. Materials and methods This was a prospective observational study in a tertiary teaching hospital over 2-years' duration from August 2013 to August 2015. A total of 680 women who completed 37 weeks of pregnancy were recruited. Results Five hundred and seventy-five patients were enrolled in the final analysis for pregnancy outcomes (response rate of 84...
May 26, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591495/-risk-factors-associated-with-preterm-birth-in-a-second-level-hospital
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Beatriz Escobar-Padilla, Limberg Darinel Gordillo-Lara, Horacio Martínez-Puon
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is one of the biggest problems in obstetrics and gynecology, given that it has an incidence of 10-11%. The objective was to identify the risk factors associated with a preterm birth. METHODS: A retrospective, observational, transversal and analytic case-control study was made. All premature birth incidences were determined as study objects and controls were integrated with term deliveries. A sample size of 344 patients with a control per case was calculated...
July 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583707/histologic-chorioamnionitis-and-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-preterm-infants-the-epidemiologic-study-on-low-gestational-ages-2-cohort
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Héloïse Torchin, Elsa Lorthe, François Goffinet, Gilles Kayem, Damien Subtil, Patrick Truffert, Louise Devisme, Valérie Benhammou, Pierre-Henri Jarreau, Pierre-Yves Ancel
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA) and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in very preterm infants, both in a general population and for those born after spontaneous preterm labor and after preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM). STUDY DESIGN: This study included 2513 live born singletons delivered at 24-31 weeks of gestation from a national prospective population-based cohort of preterm births; 1731 placenta reports were available...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578174/maternal-marijuana-use-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-and-neonatal-morbidity
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Torri D Metz, Amanda A Allshouse, Carol J Rowland Hogue, Robert L Goldenberg, Donald J Dudley, Michael W Varner, Deborah L Conway, George R Saade, Robert M Silver
BACKGROUND: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network previously demonstrated an association between stillbirth and maternal marijuana use as defined by the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol in the umbilical cord homogenate. However, the relationship between marijuana use and perinatal complications in live births is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to examine if maternal marijuana use is associated with increased odds of adverse pregnancy outcomes and neonatal morbidity among live-born controls in the Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network cohort...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562170/pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-in-human-fetal-membranes
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Cecilia Stalberg, Nathalia Noda, Jossimara Polettini, Bo Jacobson, Ramkumar Menon
OBJECTIVE: Our main objective was to document, pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF), a secreted serine protease inhibitor with anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, expression in human fetal membranes from preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (pPROM) and in in vitro cultures stimulated with cigarette smoke extract (CSE) or lipopolysaccharides (LPS), two major risk factors for pPROM (behavioral and bacterial respectively). METHOD: We documented PEDF mRNA expression in clinical samples of fetal membranes from patients with pPROM using quantitative RT-PCR...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545834/the-relationship-of-the-subtypes-of-preterm-birth-with-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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Anne M Lynch, Brandie D Wagner, Jennifer K Hodges, Tamara S Thevarajah, Emily A McCourt, Ashlee M Cerda, Naresh Mandava, Ronald S Gibbs, Alan G Palestine
BACKGROUND: Retinopathy of prematurity is an adverse outcome of preterm birth and is a leading cause of childhood blindness. The relationship between the subtypes of preterm birth with retinopathy of prematurity is understudied. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a difference in the incidence of type 1 or type 2 retinopathy of prematurity in infants with preterm birth resulting from spontaneous preterm labor, a medical indication of preterm birth, or preterm premature rupture of the membranes...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526452/gestational-age-at-initiation-of-17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone-caproate-and-recurrent-preterm-birth
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Angela Ning, Catherine J Vladutiu, Sarah K Dotters-Katz, William H Goodnight, Tracy A Manuck
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in non-anomalous neonates in the US. Women with a previous early spontaneous PTB are at highest risk for recurrence. Weekly intramuscular 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-OHPC) reduces the risk of recurrent prematurity. Though current guidelines recommend 17-OHPC initiation between 16-20 weeks', in clinical practice, 17-OHPC is started across a spectrum of gestational ages. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between the gestational age at 17-OHPC initiation and recurrent PTB among women a prior spontaneous PTB 16-28 weeks' gestation...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526449/predictors-of-vaginal-delivery-in-medically-indicated-early-preterm-induction-of-labor
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Rachel A Sievert, Spencer G Kuper, Victoria C Jauk, Melissa Parrish, Joseph R Biggio, Lorie M Harper
BACKGROUND: When delivery is indicated prior to 34 weeks, many providers perform a cesarean delivery rather than induce labor based on perceptions of a high failure rate. Given the morbidity of cesarean delivery, an accurate estimate of the success rate and factors associated with success in preterm induction of labor is important in management decisions. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a prediction model for successful induction of labor in preterm patients using factors known at the time the decision is made to deliver...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514880/the-uterocervical-angle-and-its-relationship-with-preterm-birth
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Alba Farràs Llobet, Laia Regincós Martí, Teresa Higueras, Inés Zulema Calero Fernández, Andrea Gascón Portalés, María M Goya Canino, Elena Carreras Moratonas
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to determine whether the uterocervical angle (UCA) correlates with the risk of spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) < 34 weeks and assess its interobserver variability. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study of 275 women including 34 who started labor spontaneously and gave birth before 34 weeks of gestation (preterm group) and 241 who gave birth at term (control group). Images used to report cervical length were re-measured for UCA...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506952/retrospective-evaluation-of-pregnant-women-with-celiac-disease
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Kemal Beksaç, Gökçen Örgül, Murat Çağan, Ergun Karaağaoğlu, Serap Arslan, Mehmet Sinan Beksaç
OBJECTIVE: To show celiac disease (CD) and its poor pregnancy outcome relationship, and to demonstrate the importance of a gluten-free diet together with low-dose low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and low-dose corticosteroid (LDC) in the management of pregnancies with CD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study consisted of 2 groups of patients. Six patients with CD (control group) on a gluten-free diet were monitored during their first pregnancies within the framework of antenatal care program and their pregnancy outcomes were compared with eight poorly-treated pregnant patients with CD (study group) who were referred from other medical institutions...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502188/surgical-site-infection-after-cesarean-delivery-incidence-and-risk-factors-at-a-u-s-academic-institution
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Laura J Moulton, Jessian L Munoz, Mark Lachiewicz, Xiaobo Liu, Oluwatosin Goje
PURPOSE: To identify the rate of surgical site infection (SSI) after Cesarean delivery (CD) and determine risk factors predictive for infection at a large academic institution. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study in women undergoing CD during 2013. SSIs were defined by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) criteria. Chi square and t-tests were used for bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression was used to identify SSI risk factors. RESULTS: In 2419 patients, the rate of SSI was 5...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465800/the-role-of-fear-of-childbirth-in-pregnancy-related-anxiety-in-iranian-women-a-qualitative-research
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Katayoun Arfaie, Fatemeh Nahidi, Masoumeh Simbar, Maryam Bakhtiari
INTRODUCTION: Anxiety disorders have severe complications for a mother and her developing baby. A few studies have focused on pregnancy related anxiety and its risk factors including fear of childbirth. Therefore, the current study aimed to explore components and dimensions of this kind of anxiety. METHODS: This qualitative study (conventional content analysis) was conducted with mothers who referred to health care centers from May to December, 2015. In order to collect data, purposive sampling and face-to-face semi-structured in-depth interviews were used...
February 2017: Electronic Physician
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