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1753-4968, 1753-495x

2022 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110671
Ufuk Demirci ◽  
Esra Altan Erbilen ◽  
Elif Gülsüm Ümit ◽  
Cihan İnan ◽  
N. Cenk Sayın ◽  

Bernard Soulier Syndrome (BSS) is an inherited bleeding disorder characterized by macrothrombocytopenia and absence of ristocetin-induced platelet aggregation. Clinical findings vary from person to person. Most of the patients are diagnosed with muco-cutaneous bleeding such as purpura, epistaxis and gingival bleeding in early childhood. Few pregnant women with BSS are described in the literature. Management of thrombocytopenia during pregnancy and delivery requires a multidisciplinary approach. The family should be warned about the potentially life-threatening bleeding during pregnancy and the delivery and the decision about mode of delivery should be individualised, involving discussion with patient and multidisciplinary team.

2022 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110562
Sarah CJ Jorgensen ◽  
Najla Tabbara ◽  
Lisa Burry

Pregnant people have an elevated risk of severe COVID-19-related complications compared to their non-pregnant counterparts, underscoring the need for safe and effective therapies. In this review, we summarize published data on COVID-19 therapeutics in pregnancy and lactation to help inform clinical decision-making about their use in this population. Although no serious safety signals have been raised for many agents, data clearly have serious limitations and there are many important knowledge gaps about the safety and efficacy of key therapeutics used for COVID-19. Moving forward, diligent follow-up and documentation of outcomes in pregnant people treated with these agents will be essential to advance our understanding. Greater regulatory push and incentives are needed to ensure studies to obtain pregnancy data are expedited.

2022 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110418
Harrison Banner ◽  
Kirsten M Niles ◽  
Michelle Ryu ◽  
Mathew Sermer ◽  
Vera Bril ◽  

Background Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease which can impact pregnancy. Methods Six databases were systematically searched for studies with at least five subjects reporting pregnancy outcomes for women with myasthenia gravis in pregnancy. Assessment of bias was performed for all included studies. Forty-eight cases from our own centre were also included in the analysis. Results In total, 32 publications met inclusion criteria for systematic review, for a total of 33 unique data sets including 48 cases from our institution. Outcome data was available for 824 pregnancies. Spontaneous vaginal delivery occurred in 56.3% of pregnancies. Overall risk of myasthenia gravis exacerbation was 33.8% with a 6.4% risk of myasthenic crisis in pregnancy and 8.2% postpartum. The incidence risk of transient neonatal myasthenia gravis was 13.0%. Conclusions The current systematic review provides the best estimates of risk currently available to aid in counselling women with myasthenia gravis in pregnancy.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110641
A Robertson ◽  
A Makris ◽  
P Johnson ◽  
S Middleton ◽  
M Norman ◽  

Background Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), is an umbrella term that encompasses obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA) and hypoventilation. is common but studies in the pregnant population are limited. Data suggests relationships between OSA and preeclampsia, but the relationship between snoring and pregnancy outcomes is unknown. Methods A prospective study of 2224 singleton pregnancies was undertaken. Women were questioned using the Berlin Questionnaire (BQ- 2 or more categories where the score is positive.) and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS >10/24), the results compared with pregnancy outcomes with regard to hypertension in pregnancy. Results Women having symptoms raising the possibility of OSA defined by the BQ with a score >7 was 45.5%, and using ESS with a score >10, was 36%. The birth and neonatal outcomes for self-reported snoring and increased daytime sleepiness showed increased adverse outcomes notably increased caesarean section rates and low APGAR scores but not birth before 37 weeks of gestation. Conclusion Using questionnaires designed for the general population, the prevalence of possible undiagnosed OSA is high in the pregnant population. The increased adverse delivery and neonatal outcomes for self-reported snoring and increased daytime sleepiness with these tools indicated the need for further investigation of the links between snoring SDB and pregnancy outcomes.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110690
Geetika Thakur ◽  
Aruna Singh ◽  
Vanita Jain ◽  
Pooja Sikka ◽  
Aashima Arora ◽  

Purpose Haemorrhage, preeclampsia and sepsis are the leading causes renal dysfunction in women with a maternal nearmiss(MNM) complication. The study aimed to assess the prevalence, pattern and follow up of these women. Methods This was a hospital based prospective observational study, conducted over one year. All women with a MNM leading to acute kidney injury (AKI) were analysed for fetomaternal outcomes and renal function at 1 year of followup. Results Incidence of MNM was 43.04 per 1000 livebirths. 18.2% women developed AKI. 51.1% women developed AKI in the puerperal period. Most common cause of AKI was haemorrhage seen in 38.3% women. Majority of women had s.creatinine between 2.1 to 5 mg/dl and 44.68% required dialysis. 80.8% women recovered fully when the treatment was initiated within 24 h. One patient underwent renal transplant. Conclusion Early diagnosis and treatment of AKI results in full recovery.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110512
Saroj Rajan ◽  
Nivedita Jha ◽  
Ajay Kumar Jha

Background Predictors, pregnancy and subsequent pregnancy outcomes in women with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) are poorly understood in our geographical region. Methods We retrospectively analysed 58 women with PPCM diagnosed using criteria by the European Society of Cardiology during 2015 to 2019. The main outcome measures were predictors of left ventricular (LV) recovery. LV recovery was defined as return of LV ejection fraction to over 50%. Results Nearly 80% of women had LV recovery during 6 months follow up. Univariate logistic regression revealed LV end diastolic diameter (adjusted odds ratio (OR); 0.87; 95% CI, 0.78–0.98; p = 0.02), LV end systolic diameter (OR; 0.89; 95% CI, 0.8–0.98; p = 0.02) and inotrope use (OR; 0.2, 95% CI, 0.05–0.7; p = 0.01) as predictors of LV recovery. Relapse was not seen in any of the nine women who had a subsequent pregnancy. Conclusion LV recovery was higher than those reported in contemporary PPCM cohorts from other parts of the world.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110641
Diana Oprea ◽  
Nadine Sauvé ◽  
Jean-Charles Pasquier

Background Hypothyroidism affects 3% of pregnant women, and to date, no studies have addressed the impact levothyroxine-treated hypothyroidism on delivery outcome. Methods This retrospective cohort study was conducted among 750 women with a singleton pregnancy who gave birth between 2015 and 2019. Delivery modes were compared between 250 hypothyroid women exposed to levothyroxine and 500 euthyroid control women. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of levothyroxine exposure on delivery outcome. Results Multiple logistic regression showed no significant association between exposure to levothyroxine and the overall rate of caesarean delivery (aOR 1.1; 95% CI 0.8 to 1.6). Mean TSH concentrations were significantly higher throughout the pregnancy in hypothyroid women despite levothyroxine treatment. Maternal and neonatal outcomes in both groups were not different. Conclusion Hypothyroidism treated with levothyroxine during pregnancy according to local guidelines is not a significant risk factor for caesarean delivery.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110641
Adam Morton

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110644
Samantha A Kops ◽  
Danielle D Strah ◽  
Jennifer Andrews ◽  
Scott E Klewer ◽  
Michael D Seckeler

Background Women with congenital heart disease (CHD) are surviving into adulthood, with more undergoing pregnancy. Methods Retrospective review of the Vizient database from 2017–2019 for women 15–44 years old with moderate, severe or no CHD and vaginal delivery or caesarean section. Demographics, hospital outcomes and costs were compared. Results There were 2,469,117 admissions: 2,467,589 with no CHD, 1277 with moderate and 251 with severe CHD. Both CHD groups were younger than no CHD, there were fewer white race/ethnicity in the no CHD group and more women with Medicare in both CHD groups compared to no CHD. With increasing CHD severity there was an increase in length of stay, ICU admission rates and costs. There were also higher rates of complications, mortality and caesarean section in the CHD groups. Conclusion Pregnant women with CHD have more problematic pregnancies and understanding this impact is important to improve management and decrease healthcare utilization.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1753495X2110633
Bonnie Huang ◽  
Jennifer H. Yo ◽  
Shital Gandhi ◽  
Cynthia Maxwell

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