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Aslam S.,National Maternity Hospital | Aslam S.,Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland | Aslam S.,University College Dublin | Molloy E.J.,Neonatology | And 2 more authors.
Biomarkers in Medicine | Year: 2015

Neonatal encephalopathy (NE) is a major contributor to neurodevelopmental deficits including cerebral palsy in term and near-term infants. The long-term neurodevelopmental outcome is difficult to predict with certainty in first few days of life. Multiorgan involvement is common but not part of the diagnostic criteria for NE. The most frequently involved organs are the heart, liver, kidneys and hematological system. Cerebral and organ involvement is associated with the release of organ specific biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid, urine and blood. These biomarkers may have a role in the assessment of the severity of asphyxia and long-term outcome in neonates with NE. © 2015 Future Medicine Ltd.


Onwuneme C.,National Maternity Hospital | Onwuneme C.,University College Dublin | Onwuneme C.,Childrens University Hospital | Blanco A.,University College Dublin | And 5 more authors.
Pediatric Research | Year: 2016

Background:Newborn infants are endotoxin tolerant which may be responsible for their increased susceptibility to bacterial sepsis. Vitamin D has an immunomodulatory effect and newborn infants are at risk of vitamin D deficiency. We examined the in vitro effect of 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25OHD) on whole blood phagocytic toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), CD11b, and reactive oxygen intermediates (ROIs) in newborn infants during sepsis.Methods:Whole blood from preterm infants <32-wk gestation, control term neonates, and adults were sampled for phagocytic expression of ROI, TLR4, CD11b in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and 1,25OHD using flow cytometer.Results:ROI production from newborn phagocytes incubated with LPS alone was decreased. Pretreatment with 1,25OHD demonstrated increased (P = 0.001) phagocytic ROI production in newborns but not in adults. 1,25OHD did not have any effect on TLR4 and CD11b in both newborns and adults. Pretreatment with ROI inhibitors (apocynin (APO) and diphenyleneiodonium), phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, and p38 inhibitor blocked neutrophil ROI production.Conclusion:Neonatal phagocytic cells had diminished ROI production in the presence of LPS, however, pretreatment with 1,25OHD reversed this hyporesponsiveness. This action by 1,25OHD was mediated by activation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase system through PI3K signaling enzymes. © 2016 International Pediatric Research Foundation, Inc.


Hehir M.P.,RCSI Academic Unit | McTiernan A.,Rotunda Hospital | Martin A.,Coombe Womens and Infants University Hospital | Carroll S.,National Maternity Hospital | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Perinatology | Year: 2015

Objective We set out to examine rates of perinatal mortality in twin pregnancies over a 17-year study period. Changes in mode of delivery were also examined as well as causes of death in twin mortalities. Study Design This retrospective cohort study was performed at three large tertiary referral centers from 1996 to 2012. It included all normally formed twin infants with a birth weight more than 500 g. All cases of perinatal mortality in twin pregnancies (infants more than 500 g who suffered an intrauterine or early neonatal (≤ 7 days of age) death were recorded. The changing rate of cesarean delivery as well as varying causes of death in twins over the course of the study were also examined. Results During the study period, there were 395,830 pregnancies across the three institutions, this included 6,727 twin gestations. The perinatal mortality rate was 21.5/1,000 twin infants. The perinatal mortality rate in twins decreased over the study period (p = 0.0006; R2 = 0.55; slope = -1.2). Rates of cesarean delivery in twin gestations were found to have increased over the course of the study (p < 0.0001; R2 = 0.84; slope = 1.7). There were 288 intrauterine and early neonatal deaths in twin infants, 50% (147/288) occurred in twins born extremely premature (< 26 weeks). Prematurity was the leading cause of mortality in twins, followed by twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). TTTS was found to have a decreasing contribution to perinatal mortality during the study (p = 0.008; R2 = 0.38; slope = -1.5). Conclusion The perinatal mortality rate in twins improved during the study. The rate of cesarean delivery increased by 1.7% for each year of the study, culminating in a cesarean delivery rate of 62% in 2012. TTTS made a decreasing contribution to the mortality rate in twins during the study. Copyright © 2016 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.


Cash W.J.,National University of Ireland | Knisely A.S.,Kings College | Waterhouse C.,National University of Ireland | Iqbal M.,National University of Ireland | And 3 more authors.
Pediatric Transplantation | Year: 2011

A woman who had undergone liver transplantation for genetically documented ATP8B1 disease/progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis, type 1, successfully conceived, carried, and was delivered of a healthy child. The pregnancy and its management are described; implications are discussed. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.


Ryan H.M.,National University of Ireland | Morrison J.J.,National University of Ireland | Breathnach F.M.,Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland | McAuliffe F.M.,University College Dublin | And 11 more authors.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2014

Objective Sonographic estimated fetal weight (EFW) is important in the management of high-risk pregnancies. The possibility that increased maternal body mass index (BMI) adversely affects EFW assessments in twin pregnancies is controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of maternal BMI on the accuracy of EFW assessments in twin gestations prospectively recruited for the ESPRiT (Evaluation of Sonographic Predictors of Restricted growth in Twins) study. Study Design One thousand one twin pair pregnancies were recruited. After exclusion, BMI, birthweights, and ultrasound determination of EFW (within 2 weeks of delivery) were available for 943 twin pairs. The accuracy of EFW determination was defined as the difference between EFW and actual birthweight for either twin (absolute difference and percent difference). Cells with less than 5% of the population were combined for analysis resulting in the following 3 maternal categories: (1) normal/underweight, (2) overweight, and (3) obese/extremely obese. Results Analysis of the 3 categories revealed mean absolute variation values of 184 g (8.0%) in the normal/underweight group (n = 531), 196 g (8.5%) in the overweight group (n = 278), and 206 g (8.6%) in the obese/extremely obese group (n = 134) (P =.028, which was nonsignificant after adjustment for multiple testing). Regression analysis showed no linear or log-linear relationship between BMI and the accuracy of EFW (P value for absolute difference =.11, P value for percentage difference =.27). Conclusion Contrary to a commonly held clinical impression, increasing maternal BMI has no significant impact on the accuracy of EFW in twin pregnancy. © 2014 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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