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Brunico - Bruneck, Italy

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Goldstein R.,Monash University | Goldstein R.,Diabetes and Endocrinology Units | Teede H.,Monash University | Teede H.,Diabetes and Endocrinology Units | And 3 more authors.
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine | Year: 2016

With increasingly adverse lifestyles, young women in many countries have rapid weight gain and rising obesity. In keeping with this, most pregnant women exceed recommended gestational weight gain (GWG) and then retain weight postpartum. The consequences of excess GWG include maternal risks during pregnancy, neonatal risks and maternal obesity and chronic disease longer term, presenting a significant public health and economic burden worldwide. This article discusses the adverse maternal and infant risks with excess GWG apparent from observational studies, summarizes the existing guidelines for optimal GWG and highlights the need for further research to identify optimal GWG recommendations across the different ethnicities and weight ranges. We also review the evidence for lifestyle interventions in pregnancy to prevent excess GWG and highlighting the work underway to integrate large scale meta-analyses of individual patient data from lifestyle intervention studies to inform clinical practice beyond current observational data. Finally, we address the need to implement lifestyle interventions into routine pregnancy care to improve short and long term maternal health outcomes. © 2016 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.


Iacobelli S.,Neonatology and NICU | Iacobelli S.,Center Detudes Perinatales Of Locean Indien | Robillard P.-Y.,Neonatology and NICU | Robillard P.-Y.,Center Detudes Perinatales Of Locean Indien | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine | Year: 2012

Objectives: To describe the maternal and neonatal outcomes of a large cohort of adolescent pregnancies in a tertiary care hospital at Reunion Island. Methods: Retrospective study of all primiparous singleton pregnancies over 10.5 years. Adolescent (<18 years) were compared to 18-29 years pregnancies. The maternal outcomes were obstetric illness, labor complications, and way of delivery. Neonatal outcomes were preterm birth, low birth weight (LBW), small for gestational age, birth asphyxia, need for mechanical ventilation, and mortality. Results: We analyzed 1839 adolescent pregnancies and 11,445 controls. Adolescents had worse prenatal care than older mothers, (4.4 vs. 1.4%; p < 0.0001), higher rates of smoking and alcohol assumption (13 vs. 11% and 0.7 vs. 0.4%, both p < 0.05). They showed less pregnancy-related illness and labor complications and higher rates of normal vaginal delivery (80 vs. 69%; p < 0.0001), without increased risk of episiotomy or postpartum hemorrhage. Offspring mortality, preterm birth, and LBW were higher in adolescent pregnancies (3.3 vs. 2.2%; p = 0.001, 14 vs. 12%; p = 0.0008; 17 vs. 14%; p = 0.002). Conclusions: In this population, adolescents had an obstetrical outcome better than controls, but their offspring short-term outcomes were unfavorable. Furthers studies are needed to better elucidate the link between adolescent pregnancy and impaired neonatal outcome. © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.


Costantino M.,University of Ferrara | Guaraldi C.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit | Costantino D.,Female Health Center | De Grazia S.,Agunco Ostetric And Gynecological Center | Unfer V.,Agunco Ostetric And Gynecological Center
European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences | Year: 2014

OBJECTIVE: Neuropathic pain during pregnancy is a common condition due to the physical changes and compression around pregnancy and childbirth that make pregnant women more prone to develop several medical conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, meralgia paraesthetica and other nerve entrapment syndromes. Most of the treatments usually performed to counteract neuropathic pain are contraindicated in pregnancy so that, the management of these highly invalidating conditions remains an issue in the clinical practice. We aimed to review the efficacy and safety of alpha lipoic acid supplementation in the treatment of neuropathic pain. DISCUSSION: Lipoic acid is a co-factor essential in the regulation of mitochondrial energy. It has been demonstrated that lipoic acid supplementation is involved in several biochemical processes and actions, exerting important an-tioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and significantly improving pain and paraesthesia in patients with sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetic neuropathy. CONCLUSIONS: Efficacy of lipoic acid is combined with a high safety profile, making this molecule a novel candidate for the management of several diseases. Data reported so far are promising and dietary supplementation with lipoic acid seems a useful tool to contrast neuropathic pain during pregnancy.


PubMed | Center hospitalier du Pays dAix, Aix - Marseille University and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
Type: | Journal: European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology | Year: 2015

To identify antenatal events associated with emergency caesarean sections in women presenting with antepartum bleeding and placenta praevia and to establish a score to predict the risk of emergency caesarean after a first bleeding episode has resolved.This retrospective multicentre study included 250 women presenting with antepartum bleeding and placenta praevia from 20 weeks of gestation until term in three maternity units. The score was constructed from data from 163 women after identification of antenatal risk factors associated with emergency caesareans for profuse bleeding due to placenta praevia. It was validated on a second independent cohort of 87 women.Three variables were significantly associated with emergency caesareans: major or complete praevia, defined as complete or partial praevia (OR=33.15 (95% CI 4.3-257); p=0.001), occurrence of 3 or more episodes of antepartum of uterine bleeding (OR=2.53 (95% CI 1.1-5.86); p=0.03), and a first (sentinel) bleeding episode before 29 weeks of gestation (OR=2.64 (95% CI 1.17-5.98); p=0.02). A fourth variable, moderate or severe antepartum uterine bleeding, was significantly associated with emergency caesareans in the univariate but not the multivariate analysis (p=0.006). These four variables were incorporated into a weighted scoring system that included major praevia (4 points), three or more episodes of antepartum bleeding (3), first bleeding episode before 29 weeks of gestation (3), and bleeding episode estimated as moderate or severe (1). A score 6/11 had a sensitivity of 83% and a specificity of 65% for predicting an emergency caesarean in the score development group and 95% and 62% in the validation group.A scoring system for placenta praevia with previous bleeding events, based on intensity, gestational age at sentinel bleed (before 29 weeks), number of bleeding episodes (3) and type of praevia (major) might be helpful to guide obstetric management and especially to determine the need for admission.


Christin-Maitre S.,Endocrine Unit | Christin-Maitre S.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Serfaty D.,Societe Francophone de Contraception | Chabbert-Buffet N.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | And 4 more authors.
Human Reproduction | Year: 2011

BACKGROUND: Nomegestrol acetate/17β-estradiol (NOMAC/E2) is a new monophasic oral contraceptive combining NOMAC (2.5 mg), a highly selective progesterone-derived progestogen, with E2 (1.5 mg), which is structurally identical to endogenous estrogen. The objective of this study was to compare the effects on ovarian activity of two different NOMAC/E 2 regimens. Methods This was a double-blind, randomized study. Healthy, premenopausal women (aged 1838 years, previous menstrual cycle length 28 ± 7 days) were randomized by computer-generated code to once-daily NOMAC/E2 for three consecutive 28-day cycles: either 24 days with a 4-day placebo interval (n = 40) or 21 days with a 7-day placebo interval (n = 37) per cycle. Follicular growth (primary outcome measure), plasma hormone profiles and bleeding patterns were assessed. Results There was no evidence of ovulation during treatment with either NOMAC/E2 regimen. The largest follicle diameter was significantly smaller in the 24-day group than in the 21-day group [mean (SD) mm in cycle 2: 9.0 (3.0) versus 11.3 (5.3) (P = 0.02); in cycle 3: 9.2 (3.0) versus 11.5 (6.0) (P = 0.04)]. Mean FSH plasma levels were significantly lower in the 24-day versus the 21-day group on Day 24 of cycles 1 and 2. Withdrawal bleeding duration was significantly shorter in the 24-day than in the 21-day group [mean (SD) days after cycle 1: 3.5 (1.3) versus 5.0 (2.6) (P = 0.002); after cycle 2: 3.9 (1.6) versus 4.8 (1.7) (P = 0.03)]. CONCLUSIONS The 24-day NOMAC/E2 regimen was associated with greater inhibition of follicular growth and shorter duration of withdrawal bleeding than the 21-day regimen, suggesting the shorter pill-free interval results in a greater margin of contraceptive efficacy and tolerability, and fewer withdrawal symptoms. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. All rights reserved.


PubMed | National University of Malaysia, University of Liverpool and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
Type: Case Reports | Journal: La Clinica terapeutica | Year: 2015

Acute abdominal pain in pregnancy remains a surgical conundrum. A 25-year-old primigravid at 29 weeks gestation presented with a two-week history of epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting. She had a distended abdomen consistent with a full term gravid uterus; tender at the epigastric and right hypochondrium suggestive of small bowel obstruction or acute appendicitis. Abdominal ultrasound was inconclusive but abdominal Computed Tomography (CT) suggested small bowel volvulus. An exploratory laparotomy revealed a segmental jejunal volvulus and small bowel diverticulum contributing to the volvulus. A short segmental bowel resection was performed. Histopathology confirmed a Meckels Diverticulum. The patient recovered well but underwent premature labour 10 days later. Small bowel obstruction secondary to Meckels diverticulum is rare in pregnancy. In an acute gestational abdomen, clinical examination is key. Radiological imaging may be helpful, whilst surgical intervention is confirmatory and therapeutic in the event of an obstructive volvulus.


Fruscalzo A.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit | Salmeri M.G.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit | Cendron A.,Managerial Control Office | Londero A.P.,University of Udine | Zanni G.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine | Year: 2012

Objective: We analysed the impact on caesarean section (CS) rate of introducing a routine trial of labour (TOL) for patients with a previous CS. Study design: During 2007 and 2008, we offered a TOL to all women with one previous CS planning to give birth in our hospital. The adherence to the procedure, success of vaginal delivery, overall CS rate, incidence of symptomatic uterine rupture and other complications were evaluated. Labour induction was allowed only using castor oil or Amniotomy. Results: One hundred and ninety-four women were considered eligible for TOL. A total of 87.6% of them agreed to undergo the procedure (78.7% in the first year versus 95.2% in the second year, p < 0.05). Of these, 63.5% delivered successfully (42.3% in the first year versus 78.8% in the second year, p < 0.05); 10.6% underwent a primary CS because of failed spontaneous labour or failed labour induction and 25.9% a secondary CS during labour. The CS rate decreased significantly from 19.6% (in 2003-2006) to 14.9% (iN 2007-2008) (p < 0.05). One case of symptomatic uterine rupture occurred, while no difference for other complications was observed. Conclusions: The CS rate decreased dramatically through introducing a TOL programme for patients with one previous CS. The possibility of symptomatic uterine rupture should be however considered and patients adequately informed. © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.


Indraccolo U.,University of Foggia | Indraccolo U.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit | Barbieri F.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology | Year: 2010

Objective: Endometriosis is a chronic oestrogen-dependent gynaecological disorder, the most common symptom of which is pain. Inflammation can be considered one of the major causes of pain in endometriosis. In particular, degranulating mast cells have been found in significantly greater quantities in endometriotic lesions than in unaffected tissues. The increase in activated and degranulating mast cells is closely associated with nerve structures in painful endometriotic lesions. These observations indicate that inflammation due to mast cells may contribute to the development of pain and hyperalgesia in endometriosis. Controlling mast-cell activation may therefore relieve the pain associated with endometriotic lesions. Study design: Four patients presenting an endometriosis-related pain intensity ≥5 (visual analogue scale for pain, or VAS) were enrolled and monitored during 3 months of the following treatment: oral palmitoylethanolamide 400 mg and polydatin 40 mg, twice daily for 90 days. Deep dyspareunia, dyschezia, dysuria, dysmenorrhoea and analgesic drug use during the 3-month follow-up period were also monitored, with the aim of demonstrating a reliable reduction in chronic pelvic pain. Results: The preliminary results indicate that all patients enrolled experienced pain relief as early as 1 month after starting treatment. Furthermore, a reduction in the analgesic drugs usually employed for pain control was observed in all subjects treated. Additionally, some improvements in endometriotic lesions seemed to be demonstrated by imaging. Conclusions: The palmitoylethanolamide-polydatin combination seems to be very useful in controlling chronic pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. As a result of these findings we have initiated a multi-centre pilot study to verify the effectiveness of this treatment in controlling the chronic pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Xholli A.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit | Cannoletta M.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit | Cagnacci A.,Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics | Year: 2014

Purpose: Many infections follow a seasonal trend. Aim of our study was to check whether acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) follows a seasonal progress. Methods: In a retrospective study on 12,152 hospital records, 158 cases of acute pelvic inflammatory disease were identified. Periodogram analysis was applied to the date of pelvic inflammatory disease admission and to related environmental factors, such as temperature and photoperiod. Results: Pelvic inflammatory disease follows a seasonal rhythm with mean to peak variation of 23 % and maximal values in September (±37.2 days). The rhythm, more evident in married women, is related to the rhythm of temperature advanced by 2 months and of photoperiod advanced by 3 months. Cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are more frequent than expected in unmarried (36 vs. 17.3/34,626, p = 0.015), particularly divorced women 30-40 years of age. Conclusions: Our study evidences a seasonal trend and confirms unmarried, particularly divorced status, as important risk factor for acute pelvic inflammatory disease. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.


PubMed | Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Archives of gynecology and obstetrics | Year: 2014

Many infections follow a seasonal trend. Aim of our study was to check whether acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) follows a seasonal progress.In a retrospective study on 12,152 hospital records, 158 cases of acute pelvic inflammatory disease were identified. Periodogram analysis was applied to the date of pelvic inflammatory disease admission and to related environmental factors, such as temperature and photoperiod.Pelvic inflammatory disease follows a seasonal rhythm with mean to peak variation of 23 % and maximal values in September (37.2 days). The rhythm, more evident in married women, is related to the rhythm of temperature advanced by 2 months and of photoperiod advanced by 3 months. Cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are more frequent than expected in unmarried (36 vs. 17.3/34,626, p = 0.015), particularly divorced women 30-40 years of age.Our study evidences a seasonal trend and confirms unmarried, particularly divorced status, as important risk factor for acute pelvic inflammatory disease.

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