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Sendon S.,Pole dobstetrique | Salleron J.,Unite de Biostatistique du Pole de Sante Publique | Bourzoufi K.,Pole dAnesthesie | Dutoit P.,Reseau Interne Douleur | And 3 more authors.
Journal de Gynecologie Obstetrique et Biologie de la Reproduction

Invasive prenatal diagnosis procedures are numerous and more or less painful and stressful. The purpose of this study was to investigate maternal perception of both anxiety and pain before and after amniocentesis (AC) or transabdominal chorionic villus sampling (CVS), to determine factors associated with pain and anxiety, and to evaluate the pain support. This is a prospective study evaluating the professional practices at CHRU of Lille between March and May 2009 with 132 AC and 22 CVS by aspiration. An original questionnaire has been elaborated in three parts: the first one fulfilled by patients before the procedure, the second one, after the procedure, and the last one by the medical team. Statistical comparisons have used the Chi2 test, the Fisher exact test, the Student's t test and the U test of Mann Whitney. Results: The anxiety level is high but does not differ between the two groups AC and CVS. CVS are more painful than AC (EVA 5.77 versus 3.07, P < 0.0001). No predisposing factor for anxiety has been found. On the other side, procedures are more painful when they are long lasting, considered difficult by the medical team, when needles used are large, the number of needle insertions increases, puncture is performed along a side of the uterus, patients are anxious, and then procedure indication is an hygroma. Patients are satisfied in 98.7% of cases of the support of the medical team. Few drug treatments was prescribed (only 4.5%), however, patients are generally applicant. Conclusion: An analgesic, anxiolytic, or a relaxation technique can be proposed to anxious and applicant patients undergoing CVS. Technical conditions of the procedure are more difficult to improve, however, we should use if possible thinner needles, and avoid, wherever technically possible, the punctures on the lateral side of the uterus. Finally, further studies seem necessary for the evaluation of a treatment protocol. Source

Mahjoub Y.,Pole dAnesthesie | Mahjoub Y.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Malaquin S.,Pole dAnesthesie | Malaquin S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | And 9 more authors.

Sarafotoxin-m (24 amino acids) from the venom of Atractaspis microlepidota microlepidota was the first long-sarafotoxin to be identified, while sarafotoxin-b (21 aa) is a short-sarafotoxin from Atractaspis engaddensis. Despite the presence of three additional C-terminus residues in sarafotoxin-m, these two peptides display a high sequence homology and share similar three-dimensional structures. However, unlike sarafotoxin-b, sarafotoxin-m shows a very low in vitro affinity for endothelin receptors, but still has a very high in vivo toxicity in mammals, similar to that of sarafotoxin-b. We have previously demonstrated, in vitro, the crucial role of the C-terminus extension in terms of pharmacological profiles and receptor affinities of long- versus short-sarafotoxins. One possible hypothesis to explain the high in vivo toxicity of sarafotoxin-m could be that its C-terminus extension is processed in vivo, resulting in short-like sarafotoxin. To address this possibility, we investigated, in the present study, the in vivo cardiovascular effects of sarafotoxin-b, sarafotoxin-m and sarafotoxin-m -Cter (sarafotoxin-m without the C -terminus extension). Male Wistar rats were anaesthetised and mechanically ventilated. Invasive haemodynamic measurements and echocardiographic measurements of left and right ventricular function were performed. The rats were divided into four groups that respectively received intravenous injections of: saline, sarafotoxin- b (one LD50), sarafotoxin-m (one LD50) or sarafotoxin-m-Cter (one LD50). All measurements were performed at baseline, at 1 minute (+1) and at 6 minutes (+6) after injection. Results: Sarafotoxin-b and sarafotoxin-m-Cter decreased cardiac output and impaired left ventricle systolic and diastolic function, whilst sarafotoxin-m decreased cardiac output, increased airway pressures and led to acute right ventricular dilatation associated with a decreased tricuspid annulus peak systolic velocity. Sarafotoxin-b and sarafotoxin-m -Cter appear to exert toxic effects via impairment of left ventricular function, whilst sarafotoxin- m increases airway pressures and impairs right ventricular function. These results do not support the hypothesis of an in vivo processing of long sarafotoxins. Copyright: © 2015 Mahjoub et al. Source

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