New procedure safer for detecting fetal anemia

An innovative, non invasive ultrasound procedure to detect anemia in the fetus during high risk pregnancy is safer for patients, according to a study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, July 13.

"The research clearly demonstrates that this new procedure, Doppler ultrasonography, provides a safe and non-invasive method to test for fetal anemia which is far less traumatic to the mother and fetus than traditional testing," said Dr. Seaward, who co-led the study and is Director of Labour and Delivery at Mount Sinai Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. "We hope more high risk perinatal centres will follow suit and adopt this innovative practice."

Anemia occurs when too few red blood cells are in the bloodstream resulting in insufficient oxygen reaching tissues and organs. It occurs in fetuses that inherit certain types of red blood cell antigens from their fathers that are incompatible with those in their mother. While pregnant, the mother's immune system can create antibodies that attack these conflicting red blood cells in the fetus, which may lead to complications including miscarriage, fetal anemia, fetal heart failure and severe jaundice in the newborn period.

Researchers studied 187 mothers-to-be who had been diagnosed with Rhesus disease, one cause of fetal anemia. This condition allows antibodies to enter the fetus from the mother. Although Rhesus disease is not the only cause of fetal anemia, when mothers have this condition it is more likely that the fetus will develop anemia and therefore it is critical to test these high-risk patients. Those fetuses with severe anemia are treated with fetal blood transfusion while still in the uterus.

Dr. Seaward co-led the study with Dr. Oepkes from Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, and believes the research will lead to an important and exciting shi

Contact: Jaclyn Crawford
University of Toronto

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Modified herpes virus keeps arteries free-flowing following procedures
2. Complex ART procedures more likely to lead to umbilical cord abnormality
3. Stem cell procedure successfully treats amyloidosis patients
4. UT-Houston scientists develop new procedure to differentiate human embryonic stem cells
5. Jefferson researchers develop combined procedure for uterine preservation in treating fibroids
6. Is there a risk of transmitting genetic disorders to babies conceived by fertility procedures?
7. SNM issues first procedure guideline for imaging cancer in adults and children with PET/CT
8. Report demonstrates safety of nuclear medicine procedures
9. New procedure reveals the secrets of the brain
10. Chronic stress accelerates atherosclerosis following angioplasty procedure
11. Decoding mushrooms secrets could combat carbon, find better biofuels and safer soils

Post Your Comments:

(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 25, 2021 , ... Phlexglobal announced ... Planet Group, has selected Phlexglobal and its innovative regulatory SaaS software, PhlexSubmission, as ... a comprehensive review of five regulatory software companies, with the review team including ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... 25, 2021 , ... The 2021 Virtual Conference on Clinical Trial Supply-Europe ... More and more, clinical trial supply conferences are featuring speakers and forums that ... Asymmetrex’s founder and CEO, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., presented a talk ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... ... March 23, 2021 , ... G-CON Manufacturing (G-CON), the ... by Matica Biotechnology (Matica Bio), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing ... the cleanroom build out for its new GMP production facility in College Station, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ... Life Sciences and Healthcare firms of all sizes, adds depth to its team ... specialist. Pardillo, who earned his doctorate in computational chemistry from Florida International University ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ABI Wellness, ... and reporting approach designed under CEO Mark Watson, today announced a webinar dedicated ... featuring guest speakers Dr. Cameron Clark, Neuropsychologist and Founder of Sharp Thinking, and ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... ... The Xtalks editorial team is pleased to announce the launch of the ... joined by editorial team members Ayesha Rashid, Sydney Perelmutter and Mira Nabulsi to discuss ... including insights from industry experts. , The Xtalks Life Science podcast will feature ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... Conn. (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2021 , ... ... develops solutions for characterizing microbiome populations down to the strain level, recently unveiled ... applications. , Not all microbes are created equal: some are easy to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: