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Identification of fetuses with hemoglobin Bart's disease using middle cerebral artery peak systolic velocity.
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PMID:  19350531     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVES: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of middle cerebral artery peak systolic velocity (MCA-PSV) in mid-pregnancy for the identification of homozygous alpha-thalassemia-1 (hemoglobin (Hb) Bart's disease) in fetuses at risk of the disease. METHODS: A total of 88 pregnancies (91 fetuses) at risk of Hb Bart's disease and undergoing MCA-PSV measurement before cordocentesis at 18-22 weeks of gestation were recruited into the study. Definitive diagnosis was made using the gold standard technique of Hb typing by high-performance liquid chromatography. RESULTS: The mean +/- SD age of the 88 pregnant women recruited into the study was 28.3 +/- 5.7 years, the gestational age was 18.8 +/- 1.1 weeks and the incidence of Hb Bart's disease was 22% (20 fetuses). Using MCA-PSV above 1.5 multiples of the median as a cut-off point, the sensitivity of MCA-PSV for detecting affected fetuses was 85% (17/20 cases), with a specificity of 100%, and positive and negative predictive values of 100% and 95.9% respectively. Three of 20 fetuses with Hb Bart's disease had normal MCA-PSV. CONCLUSIONS: MCA-PSV assessment in mid-pregnancy is a useful method for identifying Hb Bart's disease with high sensitivity and specificity among fetuses at risk, and may allow avoidance of unnecessary cordocentesis in some cases.
K Srisupundit; W Piyamongkol; T Tongsong
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology : the official journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1469-0705     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9108340     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  694-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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(c) 2009 ISUOG.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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