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Life without amniocentesis: elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein in the Manitoba program 1986-91.
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PMID:  12797180     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Pregnant women demonstrating an elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein level are at increased risk for fetal neural tube defect or other anomaly. Diagnostic procedures to evaluate these pregnancies include high-resolution ultrasound and amniocentesis to measure amniotic fluid levels of alpha-fetoprotein and N-acetylcholinesterase. We wished to examine the efficacy of detailed ultrasound examination alone, in evaluation of women with 'unexplained' elevation of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein. The results showed that no neural tube defects were missed in the assessment of 1325 pregnancies with a raised level of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein over 6 years, despite complete reliance on ultrasound in 98%. Detailed fetal ultrasound evaluation by experienced personnel is adequate to identify all cases of neural tube defects in a selected high-risk population.
P M Kyle; C R Harman; J A Evans; K MacDonald; S M Menticoglou; F A Manning; B N Chodirker
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in obstetrics & gynecology : the official journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0960-7692     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  1994 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-10     Completed Date:  2003-10-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9108340     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-204     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright 1994 International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
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