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Pathologic ultrasound findings and risk for congenital anomalies in teenage pregnancies.
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PMID:  22471556     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: To detect the number and diagnosis of fetal malformations in teenage pregnancies and to evaluate whether low maternal age or epigenetic factors have an influence on this issue. Methods and Material: We performed a retrospective analysis in a single center for prenatal diagnostics in Northern Germany. We searched our electronic databank for all pregnancies with maternal age under 20 years. Pregnancy outcome and fetal malformations are described. Results: The incidence of teenage pregnancies in our study was 638 patients (4. 4%). The total of fetal malformations in teenage pregnancies was 51(8. 3 %). Chromosomal aberrations were found in 5 cases (0.9%). 9 cases of fetal gastroschisis as one of the most frequent malformations were followed up and neonatal outcome was uneventful. Furthermore we found 16 cases with different heart defects and 30 cases with other malformations. Patients` body mass indices showed an increase over the years and nicotine consumption was testified in more than 50% of the patients. Conclusions: Teenage pregnancies are at risk for fetal non-chromosomal and chromosomal abnormalities. As these might be detected by first-trimester-screening prenatal care in teenage pregnancies should include at least early ultrasound examination. Epigenetic factors may play a key role in certain fetal malformations.
Christel Eckmann-Scholz; Constantin S V Kaisenberg; Ibrahim Alkatout; Walter Jonat; Atefeh Rajabi-Wieckhorst
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospitals Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Arnold-Heller Street 3, Building 24, 24105 Kiel, Germany.
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