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Ultrasonographic development of the fetal sheep stomach and evaluation of early gestation ultrasound-guided in utero intragastric injection.
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PMID:  20466288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Safely targeting the fetal gastrointestinal tract during early gestation is essential to develop effective prenatal gene therapy for gastrointestinal diseases. In this study, we aimed to characterize the development of the fetal sheep stomach sonographically and to determine the optimum gestational age, as well as the shortterm morbidity and mortality of early-gestation ultrasound-guided intragastric injection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In experiments investigating ultrasound-guided prenatal gene therapy, we studied the size and development of the stomach of 185 sheep fetuses (33-144 days' gestational age [GA]; term is 145 days). Ultrasound-guided intragastric injection was performed in 12 fetuses at 55-62 days' GA and postmortem examinations were performed 48 hours later. RESULTS: The stomach was not visible at or before 40 days' GA, but it was seen in all fetuses at 55 days' GA or more. The anteroposterior, transverse and longitudinal diameters of the stomach increased in a quasi-linear fashion throughout gestation. Intragastric injection was successful in 10 out of the 11 fetuses (91%) injected at 60-62 days' GA, with nine fetuses (91%) surviving this procedure. CONCLUSION: In the early-gestation sheep fetus, ultrasound-guided intragastric injection has a good success rate with a low short-term mortality and morbidity.
Anna L David; Khalil N Abi-Nader; Boaz Weisz; S W Steven Shaw; Michael Themis; Terence Cook; Charles Coutelle; Charles H Rodeck; Donald M Peebles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Taiwanese journal of obstetrics & gynecology     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1875-6263     ISO Abbreviation:  Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-14     Completed Date:  2010-08-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101213819     Medline TA:  Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fetal Medicine Unit and Prenatal Cell and Gene Therapy Group, EGA Institute for Women's Health, University College London, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Gene Therapy / methods*
Gestational Age
Stomach / embryology*,  ultrasonography*
Ultrasonography, Interventional*
beta-Galactosidase / genetics
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