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Ultrasound evaluation of fetal brain dysfunction based on behavioral patterns.
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PMID:  22321861     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To identify fetuses at high risk of poor neurological outcomes using a novel ultrasound evaluation system. We assessed an ultrasound evaluation system based on our previous findings, consisting of screening for decreased or lack of fetal movements, abnormal patterns of fetal heart rate, congenital CNS malformations, polyhydramnios of unknown cause, and a "brief ultrasound evaluation" of fetal brain functions, including movement of extremities, breathing movements, ultradian rhythm, REM period, and NREM period. We then assessed the correlation between fetal brain functions and neurological outcomes in infancy (MR, CP, and low Developmental Quotient). During screening, we prospectively evaluated 4978 fetuses receiving prenatal and intrapartum management between January 2000 and December 2009 in our hospital that were later delivered between 32 and 41weeks' gestation and identified 93 cases as suspicious for impairment. Of the 93 fetuses, 26 underwent the second step of brief ultrasound examination at 35-40weeks' gestation. Our findings revealed that this method was adequately sensitive (80%) and specific (88%) in identifying neurological impairment. We concluded that this method was mainly useful in the clinical setting for establishing the first indication for fetal CNS examination for functional impairment, rendering it suitable for clinical application.
Seiichi Morokuma; Kotaro Fukushima; Yuka Otera; Yasuo Yumoto; Kiyomi Tsukimori; Masayuki Ochiai; Toshiro Hara; Norio Wake
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain & development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7131     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7909235     Medline TA:  Brain Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The Japanese Society of Child Neurology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.
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