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Prenatal Ultrasound and Autism: A Prediction Tool, a Risk Factor, Both or Neither?

Ensuring a favorable long-term neurodevelopmental outcome for the offspring has become a major objective in current Maternal – Fetal Medicine. To this end, autism remains a blind spot, and there are many reasons for this, including its clinical heterogeneity (autism spectrum disorders, ASD) and the lack of a single identifiable cause. Instead, various prenatal, perinatal and postnatal factors, often contradictory to each other, have been reported to statistically increase the risk for autism.

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Das Ultraschall-Screening für Männer ab 65 kommt – DEGUM begrüßt neue Richtlinie

Gute Neuigkeiten aus der Gesundheitspolitik: Gesetzlich krankenversicherte Männer ab 65 Jahren haben künftig Anspruch auf ein einmal durchgeführtes Ultraschall-Screening zur Früherkennung von Bauchaortenaneurysmen. Die entsprechende Richtlinie des Gemeinsamen Bundesausschusses (G-BA) ist nun zusammen mit einer Versicherteninformation in Kraft getreten. Die DEGUM sieht das als wichtigen Schritt an – empfiehlt jedoch auch Patienten mit einem besonderen Risikoprofil wie etwa Diabetes oder Rauchen sowie Frauen einzubeziehen.

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Current Issue – August 2017

Continuing Medical Education

Karl-Heinz Deeg
Children are particularly at risk for stroke in the neonatal period. 1/3 of all strokes in children occur during the perinatal period. The incidence of perinatal stroke is 1:4000. A differentiation is made between ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic strokes are caused by arterial occlusion due to thrombosis or embolism. As a result of the nonspecific clinical symptoms in this age group, diagnosis is usually made too late.


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Guidelines and Recommendations


Christoph F. Dietrich, Jeffrey Bamber, Annalisa Berzigotti, Simona Bota, Vito Cantisani, Laurent Castera, David Cosgrove, Giovanna Ferraioli, Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Odd Helge Gilja, Ruediger Stephan Goertz, Thomas Karlas, Robert de Knegt, Victor de Ledinghen, Fabio Piscaglia, Bogdan Procopet, Adrian Saftoiu, Paul S. Sidhu, Ioan Sporea, Maja Thiele

The European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology presents here the first update of the 2013 EFSUMB Guidelines and Recommendations on the clinical use of elastography with a focus on the assessment of diffuse liver disease.

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Original Article

Laura Peralta, Francisca Sonia Molina, JuanMelchor, Luisa Fernanda Gómez, Paloma Massó, Jesús Florido, Guillermo Rus

The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of transient elastography (TE) to quantify cervical stiffness changes during normal pregnancy and its spatial variability.

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Original Article


Jan Degenhardt, Meike Reinold, Christian Enzensberger, AlineWolter, Andrea Kawecki, Thomas Kohl, Oliver Graupner, Arne Willruth, Ulrich Gembruch, Franz Bahlmann, Johannes Steinhard, Roland Axt-Fliedner

The purpose was to evaluate pre- and post-procedure myocardial function in monochorionic twins with TTTS who underwent laser ablation of placental  anastomoses using pulsed wave tissue Doppler imaging (pw TDI).
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Original Article

Maike Collienne, Nina Timmesfeld, Simona Raluca Bergmann, Joachim Goebel, Peter Herbert Kann

Adrenal incidentaloma (AI) and adrenal masses in cases of subclinical Cushing's syndrome (SCS) initially require follow-up imaging. The authors used endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) as a method for high-resolution imaging. The aim was to evaluate the growth rate of AI and SCS by EUS.

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Original Article

Martin D. Pickles, Peter Gibbs, Anne Hubbard, Ayesha Rahman, Joanna Wieczorek, Ronjabati Roychaudhury, Caroline Bradley, Lindsay W. Turnbull

The purpose of this study was to report the feasibility, accuracy and initial clinical experience of the use of real-time magnetic resonance navigated ultrasound (rtMRnUS) in the surgical planning of breast-conserving surgery (BCS) via guide wire insertion.

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Original Article

Ingo Gottschalk, Lea Gottschalk, Rüdiger Stressig, Jochen Ritgen, Ulrike Herberg, Johannes Breuer, Renate Oberhoffer, Arne Willruth, Brigitte Strizek, Annegret Geipel, Ulrich Gembruch, Christoph Berg
Ebstein's anomaly (EA) is a very rare congenital heart defect with an incidence of 1 – 5 per 200 000 live births, accounting for < 1 % of all congenital heart defects. In EA the delamination of the septal and posterior leaflets is incomplete. There is downward (apical) displacement of the septal and/or posterior tricuspid valve leaflet relative to the anterior mitral leaflet with rightward and anterior rotational displacement of the tricuspid valve.
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Original Article

Chorionic Villus Sampling in Assisted Versus Spontaneous Conception Twins

Georgios Daskalakis, Panagiotis Antsaklis, Kleanthi Gourounti, Mariana Theodora, Michail Sindos, Nikolaos Papantoniou, Dimitrios Loutradis
The expanded use of assisted reproduction techniques (ART) and the rise in the mean childbearing age have resulted in a dramatic
increase in the rate of twin pregnancies during the last three decades. With advancing maternal age, the risk of aneuploidy increases. It is also obvious that the risk for one affected twin in dizygotic twin pregnancies is double that of singletons. In women who achieve a pregnancy after infertility treatment, both these risk factors frequently coexist.
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Case Report

Neuroblastoma in a Newborn – An Easily Overlooked Entity

Karl Otto Schneider, Orsolya Genzel-Boroviczény, Irene Schmid
Neuroblastoma is the most frequent malignant tumor in early life. Neuroblastomas may be present in situ in microscopic size in fetuses and neonates dying of other diseases. Most of these precursors of malignant neuroblastoma will disappear within the first three months of life. The great majority of neuroblastomas diagnosed prenatally and in newborns occur in the adrenal glands.
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