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OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence of discrepant results found between quantitative fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (QF-PCR) analysis on uncultured prenatal samples and karyotyping on long-term culture. METHOD Results of QF-PCR from 1932 amniotic fluid (AF) and 1132 chorionic villus (CV) samples collected from September 1999 to February 2008 were(More)
Between January 1987 and December 1990, 60 fetuses were found to have renal abnormalities on antenatal ultrasonography. Six fetuses were aborted because of major renal abnormalities with or without associated chromosomal aberrations. Twelve babies with major renal abnormalities died in the immediate neonatal period. Forty-two babies were studied after birth(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure intra-operative blood loss at elective lower segment caesarean section and to compare estimated with measured blood loss. DESIGN Prospective observational study. Blood loss was measured in patients who underwent lower segment caesarean section in the course of routine hospital activity. SETTING Tsan Yuk Hospital (Hong Kong), which(More)
The occurrence of Hb H hydrops fetalis is reported for the first time. The mother has zeta-alpha thalassemia 1 (zeta zeta alpha alpha/----) and the father has non-deletion alpha thalassemia [zeta zeta alpha alpha/zeta zeta (alpha alpha)T]. The complete deletion of the zeta alpha cluster on one chromosome was confirmed by quantitation of alpha and zeta gene(More)
Homozygous alpha-thalassaemia-1 is the commonest cause of hydrops fetalis in South-East Asia. Ultrasonographic features of hydrops fetalis were said to be evident only after 20 weeks of gestation. We studied 111 pregnancies at risk of homozygous alpha-thalassaemia-1 at 12-14 gestational weeks and 101 pregnancies at 17-18 weeks by abdominal ultrasound(More)
Recent reports suggest an increased incidence of chromosomal abnormalities in pregnancies with amniotic fluid-cell culture failure. We retrospectively reviewed the cytogenetic results of 14,165 amniotic fluid samples processed in our laboratory from 1987 to 1996. Ninety-eight per cent of the samples were obtained before 24 weeks' gestation, mainly because(More)
Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was measured during the second trimester in 219 twin pregnancies uncomplicated by neural-tube defects (NTD) and in 11 twin pregnancies discordant for NTD. Serum AFP levels were recorded in multiples of the median value (MOM) calculated from normal singleton pregnancies. Of the twin pregnancies uncomplicated by NTD 49%(More)
The prevalence of the BamH I site 3' to the beta globin gene in Chinese people was determined in 123 normal subjects, 40 patients with heterozygous beta thalassaemia, and 25 patients with homozygous beta thalassaemia. The site was present in 71.1% and absent in 28.9% of the chromosomes carrying normal beta genes. All 25 patients with beta thalassaemia major(More)