Anna Bieniarz

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The biophysical profile has been proposed as a noninvasive method of detecting fetal infection in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PROM). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the biophysical profile as a rapid predictor of amniotic fluid (AF) culture results in women with PROM. Amniocentesis was performed on 111 patients with PROM(More)
Short-term ultrasound-guided fetal umbilical cord catheterization in humans has been reported. However, before chronic umbilical vein catheterization is attempted in humans the technique must be tested in the non-human primate model. If the fetus was to tolerate this procedure, chronic fetal umbilical vein catheterization could be used for drug(More)
The activity of ornithine decarboxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme in polyamine synthesis, increases as granulosa cells proliferate in developing follicles. Both luteinizing hormone and prostaglandins stimulate ornithine decarboxylase activity. Here, we sought to determine the relative contributions of both trophic stimuli to ornithine decarboxylase activity(More)
We evaluated the outcome of pregnancies complicated by preterm premature rupture of membrane (PROM) in order to determine if tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drug usage were associated with alterations in pregnancy or neonatal outcome. Comparisons in outcome were made with respect to tobacco, alcohol, and/or illicit drug usage. Comparisons were made with(More)
Amniotic fluid glucose concentration has previously been suggested as a rapid and sensitive test for diagnosing intraamniotic infection. In this study, 204 patients less than or equal to 34 weeks estimated gestational age with preterm labor or premature rupture of membranes underwent amniocentesis to detect subclinical intraamniotic infection. Amniotic(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to gain some insight with regard to the safety of the coelocentesis procedure and, to determine pH, pCO2, and base excess status of the extracoelomic fluid 40 days after fertilization. METHODS Twenty-eight timed-mated baboons from the breeding colony of the Biological Resource Laboratory at the University of Illinois(More)
We evaluated the relationship between the amniotic fluid index and the accuracy of fetal weight estimation using ultrasonography. Six hundred and sixty-four patients, between 20 and 42 weeks' gestational age, who were delivered within 1 week of a sonographic examination were studied. Five formulas for estimating fetal weight also were studied. Systematic(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate catalase activity as a rapid predictor of microbial invasion of amniotic fluid (AF). METHODS The study population consisted of 74 patients before 36 weeks' gestation with preterm labor or premature rupture of membranes (PROM). Subjects were excluded if there was evidence of clinical chorioamnionitis or fetal distress at admission.(More)