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OBJECTIVE D-dimer testing has an important role in the exclusion of acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the nonpregnant population. Establishing D-dimers role in the diagnosis of VTE in pregnancy is hampered because of the substantial increase of D-dimer throughout gestational age. STUDY DESIGN In a prospective study we followed 89 healthy pregnant(More)
It is often challenging for the clinician interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) to interpret molecular genetic results, and to integrate them in the diagnostic process. The limitations of genotyping technology, the choice of mutations to be tested, and the clinical context in which the test is administered can all influence how genetic information is(More)
This paper contains a joint ESHG/ASHG position document with recommendations regarding responsible innovation in prenatal screening with non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). By virtue of its greater accuracy and safety with respect to prenatal screening for common autosomal aneuploidies, NIPT has the potential of helping the practice better achieve its aim(More)
BACKGROUND Presence of inherited thrombophilia is an additional risk factor for maternal thromboembolism and certain adverse pregnancy outcomes, including recurrent fetal loss, placental abruption, intrauterine growth restriction and early-onset severe preeclampsia. Pregnant women with thrombophilia, especially those with antithrombin (AT) deficiency, are(More)
Remodeling is a stringently controlled process that enables adequate response of muscle cells to constant physical stresses. In this process, different kinds of stimuli have to be sensed and converted into biochemical signals that ultimately lead to alterations of muscle phenotype. Several multiprotein complexes located in the sarcomere and organized on the(More)
Laboratory diagnosis of alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is routinely performed by phenotyping methods, which include measurement of serum alpha-1-antitrypsin concentration and isoelectric focusing (IEF). Several DNA-based methods are also used for AAT deficiency testing, but they still have not become part of routine diagnostics. The aim of the study(More)
Several diseases have been clinically or genetically related to cystic fibrosis (CF), but a consensus definition is lacking. Here, we present a proposal for consensus guidelines on cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-related disorders (CFTR-RDs), reached after expert discussion and two dedicated workshops. A CFTR-RD may be defined as(More)
In order to investigate the influence of genetic factors in childhood stroke, we compared the distributions of mutations/ polymorphisms affecting hemostasis and/or endothelial function (factor V [FV] Leiden, factor II [FII] G20210A, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase [MTHFR] C677T, angiotensin-converting enzyme [ACE] insertion/deletion [ID], and(More)