Marcella Pighetti

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AIM The aim of this work was to perform a quantitative analysis of the different activities (mouth, eye and gross body movements) in the fetuses of 15 women with normally evolving pregnancies, and also to show the existence of intrauterine neurological maturation. METHODS At 28, 34 and 38 weeks of gestation, 15 fetuses underwent a 60-min ultrasound(More)
Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS), an autosomal dominant disorder with a high degree of penetrance and variable expressivity, is characterized by basal cell carcinomas, odontogenic keratocysts, palmar and/or plantar pits, and ectopic calcifications of the falx cerebri. More than 100 minor criteria have been described, but 2 major and 1 minor(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effects of vibroacoustic stimulation (VAS) on fetal heart rate (FHR) in term human fetuses by computerized carditocography system. METHODS FHR was analyzed 20 min before and 30 min after vibroacoustic stimulation using the Oxford Sonicaid System 8002 for computerized FHR measurement. Recordings were made in 31 uncomplicated(More)
A quantitative analysis of various fetal activities (mouth, eye and gross body movements) was made in 10 IUGR human fetuses. The aim of the study was to see whether IUGR fetuses move differently to normal fetuses. Each real-time ultrasound recording lasted 1 h and the analysis of various activities was carried out during replay of video recordings by means(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain whether fetal growth restriction is associated with alterations of leptin concentrations in umbilical cord blood and maternal serum. METHODS Maternal serum and umbilical cord blood leptin concentrations were determined by immunoradiometric assay at term in 43 women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies (group A) and in 27 women(More)
Altered Doppler flow velocimetry of the uterine arteries during the second trimester is correlated with the risk of developing pre-eclampsia. Serum levels of leptin, a protein regulating body weight and secreted by the placenta, are higher in women with severe pre-eclampsia. We investigated whether alterations of uterine arteries' Doppler flow velocimetry(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to show how a single linear transducer and different state variables can be used to enable accurate identification of behavioural states. DESIGN Prospective observation study. SETTING Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynaecology III at the "Federico II" University of Naples. SUBJECTS Fifteen fetuses of women hospitalized in the(More)
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