Pierluigi Bruschettini

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Fetal death in the mid-trimester of pregnancy is unexplained and no reliable markers are available to identify at-risk women. We aimed to assess use of alpha fetoprotein and S100B concentrations in amniotic fluid as markers. We did a case-control study in 758 healthy women undergoing amniocentesis at mid-gestation, of whom 12 had a spontaneous intrauterine(More)
Comparison of three different plasma homocysteine assays with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Perinatal infections such as bacterial meningitis (BM) are one of the major factors associated with perinatal brain damage (1– 4). Despite accurate monitoring, the early stages of meningitis are crucial because brain damage may occur at a subclinical stage(More)
The effects of a single course of antenatal betamethasone on S100B protein concentration were investigated in Fisher 344 rats. On day 20 of gestation, pregnant rats were injected twice 8 h apart with either (1) 170 microg kg(-1) body weight betamethasone ("clinically-equivalent dose", equivalent to 12 mg twice, 24 h apart in humans), (2) half of this dose(More)
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