Second-Trimester Sonographic Thymus Measurements Are Not Associated With Preterm Birth and Other Adverse Obstetric Outcomes.

@article{Brandt2016SecondTrimesterST,
  title={Second-Trimester Sonographic Thymus Measurements Are Not Associated With Preterm Birth and Other Adverse Obstetric Outcomes.},
  author={Justin S. Brandt and Jamie A. Bastek and Eileen Y Wang and Stephanie E Purisch and Nadav Schwartz},
  journal={Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine},
  year={2016},
  volume={35 5},
  pages={989-97}
}
OBJECTIVES Previous studies have demonstrated an association between adverse obstetric outcomes, such as preterm birth, and in utero inflammation. The fetal thymus, which can be visualized in the anterior mediastinum on obstetric sonography, may involute in response to such inflammation and thus may identify pregnancies at increased risk for these outcomes. We therefore sought to determine whether second-trimester fetal thymus measurements are associated with preterm birth. METHODS… CONTINUE READING