Sepsis: Precision-Based Medicine for Pregnancy and the Puerperium

Sepsis contributes significantly to global morbidity and mortality, particularly in vulnerable populations. Pregnant and recently pregnant women are particularly prone to rapid progression to sepsis and septic shock, with 11% of maternal deaths worldwide being attributed to sepsis. The impact on the neonate is considerable, with 1 million neonatal deaths annually attributed to maternal infection or sepsis. Pregnancy specific physiological and immunological adaptations are likely to contribute to a greater impact of infection, but current approaches to the management of sepsis are based on those developed for the non-pregnant population. Pregnancy-specific strategies are required to optimise recognition and management of these patients. We review current knowledge of the physiology and immunology of pregnancy and propose areas of research, which may advance the development of pregnancy-specific diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to optimise the care of pregnant women and their babies
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This study was performed to analyze perinatal prognosis and related factors of maternal bacterial sepsis in west China. We conducted a cross-sectional study of pregnant women with bacterial sepsis who were admitted into a tertiary care center in western China between 2011and 2015. Data from these cases were collected and analyzed. Eighty six women were identified with bacterial sepsis in our hospital, and the incidence of maternal bacterial sepsis was 1.7 per 1000 maternities, the incidence of septic shock was 1.8 per 10,000 maternities, and 1 maternal death occurred. Among the 86 pregnant women with bacterial sepsis, ge...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
Authors: Kaçar CK, Uzundere O, YektaƟ A Abstract BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between inferior vena cava collapsibility index and changes in cardiac output measured during passive leg raising test in patients with spontaneous breathing and septic shock. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fifty-six patients were included in the study. All of these 56 patients were diagnosed with septic shock and had spontaneous breathing under continuous positive airway pressure. Patients exclusions included: patients with cardiac pathology, not septic shock, pregnant, spontaneous breathing, increased ...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
This study aimed to analyze the clinical characteristics and factors associated with SCAP in pregnancy. The present study was a case-control study of pregnant women hospitalized between September 2012 and September 2017 at nine tertiary hospitals in China. Among 358,424 pregnant women, we found 35 SCAP cases and 393 common CAP cases. The 35 SCAP cases were matched 1:4 with common CAP cases (n = 140), based on patient age and gestational weeks. Infection indicators, hemoglobin, platelets, coagulation function, liver, and kidney function markers, myocardial enzyme, arterial oxygen pressure/fraction inspired oxygen (PO2/FiO2)...
Source: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Tohoku J Exp Med Source Type: research
This study will assess the effect of adjunctive clindamycin on patient-centred outcomes in severe, toxin-mediatedS. aureus infections. The pilot study will provide feasibility for a much larger RCT.Trial registrationAustralian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry,ACTRN12617001416381p. Registered on 6 October 2017.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
DiscussionResults of this proof-of-concept trial should provide information on the efficacy of RECO in patients with septic shock.Trial registrationClinicalTrials.gov, ID: identifier:NCT03201575. Registered on 28 June 2017.
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
ConclusionOS is a rare postoperative complication of gynecologic and obstetric patients with a good prognosis, but a high morbidity. Pregnancy seems to be a predisposing factor for OS. Conservative treatment is a successful first-line approach.
Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Conclusions: These results suggest a potential role for endocan as an early marker for diagnosis and follow-up in neonatal EOS. Studies on a larger number of cases are needed in order to establish the practical utility of this molecule as a diagnostic tool for clinical practice.
Source: The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Giuseppe Ristagno1*, Francesca Fumagalli1, Barbara Bottazzi2, Alberto Mantovani2,3,4, Davide Olivari1, Deborah Novelli1 and Roberto Latini1 1Department of Cardiovascular Research, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research IRCCS, Milan, Italy 2Humanitas Clinical and Research Center-IRCCS, Milan, Italy 3Humanitas University, Milan, Italy 4The William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom The long pentraxin PTX3 is a member of the pentraxin family produced locally by stromal and myeloid cells in response to proinflammatory signals and microbial moieties. The p...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
In this study they also showed PTX3 localized in NETs formed after neutrophil activation (5). Proteomics analysis revealed that PTX3 forms complexes with two anti-microbial proteins [azurocidin (AZU1) and myeloperoxidase (MPO)] associated to NETs (30). More recently, PTX3 localization in NETs has been confirmed, and the colocalization with AZU1 and MPO has been defined more accurately (31). Further investigation will be needed to understand the involvement of PTX3 interaction with AZU1 and MPO in their antibacterial role during NET formation. Regulation of Complement Activation PTX3 interaction with microorganisms is not...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Maternal sepsis is a significant cause of maternal morbidity and mortality and is a preventable cause of maternal death. The purpose of this guideline is to summarize what is known about sepsis and to provide guidance for the management of sepsis in pregnancy and the postpartum period. The following are SMFM recommendations: (1) we recommend that sepsis and septic shock be considered medical emergencies and that treatment and resuscitation begin immediately (GRADE 1B); (2) we recommend that providers consider the diagnosis of sepsis in pregnant patients with otherwise unexplained end organ damage in the presence of an infe...
Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: SMFM Consult Series Source Type: research
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