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Aslı Üçyiğit and Jemma Johns, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Ultrasound assessment of the postpartum uterus has a significant role to play in the evaluation of a large proportion of symptomatic puerperal women. Often the imaging modality of choice for excluding retained placental tissue, correct application of postpartum ultrasound could enable more accurate identification of women requiring surgical intervention, with consequent reduction in patient morbidity and clinical workload. This article aims to review the current understanding and application of ultrasound in the puerperium, and evaluate the current evidence investigating the physiological and pathological findings of the postpartum uterus and its contents.
Read the full article in the August 2016 issue of Journal Ultrasound.
ECHOES by Hazel Edwards
Maternal perception of fetal movements in late pregnancy is affected by type and duration of fetal movement. Brown R, Higgins LE, Johnstone ED, et al. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2016; 29: 2145-2150
Considering how frequently we scan for ‘reduced fetal movement’, this interesting project cleverly compared actual third trimester fetal movements, as observed by the ultrasound operator, with movements perceived by the mother. The operator judged the fetus to be moving for a much greater proportion of time during the 30 minute observation compared to the mother. There was no link between maternal perception and placental site, amniotic fluid volume or BMI.
Read more Echoes in the August 2016 issue of Journal Ultrasound.