2017 AMI Online Salon

Proposed Routes of Bacterial Transmission in utero

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Jill Gregory; New York, New York
  • Client: Dr Ryan Walker
  • Copyright: © 2016 Mount Sinai Health System
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Pediatric Obesity
  • Primary audience: Pediatricians

Project Description

Recent research shows that non-pathologic bacteria is present in the neonate meconium (first defecation post-birth), indicating that the fetal gut is colonized with microbes in utero. The colonization of the gut in early life is critical to the developing newborn’s immune system, metabolic function and potentially future health. There is no research that definitively elucidates the mechanism of human bacterial transfer in utero. This illustration accompanied a paper that posited routes of such a transfer. The purpose of the figure was to provide a snapshot of the anatomy involved and to visually summarize the authors’ proposed routes of transfer via the mother’s gut, oral cavity, placenta and/or amniotic fluid.