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Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Rut Anne Thomassen, Janne Anita Kvammen, Mari Borge Eskerud, Pétur Benedikt Júlíusson, Christine Henriksen, Jarle Rugtveit
OBJECTIVES: To investigate iodine status and growth in cow's milk protein allergic infants and to identify potential predictors of iodine status and growth. METHODS: Fifty-seven infants under two years of age were included in an observational cross-sectional study. Two spot urine samples were collected and analysed for iodine, together with a three-day food record and a food frequency questionnaire. Urine iodine concentrations were compared to the WHO cut-off values for iodine deficiency...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Daniel R Duncan, Janine Amirault, Paul Mitchell, Kara Larson, Rachel L Rosen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of oropharyngeal dysfunction with resultant aspiration in patients admitted after apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) and to determine if historical characteristics could predict this oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration risk. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients admitted to Boston Children's Hospital between 2012 and 2015 with a diagnosis of ALTE to determine the frequency of evaluation for oropharyngeal dysphagia using videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) and clinical feeding evaluations, to determine the prevalence of swallowing dysfunction in subjects admitted after ALTE and to compare presenting historical characteristics to swallow study results RESULTS:: 188 children were admitted with a diagnosis of ALTE of which 29% (n = 55) had an assessment of swallowing by VFSS...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Arik Alper, Lucy Zhang, Dinesh S Pashankar
We aimed to examine correlation of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) with diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and with clinical, endoscopic, histological and radiographic disease activity during follow-up. We reviewed charts of 135 children with IBD and correlated their ESR and CRP values with disease activity in various encounters over 5 years. Normal ESR and CRP values were observed in up to 28% of children with Crohn's disease and 42% of children with ulcerative colitis at diagnosis respectively...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Anna K Le Fevre, Marjorie M Walker, Amir Hadjiashrafy, Rani Bhatia, Joerg Mattes, Nicholas J Talley, Scott Nightingale
OBJECTIVES: This study compared the clinical and histopathological characteristics of children with EoE and elevated anti-transglutaminase (TTG Ab) with those with EoE and normal TTG Ab titres. METHODS: Single center chart and blinded histopathological review of patients diagnosed with EoE over a four-year period, who had esophageal and duodenal biopsies taken at time of endoscopy, and TTG Ab measured within 6 months of biopsy. Patients with histology-proven CD were excluded...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Riad Lutfi, Kamal Abulebda, Mara E Nitu, Jean P Molleston, Molly A Bozic, Girish Subbarao
Pediatric acute liver failure is rare but life-threatening illness that occurs in children without preexisting liver disease. The rarity of the disease, along with its severity and heterogeneity, presents unique clinical challenges to the physicians providing care for pediatric patients with acute liver failure. In this review, practical clinical approaches to the care of critically ill children with acute liver failure are discussed with an organ system specific approach. The underlying pathophysiological processes, major areas of uncertainty, and approaches to the critical care management of pediatric acute liver failure are also reviewed...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Tara A Altepeter, Stephen Shaffer
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the diagnostic yield of upper endoscopy in children with gastroparesis and to develop a clinical model for gastroparesis using common symptoms and screening blood tests. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed charts of 196 patients aged 4-18yrs evaluated for gastroparesis between 2009 and 2013. All patients completed a standard solid-phase gastric emptying scan and upper endoscopy within a 12-month period. We analyzed gross and histologic endoscopy findings...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
James W Varni, Robert J Shulman, Mariella M Self, Shehzad A Saeed, Ashish S Patel, Samuel Nurko, Deborah A Neigut, Miguel Saps, James P Franciosi, Jolanda M Denham, George M Zacur, Chelsea Vaughan Dark, Cristiane B Bendo, John F Pohl
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the multidimensional gastrointestinal symptoms predictors of generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from the perspectives of pediatric patients and parents. METHODS: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales were completed in a 9-site study by 260 families of patients with IBD. Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales measuring stomach pain, food and drink limits, gas and bloating, constipation, blood in stool, and diarrhea were identified as clinically important symptom differentiators from healthy controls based on prior findings, and subsequently tested for bivariate and multivariate linear associations with overall HRQOL (Generic Core Scales)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Jacomine E Hogewind-Schoonenboom, Lyanne W W Rövekamp-Abels, Daphne P M de Wijs-Meijler, Margaux D Maduro, Marijke C Jansen-van der Weide, Johannes B van Goudoever, Jessie M Hulst
OBJECTIVE: Early growth rates and feeding advancement rates of preterm infants are thought to influence later health. Feeding advancement is often difficult due to feeding intolerance. Exclusive human milk feeding improves tolerance, but can result in a lower weight gain rate. The addition of human milk fortifier has advantages for growth, but there are concerns that it may nullify the beneficial effect of human milk on tolerance. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the amount of fortified human milk or formula and feeding tolerance and growth in preterm infants...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Victor Grech, Samuel Aquilina, Erin Camilleri, Karl Camilleri, Maria-Louisa Busuttil, Victoria Farrugia Sant'Angelo, Neville Calleja
OBJECTIVES: Obesity is a chronic disease that often commences in childhood. Over quarter of Maltese children are overweight or obese. This study was carried out in order to measure height and weight (and Body Mass Index) for all school children in Malta in order to precisely quantify the extent of the problem. METHODS: Schooling in Malta is provided by: A. Free State schools, B. Subsidised Roman-Catholic Church-run schools and C. Independent Private schools. All were included...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Peter Witters, Dominic Hughes, Palaniswamy Karthikeyan, Somashekara Ramakrishna, Mark Davenport, Anil Dhawan, Tassos Grammatikopoulos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Variceal haemorrhage can be a life-threatening complication of chronic liver disease in children. There is limited evidence about the optimal prophylactic management and selection criteria of children who will benefit from upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. METHODS: Children presenting in our centre with suspected portal hypertension or gastrointestinal bleeding and undergoing their first oesophagogastroduodenoscopy between 2005-2012 were included...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Yael Haberman, Ayelet Di Segni, Nurit Loberman-Nachum, Ortal Barel, Vered Kunik, Eran Eyal, Nitzan Kol, Goni Hout-Siloni, Brigitte Kochavi, Camila Avivi, Michael Schvimer, Gideon Rechavi, Yair Anikster, Iris Barshack, Batia Weiss
OBJECTIVES: Congenital chronic diarrhea (CCD) is a group of inherited enteropathies presenting in early life and requiring parenteral nutrition. In most cases, genetics may be the key for precise diagnosis. We present an infant girl with CCD that resolved after introduction of fructose-based formula but had no identified mutation in the SLC5A1 gene. Using whole exome sequencing (WES) we identified other mutations that better dictated dietary adjustments. METHODS: WES of the patient and her parents was performed...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
V Nobili, S Cucchiara
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October 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Matthew P Lungren, Will S Lindquester, F Glen Seidel, Nishita Kothry, Eric J Monroe, Giri Shivaram, Anne E Gill, Matthew C Hawkins
PURPOSE: To describe and assess the technical success and safety of ultrasound guided liver biopsy with gelatin sponge pledget tract embolization technique in infants less than 10 kg across three tertiary pediatric hospitals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: There were 67 pediatric patients weighing less than 10 kg (36 males; 31 females; average age 202 days; average weight 6 kg, range 1.5 kg to 9.9 kg) referred for liver biopsy performed with ultrasound guidance and gelatin sponge pledget tract embolization during a two year period...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Ellen A Lipstein, Daniel J Lovell, Lee A Denson, Sandra C Kim, Charles Spencer, Richard F Ittenbach, Maria T Britto
OBJECTIVES: To understand the association between parents' perceptions of the decision process and the decision outcomes in decisions about the use of biologics in pediatric chronic conditions. METHODS: We mailed surveys to parents of children with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) or JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis) who had started treatment with biologics in the prior two years and were treated at either of 2 children's hospitals. The survey included measures of the decision process, including decision control and physician engagement, and decision outcomes, including conflict and regret...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Lea Chantal Tran, Gill Lazonby, Donna Ellis, Jenny Goldthorpe, Natalia Iglesias, Julie Steele, Veena Zamvar, John William Lambert Puntis, Rakesh Vora
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September 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Ekaterini Politi, Aspasia Angelakopoulou, Dimitra Grapsa, Maria Zande, Kalliopi Stefanaki, Ioanna Panagiotou, Eleftheria Roma, Ekaterini Syrigou
OBJECTIVES: Previous data have suggested that filaggrin (FLG) and periostin (POSTN) genes may be dysregulated in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). We aimed to further evaluate the expression patterns of FLG and POSTN proteins in esophageal tissue samples of patients with EoE, as compared to those of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and normal controls. METHODS: A total of 61 prospectively collected cases, including 40 children with EoE and 21 children with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and a control group of 14 sex and age-matched healthy children were enrolled...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Karolina Wejnarska, Elwira Kolodziejczyk, Katarzyna Wertheim-Tysarowska, Maciej Dadalski, Agnieszka Sobczynska-Tomaszewska, Jarosław Kierkus, Jerzy Bal, Agnieszka Magdalena Rygiel, Grzegorz Oracz
OBJECTIVES: The etiological factors of chronic pancreatitis (CP) in children differ from those in adults. To date, no study has assessed the clinical course of CP in young children. The aim of our study was to evaluate the etiology and the clinical presentation of the disease in children with disease onset before 5 years of age in comparison to later-onset of CP. METHODS: A total of 276 children with CP, hospitalised from 1988 to 2015, were enrolled in the study...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Michael R Bowden, Looi C Ee, Usha Krishnan, Edward V O'Loughlin, Winita Hardikar, Diana Carmody, Cassandra Hainsworth, Vicki Jermyn, Mee-Mee Lee, Janine Sawyer, Michael Stormon, Kathe Holmes, Daniel A Lemberg, Andrew S Day, Campbell Paul, Philip Hazell
OBJECTIVES: Research is lacking into the emotional effects on families of serious chronic illness in infants. We examined the impact of the diagnosis of serious liver disease in infants upon parent psychological symptoms and family functioning. We hypothesized that parent psychological symptoms, family functioning and father engagement will predict infant emotional outcomes. METHODS: Parents of infants recently diagnosed with serious liver disease completed validated questionnaires about parent stress, family function, impact of the illness on the family, and father engagement...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Swathi Eluri, Wendy M Book, Ellyn Kodroff, Mary Jo Strobel, Jessica H Gebhart, Patricia D Jones, Paul Menard-Katcher, Maria E Ferris, Evan S Dellon
OBJECTIVES: A growing population of adolescents/young adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE) will need to transition from pediatric to adult health providers. Measuring healthcare transition (HCT) readiness is critical, but no studies have evaluated this process in EoE/EGE. We determined the scope and predictors of HCT knowledge in patients and parents with EoE/EGE and measured HCT readiness in adolescents/young adults. METHODS: We conducted an online survey of patients ≥13 years and parents of patients with EoE/EGE who were diagnosed when ≤25 years of age...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Felice Amato, Giuseppe Cardillo, Renato Liguori, Manuela Scorza, Marika Comegna, Ausilia Elce, Sonia Giordano, Laura Lucaccioni, Licia Lugli, Sabrina Cardile, Claudio Romano, Vincenza Pezzella, Giuseppe Castaldo, Roberto Berni Canani
OBJECTIVES: we aimed to improve the knowledge of pathogenic mutations in sporadic cases of congenital chloride diarrhea (CCD) and to emphasize the importance of functional studies to define the effect of novel mutations. METHODS: all SLC26A3 coding regions were sequenced in 17 sporadic CCD patients. Moreover, the minigene system was used to analyse the effect of two novel splicing mutations. RESULTS: we defined the SLC26A3 genotype of all 17 CDD patients and we identified twelve novel mutations...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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