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Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Alexander J M Dingemans, Wilfried Krois, Juan Craniotis Rios, Richard J Wood, Marc A Levitt, Carlos A Reck-Burneo
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: We conduct an annual medical mission to Hospital Ruth Paz para Niños Quemados y Cirugía Pediátrica in Honduras to operate on cases of anorectal malformations (ARM). To improve our knowledge of these patients, we compared their health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and the health literacy of their caregivers from this hospital and ours in the United States. METHODS: The BRIEF Health Literacy Screen (BHLS) and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Quan Wang, Shulei Fan, Chun Wu, Xianqing Jin, Zhengxia Pan, Daqing Hong
BACKGROUND: Pectus excavatum, the most common congenital chest wall deformity in pediatric patients, leads to pulmonary dysfunction. There is no consensus regarding the effectiveness of the Nuss procedure for recovering pulmonary function. In this meta- analysis, we focused on the changes that occur in pulmonary function after the Nuss procedure. METHODS: We performed a literature search in the MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane library and PubMed databases. The included studies were required to contain pulmonary function tests with results adjusted to predicted values both before and after the Nuss procedure...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Steve M M de Castro, Thijs H Geerdink, Sven Macco, Ruben N van Veen, Sebastiaan Jensch, Bart C Vrouenraets
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February 17, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
R McCusker, R Gent, D W Goh
AIM: To review children with Omental Infarction (OI) and the role of Ultrasound Scan (US) in its diagnosis and management. METHODS: Cases of OI were identified retrospectively from 2004 to 2014 through screening of admission coding, pathology databases and radiology records. Demographic, clinical and pathological data were extracted from case records. MAIN RESULTS: 30 cases were identified (17 male, 13 female). Mean age was 10.7years (range 3...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Charlotte L Kvasnovsky, Kimberly Lumpkins, Jose J Diaz, Jeannie Y Chun
BACKGROUND: The American College of Surgeons has developed a verification program for children's surgery centers. Highly specialized hospitals may be verified as Level I, while those with fewer dedicated resources as Level II or Level III, respectively. We hypothesized that more specialized children's centers would utilize more resources. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective study of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) database from 2009 to 2013...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Emma J Cordes, Melanie LaPlant, Daniel A Saltzman, Robert D Acton, Bradley J Segura, Donavon J Hess
BACKGROUND: Umbilical hernia is a common congenital anomaly, and can result in the appearance of a protuberant umbilicus. In select cases, inversion of the umbilical skin can be impaired by the presence of thickened dermis or fascial remnants of the umbilical stalk. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIVE TECHNIQUE: After umbilical herniorrhaphy, the skin is everted over the left index finger and radial partial thickness incisions in the fascia and dermis of the undersurface of the umbilicus...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Tomasz Bugajski, Kartikeya Murari, Steven Lopushinsky, Marc Schneider, Janet Ronsky
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Primary treatment of pectus carinatum (PC) is performed with an external brace that compresses the protrusion. Patients are 'prescribed' a brace tightening force. However, no visual guides exist to display this force magnitude. The purpose of this study was to determine the repeatability of patients in applying their prescribed force over time and to determine whether the protrusion stiffness influences the patient-applied forces and the protrusion correction rate...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Candace C Style, Stephanie M Cruz, Patricio E Lau, Timothy C Lee, David E Wesson, Oluyinka O Olutoye
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate treatment and surgical outcomes of patients of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) treated at a tertiary children's hospital. METHODS: A retrospective review of infants evaluated at Texas Children's Hospital for BWS from August 2000 to December 2016 was performed. Data collected included demographic information, clinical presentation, genetic evaluation, fetal imaging, operative treatment, and outcomes. RESULTS: Forty-seven children with a diagnosis of BWS were identified...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Mercedes Pilkington, Martin Situma, Andrea Winthrop, Dan Poenaru
PURPOSE: Favorable surgical outcomes depend on timely access to care. This study quantifies these delays and explores caregiver barriers to access in a Ugandan facility. METHODS: An interviewer-facilitated survey was administered over 8months to consecutive pediatric surgical families at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH). Delays were classified using the Three Delays Model: care-seeking, arrival at health facility, and from surgical consultation to surgery...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Scott S Short, Brian T Bucher, Douglas C Barnhart, Nadia Van Der Watt, Sarah Zobell, Ashley Allen, Michael D Rollins
PURPOSE: We sought to examine the short-term outcomes following single-stage repair of rectoperineal and rectovestibular fistulae in infants and identify risk factors for wound complication. METHODS: Patients with a rectoperineal or rectovestibular fistula treated with a single-stage repair beyond the neonatal period (>30days of age) at a pediatric colorectal center (2011-2016) were reviewed. RESULTS: 36 patients with a rectoperineal and 7 patients with a rectovestibular fistula were repaired using the Posterior Sagittal Anorectoplasty (PSARP) approach...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Athanasios Tyraskis, Spyros Bakalis, Carolina Scala, Argyro Syngelaki, Stefano Giuliani, Mark Davenport, Anna L David, Kypros Nicolaides, Simon Eaton, Paolo De Coppi
AIM: We investigated the natural history of fetal ovarian cysts to estimate the risk of torsion according to size. METHODS: Cases were identified from 1/1/2000 until 1/1/2015. Data were collected pre- and postnatally on cyst size and sonographic features until an outcome of surgery, torsion, or resolution. Fisher's exact test for categorical data and logistic regression for continuous data were used to test the significance of size on torsion; P value <0.05 was considered significant...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sarah B Cairo, Malachi Fisher, Brian Clemency, Charlotte Cipparone, Evelyn Quist, Kathryn D Bass
PURPOSE: Patient triage to the appropriate destination is critical to prehospital trauma care. Triage decisions are challenging in a region without collocated pediatric and adult trauma centers. METHODS: A regional survey was administered to emergency medical response units identifying variability and confusion regarding factors influencing patient disposition. A course was developed to guide the triage of pediatric and pregnant trauma patients. Pre- and posttests were administered to address course principles, including decision making and triage...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yangyang R Yu, Jennifer L Carpenter, Annalyn S DeMello, Sundeep G Keswani, Darrell L Cass, Oluyinka O Olutoye, Adam M Vogel, James A Thomas, Cole Burgman, Caraciolo J Fernandes, Timothy C Lee
PURPOSE: This study assesses the impact of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) associated morbidities on long-term quality of life (QOL) outcomes. METHODS: A single center, retrospective review of neonatal and pediatric non-cardiac ECMO survivors from 1/2005-7/2016 was performed. The 2012 Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™) survey was administered. Clinical outcomes and QOL scores between groups were compared. RESULTS: Of 74 patients eligible, 64% (35 NICU, 12 PICU) completed the survey...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Canaan Aumua, Sanjeev Krishna, Udaya Samarakkody, Danny de Lore
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate whether racial disparities in healthcare exist within a New Zealand pediatric surgical outreach service in a high indigenous Māori population. METHODOLOGY: This retrospective study assessed all pediatric surgical procedures performed within a secondary center in New Zealand between May 2014 and May 2016. The days between the date of surgery booking on the waiting list and actual date of surgery were calculated and compared to their corresponding elective surgery waiting target times set by the New Zealand Ministry of Health (MoH)...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yangyang R Yu, Annalyn S DeMello, Christopher S Greeley, Charles S Cox, Bindi J Naik-Mathuria, David E Wesson
PURPOSE: This study examines non-accidental trauma (NAT) fatalities as a percentage of all injury fatalities and identifies injury patterns in NAT admissions to two level 1 pediatric trauma centers. METHODS: We reviewed all children (<5years old) treated for NAT from 2011 to 2015. Patient demographics, injury sites, and survival were obtained from both institutional trauma registries. RESULTS: Of 4623 trauma admissions, 557 (12%) were due to NAT...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Calista M Harbaugh, Peng Zhang, Brianna Henderson, Brian A Derstine, Sven A Holcombe, Stewart C Wang, Carla Kohoyda-Inglis, Peter F Ehrlich
BACKGROUND: The "Cushion Effect," the phenomenon in which obesity protects against abdominal injury in adults in motor vehicle accidents, has not been evaluated among pediatric patients. This work evaluates the association between subcutaneous fat cross-sectional area, quantified using analytic morphomic techniques and abdominal injury. METHODS: This retrospective study includes 119 patients aged 1 to 18years involved in frontal impact motor vehicle accidents (2003-2015) with computed tomography scans...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Eric B Jelin, Elizabeth M O'Hare, Tim Jancelewicz, Isam Nasr, Emily Boss, Daniel S Rhee
PURPOSE: We sought to determine optimal timing for CPAM resection within the first year of life. METHODS: We queried the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program pediatric database from 2012 to 2015 for elective CPAM resections on patients less than 1year of age. Patients were divided by age in months: 1-3 (n=57), 4-6 (n=135), and 6-12 (n=214). Patient operative variables and 30-day postoperative outcomes were compared. RESULTS: A total of 406 patients were included with no differences in demographics or comorbidities...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ashley Robinson, Rodrigo Romao, Jessica Mills, Dafydd A Davies
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine practice patterns of Canadian surgeons managing congenital pulmonary airway malformations (CPAMs) and factors influencing practice. METHODS: Pediatric surgeons in Canada were surveyed regarding their experience, evaluation, and management CPAMs, and what factors they feel qualify patients for observation vs resection. Data were summarized, and Fisher's-Exact and Kruskal-Wallis Tests applied where appropriate. RESULTS: Sixty eight percent (n=46) of surgeons responded...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Marianne Goudreault, Nago Humbert, France Gauvin, Monia Marzouki, Catherine K Beaumier, Dickens St-Vil, Nelson Piché
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric surgeons are often involved in the management of severely or terminally ill patients. However, articles addressing their specific roles in the context of palliative care are almost inexistent. We sought to characterize the involvement of pediatric surgeons caring for children near end of life. METHODS: Chart review of children who had a procedure under general anesthesia within 6months of their death over a five-year period at a tertiary children's hospital (excluding traumas and neonatology cases)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yasmine Yousef, Fouad Youssef, Michael Homsy, Trish Dinh, Hayden Stagg, Robin Petroze, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Larberge, Dan Poenaru, Pramod Puligandla, Kenneth Shaw, Sherif Emil
BACKGROUND: Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) is often used in children with perforated appendicitis, despite the absence of clear indications. We assessed the validity of specific clinical indications for initiation of TPN in this patient cohort. METHODS: Data were gathered prospectively on duration of nil per os (NPO) status and TPN use in a cohort of children treated under a perforated appendicitis protocol during a 19-month period. TPN was started in the immediate postoperative period in patients who had generalized peritonitis and severe intestinal dilatation at operation, or later per the discretion of the attending surgeon...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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