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Seminars in Perinatology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189331/the-role-of-palliative-care-in-critical-congenital-heart-disease
#1
Mjaye L Mazwi, Natalia Henner, Roxanne Kirsch
Patients with critical congenital heart disease are exposed to significant lifetime morbidity and mortality. Prenatal diagnosis can provide opportunities for anticipatory co-management of patients between palliative subspecialists and the cardiac care team. The benefits of palliative care include support for longitudinal decision-making and avoidance of interventions not consistent with family goals. Effectively counseling families requires an up-to-date understanding of outcomes and knowledge of provider biases...
February 8, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168999/palliative-care-approaches-to-neonates-with-chronic-respiratory-failure
#2
Nicolas F M Porta
Neonates with chronic respiratory failure have uncertain prognosis and can face significant treatment burden. As the trajectory of the illness becomes more concerning, consultation with a pediatric palliative service should be considered, especially as therapeutic options shift from standard to "innovative." Benefits include as follows: supporting emotionally conflicted providers and parents, maintaining transparency in determination of goals, and balancing medical progress with each individual patient's and family's best interests...
February 3, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168998/neonatologist-training-in-communication-and-palliative-care
#3
Natalia Henner, Renee D Boss
Neonatologists receive highly varied and largely inadequate training to acquire and maintain communication and palliative care skills. Neonatology fellows often need to give distressing news to families and frequently face unique communication challenges. While several approaches to teaching these skills exist, practice opportunities through simulation and role play will likely provide the most effective learning.
February 3, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162789/primary-palliative-care-in-neonatal-intensive-care
#4
Krishelle L Marc-Aurele, Nancy K English
This article explores the 2014 Institute of Medicine׳s recommendation concerning primary palliative care as integral to all neonates and their families in the intensive care setting. We review trends in neonatology and barriers to implementing palliative care in intensive care settings. Neonatal primary palliative care education should address the unique needs of neonates and their families. The neonatal intensive care unit needs a mixed model of palliative care, where the neonatal team provides primary palliative care and the palliative subspecialist consults for more complex or refractory situations that exceed the primary team׳s skills or available time...
February 2, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139254/challenges-in-neurologic-prognostication-after-neonatal-brain-injury
#5
Niranjana Natarajan, Andrea C Pardo
Parents often ask neonatologists and neurologists to determine neurologic prognosis in the preterm and term infant after neonatal brain injury. Prognostication in these populations remains rather full of uncertainties. Knowledge of available diagnostic tests and their limitations allows the clinician to synthesize the most likely outcomes after neurologic injury. In this review, we describe the diagnostic tools available to the clinician, active areas of research, and challenges in neurologic prognostication of the neonate...
January 27, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131321/neonatal-pain-management
#6
Brian S Carter, Jessica Brunkhorst
Pain management in the neonatal ICU remains challenging for many clinicians and in many complex care circumstances. The authors review general pain management principles and address the use of pain scales, non-pharmacologic management, and various agents that may be useful in general neonatal practice, procedurally, or at the end of life. Chronic pain and neonatal abstinence are also noted.
January 25, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109538/introduction
#7
EDITORIAL
Joel Frader, Natalia Henner, Jessica Fry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108023/the-intersection-of-fetal-palliative-care-and-fetal-surgery-addressing-mortality-and-quality-of-life
#8
David Munson
Over the last few decades, the fields of fetal surgery and maternal-fetal medicine have developed interventions aimed at modifying severe diseases in utero. Innovations in fetal approaches to congenital diaphragmatic hernia and myelomeningocele have shown considerable promise in modifying the clinical course with fetal intervention. Patients who present to fetal centers to be evaluated for these interventions face challenging decisions that directly relate to questions of mortality and quality of life. This article explores how clinicians might apply the tools and principles of fetal palliative care to supporting a woman and her family who are considering fetal surgery...
January 17, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986328/pathogenesis-of-nec-impact-of-an-altered-intestinal-microbiome
#9
REVIEW
Josef Neu, Mohan Pammi
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease most commonly seen in preterm infants, often presents without warning and is associated with very high mortality and morbidity. Progress in the prevention and treatment of NEC has been slow. In this article, we will discuss some of the reasons as to why this progress has been slow. We will describe some of the factors that appear to be highly associated and important components in the pathophysiology of NEC. We will discuss the intestinal microbial environment of the fetus as well as the preterm infant and how interaction of dysbiosis with an immature gastrointestinal tract combined with dietary factors play a role in the pathogenesis of NEC...
December 13, 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940091/pathogenesis-of-nec-role-of-the-innate-and-adaptive-immune-response
#10
REVIEW
Timothy L Denning, Amina M Bhatia, Andrea F Kane, Ravi M Patel, Patricia L Denning
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating disease in premature infants with high case fatality and significant morbidity among survivors. Immaturity of intestinal host defenses predisposes the premature infant gut to injury. An abnormal bacterial colonization pattern with a deficiency of commensal bacteria may lead to a further breakdown of these host defense mechanisms, predisposing the infant to NEC. Here, we review the role of the innate and adaptive immune system in the pathophysiology of NEC.
December 8, 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989374/functional-quality-of-life-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-after-congenital-cardiac-surgery
#11
REVIEW
Megan L Ringle, Gil Wernovsky
Throughout the past few decades, advances in cardiology, neonatal intensive care, and surgical techniques have resulted in a growing cohort of thriving school-aged children with previously lethal complex congenital heart diseases. While survival has increased, there remains significant morbidity following repair including neurodevelopmental sequelae. Compared to children with a structurally normal heart, these infants and children have a higher frequency of abnormalities in tone, feeding, and delayed developmental milestones, as well as challenges with speech and learning disabilities, while a higher proportion of adolescents suffer from problems with processing speed, executive function, and a unique set of medical hardships related to exercise intolerance and obesity, medication burden, and mental health comorbidities...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865437/early-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-of-extremely-preterm-infants
#12
REVIEW
Elizabeth E Rogers, Susan R Hintz
Infants born at extreme preterm gestation are at risk for both death and disability. Although rates of survival have improved for this population, and some evidence suggests a trend toward decreased neuromotor impairment over the past decades, a significant improvement in overall early neurodevelopmental outcome has not yet been realized. This review will examine the rates and types of neurodevelopmental impairment seen after extremely preterm birth, including neurosensory, motor, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863707/outcomes-in-childhood-following-therapeutic-hypothermia-for-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-hie
#13
REVIEW
Girija Natarajan, Athina Pappas, Seetha Shankaran
In this article, we review the childhood outcomes of neonates with birth depression and/or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. The outcomes of these children prior to the era of hypothermia for neuroprotection will first be summarized, followed by discussion of results from randomized controlled trials of therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. The predictors of outcome in childhood following neonatal HIE using clinical and imaging biomarkers following hypothermia therapy will be described...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863706/advanced-neuroimaging-and-its-role-in-predicting-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-in-very-preterm-infants
#14
REVIEW
Nehal A Parikh
Up to 35% of very preterm infants survive with neurodevelopmental impairments (NDI) such as cognitive deficits, cerebral palsy, and attention deficit disorder. Advanced MRI quantitative tools such as brain morphometry, diffusion MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and functional MRI at term-equivalent age are ideally suited to improve current efforts to predict later development of disabilities. This would facilitate application of targeted early intervention therapies during the first few years of life when neuroplasticity is optimal...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856003/in-their-own-words-life-at-adulthood-after-very-premature-birth
#15
REVIEW
Saroj Saigal
Very premature infants born in the last century following the early days of post-neonatal intensive care have demonstrated an array of physical, emotional, and mental health problems as they approach their third and fourth decades. These outcomes have been well documented by several international investigators. However, there is a paucity of information on the personal perspectives of these individuals with regard to their own quality of life, their hopes and their fears. This article will focus on the objective information from the published literature and how it differs from the personal perspectives of former very premature infants...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842712/defining-outcomes-for-high-risk-infants-problems-and-possibilities
#16
EDITORIAL
Susan R Hintz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836424/executive-function-in-children-born-preterm-risk-factors-and-implications-for-outcome
#17
REVIEW
H Gerry Taylor, Caron A C Clark
Executive function (EF) refers to the set of cognitive processes involved in the self-regulation of emotion and goal-directed behavior. These skills and the brain systems that support them develop throughout childhood and are frequently compromised in preterm children, even in those with broadly average global cognitive ability. Risks for deficits in EF in preterm children and attendant problems in learning and psychosocial functioning are higher in those with more extreme prematurity, neonatal complications, and related brain abnormalities...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817913/the-role-of-early-developmental-intervention-to-influence-neurobehavioral-outcomes-of-children-born-preterm
#18
REVIEW
Alicia Spittle, Karli Treyvaud
Children who are born preterm are at risk of adverse long-term neurobehavioral outcomes, including cognitive, motor, and behavioral impairments. Early developmental interventions that commence within the first year after preterm birth have a preventative focus, with the aim to positively influence the developmental trajectory. While there is a great deal of heterogeneity in the research trials to date, there is evidence that early developmental interventions have a moderate effect on cognitive and behavioral outcomes up to preschool age, with some evidence for improved motor outcomes...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817912/language-and-hearing-outcomes-of-preterm-infants
#19
REVIEW
Betty R Vohr
Multiple factors including degree of prematurity, neonatal morbidities, illness severity, hearing status, gender, language environment in the neonatal intensive care unit and in the home, maternal education level, social and environmental status of the family, and access to early intervention all contribute to the language outcomes of extremely preterm infants with and without hearing loss. Early screening, early diagnosis, and early intervention services by 6 months of age are necessary to optimize the language outcomes of preterm infants with permanent hearing loss...
December 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793420/measuring-and-communicating-meaningful-outcomes-in-neonatology-a-family-perspective
#20
REVIEW
Annie Janvier, Barbara Farlow, Jason Baardsnes, Rebecca Pearce, Keith J Barrington
Medium- and long-term outcomes have been collected and described among survivors of neonatal intensive care units for decades, for a number of purposes: (1) quality control within units, (2) comparisons of outcomes between NICUs, (3) clinical trials (whether an intervention improves outcomes), (4) end-of-life decision-making, (5) to better understand the effects of neonatal conditions and/or interventions on organs and/or long-term health, and finally (6) to better prepare parents for the future. However, the outcomes evaluated have been selected by investigators, based on feasibility, availability, cost, stability, and on what investigators consider to be important...
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