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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612175/epidemiology-of-kawasaki-disease-in-italy-surveillance-from-national-hospitalization-records
#1
Rolando Cimaz, Eleonora Fanti, Angela Mauro, Fabio Voller, Franca Rusconi
Kawasaki disease is a systemic vasculitis with an acute and self-limited course. The incidence of the disease differs widely among ethnic groups and is higher in the Asian populations. In Italy, no recent data are available. We studied the epidemiology of Kawasaki disease in the years 2008-2013 in children 0-14 years old in Italy using hospital ICD-9 discharge codes with a thorough data cleaning for duplicates in order to select the first hospital admission for the disease. The disease peaked in the first 2 years of life, with 85...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600631/acute-pain-management-acetaminophen-and-ibuprofen-are-often-under-dosed
#2
Gregorio P Milani, Franca Benini, Laura Dell'Era, Davide Silvagni, Alberto F Podestà, Rossella Letizia Mancusi, Emilio F Fossali
Most children with pain are managed by either acetaminophen or ibuprofen. However, no study has so far investigated if children are prescribed adequate doses of acetaminophen or ibuprofen in emergency department. Aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the prevalence of under-dosage of these drugs in children presenting with pain in emergency department. Children initially prescribed with acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain management were included. The χ (2) automatic interaction detection method was used considering the percentage variation from the minimum of the appropriate dose as dependent variable while prescribed drug, age, gender, body weight, type of hospital (pediatric or general), and availability of internal guidelines on pediatric pain management in the emergency department as independent variables...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600630/arterial-versus-venous-lactate-a-measure-of-sepsis-in-children
#3
Sahan Asela Samaraweera, Berwyck Gibbons, Anami Gour, Philip Sedgwick
This study assessed the agreement between arterial and venous blood lactate and pH levels in children with sepsis. This retrospective, three-year study involved 60 PICU patients, with data collected from electronic or paper patient records. The inclusion criteria comprised of children (≤17 years old) with sepsis and those who had a venous blood gas taken first with an arterial blood gas taken after within one hour. The lactate and pH values measured through each method were analysed. There is close agreement between venous and arterial lactate up to 2 mmol/L...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597092/factors-associated-with-changes-in-health-related-quality-of-life-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis-during-1-year-follow-up
#4
Marieke van Horck, Bjorn Winkens, Geertjan Wesseling, Karin de Winter-de Groot, Ilja de Vreede, Quirijn Jöbsis, Edward Dompeling
There are limited data on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) changes over time in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). We investigated associations between clinical and treatment variables with changes in HRQoL during 1 year. Forty-nine children with CF aged 6-18 years were followed in this multicentre, observational cohort study during 1 year. HRQoL was measured by the validated disease specific cystic fibrosis questionnaire-revised (CFQ-R). The CFQ-R total score as well as most domain scores improved significantly (8...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593405/inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-a-risk-of-nephritis-in-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-children
#5
Jue Jiang, Wuqiong Duan, Xu Shang, Hua Wang, Ya Gao, Peijun Tian, Qi Zhou
Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is the most common form of systemic small-vessel vasculitis in children, and HSP nephritis (HSPN) is a major complication of HSP and is the primary cause of morbidity and mortality. Previous studies have suggested that inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) may play an important role in the pathogenesis of HSP. In this study, we performed a detailed analysis to investigate the potential association between iNOS polymorphisms and the risk of HSP and the tendency for children with HSP to develop HSPN in a Chinese Han population...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580509/erratum-to-perfusion-index-and-left-ventricular-output-correlation-in-healthy-term-infants
#6
Iuri Corsini, Alessandra Cecchi, Caterina Coviello, Carlo Dani
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June 5, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578454/determinants-of-levothyroxine-dose-required-to-achieve-euthyroidism-in-pediatric-population-a-hospital-based-prospective-follow-up-study
#7
Rekha Singh
We analyzed the relation of pretreatment anthropometric measures and serum thyrotropin (TSH) with the levothyroxine requirement. Children (3-18 years) brought to endocrine clinic with newly diagnosed acquired primary hypothyroidism were enrolled consecutively and prospectively with follow-up (July 2014 to April 2016). Children were started on levothyroxine, and dose was adjusted at regular intervals until achieved euthyroidism (serum TSH 0.4 to 4.5 mIU/L). The relationship of age, gender, height, weight, and serum TSH with levothyroxine dose was analyzed by univariate and multivariate regression analysis...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573405/diagnostic-accuracy-of-clinical-dehydration-scales-in-children
#8
Anna Falszewska, Piotr Dziechciarz, Hania Szajewska
The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the Clinical Dehydration Scale (CDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) scale, and the Gorelick scale for dehydration assessment in children. A prospective, observational study was carried out between October 2014 and December 2016. Eligible participants were children aged 1 month to 5 years with acute diarrhea. After hospital admission, each patient's weight was recorded and the degree of dehydration based on three scales was assessed. The reference standard was the percentage weight change between the discharge and admission weights...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573404/minors-and-euthanasia-a-systematic-review-of-argument-based-ethics-literature
#9
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Giulia Cuman, Chris Gastmans
Euthanasia was first legalised in the Netherlands in 2002, followed by similar legislation in Belgium the same year. Since the beginning, however, only the Netherlands included the possibility for minors older than 12 years to request euthanasia. In 2014, the Belgian Act legalising euthanasia was amended to include requests by minors who possess the capacity of discernment. This amendment sparked great debate, and raised difficult ethical questions about when and how a minor can be deemed competent. We conducted a systematic review of argument-based literature on euthanasia in minors...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567534/serum-ykl-40-levels-may-help-distinguish-exacerbation-of-post-infectious-bronchiolitis-obliterans-from-acute-bronchiolitis-in-young-children
#10
Yoon Young Jang, Hye Jin Park, Hai Lee Chung
Children with post-infectious bronchiolitis obliterans (PIBO) are frequently hospitalized with acute exacerbation, but clinical differentiation of PIBO exacerbation from acute bronchiolitis is often challenging, which may result in treatment delay and chronic lung function impairment. We aimed to examine whether serum YKL-40 and growth factors could be markers for PIBO exacerbation. Thirty-seven children admitted with acute exacerbation of PIBO were enrolled and studied retrospectively. Diagnosis of PIBO was based on clinical history of acute respiratory infection followed by persistent airway obstruction and characteristic findings in high-resolution computed tomography...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567533/a-meta-analysis-of-montelukast-for-recurrent-wheeze-in-preschool-children
#11
Hasan R Hussein, Atul Gupta, Simon Broughton, Gary Ruiz, Nicola Brathwaite, Cara J Bossley
There is conflicting evidence of the effectiveness of montelukast in preschool wheeze. A recent Cochrane review focused on its use in viral-induced wheeze; however, such subgroups are unlikely to exist in real life and change with time, recently highlighted in an international consensus report. We have therefore sought to investigate the effectiveness of montelukast in all children with preschool wheeze (viral-induced and multiple-trigger wheeze). The PubMed, Cochrane Library, Ovid Medline and Ovid EMBASE were screened for randomised controlled trials (RCTs), examining the efficacy of montelukast compared with placebo in children with the recurrent preschool wheeze...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551878/underreporting-of-congenital-rubella-in-italy-2010-2014
#12
Cristina Giambi, Antonino Bella, Antonietta Filia, Martina Del Manso, Gloria Nacca, Silvia Declich, Maria Cristina Rota
In accordance with the goals of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Europe, the Italian national Measles and Rubella Elimination Plan 2010-2015 aimed to reduce the incidence of congenital rubella cases to <1 case/100,000 live births by 2015. In Italy, a passive national surveillance system for congenital rubella and rubella in pregnancy is active since 2005. We estimated the degree of underreporting of congenital rubella, performing a capture-recapture analysis of cases detected through two independent sources: the national surveillance system and the national hospital discharge database, in the years 2010-2014...
May 28, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540436/premedication-with-melatonin-vs-midazolam-efficacy-on-anxiety-and-compliance-in-paediatric-surgical-patients
#13
Pietro Impellizzeri, Enrica Vinci, Maria Cristina Gugliandolo, Francesca Cuzzocrea, Rosalba Larcan, Tiziana Russo, Maria Rosaria Gravina, Salvatore Arena, Gabriella D'Angelo, Eloisa Gitto, Angela Simona Montalto, Angela Alibrandi, Lucia Marseglia, Carmelo Romeo
Preoperative anxiety is a major problem in paediatric surgical patients. Melatonin has been used as a premedicant agent and data regarding effectiveness are controversial. The primary outcome of this randomized clinical trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of oral melatonin premedication, in comparison to midazolam, in reducing preoperative anxiety in children undergoing elective surgery. As secondary outcome, compliance to intravenous induction anaesthesia was assessed. There were 80 children undergoing surgery randomly assigned, 40 per group, to receive oral midazolam (0...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540435/validation-of-the-child-hcahps-survey-to-measure-pediatric-inpatient-experience-of-care-in-flanders
#14
Luk Bruyneel, Ellen Coeckelberghs, Gunnar Buyse, Kristina Casteels, Barbara Lommers, Jo Vandersmissen, Johan Van Eldere, Chris Van Geet, Kris Vanhaecht
The recently developed Child HCAHPS provides a standard to measure US hospitals' performance on pediatric inpatient experiences of care. We field-tested Child HCAHPS in Belgium to instigate international comparison. In the development stage, forward/backward translation was conducted and patients assessed content validity index as excellent. The draft Flemish Child HCAHPS included 63 items: 38 items for five topics hypothesized to be similar to those proposed in the US (communication with parent, communication with child, attention to safety and comfort, hospital environment, and global rating), 10 screeners, a 14-item demographic and descriptive section, and one open-ended item...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540434/the-psychosocial-burden-of-childhood-overweight-and-obesity-evidence-for-persisting-difficulties-in-boys-and-girls
#15
Lisa Y Gibson, Karina L Allen, Elizabeth Davis, Eve Blair, Stephen R Zubrick, Susan M Byrne
There is evidence that overweight and obese children tend to remain overweight or obese into adolescence and adulthood. However, little is known about the long-term psychosocial outcomes of childhood overweight and obesity. This study aimed to investigate the course of psychosocial difficulties over a 2-year period for children who were overweight or obese at baseline, and a sample of children who were a healthy weight at baseline. Participants were 212 children aged 8 to 13 years at baseline, who were participating in the Childhood Growth and Development (GAD) Study...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540433/altered-tetrahydrobiopterin-metabolism-in-patients-with-phenylalanine-hydroxylase-deficiency
#16
Francesca Nardecchia, Flavia Chiarotti, Claudia Carducci, Silvia Santagata, Giulia Valentini, Antonio Angeloni, Nenad Blau, Vincenzo Leuzzi
The tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) cofactor is essential for the activity of various enzymes, including phenylalanine (Phe) hydroxylase. In phenylketonuria (PKU) patients, who are chronically exposed to high Phe levels, high urinary excretion of BH4 metabolites neopterin and biopterin is observed. The aim of this longitudinal study was to investigate consistence and variability of the urinary excretion of pterins (neopterin and biopterin) in PKU patients in relation to age and concomitant blood Phe and tyrosine levels...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540432/central-overweight-and-obesity-in-polish-schoolchildren-aged-7-18%C3%A2-years-secular-changes-of-waist-circumference-between-1966-and-2012
#17
Agnieszka Suder, Aleksandra Gomula, Slawomir Koziel
We investigated secular trends of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) in Polish schoolchildren examined through a period of almost 50 years. Data on height, weight and WC came from four cross-sectional surveys conducted in Poland between 1966 and 2012, covering 34,005 boys and 34,008 girls. Raw data of BMI and WC were standardized for age classes. Statistical analyses included the Kruskal-Willis test and Pearson Chi-square test. BMI and WC increased during the studied period; however, the growth was higher for WC (increase by 0...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536813/long-term-outcomes-of-heller-s-myotomy-and-balloon-dilatation-in-childhood-achalasia
#18
Efstratios Saliakellis, Nikhil Thapar, Derek Roebuck, Fernanda Cristofori, Kate Cross, Edward Kiely, Joseph Curry, Keith Lindley, Osvaldo Borrelli
Achalasia is a rare esophageal motility disorder: its optimal treatment in children is still a matter of debate. Records of children treated for achalasia, over an 18-year period, were reviewed.Forty-eight children (median age at diagnosis 10 years; range 3-17 years) were identified. Twenty-eight patients were initially treated with Heller's myotomy (HM) and 20 with balloon dilatation (BD). At last follow-up (median 3 years; range 1-5.5 years), 43.8% (21/48) of children were symptom free. The number of asymptomatic children was significantly higher among those treated initially with HM compared to BD (HM 15/28, 53...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508992/palivizumab-prophylaxis-in-infants-with-cystic-fibrosis-does-not-delay-first-isolation-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-or-staphylococcus-aureus
#19
Clélia Buchs, Marie-Laure Dalphin, Stéphane Sanchez, Marie Perceval, Laurianne Coutier, Catherine Mainguy, Behrouz Kassaï-Koupaï, Philippe Reix
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections may worsen cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease and favor Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) or Staphylococcus aureus (Sa) acquisition, which is of particular importance in the youngest patients. We aimed to determine the effectiveness of PVZ on microbiological outcomes in young children with CF. We conducted a retrospective case-control study to compare these outcomes in children who systematically received PVZ (PVZ+; n = 40) or not (PVZ-; n = 140). One case was matched with at least three same-gender controls born the same year and month...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508991/digital-stethoscopes-compared-to-standard-auscultation-for-detecting-abnormal-paediatric-breath-sounds
#20
Ajay C Kevat, Anaath Kalirajah, Robert Roseby
Our study aimed to objectively describe the audiological characteristics of wheeze and crackles in children by using digital stethoscope (DS) auscultation, as well as assess concordance between standard auscultation and two different DS devices in their ability to detect pathological breath sounds. Twenty children were auscultated by a paediatric consultant doctor and digitally recorded using the Littman™ 3200 Digital Electronic Stethoscope and a Clinicloud™ DS with smart device. Using spectrographic analysis, we found those with clinically described wheeze had prominent periodic waveform segments spanning expiration for a period of 0...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
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