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Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics

Derrick M Knapik, Cameron L Fausett, Allison Gilmore, Raymond W Liu
BACKGROUND: Medial epicondyle fractures may occur in isolation or with associated elbow dislocation. In the absence of open fracture or fragment incarceration, nonoperative management with immobilization has been shown to result in generally successfully outcomes comparable with those reported after surgical fixation. However, no comparative investigation has assessed outcomes after nonoperative treatment based on the presence or absence of elbow dislocation. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted investigating all studies in the literature reporting nonoperative outcomes for isolated medial epicondyle fractures and fracture-dislocations...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Alexander G Athey, Megan E Mignemi, William T Gheen, Eduardo A Lindsay, Chan-Hee Jo, Lawson A Copley
BACKGROUND: Children with osteomyelitis demonstrate a wide spectrum of illness. Objective measurement of severity is important to guide resource allocation and treatment decisions, particularly for children with advanced illness. The purpose of this study is to validate and improve a previously published severity of illness scoring system for children with acute hematogenous osteomyelitis (AHO). METHODS: Children with AHO were prospectively studied during evaluation and treatment by a multidisciplinary team who provided care according to evidence-based guidelines to reduce variation...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Michael A Benvenuti, Thomas J An, Megan E Mignemi, Jeffrey E Martus, Gregory A Mencio, Stephen A Lovejoy, Isaac P Thomsen, Jonathan G Schoenecker, Derek J Williams
OBJECTIVE: There are currently no algorithms for early stratification of pediatric musculoskeletal infection (MSKI) severity that are applicable to all types of tissue involvement. In this study, the authors sought to develop a clinical prediction algorithm that accurately stratifies infection severity based on clinical and laboratory data at presentation to the emergency department. METHODS: An IRB-approved retrospective review was conducted to identify patients aged 0 to 18 who presented to the pediatric emergency department at a tertiary care children's hospital with concern for acute MSKI over a 5-year period (2008 to 2013)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Gregory B Firth, Anthony J F Robertson, Yammesh Ramguthy, Manoj Ramachandran, Anton Schepers
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper was to determine the prognostic potential of the ossific nucleus center edge angle (ONCEA) in patients below 5 years of age treated for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) to predict final outcome and the need for a secondary procedure. METHODS: The interobserver and intraobserver reliability was calculated using the intraclass correlation coefficient for measurement of the ONCEA. The ONCEA was divided a priori into 3 groups: group A≥10 degrees, group B -9 to 9 degrees, and group C ≤-10 degrees...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Michael A Benvenuti, Thomas J An, Megan E Mignemi, Jeffrey E Martus, Isaac P Thomsen, Jonathan G Schoenecker
INTRODUCTION: Musculoskeletal infection (MSI) is a common cause of morbidity and hospital resource utilization in the pediatric population. Many physicians prefer to withhold antibiotics until tissue cultures can be taken in an effort to improve culture yields. However, there is little evidence that this practice improves culture results or outcomes in pediatric MSI. Therefore, investigating the effects of antibiotic timing may lead to improved clinical practice guidelines for treating children with MSI...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Senol Bekmez, Halil Gokhan Demirkiran, Ozgur Dede, Yunus Atici, Mehmet Bulent Balioglu, Moyo Kruyt, Timothy Ward, Muharrem Yazici
BACKGROUND: Pelvic incidence increases gradually throughout growth until skeletal maturity. Growing rod instrumentation has been suggested to have a stabilizing effect on the development of the normal sagittal spinal alignment. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of fixed sagittal plane caused by dual growing rod instrumentation on the natural progression of sagittal spinopelvic parameters in children with idiopathic or idiopathic-like early onset scoliosis. METHODS: Hospital records of children with growing rod instrumentation from 4 separate institutions were reviewed retrospectively...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Eduard Tornero, Josep Maria De Bergua-Domingo, Pedro Domenech, Francisco Soldado, Ferran Torner, Juan Castellanos, Alex Soriano, Jorge Knörr
BACKGROUND: Early joint decompression associated to antibiotic therapy is the most important procedure to reduce joint damage in septic knee arthritis in children. Several joint decompression methods have been described such as arthrotomy with open debriding, arthroscopic drainage or needle joint aspiration. The aim of the present study was to determinate which patients with acute septic knee arthritis could be safely treated with needle joint aspiration. METHODS: Patients with an acute knee arthritis diagnosed between September 2003 and December 2013 in our children's tertiary hospital were retrospective review...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
William Z Morris, Joshua K Napora, Keegan T Conry, Raymond W Liu
BACKGROUND: Factors including obesity and morphologic parameters around the hip that increase physeal stress are associated with an increased risk of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). Recent evidence suggests that superior epiphyseal extension may confer stability to the physis and help protect against SCFE. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between epiphyseal extension and SCFE using an age-matched and sex-matched cohort study. METHODS: We generated 2 separate cohorts for comparison: 89 patients with unilateral SCFE and 89 healthy subjects with no evidence of hip disease or deformity...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Leonid S Grossman, Amber L Price, Eric T Rush, Jennifer L Goodwin, Maegen J Wallace, Paul W Esposito
BACKGROUND: To report a single-center surgical experience treating humeral deformity and fractures in children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) using the Fassier-Duval (FD) intramedullary elongating rods. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted between December 2005 and July 2013 of all OI patients who underwent FD rodding with a minimum of 1-year follow-up. All patients were also being concurrently treated with bisphosphonates. RESULTS: Eighteen patients underwent internal fixation on a total of 35 humeri: 7 males and 11 females with an average age of 49 months...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Dahang Zhao, Hai Li, Li Zhao, Ken N Kuo, Xuan Yang, Zhenkai Wu, Jianlin Liu, Jie Zhu
BACKGROUND: It is challenging that some Ponseti method corrected clubfeet have a tendency to relapse. Controversies remain as to the implication of initial severity, representing the deformity degree, as well as number of casts needed, representing the treatment process, in predicting relapse. However, no study has been reported to take these 2 parameters into comprehensive consideration for outcome measurement. The purpose of this study is to investigate the correlation between the initial Pirani score and the number of casts required to correct the deformity in our series; to evaluate noncompliance as a risk factor of the deformity recurrence in Ponseti treatment; to test the validity and predictive value of a new proposed parameter, ratio of correction improvement (RCI) which is indicated by the initial Pirani scores divided by the number of casts...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Eduardo N Novais, Julia Sanders, Lauryn A Kestel, Patrick M Carry, Mariana L Meyers
BACKGROUND: We asked whether patient-specific factors and ultrasound (US) measurements of hip dysplasia severity at initial examination influence short-term residual acetabular dysplasia in patients successfully treated with Pavlik harness for developmental hip dysplasia. METHODS: After IRB approval, 134 hips (84 patients) successfully treated by the Pavlik method between August 2011 and October 2014 with follow-up at 12 months of age were identified. Early successful treatment was defined as normal examination and US after approximately 12 weeks of Pavlik treatment...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Julio J Jauregui, Dean C Perfetti, Frank S Cautela, David B Frumberg, Qais Naziri, Carl B Paulino
BACKGROUND: Although rare, spinal injuries associated with abuse can have potentially devastating implications in the pediatric population. We analyzed the association of pediatric spine injury in abused children and determined the anatomic level of the spine affected, while also focusing on patient demographics, length of stay, and total hospital charges compared with spine patients without a diagnosis of abuse. METHODS: A retrospective review of the Kids' Inpatient Database was conducted from 2000 to 2012 to identify pediatric patients (below 18 y) who sustained vertebral column fractures or spinal cord injuries...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Pooya Hosseinzadeh, Lawson Copley, Holly Ruch-Ross, Richard M Schwend, Jeffrey R Sawyer
INTRODUCTION: The opinions of the pediatric orthopaedic workforce are shaped by market forces, regulatory processes, and local experience. The purpose of this report is to summarize the findings of the recent Workforce Survey of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Orthopaedics (SOOr). This submission has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). METHODS: In 2014, the AAP generated a survey to assess perceptions of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons about current issues that affect practice...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Gaurav Luther, Patricia E Miller, Susan T Mahan, Peter M Waters, Donald S Bae
BACKGROUND: Standardized clinical assessment and management plans (SCAMPs) are a novel quality improvement initiative shown to improve patient care, diminish practice variation, and reduce resource utilization. Unlike clinical practice guidelines, a SCAMP is a flexible algorithm that undergoes iterative updates based on periodic data collection and review. We recently implemented a SCAMP for the closed treatment of pediatric torus fractures. The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of SCAMP implementation on resource utilization, practice variability, cost of care, and outcomes...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Jeffrey B Stambough, Lauren Davis, Deborah A Szymanski, June C Smith, Perry L Schoenecker, J Eric Gordon
BACKGROUND: Excessive femoral anteversion is a developmental condition that can become symptomatic into adolescence and manifest as anterior knee pain, tripping, and or problems with sports. Femoral derotational osteotomy about an antegrade intramedullary nail (IMN) is an accepted option to treat this condition. This is the first report of the clinical and functional outcomes of treatment of excessive anteversion with femoral derotational osteotomy stabilized with an IMN. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 28 consecutive patients between 2013 and 2014 who underwent derotational osteotomy...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Kimberly-Anne Tan, Mathew D Sewell, Andrew J Clarke, Daniel Chan, Oliver M Stokes, Shahid N Khan, Michael Hutton
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Pacemakers are currently identified as a contraindication for the use of magnetic growth rods (MGRs). This arises from concern that magnetic fields generated by the MGR external remote controller (ERC) during lengthening procedures may induce pacemaker dysfunction. We investigated (1) whether MGR lengthening affects pacemaker function, and (2) if the magnetic field of a pacemaker affects MGR lengthening. METHODS: MGRs were tested in conjunction with an magnetic resonance imaging-compatible pacemaker, which was connected to a virtual patient under continuous cardiac monitoring...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Rachel L Lenhart, Sylvester Youlo, Mary K Schroth, Kenneth J Noonan, James McCarthy, David Mann, Scott Hetzel, Sarah A Sund, Matthew A Halanski
BACKGROUND: Respiratory weakness and spinal deformity are common in patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Posterior (distraction type) growing rods have recently gained favor as a treatment option in this population, due to their ability to prevent spinal deformity progression and their potential to allow lung volumes to increase over time. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of posterior growing rods on the spinal alignment and respiratory function in children with SMA with intermediate term follow-up...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Todd Milbrandt, Richard Kryscio, Ryan Muchow, Janet Walker, Vishwas Talwalkar, Henry Iwinski
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic clubfoot treatment is treated by manipulation and casting utilizing the Ponseti technique which can make the infant fussy and irritable. The goal of this study was to determine which intervention could decrease this pain response in infants undergoing Ponseti casting for idiopathic clubfeet. Our hypothesis was that the administration of oral sucrose solution or milk would be the most effective in accomplishing that goal. METHODS: We conducted a double-blinded randomized controlled trial at a tertiary pediatric orthopaedic center on 33 children (average age=17...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Adam Margalit, Greg McKean, Cheryl Lawing, Scott Galey, Michael C Ain
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar kyphosis (TLK) is common in infants with achondroplasia. Our goals were to examine the natural history of TLK and identify factors associated with persistent TLK. METHODS: We reviewed records of patients with achondroplasia seen by a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at a tertiary care medical center between 1997 and 2013. Inclusion criteria were minimum 2-year follow-up and radiographs taken at time of presentation, within 6 months of walking age, and within 6 months of the first anniversary of walking age...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Sandra R Breyer, Nicole Muschol, Mona Schmidt, Martin Rupprecht, Kornelia Babin, Jochen Herrmann, Ralf Stücker
BACKGROUND: Hip dysplasia is common in mucopolysaccharidosis type-1H (MPS-1H) patients, but its morphology is not completely understood. No magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based studies have been reported in the literature. The purpose of this study was to improve knowledge of hip dysplasia pathology by describing the hip morphology of these patients in MRI scans, plain radiographs, and arthrograms. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 18 MPS-1H patients...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
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