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Italian Journal of Pediatrics

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545557/children-with-cancer-a-survey-on-the-experience-of-italian-primary-care-pediatricians
#1
Marta Minute, Giorgio Cozzi, Chiara Plotti, Giuseppe Montanari, Paolo Pecile, Giulio Andrea Zanazzo, Alessandro Ventura, Egidio Barbi
BACKGROUND: Cancer is the second cause of death in children and its diagnosis can be difficult, due to the presence of vague and non-specific symptoms. The primary care pediatrician is often involved in the diagnostic process, but no longer in child care once the treatment started. Care models involving both primary care pediatricians and oncologic referral centre highlighted a higher family satisfaction when they worked together. We conducted a survey on primary care pediatricians involved in childhood cancer in order to describe the actual situation...
May 25, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499441/chromosomal-abnormalities-subgroup-analysis-by-maternal-age-and-perinatal-features-in-zhejiang-province-of-china-2011-2015
#2
Xiao-Hui Zhang, Li-Qian Qiu, Ying-Hui Ye, Jian Xu
BACKGROUND: Recently, the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities (CA) increased as the increasing proportion of mothers with advanced age. We aimed to explore the prevalence of CA in relation to maternal age and perinatal features. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed based on provincial birth defects surveillance data. The relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were used to calculate maternal age-specific rates of CA. Socio-demographic characteristics of mothers and perinatal features were listed...
May 12, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476172/anca-associated-vasculitis-in-childhood-recent-advances
#3
REVIEW
Marta Calatroni, Elena Oliva, Davide Gianfreda, Gina Gregorini, Marco Allinovi, Giuseppe A Ramirez, Enrica P Bozzolo, Sara Monti, Claudia Bracaglia, Giulia Marucci, Monica Bodria, Renato A Sinico, Federico Pieruzzi, Gabriella Moroni, Serena Pastore, Giacomo Emmi, Pasquale Esposito, Mariagrazia Catanoso, Giancarlo Barbano, Alice Bonanni, Augusto Vaglio
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides are rare systemic diseases that usually occur in adulthood. They comprise granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, Wegener's), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA, Churg-Strauss syndrome). Their clinical presentation is often heterogeneous, with frequent involvement of the respiratory tract, the kidney, the skin and the joints. ANCA-associated vasculitis is rare in childhood but North-American and European cohort studies performed during the last decade have clarified their phenotype, patterns of renal involvement and their prognostic implications, and outcome...
May 5, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472980/efficacy-and-safety-of-early-supplementation-with-800%C3%A2-iu-of-vitamin-d-in-very-preterm-infants-followed-by-underlying-levels-of-vitamin-d-at-birth
#4
Sang Yeun Cho, Hyun-Kyung Park, Hyun Ju Lee
BACKGROUND: To determine the efficacy and safety of early supplementation with 800 IU of vitamin D in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. METHODS: Sixty-six infants with a birth weight less than 1500 g admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Of these, 52 infants were eligible and received 800 IU/day vitamin D from 2 weeks of age. We examined 25-hydroxyvitamin-D (25[OH]D) levels from cord blood at birth and serum at 32 and 36 weeks of postmenstrual age...
May 4, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472977/short-syndrome-in-a-two-year-old-girl-case-report
#5
Maria Klatka, Izabela Rysz, Katarzyna Kozyra, Agnieszka Polak, Witold Kołłątaj
BACKGROUND: SHORT syndrome is a rare genetic congenital defects condition. The frequency of the disease still remains unknown. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the two-year-four-month old female with SHORT syndrome who present growth retardation and dysmorphic features (triangular-shaped face, prominent forehead, ocular depression, lipodystrophy at the lumbar region and around elbows), consistent with the phenotype described for this syndrome. The molecular analysis showed the presence of heterozygous variant c...
May 4, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449720/evolution-of-blood-pressure-in-children-with-congenital-and-acquired-solitary-functioning-kidney
#6
Riccardo Lubrano, Isotta Gentile, Raffaele Falsaperla, Giovanna Vitaliti, Alessia Marcellino, Marco Elli
BACKGROUND: It is not yet clear if blood pressure and renal function changes evolve differently in children with a congenital or acquired solitary functioning kidney. This study aims to assess if there are any differences between these two types of solitary kidney patients. METHODS: Current research is a retrospective study assessing the evolution of glomerular filtration rate, proteinuria, and blood pressure in clinical records of 55 children with a solitary functioning kidney (37 congenital and 18 acquired)...
April 27, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431585/the-utility-of-the-basophil-activation-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-immediate-amoxicillin-or-amoxicillin-clavulanate-hypersensitivity-in-children-and-adults
#7
LETTER
Simona Barni, Francesca Mori, Claudia Valleriani, Giusi Mangone, Sergio Testi, Francesca Saretta, Lucrezia Sarti, Neri Pucci, Maurizio de Martino, Chiara Azzari, Elio Novembre
BACKGROUND: The basophil activation test (BAT), has been proposed as a possible assay for the diagnosis of immediate-type allergy to beta-lactams (BLs). The aim of this study was to assess the utility of BAT in the diagnosis of amoxicillin (AMX) or AMX-clavulanate (AMX-C) IgE-mediated hypersensitivity in children and adults. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighteen children and 21 adults, with clinical history of immediate reactions to AMX or AMX-C, were referred to Anna Meyer Children's Hospital and San Giovanni di Dio Hospital, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427453/the-italian-society-for-pediatric-nephrology-sinepe-consensus-document-on-the-management-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-children-part-i-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-the-first-episode-and-the-first-relapse
#8
REVIEW
Andrea Pasini, Elisa Benetti, Giovanni Conti, Luciana Ghio, Marta Lepore, Laura Massella, Daniela Molino, Licia Peruzzi, Francesco Emma, Carmelo Fede, Antonella Trivelli, Silvio Maringhini, Marco Materassi, Giovanni Messina, Giovanni Montini, Luisa Murer, Carmine Pecoraro, Marco Pennesi
This consensus document is aimed at providing an updated, multidisciplinary overview on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric nephrotic syndrome (NS) at first presentation. It is the first consensus document of its kind to be produced by all the pediatric nephrology centres in Italy, in line with what is already present in other countries such as France, Germany and the USA. It is based on the current knowledge surrounding the symptomatic and steroid treatment of NS, with a view to providing the basis for a separate consensus document on the treatment of relapses...
April 21, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424095/safety-and-effectiveness-of-oral-propranolol-for-infantile-hemangiomas-started-before-5%C3%A2-weeks-and-after-5%C3%A2-months-of-age-an-italian-multicenter-experience
#9
Maya El Hachem, Francesco Gesualdo, Andrea Diociaiuti, Irene Berti, Nadia Vercellino, Valeria Boccaletti, Iria Neri, Giulio Porcedda, Antonella Greco, Claudia Carnevale, Teresa Oranges, Mario Cutrone, Pietro Dalmonte
BACKGROUND: Despite not being licensed for the treatment of infantile hemangiomas (IH) in infants younger than 5 weeks or older than 5 months, propranolol is often used in these age groups to prevent or to treat potentially severe complications. The objective of the present study was to review the experience of 8 Italian pediatric and dermatologic centers regarding propranolol treatment for IH started before 5 weeks or after 5 months of age. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of patients followed up for IH, on propranolol treatment started before 5 weeks or after 5 months of age, and collected information on sociodemographic data, treatment indications, IH involution, IH relapse, and treatment side effects...
April 19, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420439/fragile-x-syndrome-a-review-of-clinical-and-molecular-diagnoses
#10
REVIEW
Claudia Ciaccio, Laura Fontana, Donatella Milani, Silvia Tabano, Monica Miozzo, Susanna Esposito
BACKGROUND: Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the second cause of intellectual disability after Down syndrome and the most prevalent cause of intellectual disability in males, affecting 1:5000-7000 men and 1:4000-6000 women. It is caused by an alteration of the FMR1 gene, which maps at the Xq27.3 band: more than 99% of individuals have a CGG expansion (>200 triplets) in the 5' UTR of the gene, and FMR1 mutations and duplication/deletion are responsible for the remaining (<1%) molecular diagnoses of FXS...
April 19, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416012/congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-advances-and-challenges-in-diagnosis-prevention-and-treatment
#11
REVIEW
Concetta Marsico, David W Kimberlin
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most frequent cause of congenital infection worldwide, with an estimated incidence in developing countries of 0.6-0.7% of all live births. The burden of disease related to congenital CMV in substantial, as it is the leading non-genetic cause of sensorineural hearing loss and an important cause of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children. Despite its clinical significance, congenital CMV infection often goes undetected because the majority of infected infants are asymptomatic at birth and screening programs have not been substantially implemented...
April 17, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412958/supporting-parents-in-taking-care-of-their-infants-admitted-to-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-cohort-pilot-study
#12
Giuseppe De Bernardo, Maria Svelto, Maurizio Giordano, Desiree Sordino, Marina Riccitelli
BACKGROUND: Family-Centred Care (FCC) is recognized as an important component of all paediatric care, including neonatal care, although practical clinical guidelines to support this care model are still needed in Italy. The characteristics and services for families in Italian NICUs show a lack of organization and participation. METHODS: The first aim was to compare satisfaction and stress levels in two groups of parents: an FCC group and a non-FCC group (NFCC). The second aim was to evaluate body weight gain in the newborns enrolled...
April 17, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412957/pattern-of-drug-use-among-preterm-neonates-results-from-an-italian-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#13
A Girardi, S Galletti, E Raschi, A Koci, E Poluzzi, G Faldella, F De Ponti
BACKGROUND: Drug use in preterm neonates admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been investigated, so far, in terms of unauthorized or off-label use; very little is known on the use of combinations of different active substances, which is frequently required in this population (prophylaxis of infections, treatment of concomitant diseases). The aim of this study was to describe the most common patterns of drug use in an Italian NICU, focusing on those with nephrotoxic potential...
April 17, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410603/unexpected-episodes-of-cyanosis-in-late-preterm-and-term-neonates-prompted-admission-to-a-neonatal-care-unit
#14
Carlo Dani, Livia Drovandi, Giovanna Bertini, Chiara Poggi, Simone Pratesi
BACKGROUND: We studied late preterm and term infants who were admitted to our neonatal care unit in a tertiary hospital for unexpected episodes of cyanosis that occurred during rooming-in for evaluation of their frequency, most frequent associated diseases, and documentation of the diagnostic clinical approach. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective study of infants with a gestational age ≥35 weeks who were admitted from the nursery with the diagnosis of cyanosis from January 2009 to December 2016...
April 14, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403885/lung-structure-and-function-similarities-between-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-and-mild-cystic-fibrosis-a-pilot-study
#15
Marco Maglione, Silvia Montella, Carmine Mollica, Vincenzo Carnovale, Paola Iacotucci, Fabiola De Gregorio, Antonella Tosco, Mariarosaria Cervasio, Valeria Raia, Francesca Santamaria
BACKGROUND: Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and cystic fibrosis (CF) are increasingly compared. There are no chest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) comparative studies of PCD and CF. We assessed clinical, functional, microbiological and MRI findings in PCD and mild CF patients in order to evaluate different expression of lung disease. METHODS: Twenty PCD (15.1 years) and 20 CF subjects with mild respiratory impairment (16 years, 70% with pancreatic insufficiency) underwent MRI, spirometry, and sputum cultures when clinically stable...
April 12, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388936/intestinal-and-neurological-involvement-in-behcet-disease-a-clinical-case
#16
Romina Gallizzi, Dominique De Vivo, Simona Valenti, Caterina Pidone, Carmelo Romeo, Rosario Caruso, Claudio Romano
BACKGROUND: Behcet's disease (BD) is a chronic immune-mediated, inflammatory disorder which may affect a number of different systems (oral and genital mucosa, eyes, skin, vascular district, joints, gastrointestinal tract and nervous system). Neurological manifestations are present in 5-10%, and gastrointestinal tract involvement in 10-15% of cases. The simultaneous involvement of two systems, neurological and gastrointestinal tract, is very rare and represents the aim of our case report...
April 7, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356124/denosumab-treatment-for-progressive-skull-base-giant-cell-tumor-of-bone-in-a-14%C3%A2-year-old-female-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
Samvel Bardakhchyan, Leo Kager, Samvel Danielyan, Armen Avagyan, Nerses Karamyan, Hovhannes Vardevanyan, Sergey Mkhitaryan, Ruzanna Papyan, Davit Zohrabyan, Liana Safaryan, Lilit Sargsyan, Lilit Harutyunyan, Lusine Hakobyan, Samvel Iskanyan, Gevorg Tamamyan
BACKGROUND: Giant cell tumor of bone (GCT) is a rare primary bone tumor, which can metastasize and undergo malignant transformation. The standard treatment of GCT is surgery. In patients with unresectable or metastatic disease, additional therapeutic options are available. These include blocking of the receptor activator of NF-kappa B ligand (RANKL) signaling pathway, which plays a role in the pathogenesis of GCT of bone, via the anti-RANKL monoclonal antibody denosumab. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein we report on a female teenager who presented in a very poor clinical condition (cachexia, diplopia, strabismus, dysphonia with palsy of cranial nerves V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII) due to progressive disease, after incomplete resection and adjuvant radiotherapy, of a GCT which affected the cervical spine (C1 and C2) as well as the skull base; and who had an impressive clinical response to denosumab therapy...
March 29, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335827/management-of-acute-respiratory-diseases-in-the-pediatric-population-the-role-of-oral-corticosteroids
#18
REVIEW
Renato Cutrera, Eugenio Baraldi, Luciana Indinnimeo, Michele Miraglia Del Giudice, Giorgio Piacentini, Francesco Scaglione, Nicola Ullmann, Laura Moschino, Francesca Galdo, Marzia Duse
Respiratory diseases account for about 25% of all pediatric consultations, and 10% of these are for asthma. The other main pediatric respiratory diseases, in terms of incidence, are bronchiolitis, acute bronchitis and respiratory infections. Oral corticosteroids, in particular prednisolone, are often used to treat acute respiratory diseases given their anti-inflammatory effects. However, the efficacy of treatment with oral corticosteroids differs among the various types of pediatric respiratory diseases. Notably, also the adverse effects of corticosteroid treatment can differ depending on dosage, duration of treatment and type of corticosteroid administered - a case in point being growth retardation in long-course treatment...
March 23, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274249/difficult-diagnosis-of-atypical-kawasaki-disease-in-an-infant-younger-than-six-months-a-case-report
#19
L Petrarca, R Nenna, P Versacci, A Frassanito, G Cangiano, A Nicolai, F Scalercio, L Lo Russo, P Papoff, C Moretti, F Midulla
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute inflammatory vasculitis of unknown origin. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 5-month-old child with an atypical form of KD, characterized by undulating symptoms, who developed an aneurysm of the right coronary artery and an ectasia of the left anterior descending coronary artery. CONCLUSION: This case report underlines the difficulties in recognizing incomplete forms of the illness in young infants, who are at higher risk of cardiac complications...
March 8, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274237/comparison-of-two-european-paediatric-emergency-departments-does-primary-care-organisation-influence-emergency-attendance
#20
F Poropat, P Heinz, E Barbi, A Ventura
BACKROUND: To compare paediatric Emergency Department (ED) attendances and admission outcomes in two European hospitals with different paediatric primary care set-up. METHODS: This is a retrospective prevalence study comparing all paediatric ED attendances during calendar years 2013 in two EDs with similar catchment area: one in Italy (Trieste) where paediatric primary care is provided by office paediatricians, the other, in the UK (Cambridge), where paediatric primary care is provided by general practitioners...
March 8, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
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