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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615030/the-autoimmune-burden-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
#1
Elena Tronconi, Angela Miniaci, Andrea Pession
BACKGROUND: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis of unknown origin which can be considered an autoimmune disease (AD). The aim of this study is to analyse the presence of two or more autoimmune diseases (polyautoimmunity) in patients suffering from JIA and to evaluate the occurrence of ADs in their families. METHODS: Seventy-nine patients diagnosed with JIA aged 0-21 years, admitted to the Paediatric Rheumatology Unit, Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Bologna were screened for ADs...
June 14, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610634/medication-related-visits-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department-an-8-years-retrospective-analysis
#2
Cristiano Rosafio, Serena Paioli, Cinzia Del Giovane, Valentina Cenciarelli, Nilla Viani, Paolo Bertolani, Lorenzo Iughetti
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on the characterization of medication-related visits (MRVs) to the emergency department (ED) in pediatric patients in Italy. We have estimated the frequency, severity, and classification of MRVs to the ED in pediatric patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data for children seeking medical evaluation for a MRV over an 8 years period. A medication-related ED visit was identified by using a random pharmacist assessment, emergency physician assessment, and in case of conflicting events, by a third investigators random assessment...
June 13, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606112/acute-cerebellitis-in-children-an-eleven-year-retrospective-multicentric-study-in-italy
#3
Laura Lancella, Susanna Esposito, Maria Luisa Galli, Elena Bozzola, Valeria Labalestra, Elena Boccuzzi, Andrzej Krzysztofiak, Laura Cursi, Guido Castelli Gattinara, Nadia Mirante, Danilo Buonsenso, Claudia Tagliabue, Luca Castellazzi, Carlotta Montagnani, Chiara Tersigni, Piero Valentini, Michele Capozza, Davide Pata, Maria Di Gangi, Piera Dones, Silvia Garazzino, Luca Baroero, Alberto Verrotti, Maria Luisa Melzi, Michele Sacco, Michele Germano, Filippo Greco, Elena Uga, Giovanni Crichiutti, Alberto Villani
BACKGROUND: Acute cerebellitis (AC) and acute cerebellar ataxia (ACA) are the principal causes of acute cerebellar dysfunction in childhood. Nevertheless. there is no accepted consensus regarding the best management of children with AC/ACA: the aim of the study is both to assess clinical, neuroimaging and electrophysiologic features of children with AC/ACA and to evaluate the correlation between clinical parameters, therapy and outcome. METHODS: A multicentric retrospective study was conducted on children ≤ 18 years old admitted to 12 Italian paediatric hospitals for AC/ACA from 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2013...
June 12, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592270/waist-to-height-ratio-and-its-associations-with-body-mass-index-in-a-sample-of-tuscan-children-in-primary-school
#4
Francesca Santomauro, Chiara Lorini, Francesca Pieralli, Giuditta Niccolai, Paola Picciolli, Stefania Vezzosi, Guglielmo Bonaccorsi
BACKGROUND: Visceral obesity in children increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. To evaluate overweight children, in addition to Body Mass Index (BMI), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) can be used to predict cardiometabolic risk. The goal of this study is to describe WHtR in a sample of Tuscan children. METHODS: A sample of children living in the province of Pistoia, Tuscany, was measured for the following anthropometric parameters: weight, height, and waist circumference...
June 7, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583154/a-cohort-analysis-of-neonatal-hospital-mortality-rate-and-predictors-of-neonatal-mortality-in-a-sub-urban-hospital-of-cameroon
#5
Paul Koki Ndombo, Quinta Mua Ekei, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Mazou Ngou Temgoua, Francky Teddy Endomba Angong, Ferdinand Ndom Ntock, Lawrence Mbuagbaw
BACKGROUND: In Cameroon, sustainable effort needs to be done to reduce the current neonatal mortality rate from 21 deaths per 1000 live births to the global target of fewer than ten deaths per 1000 live births by 2035. We aimed to determine the neonatal hospital mortality rate and predictors of neonatal hospital mortality (NHM) in a major referral sub-urban hospital of Cameroon in a bit to formulate interventions to curb this burden. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study consecutively enrolling all neonates admitted into the neonatology unit of the Bamenda Regional Hospital (BRH) from November 2015 to February 2016...
June 5, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577562/current-role-of-perampanel-in-pediatric-epilepsy
#6
REVIEW
Paola De Liso, Romina Moavero, Giangennaro Coppola, Paolo Curatolo, Raffaella Cusmai, Giovambattista De Sarro, Emilio Franzoni, Federico Vigevano, Alberto Verrotti
Perampanel is among the latest AEDs approved, indicated for the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization, and for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, in patients aged 12 years and older. This paper summarizes the clinical recommendations on the current role of perampanel in the treatment of pediatric epilepsies and future directions for research. The optimal dosage should be comprised between 4 and 12 mg/day, with 8 mg/day being the most common dosage used. The rate and severity of adverse events, including psychiatric symptoms, can be decreased by starting at low doses, and titrating slowly...
June 2, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569171/oral-mucosal-lesions-in-teenagers-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Francesca Amadori, Elena Bardellini, Giulio Conti, Alessandra Majorana
BACKGROUND: Adolescence is a period of transition to adulthood. Little is known about oral mucosal lesions (OMLs) in teenagers, in which the emergence of new habits, unfamiliar to children, could affect the type of lesions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution of oral mucosal lesions (OMLs) in a wide sample of adolescents. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was carried out examining all medical records of adolescents (aged 13-18 years) treated at the Dental Clinic of the University of Brescia (Italy) in the period from 2008 to 2014...
May 31, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558810/varicella-associated-pneumoniae-in-a-pediatric-population
#8
Elena Bozzola, Guido Castelli Gattinara, Mauro Bozzola, Nadia Mirante, Marco Masci, Chiara Rossetti, Andrzej Krzystofiak, Luciana Nicolosi, Renato Cutrera, Laura Lancella, Alberto Eugenio Tozzi, Alberto Villani
BACKGROUND: Varicella pneumonia has been studied extensively in adults; it may also affect children and may require hospitalization. METHODS: We examined pneumonia complications in children hospitalized for varicella, over a 13 year period. RESULTS: Pneumonia occurred in 8.2% of children hospitalized for varicella. The median length of hospitalization was 6 days. No statistically significant difference in length of stay was detected between immunodepressed children and previously healthy children...
May 30, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545557/children-with-cancer-a-survey-on-the-experience-of-italian-primary-care-pediatricians
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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