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Sujata Chakravarti, Yasir Al-Qaqaa, Meghan Faulkner, Puneet Bhatla, Michael Argilla, Michelle Ramirez
Fluid overload (FO) is a common complication for pediatric patients in the intensive care unit. When conventional therapy fails, hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis is classically used for fluid removal. Unfortunately, these therapies are often associated with cardiovascular or respiratory instability. Ultrafiltration, using devices such as the Aquadex™ system (Baxter Healthcare, Deerfield, IL, USA), is an effective tool for fluid removal in adult patients with congestive heart failure. As compared to hemodialysis, ultrafiltration can be performed using smaller catheters, and the extracorporeal volume and minimal blood flow rates are lower...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Amir Dehdashtian, Masoud Dehdashtian
Adams-Oliver syndrome (AOS) is characterized by the combination of congenital scalp defects (aplasia cutis congenita) and terminal transverse limb defects of variable severity. It is believed that Adams-Oliver syndrome without major organ abnormalities does not necessarily alter the normal lifespan. We present a case without detectable major organ abnormality contrary to life but with poor weight gain. A male infant with scalp and skin cutis aplasia, generalized cutis aplasia, dilated veins over scalp and trunk, hypoplastic toes and nails of feet, glaucoma, poor feeding and poor weight gain...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Marius Pernea, Alastair G Sutcliffe
Clobazam (CLB) is an older anti-epileptic drug, with a slightly different chemical structure from that of the classic benzodiazepines currently used in the treatment of epilepsy, which confers less sedative properties in terms of negative adverse effects. It is also thought to be better tolerated than other anti-epileptic drugs, whilst maintaining a very similar level of efficacy. It has been tested extensively in over 50 studies on more than 3000 patients with epilepsy and is now approved as an adjunctive treatment of epilepsy in >100 countries...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Teresa Perillo, Paola Muggeo, Giampaolo Arcamone, Francesco De Leonardis, Nicola Santoro
The purpose of the study was to examine safety and efficacy of non-activated Protein C (PC) supplementation in our cohort of septic pediatric hematological patients. We conducted a retrospective study of 22 septic patients receiving human plasma-derived PC concentrate from 2008 to 2015 at our Pediatric Oncology Center (Bari, Italy). The Surviving sepsis campaign definitions for sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock were used to define the patients' septic status. For each patient, we calculated Lansky performance status scale (LPSS) and a risk score defined the Hematologic risk score (HRS) that we created in 2007...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Concetta Polizzi, Valentina Fontana, Antonio Carollo, Alessandra Bono, Sofia Burgio, Giovanna Perricone
This study has explored the valence of sibship that may empower the self-esteem of children with asthma at the interpersonal, environmental control competence, emotionality management, and body-image levels. It has been assumed that the relationship between siblings may have a moderating effect on the negative impact that asthma has on child's development. Seventy children suffering from chronic asthma have been involved: 40 children with siblings (experimental group) and 30 sibling-free children (control group)...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Yeşim Başal, Abdullah Bariş Akcan, Yasemin Durum Polat, Ceren Günel, Aylin Eryilmaz, Sema Başak
Since newborns are obligatory nasal breathers, upper respiratory tract problems may sometimes be life threatening. The most common pathology causing dyspnea and stridor in newborns is laryngomalacia. Nasal cavity pathologies that risk the neonatal airway are more rarely met. These anomalies may be seen either as solitary anomalies or as a part of a syndrome. While choanal atresia is one of the best-known nasal cavity anomalies, choanal stenosis, congenital nasal mid-line masses, congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis, and nasal tip anomalies are more rarely seen structural pathologies...
March 31, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Dimitri Poddighe, Gian Luigi Marseglia
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common cause of respiratory infections in children, but sometimes extra-pulmonary diseases can be observed. The immunological mechanisms involved in these extra-respiratory complications are unknown. Here, we report a small case series of Mycoplasma-related diseases including 5 children who developed: i) aseptic meningitis; ii) urticarial rash and pericardial effusion; iii) pleural effusion with severe eosinophilia; iv) Stevens-Johnson syndrome; v) multiform erythema. Interestingly, all children were moderately to highly atopic, as a common immunologic feature...
March 31, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Andrew Kesselman, Michael Bergen, Dimitre Stefanov, Rachelle Goldfisher, John Amodio
The use of noninvasive ultrasound examinations can potentially result in significant anxiety in the pediatric population. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of music during pediatric ultrasound examinations to reduce anxiety measured by heart rate. A total of 44 patients were recruited; 21 controls and 23 experimental. Each participant was randomized to either music or no music (control) after parental consent was obtained. Pulse oximeters were used to monitor heart rate at 15 second intervals for a total of 1 minute, with mean values calculated prior to entering the procedure room, during the middle of the procedure, and after the procedure was completed...
March 31, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Flávia G Saliba, Natanael S Adiwardana, Eliane U Uehara, Renata N Silvestre, Victor V Leite, Francisca T V Faleiros, Flávia H P Padovani, Juliana I F De Gobbi
This study was designed to correlate entertainment of clown-doctors (CD) activities on hospitalized children and aphysiological bio-marker. For this purpose we collected saliva samples and verified children satisfaction with these activities by using a visual analog scale (VAS). Children from 6 to 7 years-old, with diagnosis of any acute pathology, interned in the Pediatric Ward of the Botucatu Medical School Hospital (São Paulo, Brazil) were interviewed. Two groups were taken into consideration: lunchCD and dinnerCD...
March 31, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Margherita Mauro, Francesco Camoglio, Pierluigi Piccoli, Massimiliano De Bortoli, Rita Balter, Anna Pegoraro, Simone Cesaro
In patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), refractoriness to platelet transfusion has been associated with graft failure, delayed engraftment, early mortality and decreased overall survival. Therapeutic strategies include plasma exchange, immunoglobulins, rituximab, and splenectomy. We describe here three patients with refractoriness to platelet transfusion due to anti-human leukocyte antibodies who were splenectomized before HSCT (two cases) and after HSCT (one case) due to the lack of efficacy of other therapies...
March 31, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Nuno Ferreira, Elisa Proença, Cristina Godinho, Dulce Oliveira, Ana Guedes, Sara Morais, Carmen Carvalho
Hemophilia A is a X-linked hereditary condition that lead to decreased factor VIII activity, occurs mainly in males. Decreased factor VIII activity leads to increased risk of bleeding events. During neonatal period, diagnosis is made after post-partum bleeding complication or unexpected bleeding after medical procedures. Subgaleal hemorrhage during neonatal period is a rare, severe extracranial bleeding with high mortality and usually related to traumatic labor or coagulation disorders. Subgaleal hemorrhage complications result from massive bleeding...
December 9, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Hiroyuki Nagasawa, Kazuhiro Hirata
In this paper, we report a case of common pulmonary vein atresia, which is a very rare disease characterized by cyanosis, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. Reverse flow in the pulmonary artery at end-diastole as well as in the isthmus of the aorta from early systole to end-diastole detected by echocardiography were found to be specific features useful in diagnosing the disease.
December 9, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Masahiko Kimura
We observed late-onset rashes in patients with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis. Of 1028 patients with GAS pharyngitis, which was principally treated with amoxicillin, we evaluated those who developed a late-onset rash and excluded those with scarlet fever alone. Twenty-one patients developed a rash (2.0%, 95% confidence interval, 1.3-3.1%), 7 to 20 days (median, 8 days) after GAS pharyngitis onset. The rashes were characterized by maculopapules, which increased in size with coalescence and some developing into plaques, with a symmetrical distribution with a propensity for the extremities, including the palms and soles...
December 9, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Makoura Barro, Bintou Sanogo, Aimée S Kissou, Ad Bafa Ibrahim Ouattara, Boubacar Nacro
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a set of somatic, psychological, and behavioral abnormalities, which is caused by a deletion of several genes. Herein we report a 6 year-old boy, who presented with mental retardation and psychological disorders. The result of the first clinical examination was poor, since it didn't detect any dysmorphic feature which is a major component for the clinical diagnosis of WBS. Despite the multidisciplinary and the multicenter approaches used, the diagnosis of WBS (deletion of chromosome band 7q11...
December 9, 2015: Pediatric Reports
James M Robbins, Melissa D Bridges, Elizabeth M Childers, Roseanne M Harris, Pearl A McElfish
In response to recruitment difficulties experienced by the National Children's Study, alternatives to the door-to-door recruitment method were pilot tested. This report describes outcomes, successes, and challenges of recruiting women through prenatal care providers in Benton County, Arkansas, USA. Eligible women residing in 14 randomly selected geographic segments were recruited. Data were collected during pregnancy, at birth, and at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months postpartum. Participants were compared to non-enrolled eligible women through birth records...
September 28, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Sara Naramore, Faisal Aziz, Chandran Paul Alexander, Sosamma Methratta, Robert Cilley, Dorothy Rocourt
Chronic constipation is a common condition which may result in fecal impaction. A 13-year-old male with chronic constipation and encopresis presented with fecal impaction for three weeks. The impaction caused abdominal pain, distension, encopresis, and decreased oral intake. He was found in severe distress with non-pitting edema of his feet and ankles along with perineal edema. The pedal edema worsened after receiving a fluid bolus, so concern arose for venous compression or a thrombus. A Duplex Ultrasound demonstrated changes in the venous waveforms of the bilateral external iliac and common femoral veins without thrombosis...
September 28, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Francesco De Leonardis, Teresa Perillo, Giuseppe Giudice, Gianfranco Favia, Nicola Santoro
Mucormycosis is an uncommon but severe fungal infection, typically observed in immunocompromized patients. We report a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia complicated by rhino-oculo-cerebral mucormycosis in a pediatric patient. Combination lipid polyene-echinocandin therapy, along with surgical debridement appeared to be effective. Nevertheless, a severe relapse occurred during posaconazole prophylaxis; antifungal therapy, hemimaxillectomy and suspension of chemotherapy were performed. Although mucormycosis is a frequently lethal infection, prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment can be successful even in cases of relapse...
September 28, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Marta Loureiro, Filipa Reis, Brígida Robalo, Carla Pereira, Lurdes Sampaio
Primary adrenal insufficiency is defined by the impaired synthesis of adrenocortical hormones due to an intrinsic disease of the adrenal cortex. Determining its etiology is crucial to allow adequate long-term management and genetic counseling. We report the case of a male adolescent that presented in the neonatal period with adrenal crisis and received replacement therapy for primary adrenal insufficiency. During follow-up, adrenal hypoplasia congenita (AHC) was suspected given his persistently raised adrenocorticotropic hormone levels, with markedly low 17-OH progesterone and androstenedione levels...
September 28, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Serdar Aykan, Emrah Yuruk, Murat Tuken, Mustafa Zafer Temiz, Sule Ozsoy
Bladder cancer is the most common malignancy of urinary tract and the seventh most common cancer in men with the peak incidence in the sixth decade of life. Our knowledge about bladder tumors in pediatric age group mainly relies on case series. The reported cases are mostly low grade and non-muscle invasive. We herein present a case of a 17-year-old male with metastatic high-grade muscle-invasive bladder cancer who was presented with macroscopic hematuria and flank pain.
September 28, 2015: Pediatric Reports
Liladhar Kashyap, Abdulhameed Alsaheel, Rohan Walvekar, Lawrence Simon, Ricardo Gomez
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) usually presents as painless thyroid swelling. Painful pediatric HT is a rare condition with limited literature on pain management. We report a 15-year-old female who presented with 4 weeks history of fatigue, malaise and progressive, painful midline thyroid swelling. There was no difficulty in swallowing, no fever or recent upper respiratory infection symptoms. Exam was remarkable for diffusely enlarged, very tender, and non-nodular thyroid. Thyroid function tests, C-reactive protein, and complete blood count were normal...
September 28, 2015: Pediatric Reports
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