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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434546/surgical-strategy-toward-biventricular-repair-for-severe-ebstein-anomaly-in-neonates-and-infancy
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Shu-Chien Huang, En-Ting Wu, Shyh-Jye Chen, Chi-Hsiang Huang, Jin-Chung Shih, Hen-Wen Chou, Chung-I Chang, Ing-Sh Chiu, Yih-Sharng Chen
BACKGROUND: Neonates with severe forms of Ebstein anomaly present a surgical challenge, and the Starnes operation as single ventricle palliation is highly advocated. Cone reconstruction for tricuspid valvuloplasty (TVP) has become a widely accepted technique, although very few cases of TVP have been reported in neonates. This report describes a surgical strategy for neonatal Ebstein anomaly, with an aim toward biventricular repair. METHODS: Since 2007, 7 neonates or young infants with severe Ebstein anomalies have received TVP at the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419229/non-invasive-assessment-of-cerebral-oxygen-metabolism-following-surgery-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Felix Neunhoeffer, Katharina Sandner, Milena Wiest, Christoph Haller, Hanna Renk, Matthias Kumpf, Christian Schlensak, Michael Hofbeck
OBJECTIVES: Cerebral protection is a major issue in the treatment of infants with complex congenital heart disease. We tested a new device combining tissue spectrometry and laser Doppler flowmetry for non-invasive determination of cerebral oxygen metabolism following cardiac surgery in infants. METHODS: We prospectively measured regional cerebral oxygen saturation cSO 2 and microperfusion (rcFlow) in 43 infants 12-24 h following corrective ( n  = 30) or palliative surgery ( n  = 13) of congenital heart defects...
April 16, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416424/-first-requests-for-a-regional-pediatric-palliative-care-team-a-prospective-and-observational-study
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L Marty, F Bernard, M Pierre, S Bringuier-Branchereau, N Sirvent, A Ribrault
INTRODUCTION: In France, 26 regional pediatric palliative care teams (ERRSPP) were created between 2008 and 2012. We conducted the first prospective French study to describe the main specifications of the initial contact with an ERRSPP and to analyze the responses given. DESIGN AND METHODS: All the requests for interventions on the part of the ERRSPP were collected between September 2013 and September 2014. We prospectively completed a questionnaire on the patient's clinical and demographic data (age, sex, disease), details regarding the request (type of applicant, unit's specialty, request pattern), and the answers provided (interval between diagnosis and request, duration of care by ERRSPP, death, changes compared to the initial request)...
April 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413896/congenital-malformations-palliative-care-and-postnatal-redirection-to-more-intensive-treatment-a-review-at-a-swiss-tertiary-center
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Ulrich Pfeifer, Deborah Gubler, Eva Bergstraesser, Dirk Bassler
PURPOSE: The so-called lethal malformations pose ethical challenges. Most affected fetuses die before or at birth. Live-born neonates commonly receive palliative care. If the postnatal course is better than expected, redirection towards more treatment may occur. We aimed to analyze this in a Swiss patient cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over 6 years, fetal malformation was suspected in 1113 cases. We identified patients prenatally assigned to palliative care, assessed pre- and postnatal diagnoses, and outcomes...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391520/neonatal-repair-of-left-atrial-diverticulum-with-gigantic-thrombus-without-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Akihiko Higashida, Takaya Hoashi, Heima Sakaguchi, Hajime Ichikawa
A 5-day-old neonate with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic aortic arch, large apical muscular ventricular septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus developed pulmonary over-circulation and systemic hypoperfusion underwent bilateral pulmonary artery banding through median sternotomy as a part of hybrid stage I palliation. At operation, left atrial diverticulum with gigantic thrombus formation at the base of the left atrial appendage was incidentally detected by intraoperative direct echocardiography, and therefore, was successfully resected with the whole thrombus inside it without use of cardiopulmonary bypass...
April 8, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390923/ethical-considerations-in-perinatal-palliative-care
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Joana Mendes, Jesse Wool, Charlotte Wool
Clinicians may face new ethical considerations when parents continue pregnancies after receiving life-limiting fetal diagnoses and desire palliative care. In this article we present four ethical considerations in perinatal palliative care: ambiguous terminology in relation to diagnosis or prognosis, differences between bereavement support and palliative care, neonatal organ donation, and postdeath cooling. In this article, we enable readers to consider current topics from different perspectives and reflect on care when confronted with sensitive clinical scenarios...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358379/children-s-outcomes-at-2-year-follow-up-after-4-years-of-structured-multi-professional-medical-ethical-decision-making-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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J C de Boer, L Gennissen, M Williams, M van Dijk, D Tibboel, I Reiss, S Naghib, J Sol
OBJECTIVE: We reviewed our decisions about continuation/withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments in a group of critically ill newborns who were discussed in structured medical ethical decision-making meetings, and provide the surviving children's outcomes at 2-year follow-up. STUDY DESIGN: In an explorative observational study, 61 cases were evaluated. The children involved had been discussed in such a structured way from 2009 to 2012 in a level III-D neonatal intensive care unit...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330522/passive-range-of-motion-exercise-to-enhance-growth-in-infants-following-the-norwood-procedure-a-safety-and-feasibility-trial
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Linda M Lambert, Felicia L Trachtenberg, Victoria L Pemberton, Janine Wood, Shelley Andreas, Robin Schlosser, Teresa Barnard, Kaitlyn Daniels, Ann T Harrington, Nicholas Dagincourt, Thomas A Miller
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a passive range of motion exercise programme for infants with CHD. Study design This non-randomised pilot study enrolled 20 neonates following Stage I palliation for single-ventricle physiology. Trained physical therapists administered standardised 15-20-minute passive range of motion protocol, for up to 21 days or until hospital discharge. Safety assessments included vital signs measured before, during, and after the exercise as well as adverse events recorded through the pre-Stage II follow-up...
March 23, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329111/hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-novel-surgical-strategy-for-small-volume-centres
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Margaux Pontailler, Régis Gaudin, Marien Lenoir, Ayman Haydar, Diala Kraiche, Damien Bonnet, Pascal Vouhé, Olivier Raisky
OBJECTIVES: We describe in a prospective study, a novel surgical technique for the management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome inspired by the hybrid Norwood approach. METHODS: This new neonatal palliation comprises replacement of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and aortic arch plasty with a pulmonary homograft associated with the banding of both pulmonary arteries and atrial septectomy, under cardiopulmonary bypass without aortic clamping and cardioplegia...
May 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302741/cardiac-regeneration-lessons-from-development
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Francisco X Galdos, Yuxuan Guo, Sharon L Paige, Nathan J VanDusen, Sean M Wu, William T Pu
Palliative surgery for congenital heart disease has allowed patients with previously lethal heart malformations to survive and, in most cases, to thrive. However, these procedures often place pressure and volume loads on the heart, and over time, these chronic loads can cause heart failure. Current therapeutic options for initial surgery and chronic heart failure that results from failed palliation are limited, in part, by the mammalian heart's low inherent capacity to form new cardiomyocytes. Surmounting the heart regeneration barrier would transform the treatment of congenital, as well as acquired, heart disease and likewise would enable development of personalized, in vitro cardiac disease models...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293976/evolution-of-hybrid-interventions-for-congenital-heart-disease
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Hitesh Agrawal, Wail Alkashkari, Damien Kenny
Surgical and transcatheter interventions have seen a tremendous evolution in last three decades. Hybrid technology combines the achievements of both disciplines to bring substantial hemodynamic benefit to patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) in a minimally invasive manner. This collaboration between surgeons and interventionalists will continue to grow as the technology evolves to meet the demands of CHD patients, potentially avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass and vascular access complications as well as optimizing immediate technical outcomes with exit angiography...
April 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289851/withdrawal-of-artificial-nutrition-and-hydration-in-neonatal-intensive-care-parents-and-healthcare-practitioners-views
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Véronique Fournier, Elisabeth Belghiti, Laurence Brunet, Marta Spranzi
Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (WANH) in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has long been controversial. In France, the practice has become a legal option since 2005. But even though, the question remains as to what the stakeholders' experience is, and whether they consider it ethically appropriate. In order to contribute to the debate, we initiated a study in 2009 to evaluate parental and health care professionals (HCP) perspectives, after they experienced WAHN for a newborn. The study included 25 cases from 5 different clinical neonatology departments...
March 13, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281412/early-hybrid-approach-and-enteral-feeding-algorithm-could-reduce-the-incidence-of-necrotising-enterocolitis-in-neonates-with-ductus-dependent-systemic-circulation
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Lucia Manuri, Stefano Morelli, Salvatore Agati, Michele B Saitta, Lilia Oreto, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Enrico Iannace, Fiore S Iorio, Paolo Guccione
BACKGROUND: The reported incidence of necrotising enterocolitis in neonates with complex CHD with ductus-dependent systemic circulation ranges from 6.8 to 13% despite surgical treatment; the overall mortality is between 25 and 97%. The incidence of gastrointestinal complications after hybrid palliation for neonates with ductus-dependent systemic circulation still has to be defined, but seems comparable with that following the Norwood procedure. METHODS: We reviewed the incidence of gastrointestinal complications in a series of 42 consecutive neonates with ductus-dependent systemic circulation, who received early hybrid palliation associated with a standardised feeding protocol...
January 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268110/impaired-single-right-ventricular-function-compared-to-single-left-ventricles-during-the-early-stages-of-palliation-a-longitudinal-study
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Somjate Suntratonpipat, Nee S Khoo, Timothy Colen, Mohammed Alhabdan, Dongngan Troung, Norazah Zahari, Shelby Kutty, Jeffrey F Smallhorn, Edythe B Tham
BACKGROUND: Single right ventricles (SRV) are postulated to be disadvantaged compared with single left ventricles (SLV). We compared the evolution of SRV versus SLV function during infancy using conventional measures and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). We hypothesized that the SRV is mechanically disadvantaged during early infancy. METHODS: SRVs (n = 32) were compared with SLVs (n = 16) at the neonatal (presurgery) and pre-bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis (pre-BCPA) stages...
March 3, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266126/the-outcomes-of-31-cases-of-trisomy-13-diagnosed-in-utero-with-various-management-options
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Ken Takahashi, Aiko Sasaki, Seiji Wada, Yuka Wada, Keiko Tsukamoto, Rika Kosaki, Yushi Ito, Haruhiko Sago
There are few reports on the prognosis of prenatally diagnosed trisomy 13 in relation to postnatal management. The aim of this study was to report on the prenatal and postnatal outcomes and postnatal management of trisomy 13 fetuses that were prenatally diagnosed at our center between 2003 and 2015. The data were retrospectively reviewed from medical records. Of the 31 cases of trisomy 13, 12 patients were diagnosed before 22 weeks of gestation, and 19 were diagnosed at or after 22 weeks of gestation. Nine families opted for termination of the pregnancy, 14 fetuses died, and 8 were born alive...
March 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262296/duration-of-mechanical-ventilation-and-perioperative-care-quality-after-neonatal-cardiac-operations
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Joshua J Blinder, Ravi Thiagarajan, Kathryn Williams, Meena Nathan, John Mayer, Thomas J Kulik
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to determine whether the duration of mechanical ventilation (DOMV) could be used to benchmark the overall quality of care after neonatal congenital heart operations. METHODS: Children aged younger than 30 days undergoing cardiac operations were reviewed. Technical adequacy was assessed using the Technical Performance Score (TPS), a previously validated tool for determining the adequacy of a palliative or corrective surgical procedure that uses echocardiography criteria and need for unplanned reintervention to determine technical adequacy...
March 2, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255137/clinical-spectrum-of-children-receiving-palliative-care-in-malaysian-hospitals
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L A Chong, F Khalid, T B Khoo, S H Teh, G L Kuan, A M Aina Mariana, E Alias, C H Chieng, H Razali, G B Ong, S H Zainah, I N C Shukor, J J Wong
INTRODUCTION: Awareness for paediatric palliative care has resulted in the impetus for paediatrician-led palliative care services across Malaysia. However, there is paucity of local data on patients receiving hospital-based paediatric palliative care. We aim to review the clinical spectrum of patients referred to these services. METHODS: An observational study of children aged between 0-18 years receiving palliative care at 13 hospitals between 1st January and 31st December 2014 was carried out...
February 2017: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206733/end-of-life-decisions-in-34-slovene-intensive-care-units-a-nationwide-prospective-clinical-study
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Miha Orazem, Urh Groselj, Manca Stojan, Neza Majdic, Gaj Vidmar, Stefan Grosek
BACKGROUND: To determine how end-of-life decisions (EOLD) on limitations of life- sustaining treatment (LST) are made in three different types of intensive care units (ICUs) in Slovenia. METHODS: A national multicenter prospective study among 31 adult and three pediatric/neonatal ICUs (PICUs). The questionnaire form on EOLD was designed to assess the clinical practice. Data were collected between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013. For statistical analysis we used IBM® SPSS® Statistics 20 software package...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168999/palliative-care-approaches-to-neonates-with-chronic-respiratory-failure
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Nicolas F M Porta
Neonates with chronic respiratory failure have uncertain prognosis and can face significant treatment burden. As the trajectory of the illness becomes more concerning, consultation with a pediatric palliative service should be considered, especially as therapeutic options shift from standard to "innovative." Benefits include as follows: supporting emotionally conflicted providers and parents, maintaining transparency in determination of goals, and balancing medical progress with each individual patient's and family's best interests...
February 3, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162789/primary-palliative-care-in-neonatal-intensive-care
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Krishelle L Marc-Aurele, Nancy K English
This article explores the 2014 Institute of Medicine׳s recommendation concerning primary palliative care as integral to all neonates and their families in the intensive care setting. We review trends in neonatology and barriers to implementing palliative care in intensive care settings. Neonatal primary palliative care education should address the unique needs of neonates and their families. The neonatal intensive care unit needs a mixed model of palliative care, where the neonatal team provides primary palliative care and the palliative subspecialist consults for more complex or refractory situations that exceed the primary team׳s skills or available time...
February 2, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
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