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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...
March 15, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140755/when-one-knows-a-fetus-is-expected-to-die-palliative-care-in-the-context-of-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-malformations
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Taisa Rocha Catania, Lisandra Stein Bernardes, Glaucia Rosana Guerra Benute, Maria Augusta Bento Cicaroni Gibeli, Nathalia Bertolassi do Nascimento, Tercilia Virginia Aparecida Barbosa, Vera Lucia Jornada Krebs, Rossana P V Francisco
BACKGROUND: Fetal malformations occur in 2% of gestations and are the fifth most common cause of neonatal death in the world. In many cases, fetal malformations result in neonatal death or long stay in intensive care facilities. Families that continue the pregnancy in such a situation need to make choices and cope with an overwhelming number of potential issues. Palliative care starting at the prenatal period is a growing field that allows the entire family to prepare for this difficult situation...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116951/neonatal-respiratory-failure-caused-by-congenital-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
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Katie M Satrom, Rachel A Phelan, Christopher L Moertel, H Brent Clark, Dana E Johnson, Thomas N George
The authors present a case of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma presenting in a newborn with stridor and respiratory distress that progressed to respiratory failure. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed findings compatible with the diagnosis of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The family pursued palliative care and postmortem examination confirmed WHO grade III astrocytoma.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112059/feeding-difficulties-in-neonates-following-cardiac-surgery-determinants-of-prolonged-feeding-tube-use
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Elissa B McKean, Nadine A Kasparian, Shweta Batra, Gary F Sholler, David S Winlaw, Jacqueline Dalby-Payne
Aim The aims of this study were to examine the prevalence and potential correlates of feeding difficulties in infants who underwent cardiac surgery in the neonatal period and to investigate resource utilisation by infants with feeding difficulties. METHODS: All neonates who underwent their first cardiac surgery at the Heart Centre for Children, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, between January and December, 2009 were included. Demographic, preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative data were collected via electronic medical records...
January 23, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100120/hybrid-stage-i-procedure-as-initial-palliation-for-neonate-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-and-right-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Draginja Cvetkovic, Joseph Giamelli, Michael Lyew, Markus Erb, Suvro Sett, Youmna DiStefano
During the past decade, a hybrid procedure has emerged and dramatically evolved as an alternative stage I palliation to the conventional Norwood procedure in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). The hybrid approach avoids the need for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) utilizing stenting of the arterial duct and bilateral pulmonary artery banding. Cerebral and coronary perfusion pressure is maintained, and the pulmonary vasculature is protected from higher systemic pressure. Elimination of risks associated with CPB gains vital time to stabilize the patient and correct coexisting noncardiac anomalies and allows growth in preparation for the later stages of the Fontan pathway...
January 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093463/bidirectional-cavopulmonary-anastomosis-with-additional-pulmonary-blood-flow-good-or-bad-pre-fontan-strategy
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Nataliya R Nichay, Yuriy N Gorbatykh, Igor A Kornilov, Ilya A Soynov, Sergey M Ivantsov, Artem V Gorbatykh, Dmitriy N Ponomarev, Alexander V Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander M Karaskov
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the influence of preserved additional pulmonary blood flow (APBF) on survival after bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt (BCPS) and completion of Fontan circulation. METHODS: From March 2003 and April 2015, 156 patients with a single ventricle underwent BCPS. After performing propensity score analysis (1:1) for the entire sample, 50 patients with APBF (APBF group) were matched with 50 patients without APBF (no-APBF group). RESULTS: Age (P = 0...
January 15, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092282/neonatal-palliative-care
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Elvira Parravicini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A significant number of newborns are affected by life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. When prolongation of survival is no longer a goal, or prognosis is uncertain, a plan of care focused on the infant's comfort is essential. The aim of this article is to review the most recent and relevant literature regarding neonatal palliative care (NPC). RECENT FINDINGS: A variety of perinatal and NPC programs are described, but most programs focus exclusively on end-of-life care...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077181/at-what-age-should-tetralogy-of-fallot-be-corrected
#18
Julien I E Hoffman
Tetralogy of Fallot can be corrected with very low mortality at any age, even in neonates, but this does not necessarily mean that it should be corrected in the neonatal period. Although there are many advantages to early correction, a high proportion of these neonates have residual stenosis or pulmonary regurgitation that impairs ventricular function and may require further surgery or implantation of a pulmonary valve. Before we had the ability to correct this anomaly with low mortality in small children, a variety of palliative procedures had to be performed...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041869/-palliative-care-after-neonatal-intensive-care-contributions-of-leonetti-law-and-remaining-challenges
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P Kuhn, L Dillenseger, N Cojean, B Escande, C Zores, D Astruc
The 2005 enactment of the "Patients' rights and end-of-life care" act, known as the Leonetti law, has been accompanied by practical changes in the processes of withdrawal and withholding of active life-sustaining treatments. This law has also promoted the implementation of palliative care in perinatal medicine to avoid unreasonable therapeutic interventions and to preserve the dying patient's quality of life and human dignity. Recently, a new law has been voted by the French National Assembly and new reflections on the ethical aspects of the end of life in neonatal medicine should resume again within the French Society of Neonatology in the working group on ethical issues in neonatology...
February 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029339/long-term-outcomes-of-single-ventricle-palliation-for-unbalanced-atrioventricular-septal-defects-fontan-survivors-do-better-than-previously-thought
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Edward Buratto, Xin Tao Ye, Gregory King, William Y Shi, Robert G Weintraub, Yves d'Udekem, Christian P Brizard, Igor E Konstantinov
BACKGROUND: Single-ventricle palliation (SVP) for children with unbalanced atrioventricular septal defect (uAVSD) is thought to carry a poor prognosis, but limited data have been reported. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of children with uAVSD who underwent SVP at a single institution. Data were obtained from medical records and correspondence with general practitioners and cardiologists. RESULTS: Between 1976 and 2016, a total of 139 patients underwent SVP for uAVSD...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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