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("Child" OR "Pediatric") AND "Head Trauma"

Felipe P Andrade, Roberto Montoro, Renan Oliveira, Gabriela Loures, Luana Flessak, Roberta Gross, Camille Donnabella, Andrea Puchnick, Lisa Suzuki, Rodrigo Regacini
OBJECTIVES: 1) To verify clinical signs correlated with appropriate cranial computed tomography scan indications and changes in the therapeutic approach in pediatric minor head trauma scenarios. 2) To estimate the radiation exposure of computed tomography scans with low dose protocols in the context of trauma and the additional associated risk. METHODS: Investigators reviewed the medical records of all children with minor head trauma, which was defined as a Glasgow coma scale ≥13 at the time of admission to the emergency room, who underwent computed tomography scans during the years of 2013 and 2014...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Paige A Culotta, James E Crowe, Quynh-Anh Tran, Jeremy Y Jones, Amy R Mehollin-Ray, H Brandon Tran, Marcella Donaruma-Kwoh, Cristina T Dodge, Elizabeth A Camp, Andrea T Cruz
BACKGROUND: Young children with suspected abusive head trauma often receive skull radiographs to evaluate for fractures as well as computed tomography (CT) of the head to assess for intracranial injury. Using a CT as the primary modality to evaluate both fracture and intracranial injury could reduce exposure to radiation without sacrificing performance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the sensitivity of CT head with (3-D) reconstruction compared to skull radiographs to identify skull fractures in children with suspected abusive head trauma...
October 15, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Ashley Blanchard, Keven I Cabrera, Nathan Kuppermann, Peter S Dayan
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine the prevalence of and adverse outcomes caused by pneumocephali in children with minor blunt head trauma who had no other intracranial injuries (ie, isolated pneumocephali). METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of a public use dataset from a multicenter prospective study of pediatric minor head trauma. We included children younger than 18 years with Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores of 14 or 15 and non-trivial mechanisms of injury who had cranial computed tomographies obtained...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Amy M DeLaroche, Helene Tigchelaar, Nirupama Kannikeswaran
BACKGROUND: Epistaxis is a common emergency department (ED) complaint; however, this entity is rare among children younger than 2 years of age. In this age group, epistaxis may be a presenting sign of a bleeding disorder or nonaccidental trauma. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a 2-month-old infant who was evaluated in the pediatric ED for epistaxis and discharged home. The infant returned 2 days later with facial swelling and irritability, and was found to have significant head trauma...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Hakan Aylanç, Filiz Tütüncüler, Necdet Süt
BACKGROUND: This study was to determine whether pituitary dysfunction occurs after head trauma in children or not and which axis is affected more; to define the association of pituitary dysfunction with the severity of head trauma and duration time after the diagnosis of head trauma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 24 children who were diagnosed with head trauma were evaluated regarding pituitary dysfunction. In all cases, after 12 h fasting, serum cortisol, fT3, fT4, thyroid-stimulating hormone, prolactin, insulin-like growth factor-1, serum sodium, urine density, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, in female cases E2, in male cases, TT levels were determined...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Megan M Letson, Jennifer N Cooper, Katherine J Deans, Philip V Scribano, Kathi L Makoroff, Kenneth W Feldman, Rachel P Berger
Infants with minor abusive injuries are at risk for more serious abusive injury, including abusive head trauma (AHT). Our study objective was to determine if children with AHT had prior opportunities to detect abuse and to describe the opportunities. All AHT cases from 7/1/2009 to 12/31/2011 at four tertiary care children's hospitals were included. A prior opportunity was defined as prior evaluation by either a medical or child protective services (CPS) professional when the symptoms and/or referral could be consistent with abuse but the diagnosis was not made and/or an alternate explanation was given and accepted...
October 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Robert Zant, Michael Melter, Christian Doerfler, Felix Schlachetzki, Ernst-Michael Jung, Stefan Schilling, Juergen Kunkel
Internal carotid artery (ICA) dissections with associated stroke are rare events in infants. The usual pathomechanisms include direct trauma to the artery, blunt intraoral trauma, or child abuse. We describe the case of a 4-month-old male patient with ICA dissection and associated middle cerebral artery territory infarction associated with hyperextension/hyperrotation after a minor head injury. Upon treatment with anticoagulants, the patient showed significant improvement of the left-sided hemiparesis. Hemorrhagic transformation that presented shortly after middle cerebral artery infarction did not further increase under heparin treatment and prevented further embolism...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Rachel M Stanley, Michael D Johnson, Cheryl Vance, Lalit Bajaj, Lynn Babcock, Shireen Atabaki, Danny Thomas, Harold K Simon, Daniel M Cohen, Daniel Rubacalva, P David Adelson, Blake Bulloch, Alexander J Rogers, Prashant Mahajan, Jill Baren, Lois Lee, John Hoyle, Kimberly Quayle, T Charles Casper, J Michael Dean, Nathan Kuppermann
OBJECTIVES: In preparation for a clinical trial of therapeutic agents for children with moderate-to-severe blunt traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in emergency departments (EDs), we conducted this feasibility study to 1) determine the number and clinical characteristics of eligible children, 2) determine the timing of patient and guardian arrival to the ED, and 3) describe the heterogeneity of TBIs on computed tomography (CT) scans. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study at 16 EDs of children ≤ 18 years of age presenting with blunt head trauma and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores of 3-12...
September 12, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Kazuya Matsuo, Nobuyuki Akutsu, Kunitoshi Otsuka, Kazuki Yamamoto, Atsufumi Kawamura, Tatsuya Nagashima
PURPOSE: Various treatment modalities have been used in the management of chronic subdural hematoma and subdural hygroma (CSDH/SDHy) in children. However, few studies have examined burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage in such cases. Here, we retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy in children under 2 years old. We also aimed to determine the predictors of CSDH/SDHy recurrence. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 25 children under 2 years old who underwent burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy at a pediatric teaching hospital over a 10-year period...
September 9, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Ahmet Küçük, Abdulfettah Tümtürk
AIM: Television tip overs and head traumas in children showed an increase in the recent years in Turkey and throughout the World. In this study, the injury types, the surgical interventions and the children exposed to head trauma due to an accident caused by a falling television were investigated retrospectively. Some cautions were suggested in order to prevent these injuries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study, the gender, age, Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, radiologic findings, the need for intensive care unit, the period spent in the hospital, the applied surgical treatments, the accompanied treatment and pathology of 36 children's case treated in the neurosurgery department of the Erciyes University School of Medicine were evaluated...
April 26, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
P-A Beuriat, A Szathmari, B Grassiot, F Di Rocco, C Mottolese
INTRODUCTION: The use of an autologous bone graft to repair a cranial bone defect is sometimes impossible in pediatric cases. CUSTOMBONE(®) made with hydroxyapatite is a good alternative in these indications for neurosurgeons. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We present a pediatric series of 19 children who benefited from a cranioplasty using CUSTOMBONE(®). Their ages ranged between 8 months and 13 years with a mean of 6 years and 2 months. The most frequent indication was a cranioplasty after a post-traumatic decompressive craniectomy...
August 17, 2016: Neuro-Chirurgie
Stephen S Ttendo, Adam Was, Mark A Preston, Emmanuel Munyarugero, Vanessa B Kerry, Paul G Firth
BACKGROUND: We describe delivery and outcomes of critical care at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, a Ugandan secondary referral hospital serving a large, widely dispersed rural population. METHODS: Retrospective observational study of ICU admissions was performed from January 2008 to December 2011. RESULTS: Of 431 admissions, 239 (55.4 %) were female, and 142 (33.2 %) were children (<18 years). The median length of stay was 2 (IQR 1-4) days, with 365 patients (85 %) staying less than 8 days...
August 9, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Olcay Ünver, Gazanfer Ekinci, Büşra Işın Kutlubay, Thomas Gülten, Sağer Güneş, Nilüfer Eldeş Hacıfazlıoğlu, Dilşad Türkdoğan
AIM: We aimed to evaluate the patients who were followed up in our clinic with a diagnosis of cerebral sinovenous thrombosis in terms of age, sex, clinical findings, etiology, thrombophilic factors, imaging findings, treatment and prognosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The files of 11 patients who were followed up in our pediatric neurology clinic with a diagnosis of cerebral thrombosis between 1 December 2010 and 31 December 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: Seven of 11 patients were male (63...
June 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
F Lorton, C Poullaouec, E Legallais, J Simon-Pimmel, M A Chêne, H Leroy, M Roy, E Launay, C Gras-Le Guen
BACKGROUND: To date, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) rule for identifying children who are at very low risk of clinically-important traumatic brain injuries after minor head trauma has not been validated prospectively in an independent population. Our goal was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of the PECARN clinical decision rule in a French pediatric population in multiple clinical settings. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, prospective, non-interventional cohort study of patients with minor head trauma who presented to three emergency departments in France...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Michael G Tunik, Elizabeth C Powell, Prashant Mahajan, Jeff E Schunk, Elizabeth Jacobs, Michelle Miskin, Sally Jo Zuspan, Sandra Wootton-Gorges, Shireen M Atabaki, John D Hoyle, James F Holmes, Peter S Dayan, Nathan Kuppermann
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We describe presentations and outcomes of children with basilar skull fractures in the emergency department (ED) after blunt head trauma. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of an observational cohort of children with blunt head trauma. Basilar skull fracture was defined as physical examination signs of basilar skull fracture without basilar skull fracture on computed tomography (CT), or basilar skull fracture on CT regardless of physical examination signs of basilar skull fracture...
October 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Brian S Payne, Timothy J Kutz, Ann Di Maio, James M Gerard
BACKGROUND: Fractures are a frequent reason for emergency department visits and evaluation for abusive head trauma is an associated concern in infants. Recent guidelines have suggested that retinal examination may not be necessary in the absence of intracranial injury, but there is a lack of empirical evidence in infants < 1 year of age. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence of retinal hemorrhages in infants with isolated long bone fractures. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of infants < 1 year of age who presented to an urban, tertiary care pediatric hospital between January 2004 and April 2014 with the diagnosis of an acute long bone fracture or retinal hemorrhages...
October 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sandeep K Narang, Cynthia Estrada, Sarah Greenberg, Daniel Lindberg
OBJECTIVE: To assess the current general acceptance within the medical community of shaken baby syndrome (SBS), abusive head trauma (AHT), and several alternative explanations for findings commonly seen in abused children. STUDY DESIGN: This was a survey of physicians frequently involved in the evaluation of injured children at 10 leading children's hospitals. Physicians were asked to estimate the likelihood that subdural hematoma, severe retinal hemorrhages, and coma or death would result from several proposed mechanisms...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Kevin F Yee, Andrew M Walker, Elaine Gilfoyle
Objective. There is increasing evidence of adverse outcomes associated with blood transfusions for adult traumatic brain injury patients. However, current evidence suggests that pediatric traumatic brain injury patients may respond to blood transfusions differently on a vascular level. This study examined the influence of blood transfusions and anemia on the outcome of pediatric traumatic brain injury patients. Design. A retrospective cohort analysis of severe pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients was undertaken to investigate the association between blood transfusions and anemia on patient outcomes...
2016: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
Adi Reuveni-Salzman, Guy Rosenthal, Oded Poznanski, Yigal Shoshan, Mony Benifla
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of skull fractures after mild head trauma is 2 % in children of all ages and 11 % in children younger than 2 years. The current standard management for a child diagnosed with an isolated skull fracture (ISF), in our institute, is hospitalization for a 24-h observation period. Based on data from the literature, less than 1 % of all minor head injuries require neurosurgical intervention. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the risk of neurological deterioration of ISF cases, in order to assess the need for hospitalization...
September 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dorota Lewartowska-Nyga, Grażyna Skotnicka-Klonowicz
Head injuries in children, especially minor head injuries, still constitute a important diagnostic and therapeutic problem. Despite progress in medical sciences, there is no definition of minor head injury or standards of the management of children with a minor head injury. In consequence, the diagnostic procedure in the child who does not show any signs of central nervous system damage as a result of head injury is individual and depends on the experience and knowledge of the aid provider and as well as procedures established in a given ward...
April 2016: Developmental Period Medicine
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