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

Simone Langness, Erin Ward, Jonathan Halbach, Radhames Lizardo, Katherine Davenport, Stephen Bickler, Karen Kling, Hari Thangarajah, Julia Grabowski, Timothy Fairbanks
PURPOSE: Serum D-dimer has been proposed as a biomarker to aid in the diagnosis of pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). We investigated the accuracy of D-dimer in predicting the absence of TBI and evaluated the degree by which D-dimer could limit unnecessary computed tomography scans of the head (CTH). METHODS: Retrospective review of patients with suspected TBI from 2011 to 2013 who underwent evaluation with CTH and quantitative D-dimer. D-dimer levels were compared among patients with clinically-important TBI (ciTBI), TBI, isolated skull fracture and no injury...
April 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Adam Cameron, Mete Erdogan, Sara Lanteigne, Alexandra Hetherington, Robert S Green
BACKGROUND: Although trauma patients represent a large pool of potential organ donors (PODs), the donor conversion rates (DCRs) in this population are unclear. Our primary objective was to synthesize published evidence on DCRs in trauma patients. As a secondary objective, we investigated factors that affect organ donation (OD) in the trauma population. METHODS: We searched four electronic databases (PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Library) and grey literature for articles on OD in trauma patients (PROSPERO 2017: CRD42017070388)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Todd D Rozen
OBJECTIVE: To present results from the United States Cluster Headache Survey comparing the clinical presentation of tobacco nonexposed and tobacco-exposed cluster headache patients. BACKGROUND: Cluster headache is uniquely tied to a personal history of tobacco usage/cigarette smoking and, if the individual cluster headache sufferer did not smoke, it has been shown that their parent(s) typically did and that individual had significant secondary smoke exposure as a child...
March 14, 2018: Headache
Shaylan K Govind, Neil H Merritt
BACKGROUND: The objective of our study was to identify the most common mechanisms of injury leading to death in our pediatric population. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of fatally injured children 0-17 years old treated at our trauma center during 2000-2015. RESULTS: The mortality rate in our population was 8% (n = 103). Fifty-five percent were male. The majority (76%) of fatal injuries were blunt. Overall, motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) were the most common mechanism of injury (61%), followed by assault/abuse (9%)...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Geoffrey David Debelle, Sabine Maguire, Patrick Watts, Rosa Nieto Hernandez, Alison Mary Kemp
The Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) has recently published what they purported to be a systematic review of the literature on 'isolated traumatic shaking' in infants, concluding that 'there is limited evidence that the so-called triad (encephalopathy, subdural haemorrhage, retinal haemorrhage) and therefore its components can be associated with traumatic shaking'. This flawed report, from a national body, demands a robust response. The conclusions of the original report have the potential to undermine medico-legal practice...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Ramazan Giden, Mehmet T Gokdemir, Ozcan Erel, Hasan Buyukaslan, Hamza Karabag
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress may induce brain injury. Thiols are one of the most important antioxidant agents, and thiol/disulphide (SH/SS) homeo stasis is a novel oxidative stress marker. The goal of the study was to investigate the relationship of thiol levels and SH/SS homeostasis with head trauma in pediatric patients. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in 85 consecutive pediatric patients aged < 18 years with isolated head trauma and 58 age- and gender-matched healthy controls in the Emergency Department (ED)...
January 1, 2018: Clinical Laboratory
Ajit Sarnaik, Nikki Miller Ferguson, A M Iqbal O'Meara, Shruti Agrawal, Akash Deep, Sandra Buttram, Michael J Bell, Stephen R Wisniewski, James F Luther, Adam L Hartman, Monica S Vavilala
BACKGROUND: Although small series have suggested that younger age is associated with less favorable outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), confounders and biases have limited our understanding of this relationship. We hypothesized that there would be an association between age and mortality in children within an ongoing observational, cohort study. METHODS: The first 200 subjects from the Approaches and Decisions for Acute Pediatric TBI trial were eligible for this analysis (inclusion criteria: severe TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale [GCS] score ≤ 8], age 18 years, and intracranial pressure (ICP) monitor placed; exclusion: pregnancy)...
February 23, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Debora Lee Oh, Petra Jerman, Sara Silvério Marques, Kadiatou Koita, Sukhdip Kaur Purewal Boparai, Nadine Burke Harris, Monica Bucci
BACKGROUND: Early detection of and intervention in childhood adversity has powerful potential to improve the health and well-being of children. A systematic review was conducted to better understand the pediatric health outcomes associated with childhood adversity. METHODS: PubMed, PsycArticles, and CINAHL were searched for relevant articles. Longitudinal studies examining various adverse childhood experiences and biological health outcomes occurring prior to age 20 were selected...
February 23, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Amy L McIntosh, Christy M Christophersen
Motocross is a popular sport in which participants ride a two-wheeled, motorized vehicle on an uneven 2-km track with natural or human-made obstacles. Participants compete at high rates of speed, and children as young as age 4 years compete in age-appropriate groups. Motocross is recognized as a strenuous sport with a high accident rate. Most injuries are musculoskeletal in nature. The most commonly injured areas are the forearm, clavicle, femur, and tibia. Many injuries require surgical treatment. Some patients sustain head trauma with loss of consciousness...
March 1, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Sarah V Duzinski, Luis M Guevara, Amanda N Barczyk, Nilda M Garcia, Jane L Cassel, Karla A Lawson
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to evaluate participants' knowledge of and intent to share key messages of the Period of PURPLE Crying abusive head trauma prevention program among a majority Spanish-speaking population. METHODS: This study was a retrospective review of a postintervention survey administered in the perinatal unit of a community birthing hospital. Surveys were administered to mothers of newborns by perinatal nurses as part of routine process evaluation prior to hospital discharge between May 30, 2014, and May 15, 2015...
January 1, 2018: Hispanic Health Care International: the Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Stephen J Johans, Kevin N Swong, Daniel J Burkett, Michael P Wemhoff, Sean M Lew, Chirag R Patel, Anand V Germanwala
Superficial siderosis (SS) of the CNS is a rare and often unrecognized condition. Caused by hemosiderin deposition from chronic, repetitive hemorrhage in the subarachnoid space, it results in parenchymal damage in the subpial layers of the brain and spinal cord. T2-weighted MRI shows the characteristic hypointensity of hemosiderin deposition, classically occurring around the cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord. Patients present with progressive gait ataxia and sensorineural hearing impairment. Although there have been several studies, case reports, and review articles over the years, the clear pathophysiology of subarachnoid space hemorrhage remains to be elucidated...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Angeline Thomas, Els F M Dobbels, Priscilla E Springer, Christelle Ackermann, Mark F Cotton, Barbara Laughton
The first case of Glutaric aciduria Type 1(GA1) in an African child was reported in 2001. GA1 has a prevalence of 1:5000 in black South Africans. Although early diagnosis is essential for a favourable outcome, newborn screening is not routine in South Africa where an estimated 320,000 children have HIV infection. Neurodevelopmental delay and encephalopathy are complications of both HIV and GA1. In such a setting it is important to recognise that HIV and GA1 can occur simultaneously. We present an HIV-infected South African male child of Xhosa descent with macrocephaly who commenced combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) at 8 weeks of age in a clinical trial which included a neurodevelopmental sub-study...
February 9, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Iga N Gray, Ana G Cristancho, Daniel J Licht, Grant T Liu
A 5-year-old girl presented with acute, rapidly progressive encephalopathy following minor head trauma and was found to have ocular dipping. Her encephalopathy was secondary to a channelopathy caused by a CACNA1A mutation. This is the first reported case of ocular dipping in an encephalopathic child with CACNA1A-confirmed hemiplegic migraine. [J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2018;55:e4-e6.].
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Henry T Puls, James D Anderst, Jessica L Bettenhausen, Abbey Masonbrink, Jessica L Markham, Laura Plencner, Molly Krager, Matthew B Johnson, Jacqueline M Walker, Christopher S Greeley, Matthew Hall
OBJECTIVES: To compare rates of previous inpatient visits among children hospitalized with child physical abuse (CPA) with controls as well as between individual abuse types. METHODS: In this study, we used the Pediatric Health Information System administrative database of 44 children's hospitals. Children <6 years of age hospitalized with CPA between January 1, 2011, and September 30, 2015, were identified by discharge codes and propensity matched to accidental injury controls...
January 25, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
JongChan Ryu, Seong Jong Yun, Sun Hwa Lee, Yoon Hee Choi
OBJECTIVES: Facial bone fractures secondary to head trauma are more common in children than in adults. Recently, multidetector row computed tomography (CT) has been considered superior to conventional radiography. Some studies have reported that facial soft tissue injuries require both facial and brain CT and that brain CT is helpful in screening facial bone fractures. However, these studies included only adult patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of brain CT and the need for additional facial CT to detect facial bone fractures in emergency pediatrics...
January 23, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Mehmet Gencturk, Huseyin Gurkan Tore, David R Nascene, Lei Zhang, Yasemin Koksel, Alexander M McKinney
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Differentiating Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) from Non-abusive Head trauma (NAHT) has profound clinical prognostic and legal implications, as certain imaging findings can individually be more suggestive of NAHT, while others are more suggestive of AHT. This study was set out to evaluate for an association between the various imaging findings in AHT with outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Over 7-years, 55 children (age 0-4 years') with head trauma and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were included as either: abusive (n = 16), non-abusive (n = 35), or indeterminate (n = 4)...
January 23, 2018: Clinical Neuroradiology
Carolina de la Calva, Nadia Jover, Jaime Alonso, Marta Salom
INTRODUCTION: Although pelvic fractures in children are rare, because of anatomical differences between an adult's skeleton and a child's skeleton, these lesions in the pediatric population have specific characteristics that need to be borne in mind when dealing with them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on the pelvic fractures in skeletally immature patients treated in our hospital in the last 20 years. RESULTS: Eighty-one pelvic fractures in children were treated between 1993 and 2013...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Liviana Da Dalt, Niccolo' Parri, Angela Amigoni, Agostino Nocerino, Francesca Selmin, Renzo Manara, Paola Perretta, Maria Paola Vardeu, Silvia Bressan
OBJECTIVE: We aim to formulate evidence-based recommendations to assist physicians decision-making in the assessment and management of children younger than 16 years presenting to the emergency department (ED) following a blunt head trauma with no suspicion of non-accidental injury. METHODS: These guidelines were commissioned by the Italian Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and include a systematic review and analysis of the literature published since 2005...
January 15, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
An-Lun Wu, Lai-Chu See, Shao-Hsuan Hsia, Hui-Tzu Tu, Nan-Kai Wang, Jing-Long Huang, Yih-Shiou Hwang, Chi-Chun Lai, Wei-Chi Wu
PURPOSE: To report the clinical characteristics of abusive head trauma (AHT) in Taiwan and identify the risk factors associated with mortality of these patients. METHODS: Children with clinically diagnosed AHT from January 1, 2000, to October 31, 2015 were reviewed. The demographic data, clinical features, and associated retinal and radiologic findings were analyzed. The multivariable logistic regression model analysis was performed to identify the risk factors associated with in-hospital mortality...
January 4, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Adil Omer, Dana Haddad, Leszek Pisinski, Alan V Krauthamer
We report a case of absent pituitary infundibulum and ectopic neurohypophysis in a 4-year-old patient presenting clinically with hypopituitarism as well as heterotaxy syndrome complicated by global developmental delay and growth retardation. The clinical and laboratory workup of our patient suggested underlying hypopituitarism related to either congenital or acquired pathology, necessitating MRI to distinguish between them. We explain the various structural causes of hypopituitarism and detail how to predict the MRI findings and treatment, based on a fundamental understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology of the hypothalamic pituitary axis and distinguishing anterior versus posterior pituitary hormone derangements...
September 2017: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
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