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Maria Jose Escalante, Jose Maria Ceriani-Cernadas, Ivonne D'Apremont, Aldo Bancalari, Veronica Webb, Larisa Genes, Luis Villarroel, Elizabeth Munoz, Jose L Tapia
OBJECTIVE: The main aim is to determine the incidence and associated factors of late onset sepsis (LOS) in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (500-1500 g), from the NEOCOSUR Network during years 2001-2013. Secondary objectives are to describe the microbiology of the first and second episode of LOS and to study the association between catheter dwell time and LOS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Demographic information and outcome data are prospectively and routinely collected across the Network using predefined diagnostic criteria and online data entry...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Yang Yang, Zhao-Lan Cao, Xiao-Yu Zhou, Xiao-Qing Chen, Jing-Jing Pan, Rui Cheng
OBJECTIVE: The diagnostic value of neutrophil / lymphocyte (N/L) ratio in the early diagnosis of neonatal necrotizing colitis (NEC) was evaluated. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. From the 103 NEC cases, the preterm infants were randomly recruited into this study, including NEC I 41 cases, NEC II 34 cases and NEC III 28 cases. The control group included 58 preterm infants without NEC. Routine clinical data and blood samples of all NEC patients were collected within 24 hours after the established diagnosis of NEC...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Bayardo Perez-Ordoñez
Primary neuroendocrine carcinomas (NECs) of the larynx and head and neck are an uncommon and heterogeneous group of neoplasms categorized by the 2017 WHO Classification of Head and Neck Tumors as: (a) well-differentiated (WD-NEC), (b) moderately-differentiated (MD-NEC), and (c) poorly-differentiated (PD-NEC) with small cell and large cell types. The classification incorporates elements of differentiation and grading and closely correlates to the 5-year disease specific survival of 100, 52.8, 19.3 and 15.3% for each diagnostic category...
March 20, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
Arnaud Jannin, Stéphanie Espiard, Kanza Benomar, Christine Do Cao, Bénédicte Mycinski, Henri Porte, Michèle D'Herbomez, Nicolas Penel, Marie-Christine Vantyghem
The purpose of this study was to analyse the characteristics of 6 patients managed in a university hospital between 1996 and 2016 for non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia (NICTH), a form of hypoglycaemia due to the paraneoplastic secretion of IGF-2 or its related substances. RESULTS: Three of these 6 patients (50%), aged over 69 years, including 2 with acromegaloid phenotype, presented with a pleural solitary fibrous tumor (SFT), with median diameter 20 cm (interquartile range, 12.5-20.5) with a low median SUV (3...
March 16, 2018: Annales D'endocrinologie
Benjamin D Reed, Kurt R Schibler, Hitesh Deshmukh, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, Ardythe L Morrow
OBJECTIVES: We examined the impact of prenatal exposure to maternal antibiotics on risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late onset sepsis (LOS), and death in infants born preterm. STUDY DESIGN: Secondary data analysis was conducted via an extant cohort of 580 infants born <32 weeks of gestation and enrolled in 3 level III neonatal intensive care units. Prenatal antibiotic exposure was defined as antibiotics received by the mother within 72 hours before delivery...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Ruru Guo, Yang Tu, Shaowei Xie, Xue Song Liu, Yang Song, Suli Wang, Xiaoxiang Chen, Liangjing Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are known to play an important role in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by triggering innate and adaptive immune responses. The molecular mechanisms responsible for their formation in SLE are still unclear. In this study, we aim to characterize the role of the receptor-interacting protein kinase-1 (RIPK1), a homologous serine/threonine kinase previously implicated in the regulation of necroptosis and tissue injury, in decreasing neutrophil death and formation of NETs, and to investigate the clinical implications of RIPK1 in SLE...
March 13, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Chengzhi Fang, Lili Xie, Chunmei Liu, Chunhua Fu, Wei Ye, Hong Liu, Binghong Zhang
Neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a severe acquired disease that predominantly affects the small intestine of neonates. NEC is caused by a combination of metabolic products, dysfunctions of the blood vessels, mucus and other unknown factors. Berberine may induce beneficial effects on necrotic and cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects on epithelial cells. In the present study, the therapeutic effects of berberine were investigated and the potential mechanisms by which it functions within a neonatal NEC mouse model were analyzed...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Lihua Li, Shaorong Zhang, Xunshuo Jiang, Yuehui Liu, Ke Liu, Chunping Yang
The present study aimed to explore the microRNA-let-7e (miR-let-7e) expression in allergic rhinitis (AR), and to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. miR-let-7e expression in the nasal mucosa of mice and patients with AR were detected. The expression levels of three inflammatory factors, including histamine, immunoglobulin E and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), in the blood of AR mice and in interleukin (IL)-13-stimulated nasal epithelial cells (NECs) were also measured. Furthermore, the target gene of miR-let-7e was predicted and validated using a luciferase reporter assay...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Tamas Jilling, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, C Michael Cotten, Colin A Martin, Akhil Maheshwari, Kurt Schibler, Joshua Levy, Grier P Page
BACKGROUND: Twin studies suggest that genetic factors may account for up to 50% increased risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), but genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for NEC are lacking. METHODS: Genotyping was done on Illumina BeadChip, followed by analysis using PLINK with logistic regression under an additive model. RESULTS: Among 751 extremely low birth weight (<1000 g, >401 g) neonates, 30 had surgical NEC. 261 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) showed association with NEC at P<0...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Liangli Hong, Ying Zhang, Zhaoyong Liu
Neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC) of the esophagus and gastric cardia is a rare tumor, and the Chaoshan region has one of the highest incidences of esophageal and gastric cardia cancer (GCC) worldwide. The aim of this study was to characterize the clinicopathologic features of esophageal NEC ( n = 67) and gastric cardia NEC ( n = 13) cases identified over a 9-year period in the Chaoshan region. Esophageal NECs were either purely NEC ( n = 47) or mixed with squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma ( n = 20). For GCC; pure NEC was found in 5 cases, whereas 8 cases were mixed with adenocarcinomas...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Annika Mutanen, Agostino Pierro, Augusto Zani
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating condition that mainly affects premature infants. Advanced cases of NEC require surgical treatment, which in up to 70% of infants is associated with significant perioperative morbidity including anastomosis- or enterostomy-related complications, sepsis, peritonitis, and wound infections. Moreover, the perioperative complications may compromise the long-term gastrointestinal and neurodevelopmental outcome of patients requiring surgery for NEC.
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Wei-Cheng Lu, Xu Zheng, Jin-Fu Liu, Wen-Chuan Wu, Xing-Yue Chen, Hai-Bo Wei, Chun-Lei Li, Ming-Jing Lin
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Bifidobacterium on the expression of β-defensin-2 (BD-2) in intestinal tissue of neonatal rats with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). METHODS: A total of 40 rats were randomly divided into four groups: normal control, Bifidobacterium control, NEC model, and Bifidobacterium treatment, with 10 rats in each group. A rat model of NEC was induced by hypoxia, cold stimulation, and artificial feeding. The rats in the Bifidobacterium control and Bifidobacterium treatment groups were given Bifidobacterium via the gastric tube after cold stimulation once a day for three consecutive days...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Ling-Rong Yang, Hua Li, Tong Zhang, Ru-Cui Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship of vitamin D level with the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants. METHODS: A total of 429 preterm infants with a gestational age of <36 weeks, who were admitted to the department of neonatology within 2 hours after birth between January and December, 2016, were enrolled in the study. According to whether these infants developed NEC, the 429 subjects were divided into NEC group (n=22) and non-NEC group (n=407)...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Ariel A Salas, Peng Li, Kelli Parks, Charitharth V Lal, Camilia R Martin, Waldemar A Carlo
Background: Due to insufficient evidence, extremely preterm infants (≤28 wk of gestation) rarely receive early progressive feeding (small increments of feeding volumes between 1 and 4 d after birth). We hypothesized that early progressive feeding increases the number of full enteral feeding days in the first month after birth. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility and efficacy of early progressive feeding in extremely preterm infants...
February 24, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
D Diaz-Aguilar, T Niu, S Terterov, R Scharnweber, A Tucker, J Woodard, H Brara, C Merna, H Shah, S Wang, S Rahman
Background: Neurenteric cysts (NECs) are rare developmental malformations of the central nervous system (CNS) which originate as benign congenital lesions. They originate from developmental foregut precursors, and are presumed to be the result of abnormal partitioning of the embryonic notochord plate. Such NECs predominantly arise in the cervical region in patients around 6 years of age or in their twenties or thirties. Notably, NECs of the conus medullaris are exceedingly rare, especially in patients of advanced age...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Michal Lusthaus, Niv Mazkereth, Natalie Donin, Zvi Fishelson
The complement system participates in the pathogenesis of many diseases. Complement activation produces several active protein complexes and peptides, including the terminal C5b-9 complexes. It was reported that C5b-9 complexes insert into the plasma membrane and cause membrane perturbation, intracellular calcium surge, metabolic depletion, and osmotic lysis. Previously, we showed that complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) is regulated by JNK and Bid. Here, we demonstrate that three mediators in TNFα-induced necroptosis (regulated necrosis), the receptor-interacting protein kinases, receptor-interacting protein kinase 1 (RIPK1) and receptor-interacting protein kinase 3 (RIPK3), and mixed-lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL), are activated by complement and contribute to CDC...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Patricio E Lau, Stephanie M Cruz, Elena C Ocampo, Sushma Nuthakki, Candace C Style, Timothy C Lee, David E Wesson, Oluyinka O Olutoye
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) who developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). METHODS: A retrospective review of neonates with CHD at a tertiary care center between January 2006 and January 2016 was performed. Diagnosis of NEC was based on modified Bell's criteria. Patients were grouped by Risk Adjustment for Congenital Heart Surgery (RACHS-1) or by ductal-dependent (DD) lesions that require a patent ductus arteriosus to supply pulmonary or systemic circulation...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Maryam Kashanian, Nooshin Eshraghi, Narges Sheikhansari, Arash Bordbar, Elahehsadat Khatami
The purpose of the present study was to compare the effect of a two-dose administration of betamethasone with 12 hours interval vs. 24 hours interval on neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). The study was performed as a randomised clinical trial on 201 pregnant women with a gestational age of 26-34 weeks. In one group 12 mg of betamethasone every 12 hours for two doses and in the other group 12 mg of betamethasone every 24 hours for two doses were prescribed intramuscularly. There were no significant differences between the two groups according to maternal age, parity, gravidity, BMI, neonatal sex, need to surfactant, NICU admission, NICU stay, neonatal death, neonatal sepsis and Apgar score at minutes 1 and 5, but the gestational age at the beginning of the study and delivery receiving complete course of betamethasone and neonatal weight were lower in 24 hours group...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Natasha L Lopez, Charitha Gowda, Carl H Backes, Deipanjan Nandi, Holly Miller-Tate, Samantha Fichtner, Robin Allen, Jamie Stewart, Clifford L Cua
INTRODUCTION: Neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) are at increased risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Initial hospital outcomes are well described, but minimal midterm data exist. Goal of this study was to compare outcomes of HLHS infants with NEC (HLHS-NEC) to HLHS without NEC (HLHS-nNEC) during the interstage period. METHODS: Data were reviewed from 55 centers using the NPC-QIC database. Case-control study with one HLHS-NEC matched to HLHS-nNEC neonates in a 1:3 ratio based on institutional site, type of surgical repair, and gestational age ±1 week was performed...
March 9, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Warapan Nakayuenyongsuk, Megan Christofferson, David K Stevenson, Karl Sylvester, Henry C Lee, K T Park
OBJECTIVE: To establish baseline trends in fecal calprotectin, a protein excreted into the stool when there is neutrophilic inflammation in the bowel, in infants at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). STUDY DESIGN: We performed a prospective observational cohort study in infants with a birth weight of <1500 g without existing bowel disease at a level IV neonatal intensive care unit from October 2015 to September 2016. Stools were collected once daily for 30 days or until 32 weeks postmenstrual age and processed using the Fecal Calprotectin High Range Quantitative Quantum Blue assay...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
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