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early and late neonatal death

Cecilia Kjellberg Olofsson, Håkan Berggren, Björn Söderberg, Jan Sunnegårdh
OBJECTIVES: This study presents short- and long-term follow-up after treatment for isolated valvular aortic stenosis in children with surgical valvotomy as the preferred 1st intervention. METHODS: All patients aged 0-18 years treated between 1994 and 2013 at our centre were reviewed regarding the mode of first treatment, mortality, reinterventions and the need for aortic valve replacement. RESULTS: A total of 113 patients were identified in local registries...
March 19, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
M H Zou, L Ma, Y S Xia, S C Yang, W D Chen, F Cao, X X Chen
Objective: To review the early and mid-term results of end-to-side anastomosis technique for interrupted aortic arch in neonates and infants. Methods: Clinic data of 46 patients were diagnosed as interrupted aortic arch in Department of Cardiac Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-six cases were neonates. The median age underwent surgery was 23 days (range: 2 days to 8 years). Anatomical subtypes included 36 cases of type A and 10 cases of type B...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Julia E Napier, Michael S Lund, Douglas L Armstrong, Denise McAloose
The Amur leopard ( Panthera pardus orientalis) is one of the most critically endangered leopards on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list. The primary objective of this retrospective study was to identify common and significant causes of morbidity and mortality in the North American Amur leopard zoo population. This information provides insights that contribute to their improved care, health, and medical management and, ultimately, affects the sustainability of this leopard subspecies in the wild...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Stiljan Hoxha, Riccardo Giuseppe Abbasciano, Camilla Sandrini, Lucia Rossetti, Tiziano Menon, Luca Barozzi, Daniele Linardi, Alessio Rungatscher, Giuseppe Faggian, Giovanni Battista Luciani
Aortic arch repair in newborns and infants has traditionally been accomplished using a period of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. To reduce neurologic and cardiac dysfunction related to circulatory arrest and myocardial ischemia during complex aortic arch surgery, an alternative and novel strategy for cerebro-myocardial protection was recently developed, where regional low-flow perfusion is combined with controlled and independent coronary perfusion. The aim of the present retrospective study was to assess short-term and mid-term results of selective and independent cerebro-myocardial perfusion in neonatal aortic arch surgery...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Pedro Hidalgo-Lopezosa, Ana Isabel Cobo-Cuenca, Juan Manuel Carmona-Torres, Patricia Luque-Carrillo, Pedro Manuel Rodríguez-Muñoz, María Aurora Rodríguez-Borrego
PURPOSE: Perinatal mortality has been decreasing in Europe thanks to a reduction in neonatal mortality. The causes of fetal mortality remain poorly studied. The objective was to determine the late fetal mortality rate in Spain in 2015 and the associated factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed using data regarding births in 2015 in Spain extracted from the National Institute of Statistics. Single births at 28 or more weeks of pregnancy were included...
February 21, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Jessie V Madden, Christopher J Flatley, Sailesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Small-for-gestational age (SGA) infants (birthweight <10th centile) are at increased risk of perinatal complications but are frequently not identified antenatally, particularly in low risk women delivering at term (>37 weeks gestation). This is compounded by the fact that late pregnancy ultrasound is not the norm in many jurisdictions for this cohort of women. We thus investigated the relationship between birthweight <10th centile and serious neonatal outcomes in low risk women at term...
February 17, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Christopher Flatley, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: In high-risk pregnancies combining the cerebro-placental ratio (CPR) with the estimated fetal weight (EFW) improves the identification of vulnerable fetuses. The purpose of this study was to assess the CPR and EFW's ability to predict adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes in a low-risk pregnancy, when measured late in gestation. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of women who birthed at Mater Mothers Hospitals, Brisbane, Australia between 2010 and 2015...
February 18, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Eva Sames-Dolzer, Elisabeth Wickenhauser, Michaela Kreuzer, Peter Benedikt, Roland Gitter, Christoph Prandstetter, Gregor Gierlinger, Gerald Tulzer, Rudolf Mair
OBJECTIVES: Patients with severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction often suffer from impaired left ventricular function, endocardial fibroelastosis and borderline-sized structures. The early Ross-Konno operation can offer complete repair due to outflow tract stenosis and enable the functional recovery and growth of small structures. METHODS: Between 2008 and March 2017, 44 early Ross-Konno procedures were performed at our centre. Thirty-five patients were neonates, and 9 were infants less than 3 months of age...
February 12, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Linnea Bärebring, Maria Bullarbo, Anna Glantz, Lena Hulthén, Joy Ellis, Åse Jagner, Inez Schoenmakers, Anna Winkvist, Hanna Augustin
BACKGROUND: We investigated the associations between vitamin D status in early and late pregnancy with neonatal small for gestational age (SGA), low birth weight (LBW) and preterm delivery. Furthermore, associations between vitamin D status and pregnancy loss were studied. METHODS: Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) was sampled in gestational week ≤ 16 (trimester 1 (T1), N = 2046) and > 31 (trimester 3 (T3), N = 1816) and analysed using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry...
February 13, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Tiziana Frusca, Tullia Todros, Christoph Lees, Caterina M Bilardo
BACKGROUND: Early-onset fetal growth restriction represents a particular dilemma in clinical management balancing the risk of iatrogenic prematurity with waiting for the fetus to gain more maturity, while being exposed to the risk of intrauterine death or the sequelae of acidosis. OBJECTIVE: The Trial of Umbilical and Fetal Flow in Europe was a European, multicenter, randomized trial aimed to determine according to which criteria delivery should be triggered in early fetal growth restriction...
February 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Enrico Cetrano, Matteo Trezzi, Aurelio Secinaro, Luca Di Chiara, Marilena Trozzi, Sergio Bottero, Angelo Polito, Adriano Carotti
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of postoperative respiratory failure after surgical tracheoplasty for congenital tracheal stenosis. METHODS: Between February 2011 and April 2017, 16 infants underwent congenital tracheal stenosis repair. Preoperative computed tomography evaluation of the trachea and mainstem bronchi was performed. The primary outcome was midterm freedom from postoperative respiratory failure defined as persistent need for mechanical ventilation or surgical tracheobronchial reoperation...
February 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Svetlana Dambaeva, Sylvia Schneiderman, Mukesh K Jaiswal, Varkha Agrawal, Gajendra Katara, Alice Gilman-Sachs, Emmet Hirsch, Kenneth D Beaman
Preterm birth is widespread and causes 35% of all neonatal deaths. Infants who survive face potential long-term complications. A major contributing factor of preterm birth is infection. We investigated the role of Interleukin 22 (IL22) as a potential clinically relevant cytokine during gestational infection. IL22 is an effector molecule secreted by immune cells. While the expression of IL22 was reported in normal non-pregnant endometrium and early pregnancy decidua, little is known about uterine IL22 expression during mid- or late gestational stages of pregnancy...
January 5, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Valsan P Verghese, Leonora Hendson, Ameeta Singh, Tamara Guenette, Jennifer Gratrix, Joan L Robinson
BACKGROUND: There are minimal neurodevelopmental follow-up data for infants exposed to syphilis in-utero. METHODS: This is an inception cohort study of infants exposed to syphilis in utero. We reviewed women with reactive syphilis serology in pregnancy or at delivery in Edmonton (Canada), 2002 through 2010 and describe the neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with and without congenital syphilis. RESULTS: There were 39 births to women with reactive syphilis serology, 9 of whom had late latent syphilis (n=4), stillbirths (n=2) or early neonatal deaths (n=3), leaving 30 survivors of which 11 with and 7 without congenital syphilis had neurodevelopmental assessment...
November 15, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Athina Pappas, Ira Adams-Chapman, Seetha Shankaran, Scott A McDonald, Barbara J Stoll, Abbot R Laptook, Waldemar A Carlo, Krisa P Van Meurs, Susan R Hintz, Martha D Carlson, Jane E Brumbaugh, Michele C Walsh, Myra H Wyckoff, Abhik Das, Rosemary D Higgins
Importance: Studies of cranial ultrasonography and early childhood outcomes among cohorts of extremely preterm neonates have linked periventricular-intraventricular hemorrhage and cystic periventricular leukomalacia with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. However, the association between nonhemorrhagic ventriculomegaly and neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomes is not fully understood. Objective: To characterize the outcomes of extremely preterm neonates younger than 27 weeks' gestational age who experienced nonhemorrhagic ventriculomegaly that was detected prior to 36 weeks' postmenstrual age...
January 1, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
Mohammed Monzoorul Haque, Mitali Merchant, Pinna Nishal Kumar, Anirban Dutta, Sharmila S Mande
Preterm birth is a leading cause of global neonate mortality. Hospitalization costs associated with preterm deliveries present a huge economic burden. Existing physical/biochemical markers for predicting preterm birth risk are mostly suited for application at mid/late pregnancy stages, thereby leaving very short time (between diagnosis and delivery) for adopting appropriate intervention strategies. Recent studies indicating correlations between pre/full-term delivery and the composition of vaginal microbiota in pregnant women have opened new diagnostic possibilities...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Abrar A Chughtai, Alex Y Wang, Lisa Hilder, Zhuoyang Li, Kei Lui, Cindy Farquhar, Elizabeth A Sullivan
STUDY QUESTION: Is perinatal mortality rate higher among births born following assisted reproductive technology (ART) compared to non-ART births? SUMMARY ANSWER: Overall perinatal mortality rates in ART births was higher compared to non-ART births, but gestational age-specific perinatal mortality rate of ART births was lower for very preterm and moderate to late preterm births. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Births born following ART are reported to have higher risk of adverse perinatal outcomes compared to non-ART births...
November 13, 2017: Human Reproduction
Louise B Russell, Sun-Young Kim, Ben Cosgriff, Sri Ram Pentakota, Stephanie J Schrag, Ajoke Sobanjo-Ter Meulen, Jennifer R Verani, Anushua Sinha
BACKGROUND: A maternal group B streptococcal (GBS) vaccine could prevent neonatal sepsis and meningitis. Its cost-effectiveness in low-income sub-Saharan Africa, a high burden region, is unknown. METHODS: We used a decision tree model, with Markov nodes to project infants' lifetimes, to compare maternal immunization delivered through routine antenatal care with no immunization. 37 countries were clustered on the basis of economic and health resources and past public health performance...
December 14, 2017: Vaccine
Anna C Seale, Fiorella Bianchi-Jassir, Neal J Russell, Maya Kohli-Lynch, Cally J Tann, Jenny Hall, Lola Madrid, Hannah Blencowe, Simon Cousens, Carol J Baker, Linda Bartlett, Clare Cutland, Michael G Gravett, Paul T Heath, Margaret Ip, Kirsty Le Doare, Shabir A Madhi, Craig E Rubens, Samir K Saha, Stephanie J Schrag, Ajoke Sobanjo-Ter Meulen, Johan Vekemans, Joy E Lawn
Background: We aimed to provide the first comprehensive estimates of the burden of group B Streptococcus (GBS), including invasive disease in pregnant and postpartum women, fetal infection/stillbirth, and infants. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis is the current mainstay of prevention, reducing early-onset infant disease in high-income contexts. Maternal GBS vaccines are in development. Methods: For 2015 live births, we used a compartmental model to estimate (1) exposure to maternal GBS colonization, (2) cases of infant invasive GBS disease, (3) deaths, and (4) disabilities...
November 6, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Lex W Doyle, Jeanie L Cheong, Richard A Ehrenkranz, Henry L Halliday
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia remains a major problem in neonatal intensive care units. Persistent inflammation in the lungs is the most likely underlying pathogenesis. Corticosteroids have been used to prevent or treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia because of their potent anti-inflammatory effects. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relative benefits and adverse effects of systemic postnatal corticosteroids commenced within the first seven days of life for preterm infants at risk of developing bronchopulmonary dysplasia...
October 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Federico Mariona, Marianne Burnett, Melody Zoma, Janice Blake, Hanna Khouri
INTRODUCTION: Conjoined twins are an infrequent occurrence in obstetric practice. Live-conjoined twins on a late preterm triplet pregnancy is an even rarer event. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to emphasize the critical importance of perinatal palliative care and non-directive parental counseling, informed decision making and respect for autonomy following full disclosure of findings, fetal life-limiting diagnosis, treatment alternatives, maternal-fetal potential complications, and most likely perinatal outcomes...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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