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Pediatric Echocardiography

Ahmad S Azhar
OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and effectiveness of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in monitoring transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), in comparison with conventional technique using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).  Methods: A retrospective review of all cases of transcatheter closure of isolated ostium secundum ASDs operated from 2005 to 2015, at the Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Department, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Ana L Neves, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, Adelino Leite-Moreira, José C Areias
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to evaluate the clinical utility of brain natriuretic peptide in pediatric patients, examining the diagnostic value, management, and prognostic relevance, by critical assessment of the literature. DATA SOURCES: In December 2015, a literature search was performed (PubMed access to MEDLINE citations; and included these Medical Subject Headings and text terms for the key words: "brain natriuretic peptide," "amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide," "children," "neonate/s," "newborn/s," "infant/s," and "echocardiography...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Suma P Goudar, G Hamilton Baker, Shahryar M Chowdhury, Kimberly J Reid, Girish Shirali, Mark A Scheurer
BACKGROUND: Adult studies demonstrate that echocardiographic measurements of cardiac function using speckle tracking correlate with invasive measurements, but such data in the pediatric population are sparse. Our aim was to compare speckle-derived measures of cardiac function to measurements routinely obtained by cardiac catheterization in children. METHODS: Echocardiograms were performed on the day of cardiac catheterization. Using Tomtec 2D Cardiac Performance Analysis, longitudinal strain (LS), longitudinal strain rate (LSR), early diastolic LSR, and ejection fraction (EF) for the right and left ventricle (RV and LV) were calculated via speckle tracking...
October 14, 2016: Echocardiography
Yohei Akazawa, Noriko Motoki, Akira Tada, Shoko Yamazaki, Akira Hachiya, Satoshi Matsuzaki, Motoko Kamiya, Tomohiko Nakamura, Tomoki Kosho, Yuji Inaba
BACKGROUND: The characteristics of aortic elasticity are unclear in children with connective tissue disorders (CTDs) such as Marfan syndrome (MFS) and Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS), especially in those with a non-dilated aortic root (AoR). This study evaluated the aortic elasticity properties of pediatric MFS and LDS patients with either dilated or non-dilated AoR.Methods and Results:The 31 children with MFS or LDS were classified into dilated (Z score of AoR diameter ≥2.5; n=17) or non-dilated (Z score of AoR diameter <2...
October 13, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Jara E Jonker, Eryn T Liem, Nynke J Elzenga, Bouwe Molenbuur, Monika Trzpis, Paul M A Broens
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of congenital heart defects (CHDs) in patients with mild or severe congenital anorectal malformations (CARMs), and whether all patients with CARM need pediatric cardiology screening. STUDY DESIGN: We included 129 patients with CARM born between 2004 and 2013, and referred to University Medical Center Groningen. Recto-perineal and recto-vestibular fistulas were classified as mild CARMs, all others as severe. Significant patent foramen ovale, secundum atrial septal defect, and small ventricular septum defect were classified as minor CHDs, all others as major...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Basil Vasilios D Thanopoulos, Vlassis Ninios, Petros Dardas, Andreas Giannopoulos, Dan Deleanou, Silvia Iancovici
The standard technique of catheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) may be associated with arterial complications particularly in small pediatric patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether catheter closure of PDA in small children using an exclusive venous approach is a safe and effective alternative to closure with the standard technique. One hundred-twelve patients, aged 2 to 24 months, were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to catheter closure of PDA using the standard technique (group 1) and an exclusive venous approach (group 2), respectively...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Patricia E Thomas, Scott L Macicek
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has been used to manage supraventricular arrhythmia in children since 1990. This article reviews the history of catheter ablation used to treat arrhythmia in children and discusses new frontiers in the field. We also address ablation in adult patients with a history of congenital heart disease (CHD) that was diagnosed and initially treated in childhood. METHODS: We conducted an evidence-based literature review to gather available data on ablation for supraventricular tachycardia in children and adult patients with CHD...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Guang Song, Jing Zhang, Weidong Ren, Ying Li, Ke Zhou
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is a rare cardiac anomaly. Application of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is not fully illustrated in pediatric period. Meanwhile, the treatment strategy of CAF is still a controversial issue. CASE PRESENTATION: Five cases of CAF with different types were presented. We also retrospectively reviewed 32 records of CAF in our institution from May 2001 to January 2015, including cardiac murmurs, symptoms, TTE diagnoses, complications, other anomalies, treatment and outcome...
2016: SpringerPlus
Giuseppe Di Gioia, Antonio Creta, Cosimo Marco Campanale, Mario Fittipaldi, Riccardo Giorgino, Fabio Quintarelli, Umberto Satriano, Alessandro Cruciani, Vincenzo Antinolfi, Stefano Di Berardino, Davide Costanzo, Ranieri Bettini, Giuseppe Mangiameli, Marco Caricato, Giovanni Mottini
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a marker of pediatric hypertension and predicts development of cardiovascular events. Electrocardiography (ECG) screening is used in pediatrics to detect LVH thanks to major accessibility, reproducibility and easy to use compared to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), that remains the standard technique. Several diseases were previously investigated, but no data exists regarding our study population. The aim of our study was to evaluate the relationship between electrocardiographic and echocardiographic criteria of LVH in normotensive African children...
2016: PeerJ
Anupama Nair, S Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the referral pattern for fetal echocardiography (FE) at our tertiary referral center for pediatric cardiac care in northern India. We also aimed to determine the incidence of CHD in each group and intend to highlight the need of identifying the various risk factors and appropriate timely referral of patients for detailed evaluation. METHODS: This is a prospective study including 201 consecutive patients referred for fetal echo to our center...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Pascal Amedro, Camille Soulatges, Alain Fraisse
We report a case of late infective endocarditis in an 8-year-old boy 3 years after transcatheter closure of an atrial septal defect with the Amplatzer Atrial Septal Occluder Device. Echocardiography showed a very thick pannus lining the left atrial disc of the prosthesis, with some mobile elements. MRI showed several cerebral microemboli. The patient had dental caries and blood cultures found Staphylococcus aureus. Patient was treated with gentamicin and oxacillin before surgical removal of the prosthesis...
September 19, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Rachael W Quinn, Arthur A Bert, Gabriel L Converse, Eric E Buse, Stephen L Hilbert, William B Drake, Richard A Hopkins
BACKGROUND: Cardiac allometric organ growth after pediatric valve replacement can lead to patient-prosthesis size mismatch and valve re-replacement, which could be mitigated with allogeneic decellularized pulmonary valves treated with collagen conditioning solutions to enhance biological and mechanical performance, termed "bioengineered valves." In this study, we evaluated functional, dimensional, and biological responses of these bioengineered valves compared with traditional cryopreserved valves implanted in lambs during rapid somatic growth...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Ritu Sachdeva, Pamela S Douglas, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Benjamin W Eidem, Oscar J Benavidez, Rory B Weiner, Elizabeth Welch, Robert M Campbell, Wyman W Lai
Pediatric appropriate use criteria (AUC) were recently published for initial outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of AUC publication on TTE ordering patterns of pediatric cardiologists. Data were prospectively collected on patients who had initial outpatient TTE ordered before (phase I, April to September 2014) and 3 months after (phase II, January to April 2015) AUC document publication at 6 centers. Site investigators assessed each study's indication and assigned AUC appropriateness as "appropriate" (A), "may be appropriate" (M), "rarely appropriate" (R), or "unclassifiable...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Rogatus Kabyemera, Neema Chami, Neema Kayange, Respicius Bakalemwa, Antke Zuechner, Tumaini Mhada, Gustave Buname, Adolfine Hokororo, Johannes Kataraihya
Upper airway obstruction (UAO) due to adenotonsillar hypertrophy represents one of the rare causes of pulmonary hypertension in children. We report a case of adenotonsillar hypertrophy, managed at pediatric and otorhinolaryngology departments in Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), northwestern Tanzania, with complete remission of symptoms of pulmonary hypertension following adenotonsillectomy. A 17-month-old boy presented with difficulty breathing, dry cough, and noisy breathing since 1 year. He had facial and lower limb oedema with a pan systolic murmur at the tricuspid area, fine crepitations, and tender hepatomegaly...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Shaad Abqari, Akash Gupta, Tabassum Shahab, M U Rabbani, S Manazir Ali, Uzma Firdaus
INTRODUCTION: Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are an important cause of mortality and morbidity in children representing a major global health burden. It is thus important to determine their prevalence and spectrum and identify risk factors associated with the development of heart defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A case-control study was carried out in the Department of Pediatrics and Center of Cardiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, from February 2014 to August 2015...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
Hythem M Nawaytou, Putri Yubbu, Andrea E Montero, Deipanjan Nandi, Matthew J O'Connor, Robert E Shaddy, Anirban Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) dysfunction after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) is multifactorial and can be an indicator of graft rejection or coronary artery vasculopathy. Analysis of rotational mechanics may help in the early diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction. Studies describing the left ventricular rotational strain in children after OHT are lacking. It is important to establish the baseline rotational mechanics in pediatric OHT to pursue further studies in this population...
September 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Azza Abdel Gawad Tantawy, Amira Abdel Moneam Adly, Eman Abdel Rahman Ismail, Mai Abdelazeem
BACKGROUND: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at high risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular morbidity. The association between cystatin C and renal function is well known, however, cystatin C has recently emerged as a strong predictor of cardiovascular events and adverse outcomes in patients with and without kidney disease, mostly related to both inflammation and atherosclerosis. AIM: To determine cystatin C levels in 53 children and adolescents with SCD compared to 40 age- and sex-matched healthy controls and assess its relation to markers of hemolysis, iron overload, sickle vasculopathy, and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT)...
August 31, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Dale A Burkett, Cameron Slorach, Sonali S Patel, Andrew N Redington, D Dunbar Ivy, Luc Mertens, Adel K Younoszai, Mark K Friedberg
BACKGROUND: Through ventricular interdependence, pulmonary hypertension (PH) induces left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. We hypothesized that pediatric PH patients have LV diastolic dysfunction, related to adverse pulmonary hemodynamics, leftward septal shift, and prolonged right ventricular systole. METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography was prospectively performed at 2 institutions in 54 pediatric PH patients during cardiac catheterization and in 54 matched controls...
September 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Christopher W Baird, David Zurakowski, Alejandra Bueno, Michele J Borisuk, Vijayakumar Raju, Suyog A Mokashi, Sitaram Emani, Gerald R Marx, Pedro J Del Nido
Review echocardiography and outcomes before and after Ross procedures, including patients undergoing biventricular conversion with Damus-Kaye-Stansel (DKS) takedown. A retrospective review was performed on 62 patients undergoing simple (control group) and complex Ross procedures, including 12 patients who underwent biventricular conversion with Ross operation and DKS takedown (complex). Echocardiography was reviewed preoperatively and at discharge and late follow-up. Kaplan-Meier estimates of patient survival and freedom from reintervention were obtained...
2016: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Alberto García, Karen Moreno, Miguel Ronderos, Néstor Sandoval, Mónica Caicedo, Rodolfo J Dennis
More evidence is needed that links the diagnosis of different congenital heart diseases (CHD) identified after birth, with intermediate altitudes above sea level in geographically and ethnically diverse populations. Our aim was to estimate relative frequencies of CHD diagnosis by altitude and gender in the pediatric population of 12 cities in Colombia. This was a cross-sectional study based on the information collected between 2008 and 2013 in Colombia, during annual congenital heart disease (CHD) case detection campaigns in the post-natal period...
August 26, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
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