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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726262/double-aortic-arch-anomalies-in-children-a-systematic-20-year-single-center-study
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M Kaldararova, I Simkova, I Varga, P Tittel, M Kardos, M Ondriska, V Vrsanska, J Masura
INTRODUCTION: Aortic arch anomalies underlie numerous congenital disorders. Effectively diagnosing and treating them requires close understanding of cardiovascular embryology. As our Center serves the entire pediatric population of our country, we performed a comprehensive retrospective analysis of all aortic arch anomalies diagnosed at our Center over the past 20 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 40 children with aortic arch anomalies, distinguishing two defect types: Group 1 displayed ring-forming anomalies, and Group 2 other types of aortic arch anomalies that did not form a vascular ring...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711964/utility-of-echocardiography-in-detecting-silent-complications-after-pediatric-catheter-ablations
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Shahnawaz M Amdani, Salaam Sallaam, Peter P Karpawich, Sanjeev Aggarwal
Although transcatheter arrhythmia ablation (TCA) has been performed in children for over two decades, guidelines for routine use of post-ablation transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) are absent. We sought to determine the efficacy of TTE after apparently uneventful TCA procedures in detecting adverse findings and identify predisposing factors. A retrospective review of clinical and procedural data on patients who underwent TCA for supraventricular arrhythmias from 2000 to 2015 was performed. Pre- and post-ablation TTE data were reviewed...
July 15, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708228/clinical-and-subclinical-cardiac-late-effects-in-pediatric-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-survivors
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Carlo Materazzo, Maura Massimino, Elisabetta Schiavello, Marta Podda, Lorenza Gandola, Graziella Cefalo, Serena Catania, Cristina Meazza, Ivan Moschetti, Monica Terenziani
PURPOSE: Cardiac late effects are responsible for a significant burden of mortality and morbidity among pediatric Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) survivors (HLS). The aim of our study was to assess clinical and subclinical cardiac sequelae in a cohort of childhood HLS treated in the 1980s with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (the ABVD regimen) and limited-field radiotherapy (RT). METHODS: We retrospectively examined a series of HLS treated from 1979 to 1989...
July 8, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705019/a-rare-case-of-pediatric-primary-cardiac-tumor-in-a-patient-with-down-syndrome
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Kimiaki Okada, Ayumu Masuoka, Kentaro Hotoda, Yoshimasa Uno, Takaaki Suzuki
Although hematological malignancies are a known complication of Down syndrome, few reports have described cases involving solid tumors. We describe the case of a 3-year-old Down syndrome girl with a primary solid cardiac tumor. Outpatient echocardiography after intracardiac repair of a ventricular septal defect at 6 months of age revealed a highly mobile pedunculated mass (8 × 9 mm) on the free wall of the right atrium. Due to potential incarceration of the mass in the tricuspid orifice, it was excised under extracorporeal circulation and cardiac arrest...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704916/three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Hyun Suk Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is now more common in adults than in children due to improvements in fetal echo, neonatal and pediatric care, and surgical techniques leading to dramatically increased survivability into adulthood. Adult patients with CHD, regardless of prior cardiac surgery, experience further cardiac problems or therapeutic challenges; therefore, a non-invasive, easily accessible echocardiographic examination is an essential follow-up tool. Among echocardiographic modalities, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography provides better delineation of spatial relationships in complex cardiac geometries and more accurate volumetric information without geometric assumptions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704161/cardiovascular-safety-of-low-dose-fenfluramine-in-dravet-syndrome-a-review-of-its-benefit-risk-profile-in-a-new-patient-population
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An-Sofie Schoonjans, Fabienne Marchau, Bernard P Paelinck, Lieven Lagae, Arnold Gammaitoni, Milka Pringsheim, Martin G Keane, Berten Ceulemans
OBJECTIVE: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare, treatment-resistant epilepsy syndrome for which current treatment regimens are often ineffective. Fenfluramine is currently in development for treatment of DS based on reports in the 1980s and 1990s of its antiepileptic activity in pediatric patients with intractable epilepsy. However, fenfluramine was withdrawn from global markets in 1997 following reports of its association with pulmonary hypertension and heart valve disease in adult patients treated for obesity...
July 13, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699846/safety-and-effectiveness-of-tadalafil-in-pediatric-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-subgroup-analysis-based-on-japan-post-marketing-surveillance
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Hiroyoshi Yamazaki, Noriko Kobayashi, Masanori Taketsuna, Koyuki Tajima, Nahoko Suzuki, Masahiro Murakami
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term safety and effectiveness of tadalafil in pediatric patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in real-world clinical practice. METHODS: This is an observational surveillance of PAH patients receiving tadalafil in the contracted sites. We performed a subgroup analysis of 391 pediatric PAH patients (<18 years) who were included from 1,704 total patients in this surveillance. Safety was assessed from the frequency of adverse drug reactions (ADRs), discontinuations due to adverse events (AEs), and serious adverse drug reactions (SADRs)...
July 12, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697825/-screening-and-follow-up-for-congenital-heart-disease-in-children-aged-0-3-years-in-rural-areas-of-chongqing-china
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Lei Zhang, Mei-Yu An, Bing Zhu, Wan-Dong Shen, Shu-Jiang Tan, Xiao-Juan Ji, Jie Tian, Xiao-Yan Liu
OBJECTIVE: To examine the incidence of congenital heart disease (CHD) in children aged 0-3 years in the rural areas of Chongqing, and to determine the suitable "screening-diagnosis-follow-up" system and screening indicators for CHD in these areas. METHODS: Children aged 0-3 years from rural areas of the Fuling Disctrict of Chongqing were selected by cluster sampling. Using the "screening-diagnosis-evaluation system" employed at the levels of village/town, district/county, and province/city, the children were screened for seven indicators, i...
July 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694399/familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-with-a-new-mutation-in-the-mybpc3-gene
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Olgu Hallıoğlu Kılınç, Dilek Giray, Atıl Bişgin, Sevcan Tuğ Bozdoğan, Derya Karpuz
Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetically heterogeneous disease with variable clinical features that is inherited as autosomal dominant with variable penetrance. Recent developments in genetics of hereditary cardiomyopathy have not only enlightened many points about pathogenesis, but have also provided great benefit to diagnostic approaches of clinicians. Heterozygous mutation of c3691-3692insTTCA in MYBPC3 gene was identified in a pediatric patient with diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at clinic...
July 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687888/application-of-appropriate-use-criteria-for-initial-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-an-academic-outpatient-pediatric-cardiology-program
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Raya Safa, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Amrit Misra, Daisuke Kobayashi
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a non-invasive diagnostic modality for children with suspected heart disease. The American College of Cardiology published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for an initial outpatient pediatric TTE in 2014 to promote effective care and improve resource utilization. The objective was to determine the appropriateness of TTE per the published AUC in a single academic pediatric cardiology clinic as a baseline performance quality measure. The echocardiography database was used to identify initial outpatient TTE in children during January-March 2014...
July 7, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680572/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-the-usa-an-epidemiological-study-in-a-large-insured-pediatric-population
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Lin Li, Susan Jick, Stefanie Breitenstein, Gemzel Hernandez, Alexander Michel, David Vizcaya
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is rare in children and few data are available in a pediatric general population. This study aims to calculate the annual incidence and prevalence of PAH and to describe these children in a large US population of patients aged under 18 years. Using the US MarketScan claims database we identified 695 children with PAH in 2010-2013. We calculated annual incidence rates and prevalence overall, by age and PAH type (idiopathic and non-idiopathic) using Byar's method. We also described characteristics, co-morbidities, treatment patterns, and diagnostic procedures for these children...
March 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672762/critical-congenital-heart-disease-screening-with-a-pulse-oximetry-in-neonates
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Şahin Hamilçıkan, Emrah Can
OBJECTIVE: To compare the results of pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in newborn infants performed at <24 h and >24 h following. METHOD: Measurements were taken for each group at <24 h and >24 h following birth. Echocardiography was performed if the SpO2 readings remained abnormal results. RESULTS: A total of 4518 newborns were included in this prospective descriptive study. Of these, 2484 (60...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665923/non-invasive-continuous-cardiac-output-and-cerebral-perfusion-monitoring-in-term-infants-with-neonatal-encephalopathy-assessment-of-feasibility-and-reliability
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Eva Forman, Colm R Breatnach, Stephanie Ryan, Jana Semberova, Jan Miletin, Adrienne Foran, Afif El-Khuffash
BACKGROUND: None invasive hemodynamic monitoring of infants with neonatal encephalopathy (NE) undergoing therapeutic hypothermia (TH) would be a potentially useful clinical tool. We aimed assess the feasibility and reliability of non-invasive cardiac output monitoring (NICOM) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in this cohort. METHODS: NICOM and NIRS were commenced to measure cardiac output (CO), systemic vascular resistance (SVR), blood pressure (BP), and cerebral regional oxygen saturations (SctO2) during TH and rewarming...
June 30, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665334/early-desquamating-perineal-erythema-in-a-febrile-infant-a-characteristic-clinical-feature-of-kawasaki-disease
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Chiara Isidori, Lisa Sebastiani, Maria Chiara Cardellini, Giuseppe Di Cara, Donato Rigante, Susanna Esposito
Background: The occurrence of a distinctive perineal eruption that appears early in infants with Kawasaki disease (KD), the most relevant type of febrile vasculitis of childhood, has received little attention in pediatric reports. KD diagnosis is based on clinical criteria, which can be supported by laboratory abnormalities or positive echocardiography findings: difficulty in diagnosis can be increased by incomplete or atypical presentations, but a timely diagnostic process is essential in the youngest patients who are more prone to the risk of cardiac sequelae resulting from KD...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661830/the-diagnostic-utility-of-computer-assisted-auscultation-for-the-early-detection-of-cardiac-murmurs-of-structural-origin-in-the-periodic-health-evaluation
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Pierre L Viviers, Jo-Anne H Kirby, Jeandré T Viljoen, Wayne Derman
BACKGROUND: Identification of the nature of cardiac murmurs during the periodic health evaluation (PHE) of athletes is challenging due to the difficulty in distinguishing between murmurs of physiological or structural origin. Previously, computer-assisted auscultation (CAA) has shown promise to support appropriate referrals in the nonathlete pediatric population. HYPOTHESIS: CAA has the ability to accurately detect cardiac murmurs of structural origin during a PHE in collegiate athletes...
July 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656474/dissecting-kawasaki-disease-a-state-of-the-art-review
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REVIEW
S M Dietz, D van Stijn, D Burgner, M Levin, I M Kuipers, B A Hutten, T W Kuijpers
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a pediatric vasculitis with coronary artery aneurysms (CAA) as its main complication. The diagnosis is based on the presence of persistent fever and clinical features including exanthema, lymphadenopathy, conjunctival injection, and changes to the mucosae and extremities. Although the etiology remains unknown, the current consensus is that it is likely caused by an (infectious) trigger initiating an abnormal immune response in genetically predisposed children. Treatment consists of high dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and is directed at preventing the development of CAA...
June 27, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655190/right-ventricular-function-during-exercise-in-children-after-heart-transplantation
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B Cifra, C T Morgan, A Dragulescu, V C Guerra, C Slorach, M K Friedberg, C Manlhiot, B W McCrindle, A I Dipchand, L Mertens
Aims: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a common problem after heart transplant (HTx). In this study, we used semi-supine bicycle ergometry (SSBE) stress echocardiography to evaluate RV systolic and diastolic reserve in paediatric HTx recipients. Methods and results: Thirty-nine pediatric HTx recipients and 23 controls underwent stepwise SSBE stress echocardiography. Colour tissue doppler imaging (TDI) peak systolic (s') and peak diastolic (e') velocities, myocardial acceleration during isovolumic contraction (IVA), and RV free wall longitudinal strain were measured at incremental heart rates (HR)...
June 23, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654552/severe-upper-airway-obstruction-after-intraoperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
#18
Jörg Michel, Michael Hofbeck, Christian Schineis, Matthias Kumpf, Ellen Heimberg, Harry Magunia, Eckhard Schmid, Christian Schlensak, Gunnar Blumenstock, Felix Neunhoeffer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate if there is a correlation between the use of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography and an increased rate of extubation failure and to find other risk factors for severe upper airway obstructions after pediatric cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Cardiac PICU. PATIENTS: Patients 24 months old or younger who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease with cardiopulmonary bypass were retrospectively enrolled and divided into two groups depending on whether they received an intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography or not...
June 24, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651801/physician-attitudes-toward-the-first-pediatric-appropriate-use-criteria-and-engagement-with-educational-intervention-to-improve-the-appropriateness-of-outpatient-echocardiography
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Ritu Sachdeva, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Robert M Campbell, Wyman W Lai, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Elizabeth Welch, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: A survey of pediatric cardiologists who participated in the Pediatric Appropriate Use of Echocardiography study was conducted to assess attitudes toward appropriate use criteria (AUC) and the relationship between perceptions of usefulness of a multifaceted educational intervention (EI) and the appropriateness of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: Self-reported helpfulness and impact of a four-component EI (feedback of personal appropriateness data before EI, lecture, self-assignment of AUC indications, and monthly feedback) was surveyed...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639944/clinical-impact-and-efficacy-of-bedside-echocardiography-on-patient-management-in-pediatric-intensive-care-units-picus-a-prospective-study
#20
Sanliay Şahin, Mutlu Uysal Yazıcı, Ganime Ayar, Tülin Köksal, İbrahim İlker Çetin, Filiz Ekici, Abdullah Kocabaş
OBJECTIVE: To determine the indication and necessity of echocardiographic assessment and therapeutic interventions in critically ill children. METHODS: A total of 140 children, including 75 mechanically ventilated (MV) and 65 spontaneously breathing (SB) children, who were admitted consecutively from March to August 2013 were evaluated prospectively. Data regarding the indication for echocardiography and therapeutic approaches used were documented. For evaluating disease severity, the Pediatric Risk of Mortality Score III (PRISM) was ascertained...
June 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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