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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730981/bartonella-quintana-an-unrecognized-cause-of-infective-endocarditis-in-children-in-ethiopia
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Diana Tasher, Alona Raucher-Sternfeld, Akiva Tamir, Michael Giladi, Eli Somekh
Bartonella quintana endocarditis, a common cause of culture-negative endocarditis in adults, has rarely been reported in children. We describe 5 patients 7-16 years of age from Ethiopia with heart defects and endocarditis; 4 cases were caused by infection with B. quintana and 1 by Bartonella of undetermined species. All 5 patients were afebrile and oligosymptomatic, although 3 had heart failure. C-reactive protein was normal or slightly elevated, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate was high. The diagnosis was confirmed by echocardiographic demonstration of vegetations, the presence of high Bartonella IgG titers, and identification of B...
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725923/assessing-3d-t2-fse-sequence-for-identification-of-the-normal-appendix-working-toward-a-single-sequence-mr-appendicitis-protocol
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Nattinee Leelakanok, Andrew S Phelps, Matthew A Zapala, Kambrie Kato, Michael Ohliger, Yi Li, Jesse Courtier
PURPOSES: To assess the ability of a single isotropic 3D T2 FSE sequence to identify the normal appendix in children with potential implication as alternative second-line modality in pediatric appendicitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of MR abdomino-pelvis or pelvis in children from Oct 2014-Dec 2016 was done. Only exams with 3D T2 FSE sequence performed on a single scanner type were selected. Patients with history of post appendectomy, studies in which field of view did not include ileocecal valve, with technical and protocol errors, or with fat-saturated acquisition were excluded...
July 19, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712168/justification-for-re-look-cystoscopy-after-posterior-urethral-valve-fulguration
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Gul Nawaz, Ijaz Hussain, Shujah Muhammad, Muhammad Imran Jamil, Asad Ur Rehman, Nadeem Iqbal, Saeed Akhter
BACKGROUND: Posterior urethral valve (PUV) is life-threatening congenital anomaly of the urinary tract that results in vesicoureteric reflux, recurrent UTI, voiding dysfunction and renal insufficiency if not treat timely. Endoscopic ablation of posterior urethral valves using cold knife or laser is the current gold standard therapy. Many urologists go for repeat cystoscopy to see residual valve or stricture while others repeat VCUG to measure the posterior to anterior urethral ratio for residual obstruction...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
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/28704916/three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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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/28700992/natural-history-of-fetal-lower-urinary-tract-obstruction-with-normal-amniotic-fluid-volume-at-initial-diagnosis
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Mark P Johnson, Enrico Danzer, Jamie Koh, William Polzin, Chris Harman, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Richard Brown, Michael V Zaretsky
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the natural history of lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) with normal midgestational amniotic fluid volumes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 32 consecutive patients with LUTO with normal midgestational amniotic fluid volume followed at 11 North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet) centers from August 2007 to May 2012. Normal amniotic fluid volume was defined as an amniotic fluid index (AFI) of ≥9 cm...
July 13, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679899/intelligent-phonocardiography-for-screening-ventricular-septal-defect-using-time-growing-neural-network
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Arash Gharehbaghi, Amir A Sepehri, Maria Lindén, Ankica Babic
This paper presents results of a study on the applicability of the intelligent phonocardiography in discriminating between Ventricular Spetal Defect (VSD) and regurgitation of the atrioventricular valves. An original machine learning method, based on the Time Growing Neural Network (TGNN), is employed for classifying the phonocardiographic recordings collected from the pediatric referrals to a children hospital. 90 individuals, 30 VSD, 30 with the valvular regurgitation, and 30 healthy subjects, participated in the study after obtaining the informed consents...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666918/urinary-tract-infection-after-retrograde-urethrogram-in-children-a-multicenter-study
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Neha R Malhotra, Jared R Green, Cynthia K Rigsby, Jane L Holl, Earl Y Cheng, Emilie K Johnson
INTRODUCTION: The risk of post-procedural urinary tract infection (ppUTI) after retrograde urethrogram (RUG) has not been well quantified. Prophylactic antibiotics may reduce the risk, but must be weighed against the risks of antibiotic resistance. Prior research has shown that this risk is variable after voiding cystourethrogram (0-42% reported ppUTI rate) and appears to be low after urodynamics (0-4.8%) but this risk has not been well documented for patients undergoing RUG. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to (1) describe the rate of ppUTI after RUG, and (2) examine factors associated with use of antibiotics at the time of RUG...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666489/atresia-of-the-descending-aorta-in-a-young-woman-requiring-bypass-graft
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Adcasdc Sadfasdf Dsc, Ammarah Mashhood, Taimur Asif Ali, Saulat Hasnain Fatimi
Congenital aortic atresia is a malformation accounting for 4 - 6% of all congenital heart diseases in children. Left ventricular outflow obstruction due to atresia is common at the aortic valve but rarely has atresia been identified in the descending aorta. We report the case of a 25-year woman who was evaluated for headache and uncontrolled hypertension. CTscan chest showed a short atretic segment in the descending aorta at the isthmus, distal to the takeoff of the subclavian artery. She underwent surgery; a 22 mm Dacron graft was taken and jump graft was placed between the arch of the aorta and the descending aorta, using partial occlusion clamps...
November 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659821/candidate-gene-resequencing-in-a-large-bicuspid-aortic-valve-associated-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-cohort-smad6-as-an-important-contributor
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Elisabeth Gillis, Ajay A Kumar, Ilse Luyckx, Christoph Preuss, Elyssa Cannaerts, Gerarda van de Beek, Björn Wieschendorf, Maaike Alaerts, Nikhita Bolar, Geert Vandeweyer, Josephina Meester, Florian Wünnemann, Russell A Gould, Rustam Zhurayev, Dmytro Zerbino, Salah A Mohamed, Seema Mital, Luc Mertens, Hanna M Björck, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Andrew S McCallion, Lut Van Laer, Judith M A Verhagen, Ingrid M B H van de Laar, Marja W Wessels, Emmanuel Messas, Guillaume Goudot, Michaela Nemcikova, Alice Krebsova, Marlies Kempers, Simone Salemink, Toon Duijnhouwer, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Juliette Albuisson, Per Eriksson, Gregor Andelfinger, Harry C Dietz, Aline Verstraeten, Bart L Loeys
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common congenital heart defect. Although many BAV patients remain asymptomatic, at least 20% develop thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA). Historically, BAV-related TAA was considered as a hemodynamic consequence of the valve defect. Multiple lines of evidence currently suggest that genetic determinants contribute to the pathogenesis of both BAV and TAA in affected individuals. Despite high heritability, only very few genes have been linked to BAV or BAV/TAA, such as NOTCH1, SMAD6, and MAT2A...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655532/surgical-relief-of-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-adults-with-congenital-aortic-stenosis-and-associated-aortic-annulus-hypoplasia-and-or-subaortic-obstruction
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Tanveer Ahmad, Amalan Thuraisingam, Marco Larobina, Peter Skillington
BACKGROUND: In children and adolescents, a Ross/Konno operation is commonly done to both enlarge the aortic root and provide a competent aortic valve with relief of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO). Optimum management is not so straightforward in adults. METHODS: Between 1995 and 2014, 16 patients of mean age 39.4 years (18-57 years) with hypoplastic aortic annulus (AA) measuring 20mm and less, and mean aortic valve/LVOT gradient of 61mmHg (30-70mmHg) presented for surgery...
June 3, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651802/echocardiographic-diagnosis-surgical-treatment-and-outcomes-of-anomalous-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery
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Shivani G Patel, Michele A Frommelt, Peter C Frommelt, Shelby Kutty, Jonathan W Cramer
BACKGROUND: Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare condition that can be difficult to diagnose by echocardiography alone. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical and echocardiographic presentation of ALCAPA, create a set of critical echocardiographic diagnostic criteria, and report outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of all patients diagnosed with isolated ALCAPA at two major cardiac centers between 1990 and 2015...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651667/results-of-pulmonary-balloon-valvuloplasty-persist-and-improve-at-late-follow-up-in-isolated-pulmonary-valve-stenosis
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John J Parent, Michael M Ross, Edgard A Bendaly, John P Breinholt
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty is a safe and effective treatment for children with pulmonary valve stenosis. A few studies evaluate the long-term outcomes of the procedure, particularly the degree of pulmonary regurgitation. We evaluated the outcomes of children >1 year following valvuloplasty for pulmonary valve stenosis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of children with pulmonary valve stenosis following pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty at a single institution was performed...
June 27, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641192/obstructive-neonatal-atrial-myxoma
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Federica Iezzi, Andrea Quarti, Alessandro Capestro, Marco Pozzi
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac myxoma is a benign neoplasm representing the most common primary cardiac tumor in adults, however it is unusual in neonates. It is represented by an endocardial mass that occupies the cardiac chamber. Although the majority of myxomas are attached to the fossa ovalis of the interatrial septum, they also attach to the walls of the cardiac chambers and to valve leaflets surfaces. Approximately 75% of myxomas are found in the left atrium, 20% are located in the right atrium, and rarely in the ventricles...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633268/surgical-interventional-hybrid-concept-in-a-newborn-with-borderline-left-heart
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Stefan Rupp, Josef Thul, Kerstin Gummel, Markus Khalil, Hakan Akintuerk, Dietmar Schranz
Through a series of complex surgical and interventional procedures including downsizing of an unrestricted atrial septal defect, aortic arch reconstruction, pulmonary artery banding, reversed Potts shunt, and Melody valve in a mitral position, biventricular conversion was successfully achieved in a patient with a distinct borderline left ventricle. By use of these interventional steps, flow-mediated and load-mediated growth of a small left ventricle was observed, highlighting the plasticity of hearts in growing children...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633267/perventricular-implantation-of-melody-valve-in-child-with-pulmonary-hypertension-after-a-potts-shunt
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Tomasz Mroczek, Marcin Demkow, Tomasz Moszura, Aleksandra Morka, Janusz Skalski
The Potts operation is a surgical option for the treatment of children with suprasystemic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Its positive hemodynamic effect may be obliterated by pulmonary valvar insufficiency. We describe a case in which the Potts shunt was followed by perventricular Melody valve implantation in the pulmonary position in a 12-kg child with a previously repaired truncus arteriosus communis (TAC) in whom PAH developed. The combined approach using both procedures significantly improved functional capacity and led to spectacular reverse remodeling of the right ventricle seen at 2-year follow-up...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629660/characterization-and-risk-factors-for-aortic-dilatation-in-pediatric-patients-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve
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Anna Sabaté-Rotés, Laura Sabidó Sanchez, Ferran Gran Ipiña, Dimpna Albert Brotons, Raúl F Abella, Ferran Rosés Noguer
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Dilatation of the ascending aorta associated with bicuspid aortic valve is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adults. The main objective was to recognize the aortic involvement in children, its characteristics and risk factors. METHODS: Aortic measures of all pediatric patients with bicuspid aortic valve followed in a tertiary pediatric hospital between 1997 and 2015 were retrospectively taken. Patients with syndromes associated with aortic dilatation were excluded (n=17)...
June 16, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628610/outcome-of-cardiac-surgery-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-in-england-between-1997-and-2015
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Aleksander Kempny, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Anselm Uebing, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Ulrich Rosendahl, George Belitsis, Michael A Gatzoulis, Stephen J Wort
BACKGROUND: The number of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) is increasing worldwide and most of them will require cardiac surgery, once or more, during their lifetime. The total volume of cardiac surgery in CHD patients at a national level and the associated mortality and predictors of death associated with surgery are not known. We aimed to investigate the surgical volume and associated mortality in CHD patients in England. METHODS: Using a national hospital episode statistics database, we identified all CHD patients undergoing cardiac surgery in England between 1997 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621639/outcome-of-the-double-j-stent-placement-in-pediatric-kidney-transplant-a-single-center-experience
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Hakan Sözen, Onur Özen, Kibriya Fidan, Oğuz Söylemezoğlu, Aydın Dalgıç
OBJECTIVES: Double J stent placement at kidney transplant may reduce stenosis or leakage complication rates. However, placement may also increase risk for early urinary tract infection (ie, < 3 mo after transplant). In children, the usefulness of double J stent placement is not well defined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed retrospective data from children who received transplants at the Gazi University Transplantation Center and Pediatric Nephrology (Ankara, Turkey) for outcomes related to double J stents...
June 16, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616273/mid-to-long-term-outcomes-of-bovine-jugular-vein-conduit-implantation-in-chinese-children
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Hui-Feng Zhang, Gang Chen, Ming Ye, Xian-Gang Yan, Qi-Lin Tao, Bing Jia
BACKGROUND: Bovine jugular vein (BJV) conduits are widely applied for surgical reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT). However, relevant studies of valve failure rates and the related risk factors are limited in China. The aim of this study was to assess the BJV prognosis after medium- to long-term follow-up. METHODS: Fifty-three hospital patients implanted with BJV conduits from January 2002 to December 2013 were recruited. Patient information and follow-up prognosis were reviewed retrospectively...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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