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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811042/understanding-readmissions-in-children-undergoing-surgery-a-pediatric-nsqip-analysis
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Afif N Kulaylat, Dorothy V Rocourt, Anthony Y Tsai, Kathryn L Martin, Brett W Engbrecht, Mary C Santos, Robert E Cilley, Christopher S Hollenbeak, Peter W Dillon
BACKGROUND: Readmission is increasingly being utilized as an important clinical outcome and measure of hospital quality. Our aim was to delineate rates, risk factors, and reasons for unplanned readmission in pediatric surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of pediatric patients (n=130,274) undergoing surgery (2013-2014) at hospitals enrolled in the Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP-P) was performed. Logistic regression was used to model factors associated with unplanned 30-day readmission...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810906/atypical-presentation-of-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-two-case-reports
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Maria Cristina Maggio, Greta Mastrangelo, Aldo Skabar, Alessandro Ventura, Marco Carrozzi, Giuseppe Santangelo, Francesca Vanadia, Giovanni Corsello, Rolando Cimaz
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by severe neurological and psychiatric symptoms and a difficult diagnosis. The disease is often secondary to a neoplastic lesion, seldom diagnosed years later. Psychiatric symptoms are prevalent in adults; neurologic symptoms are more evident in children, who typically present primarily with neurological symptoms. To the best of our knowledge, the association with juvenile idiopathic arthritis has not been described...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808789/palliative-care-for-children-with-a-yet-undiagnosed-syndrome
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Gabriele Gagnon, Laura Trocan, Stefan Balzer, Prasad T Oommen, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janßen, Michaela Kuhlen
The number of children without a diagnosis in pediatric palliative home care and the process of decision-making in these children are widely unknown. The study was conducted as single-center retrospective cohort study. Between January 2013 and September 2016, 198 children and young adults were cared for; 27 (13.6%) of these were without a clear diagnosis at the start of pediatric palliative home care. A definite diagnosis was ultimately achieved in three children. Median age was 7 years (0-25), duration of care 569 days (2-2638), and number of home visits 7...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808765/presentation-and-symptom-interval-in-children-with-central-nervous-system-tumors-a-single-center-experience
#4
Chiara Stocco, Chiara Pilotto, Eva Passone, Agostino Nocerino, Raffaello Tosolini, Anna Pusiol, Paola Cogo
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe the symptoms and signs of central nervous system (CNS) tumors in a pediatric population and to assess the time interval between the onset of the disease and the time of the diagnosis. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted at our Oncology Pediatric Unit between January 2000 and November 2011. We included 75 children between 5 months and 16 years (mean age of 7.8 ± 4.7 years), with male to female ratio of 3:2...
August 14, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808763/characteristics-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-in-pediatric-patients-with-neurological-impairment
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Hisayoshi Kawahara, Yuko Tazuke, Hideki Soh, Noriaki Usui, Hiroomi Okuyama
PURPOSE: To clarify the characteristics of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in pediatric patients with neurological impairment (NI). METHODS: Twenty-six patients with NI, 1-17-year-old, fed via a nasogastric tube were categorized based on the absence (group I) or presence (group II) of abnormal GER, defined with multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH monitoring as %time with an esophageal pH <4.0 being ≥5.0% or number of liquid/mixed bolus reflux events(RE) >70 in 24 h...
August 14, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805718/myoclonic-disorders
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REVIEW
Olaf Eberhardt, Helge Topka
Few movement disorders seem to make a straightforward approach to diagnosis and treatment more difficult and frustrating than myoclonus, due to its plethora of causes and its variable classifications. Nevertheless, in recent years, exciting advances have been made in the elucidation of the pathophysiology and genetic basis of many disorders presenting with myoclonus. Here, we provide a review of all of the important types of myoclonus encountered in pediatric and adult neurology, with an emphasis on the recent developments that have led to a deeper understanding of this intriguing phenomenon...
August 14, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805445/prevalence-and-predictors-of-learning-and-psychological-diagnoses-following-pediatric-arterial-ischemic-stroke
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Tricia S Williams, Kyla P McDonald, Samantha D Roberts, Nomazulu Dlamini, Gabrielle deVeber, Robyn Westmacott
This study examined the prevalence of learning and psychological diagnoses and associated neurological and personal-environmental risk factors following perinatal and childhood arterial ischemic stroke. In our sample of 126 children and youth, 52.4% received a diagnosis following their assessment. Specifically, 32% had a single diagnosis and 21% had two or more diagnoses. Learning disability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disability were the most prevalent diagnoses. Associated risk factors varied by diagnosis with lower intellectual functioning being the common risk factor across categories...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797007/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-pediatric-hydrocephalus
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David D Limbrick, Leandro Castaneyra-Ruiz, Roland H Han, Daniel Berger, James P McAllister, Diego M Morales
Hydrocephalus (HC) is a common, debilitating neurological condition that requires urgent clinical decision-making. At present, neurosurgeons rely heavily on a patient's history, physical examination findings, neuroimaging, and clinical judgment to make the diagnosis of HC or treatment failure (e.g., shunt malfunction). Unfortunately, these tools, even in combination, do not eliminate subjectivity in clinical decisions. In order to improve the management of infants and children with HC, there is an urgent need for new biomarkers to complement currently available tools and enable clinicians to confidently establish the diagnosis of HC, assess therapeutic efficacy/treatment failure, and evaluate current and future developmental challenges, so that every child has access to the resources they need to optimize their outcome and quality of life...
August 11, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796925/neurological-comorbidity-in-children-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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Keiko Hirabaru, Muneaki Matsuo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of central nervous system comorbidities in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). METHODS: We performed a nationwide survey to investigate neurological comorbidities in 3-15-year-old children with NF1 in Japan by sending questionnaires to pediatricians and pediatric neurologists. A secondary questionnaire was sent to the parents of identified NF1 patients to assess neurological comorbidities including headache, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-Rating Scale (RS), and the Social Responsiveness Scale -2...
August 10, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790849/immunotargeting-relapsed-or-refractory-precursor-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-role-of-blinatumomab
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REVIEW
Manon Queudeville, Rupert Handgretinger, Martin Ebinger
Patients with refractory or relapsed (R/R) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have a dismal prognosis of around 5% long-term survival when treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy and allogenic stem cell transplantation. T-cell immunobased strategies open up new therapeutic perspectives. Blinatumomab is the first of a new class of antibody constructs that was labeled bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE): it consists of two single chain variable fragment connected with a flexible linker, one side binding CD3, the other CD19...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782157/initial-clinical-experiences-with-novel-diagonal-ecls-system-in-pediatric-cardiac-patients
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Yildiz Okan, Haydin Sertac, Ozturk Erkut, Kasar Taner, Onan I Selen, Altin H Firat, Cine Nihat, Ayyildiz Pelin, Erkan Halime, Guzeltas Alper
Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) provides mechanical support following cardiac surgery when respiratory or cardiac failure occurs. The aim of this study was to analyze the safety and feasibility of the Medos Deltastream diagonal pump (DP3) ECLS system in pediatric cardiac patients. We described the technical considerations and risk factors related to the survival outcomes in 102 pediatric cardiac patients who received ECLS support between March 2011 and April 2016. We switched from the DP2 system, which was used for the initial 25 patients, to the DP3 system after November 2012...
August 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779867/neurological-complications-of-childhood-cancer
#12
Lauren Weaver, Ayman Samkari
Though the treatment of pediatric cancers has come a long way, acute and chronic effects of cancer are still affecting the life of many children. These effects may be caused not only by the malignancy itself but also by the interventions used for the purpose of treatment. This article focuses primarily on the indirect effects of pediatric cancers and their treatment on the central and peripheral nervous system. Chemotherapy, radiation, and stem cell transplantation cause an immune-compromised state and place the patient at risk of infection, the leading cause of mortality in pediatric cancer...
February 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779865/neurological-complications-of-gastrointestinal-disease
#13
Melissa Shapiro, David A Blanco
There is a growing interest in the extraintestinal manifestations of common pediatric gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. This article specifically focuses on the neurological symptoms that manifest because of these disorders and their treatments. Many neurological symptoms have been reported in association with these diseases, including neuropathy, myopathy, ataxia, headache, and seizures, among others. It is currently believed that these neurological symptoms are largely overlooked by practitioners and could be a red flag for earlier diagnosis...
February 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777680/the-headache-action-plan-project-for-youth-happy-school-nurses-as-facilitators-of-system-change-in-pediatric-migraine-care
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Mark Connelly, Jennifer Bickel, Tammie Wingert, Cindy Galemore
Migraine is a common health problem in youth that is ranked highest for disability among neurological conditions and is one of the leading reasons for school absences. Children with migraines frequently are seen by the school nurse for care, sometimes before ever being seen by another healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment. As such, school nurses have the unique opportunity to provide education and resources to children with migraines and their family. This article provides information on the Headache Action Plan Program for Youth (HAPPY), a project involving the provision of live and online migraine education and management resources to school nurses, children, families, and primary care providers in an effort to improve migraine recognition and care in the community...
August 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777266/ataxia-and-headache-in-a-child-a-case-of-acute-cerebellar-infarction
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Kathryn M Hewett, Brett Lorenzetti, Benjamin F Jackson
A 4-year-old female patient presents to the pediatric emergency department with acute onset of ataxia and occipital headache. Initial investigation, including computed tomography imaging, failed to demonstrate any focal neurologic lesion. Subsequent studies, however, reveal an acute thrombosis of the superior cerebellar artery. Further work up identified the likely causative factor to be a heterozygous mutation at the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase gene. In this case report, we will discuss the work-up of pediatric ataxia, the evaluation and management of cerebrovascular accidents in children, and the association between stroke and mutation of the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase gene...
August 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777037/applications-of-a-robotic-stereotactic-arm-for-pediatric-epilepsy-and-neurooncology-surgery
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Brandon A Miller, Afshin Salehi, David D Limbrick, Matthew D Smyth
OBJECTIVE The ROSA device is a robotic stereotactic arm that uses a laser system to register the patient's head or spine with MR or CT images. In this study, the authors analyze their experience with this system in pediatric neurosurgical applications and present selected cases that exemplify the usefulness of this system. METHODS The authors reviewed all cases that utilized the ROSA system at their institution. Patient demographics, pathology, complications, electrode placement, laser ablation, and biopsy accuracy were analyzed...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776195/clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-pediatric-cryptococcosis-in-beijing-children-s-hospital-2002-2014
#17
Linlin Liu, Lingyun Guo, Yue Liu, Tianming Chen, Shaoying Li, Yonghong Yang, Gang Liu
Cryptococcosis is a rare pediatric disease. The aim of the study is to describe clinical characteristics and prognosis of pediatric cryptococcosis from 2002 to 2014 in Beijing Children's Hospital. A total of 53 cases of cryptococcosis were identified, 69.8% of which were males. The mean age was 7 years. Forty-one (77.4%) patients had no underlying conditions. Fever, headache, and vomiting were the most common symptoms. The most common sites were the central nervous system (CNS), followed by the lungs. Most patients received a combination of amphotericin B and fluconazole with or without flucytosine as their initial regimen...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767532/cardiac-arrest-secondary-to-lightning-strike-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Elena L Rotariu, Mioara D Manole
Lightning strike injuries, although less common than electrical injuries, have a higher morbidity rate because of critical alterations of the circulatory system, respiratory system, and central nervous system. Most lightning-related deaths occur immediately after injury because of arrhythmia or respiratory failure. We describe the case of a pediatric patient who experienced cardiorespiratory arrest secondary to a lightning strike, where the Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support chain of survival was well executed, leading to return of spontaneous circulation and intact neurological survival...
August 1, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766184/frequency-and-nature-of-adverse-drug-reactions-due-to-non-prescription-drugs-in-children-a-retrospective-analysis-from-the-french-pharmacovigilance-database
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Geneviève Durrieu, Mathieu Maupiler, Vanessa Rousseau, Leila Chebane, François Montastruc, Emmanuelle Bondon-Guitton, Jean-Louis Montastruc
INTRODUCTION: Studies that evaluate the safety of non-prescription drugs in children remain scarce. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to compare adverse drug reactions (ADRs) due to prescription versus non-prescription drugs in children. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of ADR notifications for a pediatric population (aged <18 years) registered in the French PharmacoVigilance Database (FPVD) between January 1985 and December 2016 by the Midi-Pyrénées PharmacoVigilance Center (in the south of France)...
August 1, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763069/-risk-factors-associated-with-the-development-of-early-neurological-complications-in-purulent-meningitis-in-a-pediatric-population
#20
Martha Marcela Espinoza-Oliva, Dalia Berenice Rizo-Santos, Rafael Díaz-Peña, Rosa Ortega-Cortés, Juan Carlos Barrera de León
OBJECTIVE: To determine the risk factors associated with the development of early neurological complications in purulent meningitis in a pediatric population. METHODS: This was a case-control study including 78 children aged one month to 16 years with purulent meningitis divided into two groups: cases, with early neurological complications (defined as those presenting < 72 hours from initiation of clinical manifestation), and controls, without early neurological complications...
May 2017: Gaceta Médica de México
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