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MRI for Neonates

Peiying Liu, Ying Qi, Zixuan Lin, Qiyong Guo, Xiaoming Wang, Hanzhang Lu
Abnormal cerebral blood flow (CBF) is implicated in several neonatal and infant diseases. However, measurement of CBF in this population remains difficult and has not been used in routine clinical MRI. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) methods suffer from both low SNR and poor quantification when applied to very young children. Furthermore, rapid change in brain physiology in this age range makes it difficult to choose sequence parameters such as labeling pulse flip angle and post labeling delay. Phase-contrast (PC) MRI is another approach to measure flow...
March 10, 2018: NeuroImage
Karl-Heinz Deeg
Prenatal, neonatal meningoencephalitis and infections of the brain in older infants are often associated with serious complications which can be diagnosed by sonography through the open fontanelles. Most frequently postmeningitic hydrocephalus and subdural effusions occur. Rarer complications are brain abscesses and ventriculitis which are caused by gram negative bacteria such as E. coli, Serratia marcescens, Proteus and Enterobacter. A serious complication after ventriculitis is the development of compartment hydrocephalus...
March 13, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Mya Thway Tint, Mary F Chong, Izzuddin M Aris, Keith M Godfrey, Phaik Ling Quah, Jeevesh Kapur, Seang Mei Saw, Peter D Gluckman, Victor S Rajadurai, Fabian Yap, Michael S Kramer, Yap-Seng Chong, Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, Marielle V Fortier, Yung Seng Lee
OBJECTIVES: Lower vitamin D status has been associated with adiposity in children through adults. However, the evidence of the impact of maternal vitamin-D status during pregnancy on offspring's adiposity is mixed. The objective of this study was to examine the associations between maternal vitamin-D [25(OH)D] status at mid-gestation and neonatal abdominal adipose tissue (AAT) compartments, particularly the deep subcutaneous adipose tissue linked with metabolic risk. METHODS: Participants (N = 292) were Asian mother-neonate pairs from the mother-offspring cohort, Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Chiyoe Shirota, Takahisa Tainaka, Toshiki Nakane, Yujiro Tanaka, Akinari Hinoki, Wataru Sumida, Naruhiko Murase, Kazuo Oshima, Kosuke Chiba, Ryo Shirotsuki, Hiroo Uchida
BACKGROUND: Emergency rescue lung resection is rarely performed to treat congenital lung cysts (CLCs) in neonates. Many reports have described fetal CLC treatment; however, prenatal predictors for postnatal respiratory failure have not been characterized. We hypothesized that fetal imaging findings are useful predictors of emergency surgery. METHODS: We retrospectively studied patients with CLC who underwent lung surgery during the neonatal period in our hospital between January 2001 and December 2015...
March 8, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Z M Liu, F Fang, C H Ding, W H Zhang, J Deng, C H Chen, X Wang, J Liu, Z Li, X L Jia, J S Zeng, S Y Qian
Objective: To investigate the clinical and genetic features of congenital myasthenia syndrome with episodic apnea (CMS-EA) caused by gene mutation of choline acetyltransferase (CHAT) Methods: The clinical data of 2 patients with congenital myasthenia syndrome were collected, and both were diagnosed from 2013 to 2015 in Beijing Children's Hospital, Capital Medical University. The clinical features and gene mutation characteristics were analyzed, and the patients were followed-up for therapeutic efficacy. Results: The two patients (case 1 and case 2) had the onset soon after birth and at 3 months after birth respectively...
March 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Ali-Reza Mohammadi-Nejad, Mahdi Mahmoudzadeh, Mahlegha S Hassanpour, Fabrice Wallois, Otto Muzik, Christos Papadelis, Anne Hansen, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, Juri Gelovani, Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki
Infancy is the most critical period in human brain development. Studies demonstrate that subtle brain abnormalities during this state of life may greatly affect the developmental processes of the newborn infants. One of the rapidly developing methods for early characterization of abnormal brain development is functional connectivity of the brain at rest. While the majority of resting-state studies have been conducted using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), there is clear evidence that resting-state functional connectivity (rs-FC) can also be evaluated using other imaging modalities...
June 2018: Photoacoustics
So Mi Lee, Young Hun Choi, Sun-Kyoung You, Won Kee Lee, Won Hwa Kim, Hye Jung Kim, Sang Yub Lee, Hyejin Cheon
OBJECTIVES: The properties of brain tissue undergo dynamic changes during maturation. T1 relaxation time (T1), T2 relaxation time (T2), and proton density (PD) are now simultaneously quantifiable within a clinically acceptable time, using a synthetic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequence. This study aimed to provide age-specific reference values for T1, T2, and PD in children, using synthetic MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 89 children (median age, 18 months; range, 34 weeks of gestational age to 17 years) who underwent quantitative MRI, using a multidynamic, multiecho sequence on 3 T MRI, between December 2015 and November 2016, and had no abnormal MRI/neurologic assessment findings...
April 2018: Investigative Radiology
Renato S Procianoy, Andrea Lucia A Corso, Maria Gabriela Longo, Leonardo Vedolin, Rita C Silveira
OBJECTIVE: To determine the neurodevelopment outcomes after Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and identify the neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) findings associated with neurological outcome in a middle-income country. STUDY DESIGN: All infants born after 35 completed weeks' gestation with signs of moderate to severe encephalopathy and evidence of perinatal asphyxia before 6 hours of life were submitted to whole-body hypothermia and were imaged at 18 ± 8...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Jeewaka E Mohotti, Nicole S Carter, Victor Jia Wei Zhang, Leon T Lai, Christopher Xenos, Hamed Asadi, Ronil V Chandra
Intracranial aneurysms in the neonate, presenting in the first 4 weeks of life, are exceedingly rare. They appear to have characteristics, including presentation and location, that vary from those found in adults. The authors present a case of a 28-day-old neonate with a ruptured distal middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysm. Initial noninvasive imaging with transfontanelle ultrasound and CT confirmed intraparenchymal and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Contrast-enhanced MRI revealed a 14-mm ruptured fusiform MCA aneurysm that was not identified on time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Suneeti Gupta, Jayapalli Rajiv Bapuraj, Gabrielle Carlson, Emily Trumpower, Ronald E Dechert, Subrata Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Asphyxiated infants treated with therapeutic cooling can have persistent oral feeding difficulty because of involvement of neural pathways in the brainstem, cortex, and basal ganglia. The goal is to predict the composite adverse outcome of death or persistent oral feeding difficulty using precooling/cooling attributes, and the severity and distribution of hypoxic-ischemic lesions, especially brainstem lesions on post-cooling brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Retrospective review of 86 asphyxiated infants cooled from January 2006 to August 2014...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
An N Massaro, Yvonne W Wu, Theo K Bammler, Bryan Comstock, Amit Mathur, Robert C McKinstry, Taeun Chang, Dennis E Mayock, Sarah B Mulkey, Krisa Van Meurs, Sandra Juul
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate plasma brain specific proteins and cytokines as biomarkers of brain injury in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and, secondarily, to assess the effect of erythropoietin (Epo) treatment on the relationship between biomarkers and outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: A study of candidate brain injury biomarkers was conducted in the context of a phase II multicenter randomized trial evaluating Epo for neuroprotection in HIE. Plasma was collected at baseline (<24 hours) and on day 5...
March 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Yong Hee Kim, Myung-Joon Kim, Hyun Joo Shin, Haesung Yoon, Seok Joo Han, Hong Koh, Yun Ho Roh, Mi-Jung Lee
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate MRI findings and to generate a decision tree model for diagnosis of biliary atresia (BA) in infants with jaundice. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed features of MRI and ultrasonography (US) performed in infants with jaundice between January 2009 and June 2016 under approval of the institutional review board, including the maximum diameter of periportal signal change on MRI (MR triangular cord thickness, MR-TCT) or US (US-TCT), visibility of common bile duct (CBD) and abnormality of gallbladder (GB)...
February 23, 2018: European Radiology
Brian H Walsh, Terrie E Inder
Historically, there has been limited neuro-imaging data acquired on infants with mild neonatal encephalopathy (NE). This likely reflects the traditional assumption that these infants had a universally good prognosis. As new evidence has emerged challenging this assumption, there has been a renewed interest in the neuro-imaging findings of these infants. To date, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies in infants with mild NE have demonstrated abnormalities in 20-40% of cases suggestive that the injury occurs during the peripartum period with a predominant watershed pattern of injury...
February 17, 2018: Early Human Development
Akamin Raymond, Ettore Pedretti, Giuseppina Privitera, Cristina Cicero, Giacomo Biasucci
BACKGROUND: Unilateral absence of the pulmonary artery (UAPA) is a rare congenital malformation often associated with other cardiac anomalies; however it may occur as an isolated lesion. Isolated absence of the right pulmonary artery is twice more frequent than that of the left pulmonary artery. Patients with isolated UAPA are usually asymptomatic at birth; thereafter they may develop a progression of symptoms such as exercise intolerance, dyspnea, chest pain, hemoptysis and recurrent pulmonary infections...
February 20, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Jenny Bolk, Nelly Padilla, Lea Forsman, Lina Broström, Kerstin Hellgren, Ulrika Åden
OBJECTIVES: This exploratory study aimed to investigate associations between neonatal brain volumes and visual-motor integration (VMI) and fine motor skills in children born extremely preterm (EPT) when they reached 6½ years of age. SETTING: Prospective population-based cohort study in Stockholm, Sweden, during 3 years. PARTICIPANTS: All children born before gestational age, 27 weeks, during 2004-2007 in Stockholm, without major morbidities and impairments, and who underwent MRI at term-equivalent age...
February 17, 2018: BMJ Open
Hannah C Glass
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neonatal encephalopathy is the most common condition in neonates encountered by child neurologists. The etiology is most often global hypoxia-ischemia due to failure of cerebral perfusion to the fetus caused by uterine, placental, or umbilical cord compromise prior to or during delivery. Other etiologies of neonatal encephalopathy include ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage, infection, developmental anomalies, and inborn errors of metabolism. RECENT FINDINGS: Therapeutic hypothermia is standard of care for the treatment of neonatal encephalopathy presumed to be caused by hypoxia-ischemia...
February 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Rui-Hua Ba, Jian Mao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) score and clinical grading in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). METHODS: Clinical grading was performed for 61 neonates with HIE according to the HIE clinical grading standard. The modified MRI scoring system was used to determine the injury scores on different MRI sequences. The correlation between HIE imaging score and clinical severity was analyzed. RESULTS: The MRI score in neonates with moderate HIE was significantly lower than that in those with severe HIE (P<0...
February 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Shaili C Jha, Kai Xia, Mihye Ahn, Jessica B Girault, Gang Li, Li Wang, Dinggang Shen, Fei Zou, Hongtu Zhu, Martin Styner, John H Gilmore, Rebecca C Knickmeyer
Cortical thickness (CT) and surface area (SA) vary widely between individuals and are associated with intellectual ability and risk for various psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions. Factors influencing this variability remain poorly understood, but the radial unit hypothesis, as well as the more recent supragranular cortex expansion hypothesis, suggests that prenatal and perinatal influences may be particularly important. In this report, we examine the impact of 17 major demographic and obstetric history variables on interindividual variation in CT and SA in a unique sample of 805 neonates who received MRI scans of the brain around 2 weeks of age...
February 6, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
Katsumi Hayakawa, Sachiko Koshino, Koichi Tanda, Akira Nishimura, Osamu Sato, Hiroyuki Morishita, Takaaki Ito
BACKGROUND: Pseudonormalization of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can lead to underestimation of brain injury in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), posing a significant problem. We have noticed that some neonates show pseudonormalization negativity on diffusion-weighted imaging. OBJECTIVE: To compare pseudonormalization negativity with clinical outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen term neonates with moderate or severe HIE underwent therapeutic hypothermia...
February 7, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
Antonios Makropoulos, Emma C Robinson, Andreas Schuh, Robert Wright, Sean Fitzgibbon, Jelena Bozek, Serena J Counsell, Johannes Steinweg, Katy Vecchiato, Jonathan Passerat-Palmbach, Gregor Lenz, Filippo Mortari, Tencho Tenev, Eugene P Duff, Matteo Bastiani, Lucilio Cordero-Grande, Emer Hughes, Nora Tusor, Jacques-Donald Tournier, Jana Hutter, Anthony N Price, Rui Pedro A G Teixeira, Maria Murgasova, Suresh Victor, Christopher Kelly, Mary A Rutherford, Stephen M Smith, A David Edwards, Joseph V Hajnal, Mark Jenkinson, Daniel Rueckert
The Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP) seeks to create the first 4-dimensional connectome of early life. Understanding this connectome in detail may provide insights into normal as well as abnormal patterns of brain development. Following established best practices adopted by the WU-MINN Human Connectome Project (HCP), and pioneered by FreeSurfer, the project utilises cortical surface-based processing pipelines. In this paper, we propose a fully automated processing pipeline for the structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the developing neonatal brain...
January 30, 2018: NeuroImage
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