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Pediatric dysphagia

Paula Colvara de Souza, Vanessa Souza Gigoski, Camila Lúcia Etges, Lisiane da Rosa Barbosa
PURPOSE: Describe the findings of postoperative clinical evaluation of swallowing in infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) in a reference hospital in southern Brazil. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study conducted postoperatively with infants with medical diagnosis of CHD aged 0-6 months in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Exclusion criteria comprised infants with neurological and respiratory impairments, craniofacial malformation, structural alteration in the upper airways, and suspicion or diagnosis of genetic syndromes...
March 1, 2018: CoDAS
Joshua Horton, Carlyn Atwood, Sharon Gnagi, Ronald Teufel, Clarice Clemmens
The objective of this study was to determine temporal trends of dysphagia diagnoses in hospitalized children. This is a retrospective observational study from the 1997-2012 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) conducted in the setting of weighted hospitalizations in a KID participating center. More than 6 million pediatric admissions were captured in each triennial KID report. Main outcomes included triennial rates of dysphagia diagnosis in hospitalized pediatric patients, and secondary outcomes included rates of dysphagia in premature and low-birthweight infants...
February 20, 2018: Dysphagia
Harish Dharmarajan, Noémie Rouillard-Bazinet, Binoy M Chandy
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric head and neck teratomas account for less than 4% of congenital teratomas. The distinct presentations and outcomes of mature and immature head and neck teratomas have not been well established. OBJECTIVES: To review the management and outcomes of pediatric head and neck teratomas. To distinguish differences between mature and immature tumors with respect to the age at presentation and surgery, tumor size and location, alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels, airway management, and recurrence...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Suresh Mohan, Sarah N Bowe, Lara M Hirner, Claire Zar-Kessler, Christopher J Hartnick
Pediatric cricopharyngeal achalasia is an uncommon but important cause of oropharyngeal dysphagia. Failure of upper esophageal sphincter relaxation is the currently understood pathophysiology. Therapies include balloon dilation, botulinum toxin injection, and endoscopic or open cricopharyngeal myotomy (CPM). Open CPM is usually performed at the posterior midline of the cricopharyngeus and can be a risky procedure given concern for esophageal perforation and damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Here, we present a novel modified technique for open CPM using a superficial anterolateral transection approach in the case of a young male with refractory cricopharyngeal achalasia...
February 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Louisa Ferrara, Ranjith Kamity, Shahidul Islam, Irene Sher, Dan Barlev, Laurie Wennerholm, Fran Redstone, Nazeeh Hanna
Cold stimulation reduces airway compromise in adults with dysphagia. However, there is no sufficient evidence to support its use in the pediatric population. The primary goal of this pilot study is to assess the effect of cold liquid on the pharyngeal swallow mechanism in preterm infants with dysphagia. We hypothesized that thermal stimulation from cold liquid will decrease the risk of airway compromise in dysphagic preterm infants. Nine preterm infants with clinical symptoms of dysphagia were included. Video fluoroscopic swallow studies were used to assess the swallowing mechanism of each participant...
February 12, 2018: Dysphagia
Katherine J Baxter, Lauren M Baxter, April M Landry, Mark L Wulkan, Amina M Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Long-term dysphagia occurs in up to 50% of repaired esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF) patients. The underlying factors are unclear and may include stricture, esophageal dysmotility, or associated anomalies. Our purpose was to determine whether structural airway abnormalities (SAA) are associated with dysphagia in EA/TEF. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of children who underwent EA/TEF repair in our hospital system from 2007 to 2016...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Eyal Zifman, Hagar Banai, Raanan Shamir, Tamar Ringel-Kulka, Noam Zevit
OBJECTIVES: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) guidelines call for similar practices in adults and children with EoE. We compared the diagnostic and management practices of gastroenterologists treating adult and pediatric patients suspected of having, or diagnosed with, EoE. METHODS: A 19 question multiple choice questionnaire was given to gastroenterologists treating either adults or children. Questions explored four areas of interest: Physician demographics, diagnosis and tissue sampling practices, management, and the need for societal publications on EoE...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Fernanda C Sassi, Karina C B Bühler, Fabiola S Juste, Fabiola C F Almeida, Debora M Befi-Lopes, Claudia R F de Andrade
OBJECTIVE: The identification of oropharyngeal aspiration is paramount since it can have negative consequences on a compromised respiratory status. Our hypothesis was that dysphagia in neurologically intact children with respiratory disease is associated to specific clinical markers. STUDY DESIGN: Using the medical files we conducted a retrospective, observational cohort study on children admitted to the pediatric hospital unit due to respiratory disease. We collected data on specific parameters of a clinical swallowing assessment and dysphagia was classified according to the Dysphagia Management Staging Scale...
February 2, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Shilpa Sharma, Biplab Mishra, Amit Gupta, Kapil Dev Soni, Richa Aggarwal, Subodh Kumar
Introduction: Neck and thoracic trauma in children pose unforeseen challenges requiring variable management strategies. Here, we describe some unusual cases. Patients and Methods: Pediatric cases of unusual neck and thoracic trauma prospectively managed from April 2012 to March 2014 at a Level 1 trauma center were studied for management strategies, outcome, and follow-up. Results: Six children with a median age of 5.5 (range 2-10) years were managed...
January 2018: Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Craig C Reed, Anca M Safta, Shadi Qasem, M Angie Almond, Evan S Dellon, Elizabeth T Jensen
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined combined or alternating treatment algorithms in eosinophilic esophagitis. AIMS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study to ascertain the efficacy and adherence to a combined and alternating treatment approach with topical corticosteroids and 2-food elimination diet for pediatric EoE. METHODS: Patients were prescribed a 2-food elimination diet (milk and soy) and topical corticosteroid (fluticasone or oral viscous budesonide) for 3 months, after which the steroid was discontinued and 2-food elimination diet continued for 3 months...
January 29, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Aileen Wertz, Jennifer F Ha, Lynn E Driver, David A Zopf
OBJECTIVE: To describe changes in diet and swallow function in patients with a laryngeal cleft after surgical repair of the laryngeal cleft. METHODS: Retrospective case series performed using chart review. Primary outcomes were diet and swallow function before and after laryngeal cleft repair. Clinical evaluation and video fluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) were used to assess pre- and post intervention swallowing. RESULTS: 16 pediatric patients were included in this study...
January 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Anna M Follent, Anna F Rumbach, Elizabeth C Ward, Jeanne Marshall, Pamela Dodrill, Peter Lewindon
PURPOSE: To explore the experiences of children with dysphagia and/or feeding difficulties post-chemical or button battery ingestion injury from the perspective of the primary caregiver. METHOD: Five primary caregivers of children with a history of dysphagia and/or feeding difficulties post-ingestion injury (4 chemical, 1 button battery) completed the Children's Picky Eating Questionnaire (CPEQ), and participated in a semi-structured interview. Interviews explored experiences of caring for a child with dysphagia and/or feeding difficulties, impressions of services and supports, and additional impacts to the child and family...
December 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Yu-Ra Goh, Ja Young Choi, Seon Ah Kim, Jieun Park, Eun Sook Park
This study aimed to investigate the relationships between various classification systems assessing the severity of oropharyngeal dysphagia and communication function and other functional profiles in children with cerebral palsy (CP). This is a prospective, cross-sectional, study in a university-affiliated, tertiary-care hospital. We recruited 151 children with CP (mean age 6.11 years, SD 3.42, range 3-18yr). The Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System (EDACS) and the dysphagia scales of Functional Oral Intake Scale (FOIS), Swallow Function Scales (SFS), and Food Intake Level Scale (FILS) were used...
January 2018: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Rukiye Vardar, Muharrem Keskin
Ambulatory esophageal pH monitoring is an essential method in patients exhibiting signs of non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) to make an objective diagnosis. Intra-esophageal pH monitoring is important in patients who are non-responsive to medications and in those with extraesophageal symptoms, particularly in NERD, before surgical interventions. With the help of the wireless capsule pH monitoring, measurements can be made under more physiological conditions as well as longer recordings can be performed because the investigation can be better tolerated by patients...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
Jonathan E Markowitz, Laura Jobe, Michelle Miller, Carrie Frost, Zegilor Laney, Ransome Eke
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic disease characterized by infiltration of eosinophils in the esophageal epithelium. There are limited treatment options for EoE. RATIONALE: To evaluate the long term safety and efficacy of reslizumab (RSZ) in pediatric patients who received RSZ in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and expanded access program. METHODS: Records of patients who received RSZ in our center were reviewed. Patients received RSZ 2 mg/kg (or placebo) every 4 weeks as part of the RCT, open label extension (OLE), and compassionate use (CU)...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Clarissa C M Valões, Glaucia V Novak, Juliana B Brunelli, Katia T Kozu, Ricardo K Toma, Clovis A Silva
OBJECTIVE: To assess esophageal involvement (EI) in juvenile localized scleroderma (JLS) population and the possible association between this gastrointestinal manifestation and demographic data, clinical features, laboratory exams, treatments and outcomes. METHODS: For a period of 30 years, 5881 patients with rheumatic diseases were followed in our Pediatric Rheumatology Division. EI was defined by the presence of symptoms (solid/liquid dysphagia, heartburn, esophageal regurgitation, nausea/vomiting and epigastralgia) and confirmed by at least one EI exam abnormality: barium contrast radiography, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and 24-hour esophageal pH-monitoring...
November 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Katherine A Benfer, Kelly A Weir, Kristie L Bell, Robert S Ware, Peter S W Davies, Roslyn N Boyd
OBJECTIVES: To determine the progression of oropharyngeal dysphagia (OPD) in preschool-aged children with cerebral palsy (CP) according to gross motor function. It was hypothesized that fewer children would have OPD at 60 months compared with 18 to 24 months (predominately Gross Motor Function Classification System [GMFCS] I-II). METHODS: Longitudinal population-based cohort of 179 children (confirmed CP diagnosis, born in Queensland in 2006-2009, aged 18-60 months at study entry [mean = 34...
December 2017: Pediatrics
Jamie Mahurin-Smith
BACKGROUND: Speech-language pathologists provide infant feeding assessment and intervention; their training in breastfeeding management is highly variable. Research aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate student attitudes toward breastfeeding and self-identified factors in attitude change. METHODS: Before and after their course in pediatric dysphagia, two cohorts of graduate students in speech-language pathology ( N = 36) completed an assignment designed to capture qualitative and quantitative data on changes in their attitudes toward breastfeeding...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
T-H Chi, C-C Hung, R-F Chen, C-H Yuan, J-C Chen
Retropharyngeal emphysema is usually secondary to trauma, iatrogenic injury, and obstructive respiratory diseases. Without prompt and adequate treatment, severe complication such as airway compromise may occur. Spontaneous retropharyngeal emphysema, defined by the presence of free air in the retropharyngeal space without any precipitating cause, is a rare clinical condition in pediatric otolaryngology. The predominant symptoms are sore throat, odynophagia, dysphagia, and neck pain. Here, we report a case of spontaneous retropharyngeal emphysema...
September 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Jennifer Vogel, Stefan Both, Maura Kirk, Hann-Hsiang Chao, Rochelle Bagatell, Yimei Li, Richard Womer, Naomi Balamuth, Anne Reilly, Goldie Kurtz, Robert Lustig, Zelig Tochner, Christine Hill-Kayser
PURPOSE: Pediatric head and neck malignancies are managed with intensive multimodality therapy. Proton beam therapy (PBT) may reduce toxicity by limiting exposure of normal tissue to radiation. In this study, we report acute toxicities and early outcomes following PBT for pediatric head and neck malignancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2010 and 2016, pediatric patients with nonhematologic malignancies of the head and neck were treated with PBT. Clinical and dosimetric data were abstracted from the medical record and treatment planning system with institutional review board approval...
February 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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