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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-history-physical-exam-laboratory-tests-and-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-pediatric-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Roshanak Benabbas, Mark Hanna, Jay Shah, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is the most common surgical emergency in children. Accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but challenging due to atypical presentations and the inherent difficulty of obtaining a reliable history and physical examination in younger children. OBJECTIVES: To determine the utility of history, physical exam, laboratory tests, Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Emergency Department-Point-of-Care Ultrasound (ED-POCUS) in the diagnosis of AA in ED pediatric patients...
February 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207968/mri-vs-ultrasound-as-the-initial-imaging-modality-for-pediatric-and-young-adult-patients-with-suspected-appendicitis
#2
Daniel Imler, Christine Keller, Shyam Sivasankar, Nancy Ewen Wang, Shreyas Vasanawala, Matias Bruzoni, James Quinn
BACKGROUND: While ultrasound (US), given its lack of ionizing radiation is currently the recommended initial imaging study of choice for the diagnosis of appendicitis in pediatric and young adult patients, it does have significant shortcomings. US is time intensive, operator dependent, and results in frequent inconclusive studies, thus necessitating further imaging, and admission for observation or repeat clinical visits. A rapid focused Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for appendicitis has been shown to have definitive sensitivity and specificity, similar to Computed tomography (CT) but without radiation and offers a potential alternative to US...
February 16, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204893/gastrointestinal-system-manifestations-in-juvenile-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#3
Hafize Emine Sönmez, Asuman Nur Karhan, Ezgi Deniz Batu, Yelda Bilginer, Ersin Gümüş, Hülya Demir, Aysel Yüce, Seza Özen
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease which may involve gastrointestinal system (GIS). The aim of this study was to present GIS manifestations of pediatric SLE patients. The medical files of 69 children with SLE followed between January 2011 and January 2016 were reviewed. All fulfilled the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics criteria. All patients (≤18 years of age) with GIS manifestations were included. GIS manifestations were observed in 19 (27.5%) out of 69 SLE patients and present at the time of SLE diagnosis in 13 (68...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185747/lack-of-utility-of-measuring-serum-bilirubin-concentration-in-distinguishing-perforation-status-of-pediatric-appendicitis
#4
William Bonadio, Santina Bruno, David Attaway, Logesh Dharmar, Derek Tam, Peter Homel
BACKGROUND: Pediatric appendicitis is a common, potentially serious condition. Determining perforation status is crucial to planning effective management. PURPOSE: Determine the efficacy of serum total bilirubin concentration [STBC] in distinguishing perforation status in children with appendicitis. METHODS: Retrospective review of 257 cases of appendicitis who received abdominal CT scan and measurement of STBC. RESULTS: There were 109 with perforation vs 148 without perforation...
January 27, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185689/imaging-of-acute-pelvic-pain-in-girls-ovarian-torsion-and-beyond-%C3%A2
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REVIEW
Lena Naffaa, Tejaswini Deshmukh, Shanthan Tumu, Chris Johnson, Kevin P Boyd, Arthur B Meyers
: Identifying the etiology of acute pelvic pain in girls is often clinically challenging. Particularly in young girls, it is often difficult to determine if acute pelvic symptoms are originating from a gynecologic source or from a genitourinary or gastrointestinal etiology based on the child's clinical examination alone. Therefore, imaging plays a key role in establishing a diagnosis and in directing medical and surgical treatment. Pediatric gynecologic conditions, which can present acutely with pain or mass or both include ovarian torsion, hematometrocolpos, pelvic inflammatory disease, inguinal hernias containing an ovary or the uterus or both, adnexal cysts, pregnancy, vaginal foreign bodies, and ovarian vein thrombosis...
December 21, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164589/diagnostic-value-of-d-dimer-combined-with-wbc-count-neutrophil-percentage-and-crp-in-differentiating-between-simple-and
#6
Xiangmao Bu, Jiahong Chen, Yanzhen Wan, Lili Xu
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in pediatrics. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of D-dimer in differentiating between simple and other severe acute appendicitis in children combined with white blood cell (WBC) count, neutrophil percentage, and C-reactive protein (CRP). METHODS: A retrospective study enrolled 327 consecutive patients who underwent appendectomy for acute appendicitis (aged 13 days to 14 years) in Qingdao Women & Children's Hospital from Jan 2013 to Dec 2014...
September 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151844/impact-of-percutaneous-drainage-on-outcome-of-intra-abdominal-infection-associated-with-pediatric-perforated-appendicitis
#7
William Bonadio, Miriam Langer, Julie Cueva, Astrid Haaland
BACKGROUND: Perforated appendicitis can result in potentially serious complications requiring prolonged medical care. The optimal approach to successfully managing this condition is controversial. METHODS: Review of 80 consecutive cases of pediatric acute perforated appendicitis with intra-abdominal infection [IAI] medically managed with parenteral antibiotics and percutaneous drainage [PD] during a 7-year period. RESULTS: All patients received broad spectrum parenteral antibiotic therapy...
January 31, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123249/imaging-in-acute-appendicitis-what-when-and-why
#8
REVIEW
Jyotindu Debnath, R A George, R Ravikumar
Acute appendicitis (AA) is the commonest cause of pain abdomen requiring surgical intervention. Diagnosis as well as management of acute appendicitis is mired in controversies and contradictions even today. Clinicians often face the dilemma of balancing negative appendectomy rate and perforation rate if the diagnosis is based on clinical scoring alone. Laboratory results are often non-specific. Imaging has an important role not only in diagnosing appendicitis and its complication but also suggesting alternate diagnosis in appropriate cases...
January 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108797/diagnostic-utility-of-intravenous-contrast-for-mr-imaging-in-pediatric-appendicitis
#9
Gray R Lyons, Pooja Renjen, Gulce Askin, Ashley E Giambrone, Debra Beneck, Arzu Kovanlikaya
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasingly employed as a diagnostic modality for suspected appendicitis in children. However, there is uncertainty as to which MRI sequences are sufficient for safe, timely and accurate diagnosis. Several recent studies have described different MRI protocols, including exams both with and without the use of intravenous contrast. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that intravenous contrast may be useful in some patients but could be safely omitted in others...
January 21, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091700/computed-tomography-localization-of-the-appendix-in-the-pediatric-population-relative-to-the-lumbar-spine
#10
John Davis, Albert T Roh, Matthew B Petterson, Tammy R Kopelman, Samantha L Matz, Daniel G Gridley, Mary J Connell
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) is commonly used to evaluate suspected acute appendicitis. Although very effective, CT uses ionizing radiation, exposing patients to an increased risk of cancer. OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the potential for decreasing the field of view of the CT (and therefore the dose to the patient) in the evaluation of suspected acute appendicitis in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a retrospective review of prospectively collected data from 212 consecutive patients who underwent CT for suspected acute appendicitis...
January 14, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062934/focused-ct-using-a-height-adjusted-metric-and-the-umbilicus-as-a-landmark-for-children-undergoing-evaluation-for-appendicitis
#11
Suzanne Roberts, Abigail F Nixon, James A Meltzer, Einat Blumfield
BACKGROUND: Confirmation of appendicitis in children often requires CT. A focused CT scan that is limited to the lower abdomen/pelvis might help to reduce radiation exposure. OBJECTIVE: To determine the position of the appendix relative to the umbilicus and derive a height-adjusted threshold for a focused CT that would identify most appendices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of children younger than 18 years who underwent a CT scan for suspected appendicitis...
January 6, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049113/update-on-pediatric-overuse
#12
Eric R Coon, Paul C Young, Ricardo A Quinonez, Daniel J Morgan, Sanket S Dhruva, Alan R Schroeder
As concerns over health care-related harms and costs continue to mount, efforts to identify and combat medical overuse are needed. Although much of the recent attention has focused on health care for adults, children are also harmed by overuse. Using a structured PubMed search and manual tables of contents review, we identified important articles on pediatric overuse published in 2015. These articles were evaluated according to the quality of the methods, the magnitude of clinical effect, and the number of patients potentially affected and were categorized into overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and overutilization...
February 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039951/association-of-hospital-resources-and-imaging-choice-for-appendicitis-in-pediatric-emergency-departments
#13
Katherine Fullerton, Holly Depinet, Sujit Iyer, Matt Hall, Sandra Herr, Inge Morton, Timothy Lee, Marlene Melzer-Lange
OBJECTIVE: Abdominal pain and concern for appendicitis are common chief complaints in patients presenting to the pediatric emergency department (PED)(1) . Although many professional organizations recommend decreasing use of CT and choosing ultrasound as first line imaging for pediatric appendicitis, significant variability persists in imaging utilization(2,3,4) . This study investigated practice variation across children's hospitals in the diagnostic imaging evaluation of appendicitis and determined hospital-level characteristics associated with the likelihood of ultrasound as the first imaging modality...
December 31, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942727/quantifying-the-burden-of-interhospital-cost-variation-in-pediatric-surgery-implications-for-the-prioritization-of-comparative-effectiveness-research
#14
Danielle B Cameron, Dionne A Graham, Carly E Milliren, Charity C Glass, Christina Feng, Feroze Sidhwa, Hariharan Thangarajah, Matthew Hall, Shawn J Rangel
Importance: Practice variation is believed to be a driver of excess health care spending, although few objective data exist to guide the prioritization of comparative effectiveness research (CER) in pediatric surgery. Objective: To identify high-priority general pediatric surgical procedures for CER on the basis of the following 2 complementary measures: the magnitude of interhospital cost variation as a surrogate for the need for and potential effect of CER at the patient level and the cumulative fiscal burden of this cost variation when considering the case volume from all hospitals as a surrogate for public health relevance...
February 6, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919452/imaging-gently-higher-rates-of-computed-tomography-imaging-for-pediatric-appendicitis-in-non-children-s-hospitals
#15
K Tinsley Anderson, Luke R Putnam, Kelly M Caldwell, Michael B Diffley, Aubrey A Hildebrandt, Sarah E Covey, Mary T Austin, Akemi L Kawaguchi, Kevin P Lally, KuoJen Tsao
BACKGROUND: Growing concerns regarding radiation exposure in children have led to recommendations to minimize computed tomography imaging for appendicitis. We hypothesized that within a metropolitan hospital system (1 children's hospital and 8 non-children's hospitals), use of preoperative computed tomography is much greater in non-children's hospitals. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of patients <18 years of age undergoing appendectomy for acute appendicitis from April 2012 to April 2015...
December 2, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916376/factors-predictive-of-complicated-appendicitis-in-children
#16
Xuan-Binh D Pham, Veronica F Sullins, Dennis Y Kim, Blake Range, Amy H Kaji, Christian M de Virgilio, Steven L Lee
BACKGROUND: The ability to predict whether a child has complicated appendicitis at initial presentation may influence clinical management. However, whether complicated appendicitis is associated with prehospital or inhospital factors is not clear. We also investigate whether hyponatremia may be a novel prehospital factor associated with complicated appendicitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of all pediatric patients (≤12 y) with appendicitis treated with appendectomy from 2000 to 2013 was performed...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899166/pain-management-of-acute-appendicitis-in-canadian-pediatric-emergency-departments
#17
Andrea L Robb, Samina Ali, Naveen Poonai, Graham C Thompson
OBJECTIVES: Children with suspected appendicitis are at risk for suboptimal pain management. We sought to describe pain management patterns for suspected appendicitis across Canadian pediatric emergency departments (PEDs). METHODS: A retrospective medical record review was undertaken at 12 Canadian PEDs. Children ages 3 to 17 years who were admitted to the hospital in February or October 2010 with suspected appendicitis were included. Patients were excluded if partially assessed or treated at another hospital...
November 30, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894435/pediatric-appendicitis
#18
REVIEW
Rebecca M Rentea, Shawn D St Peter
Appendicitis is one of the most common surgical pathologies in children. It can present with right lower quadrant pain. Scoring systems in combination with selective imaging and surgical examination will diagnose most children with appendicitis. Clinical pathways should be used. Most surgical interventions for appendicitis are now almost exclusively laparoscopic, with trials demonstrating better outcomes for children who undergo index hospitalization appendectomies when perforated. Nonoperative management has a role in the treatment of both uncomplicated and complicated appendicitis...
February 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891287/sapovirus-gastroenteritis-in-young-children-presenting-as-distal-small-bowel-obstruction-a-report-of-2-cases-and-literature-review
#19
Lynn Model, Cathy Anne Burnweit
Abdominal pain and distention in children are commonly encountered problems in the pediatric emergency room. The majority of complaints are found to be due to benign entities such as gastroenteritis and constipation. What confounds these diagnoses is that young children often deliver a challenging and unreliable exam. Thus, it often becomes exceedingly problematic to differentiate these benign conditions from surgical conditions requiring prompt attention including small or large bowel obstruction, volvulus, and appendicitis...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890780/a-clinical-score-to-predict-appendicitis-in-older-male-children
#20
Anupam B Kharbanda, Michael C Monuteaux, Richard G Bachur, Nanette C Dudley, Lalit Bajaj, Michelle D Stevenson, Charles G Macias, Manoj K Mittal, Jonathan E Bennett, Kelly Sinclair, Peter S Dayan
OBJECTIVE: To develop a clinical score to predict appendicitis among older, male children who present to the emergency department (ED) with suspected appendicitis. METHODS: Patients with suspected appendicitis were prospectively recruited at 9 pediatric EDs. A total 2,625 patients enrolled; a subset of 961 males, age 8-18 were analyzed in this secondary analysis. Outcomes determined by pathology, operative reports and follow-up calls. Clinical and laboratory predictors with < 10% missing data and Kappa > 0...
November 24, 2016: Academic Pediatrics
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