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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333497/work-efficiency-improvement-of-90-after-implementation-of-an-annual-inpatient-blood-products-administration-consent-form
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Holly Lindsay, Saleh Bhar, Challice Bonifant, Sarah Sartain, Sarah B Whittle, Youngna Lee-Kim, Mona D Shah
Paediatric haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients frequently require transfusion of blood products. Our institution required a new transfusion consent be obtained every admission. The objectives of this project were to: revise inpatient blood products consent form to be valid for 1 year, decrease provider time spent consenting from 15 to <5 min per admission, and improve provider frustration with the consent process. Over 6 months, we determined the average number of hospitalisations requiring transfusions in a random sampling of haematology/oncology/BMT inpatients...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313207/survey-on-paediatric-tumour-boards-in-europe-current-situation-and-results-from-the-expo-r-net-project
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A Juan Ribelles, P Berlanga, G Schreier, M Nitzlnader, B Brunmair, V Castel, S Essiaf, A Cañete, R Ladenstein
BACKGROUND: Under the ExPO-r-NeT project (European Expert Paediatric Oncology Reference Network for Diagnostics and Treatment), we aimed to identify paediatric oncology tumour boards in Europe to investigate the kind of technologies and logistics that are in place in different countries and to explore current differences between regions. METHODS: A 20-question survey regarding several features of tumor boards was designed. Data collected included infrastructure, organization, and clinical decision-making information from the centres...
January 8, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273020/trends-in-cause-and-place-of-death-for-children-in-portugal-a-european-country-with-no-paediatric-palliative-care-during-1987-2011-a-population-based-study
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Ana Forjaz de Lacerda, Barbara Gomes
BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents dying from complex chronic conditions require paediatric palliative care. One aim of palliative care is to enable a home death if desired and well supported. However, there is little data to inform care, particularly from countries without paediatric palliative care, which constitute the majority worldwide. METHODS: This is an epidemiological study analysing death certificate data of decedents aged between 0 and 17 years in Portugal, a developed Western European country without recognised provision of paediatric palliative care, from 1987 to 2011...
December 22, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230958/treatment-related-mortality-in-relapsed-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Trausti Oskarsson, Stefan Söderhäll, Johan Arvidson, Erik Forestier, Thomas Leth Frandsen, Marit Hellebostad, Päivi Lähteenmäki, Ólafur G Jónsson, Ida Hed Myrberg, Mats Heyman
BACKGROUND: Treatment of relapsed childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is particularly challenging due to the high treatment intensity needed to induce and sustain a second remission. To improve results, it is important to understand how treatment-related toxicity impacts survival. PROCEDURE: In this retrospective population-based study, we described the causes of death and estimated the risk for treatment-related mortality in patients with first relapse of childhood ALL in the Nordic Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology ALL-92 and ALL-2000 trials...
December 12, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205259/cd34-selected-stem-cell-boosts-can-improve-poor-graft-function-after-paediatric-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Chiara Mainardi, Martin Ebinger, Sigrid Enkel, Tobias Feuchtinger, Heiko-Manuel Teltschik, Matthias Eyrich, Michael Schumm, Armin Rabsteyn, Patrick Schlegel, Christian Seitz, Carl-Phillip Schwarze, Ingo Müller, Johann Greil, Peter Bader, Paul-Gerhardt Schlegel, David Martin, Ursula Holzer, Michaela Döring, Rupert Handgretinger, Peter Lang
Poor graft function (PGF) is a severe complication of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and administration of donor stem cell boosts (SCBs) represents a therapeutic option. We report 50 paediatric patients with PGF who received 61 boosts with CD34+ selected peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) after transplantation from matched unrelated (n = 25) or mismatched related (n = 25) donors. Within 8 weeks, a significant increase in median neutrophil counts (0·6 vs. 1·516 × 109 /l, P < 0·05) and a decrease in red blood cell and platelet transfusion requirement (median frequencies 1 and 7 vs...
December 3, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203305/infectious-complications-in-paediatric-patients-treated-with-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Maria José Santiago-Lozano, Marta Lucía Barquín-Conde, Lucía Fuentes-Moreno, Roberto Manuel León-Vela, Lucas Madrid-Vázquez, Amelia Sánchez-Galindo, Jesús López-Herce Cid
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to analyse the incidence, treatment and evolution of infections in children treated with ECMO. METHODS: A retrospective study based on a prospective database was performed. Children under the age of 18 years treated with ECMO from September 2006 to November 2015 were included. The patients' clinical characteristics were collected, together with ECMO technique, cultures and treatment of infection. RESULTS: One hundred patients with a median age of 11 months were analysed...
December 1, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140587/comparison-of-haematology-and-biochemistry-parameters-in-healthy-south-african-infants-with-laboratory-reference-intervals
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B Schmidt, M Tameris, H Geldenhuys, A Luabeya, E Bunyasi, T Hawkridge, J B McClain, H Mahomed, T J Scriba, H McShane, M Hatherill
OBJECTIVE: Paediatric laboratory reference intervals used in Africa and Asia may be derived from historical intervals of predominantly Caucasian infants in Europe or North America. These intervals may therefore not be compatible with the range of normality for developing country populations. We aimed to compare haematology and biochemistry parameters in healthy South African infants with local laboratory reference intervals. METHODS: We compared the baseline haematology and biochemistry results of 634 (316 male and 318 female) HIV-unexposed infants, aged 3-6 months, living in a rural area of the Western Cape Province, South Africa, against laboratory reference intervals supplied by the South African National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS)...
November 15, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123075/evaluation-of-the-awareness-of-attitude-to-and-knowledge-about-fertility-preservation-in-cancer-patients-among-clinical-practitioners-in-hong-kong
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J Pw Chung, T Th Lao, T C Li
INTRODUCTION: Individuals can be exposed to gonadotoxic agents in the course of treatment for cancers and other medical conditions. Fertility preservation refers to strategies that aim to preserve fertility by protecting it against the damage inflicted by gonadotoxic treatment. Many young patients are prescribed gonadotoxic treatment without prior counselling. This study aimed to study the awareness of, attitude to, and knowledge about fertility preservation among clinicians in Hong Kong...
November 10, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065103/family-history-of-cancer-in-children-and-adolescents-with-germ-cell-tumours-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Jenny N Poynter, Michaela Richardson, Michelle Roesler, Mark Krailo, James F Amatruda, A Lindsay Frazier
BACKGROUND: Studies of family history of cancer in paediatric germ cell tumours (GCTs) are few, and none has had sufficient sample size to specifically evaluate family history of GCT. METHODS: We utilised family history data from a paediatric GCT study to calculate standardised incidence ratios (SIR) for GCT and other cancers using age- and sex-specific incidence rates from the SEER Program. RESULTS: This analysis included 7998 relatives of paediatric GCT probands...
October 24, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057084/changes-in-the-haematological-parameters-of-hiv-1-infected-children-at-6-and-12-months-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-large-clinic-cohort-north-central-nigeria
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Augustine O Ebonyi, Stephen Oguche, Martha O Ochoga, Oche O Agbaji, Joseph A Anejo-Okopi, Isaac O Abah, Prosper I Okonkwo, John A Idoko
BACKGROUND: Prior to commencing antiretroviral therapy (ART), haematological abnormalities are a common occurrence in individuals diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In the course of receiving ART, these abnormalities usually improve. We determined the prevalence of haematological abnormalities in children diagnosed with HIV-1 and the changes in haematological parameters that occur after 6 and 12 months of being on ART. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of HIV-1 infected children aged 2 months to 15 years, between July 2005 and March 2013, at the paediatric HIV clinic of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Virus Eradication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055843/revisiting-the-definition-of-dose-limiting-toxicities-in-paediatric-oncology-phase-i-clinical-trials-an-analysis-from-the-innovative-therapies-for-children-with-cancer-consortium
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Francisco Bautista, Lucas Moreno, Lynley Marshall, Andrew D J Pearson, Birgit Geoerger, Xavier Paoletti
BACKGROUND: Dose-escalation trials aim to identify the maximum tolerated dose and, importantly, the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) and rely on the occurrence of dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) during the first treatment cycle. Molecularly targeted agents (MTAs) often follow continuous and prolonged administrations, displaying a distinct toxicity profile compared to conventional chemotherapeutics, and classical DLT criteria might not be appropriate to evaluate MTAs' toxicity. We investigated this issue in children...
October 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037749/psychopathological-features-in-noonan-syndrome
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Francesca Perrino, Serena Licchelli, Giulia Serra, Giorgia Piccini, Cristina Caciolo, Patrizio Pasqualetti, Flavia Cirillo, Chiara Leoni, Maria Cristina Digilio, Giuseppe Zampino, Marco Tartaglia, Paolo Alfieri, Stefano Vicari
INTRODUCTION: Noonan syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by short stature, skeletal and haematological/lymphatic defects, distinctive facies, cryptorchidism, and a wide spectrum of congenital heart defects. Recurrent features also include variable cognitive deficits and behavioural problems. Recent research has been focused on the assessment of prevalence, age of onset and characterization of psychiatric features in this disorder. Herein, we evaluated the prevalence of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depressive symptoms and syndromes in a cohort of individuals with clinical and molecular diagnosis of NS...
January 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025447/enough-is-not-enough-medical-students-knowledge-of-early-warning-signs-of-childhood-cancer
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Jennifer Ann Geel, Brent T Stevenson, Rebecca B Jennings, Lisa E Krook, Sinead J Winnan, Bracha T Katz, T J Fox, Lukhanyo Nyati
BACKGROUND: The reported incidence of childhood cancer in upper-middle-income South Africa (SA) is much lower than in high-income countries, partly due to under-diagnosis and under-reporting. Documented survival rates are disturbingly low, prompting an analysis of potential factors that may be responsible. OBJECTIVES: To determine final-year medical students' level of knowledge of early warning signs of childhood cancer and whether a correlation existed between test scores and participants' age, gender and previous exposure to a person with cancer...
June 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983968/individualized-6-mercaptopurine-increments-in-consolidation-treatment-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-nopho-randomized-controlled-trial
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Morten Tulstrup, Thomas L Frandsen, Jonas Abrahamsson, Bendik Lund, Kim Vettenranta, Olafur Gisli Jonsson, Hanne Vibeke Hansen Marquart, Birgitte Klug Albertsen, Mats Heyman, Kjeld Schmiegelow
OBJECTIVES: This randomized controlled trial tested the hypothesis that children with non-high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia could benefit from individualized 6-mercaptopurine increments during consolidation therapy (NCT00816049). Primary and secondary end points were end of consolidation minimal residual disease (MRD) positivity and event-free survival. METHODS: 392 patients were randomized to experimental and 396 to standard therapy. Patients allocated to standard therapy received oral 6-mercaptopurine (25 mg/m(2) /day) from days 30 to 85, while the experimental arm received stepwise increments of additional 25 mg/m(2) /day beginning on days 50 and/or 71 unless dose-limiting myelosuppression had occurred...
October 6, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969188/primary-intestinal-lymphangiectasia-waldmann-s-disease-presenting-with-chylous-effusions-in-a-15-year-old
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Vijay Surampalli, Srinath Ramaswamy, Deepanjali Surendran, Chanaveerappa Bammigatti, Rathinam Palamalai Swaminathan
Primary Intestinal Lymphangiectasia (PIL) is a rare disease of unknown aetiology which presents in the paediatric age group with anasarca, diarrhoea, hypoproteinaemia, lymphoedema and chylous effusions. Tuberculosis, filariasis, chest trauma, malignancies and haematological disorders usually contribute to most cases of secondary lymphangiectasia and chylous effusions. We hereby describe a case of PIL presenting with chylous effusions which remained undiagnosed for eight years.
August 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941075/patient-perspectives-on-priorities-for-emergency-medicine-research-the-perspex-study
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Stuart Vb McLay, David McCutcheon, Glenn Arendts, Stephen Pj Macdonald, Daniel M Fatovich
OBJECTIVES: To determine the priorities for emergency medicine research of patients currently in an ED and to compare their priorities with those of ACEM researchers. METHODS: A survey of current patients in the EDs of Royal Perth Hospital and Armadale Health Service. Patients gave their reason for presentation, suggested three important research priorities for emergency medicine and ranked their top 5 choices from a pre-specified list published by the ACEM researchers...
September 21, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930728/uk-renal-registry-19th-annual-report-chapter-9-clinical-haematological-and-biochemical-parameters-in-patients-on-renal-replacement-therapy-in-paediatric-centres-in-the-uk-in-2015-national-and-centre-specific-analyses
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Alexander J Hamilton, Fiona Braddon, Anna Casula, Malcolm Lewis, Tamara Mallett, Stephen D Marks, Mohan Shenoy, Manish D Sinha, Yincent Tse, Heather Maxwell
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2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876692/paediatric-splenectomy-the-johannesburg-experience
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N Patel, A Nicola, P Bennett, E Mapunda, J Loveland, A Grieve
BACKGROUND: Splenectomy is uncommon in children and data on splenectomies in the South African paediatric population is sparse. A deeper understanding of the demographics, indications, techniques, and postoperative management of patients requiring splenectomy may improve care. METHOD: Patient records for all splenectomies performed in children aged 0 to 16 years at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic (CMJAH) and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospitals (CHBAH) between 2000 and 2015 were reviewed...
June 2017: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866630/primary-osteoporosis-in-children
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Lay Ong Tan, Soo Yen Lim, Rashida Farhad Vasanwala
Osteoporosis in childhood is uncommon, and it may be secondary to a spectrum of diverse conditions. Idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis is a primary osteoporosis of unknown aetiology present in previously well children and is a diagnosis of exclusion. We describe a 10-year-old prepubertal boy who presented with back pain of 1-week duration. His spinal X-ray showed generalised loss of vertebral body heights in keeping with osteoporosis. Endocrine and haematological work-up were normal. He was treated with vitamin D supplement and intravenous pamidronate...
September 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845131/results-of-neuroblastoma-treatment-in-lithuania-a-single-centre-experience
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Austėja Juškaitė, Indrė Tamulienė, Jelena Rascon
BACKGROUND: Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid tumour in children. This is a very rare disease with heterogeneous biology varying from complete spontaneous regression to a highly aggressive tumour responsible for 15% of malignancy-related death in early childhood. Analyses of survival rates in Europe have shown a considerable difference between Northern/Western and Eastern European countries. Treatment results of NB in Lithuania have never been analyzed. AIM: To assess the survival rate of children with NB according to initial spread of the disease, age at diagnosis, the MYCN amplification, risk group, and treatment period...
2017: Acta Medica Lituanica
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