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Chen Zhan, Natalia Grundtvig, Bent Helmuth Klug
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies suggest that lung ultrasound is a good, radiation-free alternative to chest radiography in children with pneumonia. We investigated how bedside lung ultrasound performed by a pediatric resident compared with chest radiography in children with suspected pneumonia. METHODS: This was a prospective study comparing bedside lung ultrasound to chest radiography as the reference standard. Children aged 0 to 15 years with suspected pneumonia at a pediatric emergency department were included and underwent chest radiography and lung ultrasound...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Ida Glode Helmuth, Marcella Ditte Broccia, Jonathan Peter Glenthøj, Katja Harder, Lise Jensen, Marie-Louise von Linstow, Anja Poulsen, Kåre Mølbak
BACKGROUND: Varicella, common in childhood and most often self-limiting, may cause complications including bacterial superinfection, pneumonia and encephalitis. Universal childhood varicella vaccination has been introduced in several countries, but is controversial in Europe. In Denmark, varicella is not part of the national immunization program and there is no national surveillance of varicella. The primary aim of the study was to describe the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of children hospitalized with varicella in Denmark...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Roberta Petrucci, Giulia Lombardi, Ilaria Corsini, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Francesca Visciotti, Filippo Bernardi, Maria Paola Landini, Salvatore Cazzato, Paola Dal Monte
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT) is uncertain in the pediatric population, while tuberculin skin test (TST) is still conventionally used despite its limitations. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of QFT-IT with TST in a large cohort of children screened for TB infection because of contact tracing, suspected TB, arrival from endemic country or immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 517 children 0-14 years of age evaluated at the pediatric unit of the S...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Kelsey Chinnadurai, Lindy Fenlason, Brian Bridges, Mana Espahbodi, Sivakumar Chinnadurai, Jane Blood-Siegfried
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common nosocomial infection in pediatric intensive care units (ICUs). Ventilator-associated pneumonia protocols decrease the incidence of VAP; however, many components of these protocols are not feasible in all settings. This study was done in a large pediatric hospital in Nicaragua. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to implement a sustainable evidence-based VAP protocol, in a different culture, for the purpose of decreasing VAP rates...
November 2016: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
Aran Kanagaratnam, Steven Phan, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvilli, Kevin Phan
BACKGROUND: Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital chest wall deformity. The two most common surgical techniques for its correction are the modified Ravitch technique and the minimally invasive Nuss technique. Despite both procedures being used widely, data comparing them are scarce. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of comparative studies to evaluate these procedures. A systematic search of the literature was performed from six electronic databases...
September 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Jessica Correa Marin, Juan Pablo Ovalle Granados, Juan David Urrea Llano, Sonia Roque Cañas, Alonso Oviedo Arqueta, Mercedes de la Torre
Tracheobronchial pediatric tumors are very rare and procedures like pneumonectomy are seldomly indicated due to the associated morbidity. If a surgical approach is considered, the ideal oncological technique would be the minimally invasive sleeve resection, allowing preservation of lung parenchyma (very important in pediatric patients). Here we present the first report of a thoracoscopic right upper tracheo-bronchial sleeve lobectomy in a pediatric patient. A 10-year-old female patient, who received multiple antibiotic treatments for recurrent pneumonia without improvement, was diagnosed with a right upper lobe (RUL) carcinoid tumor...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Mansour Amin, Mozhgan Ghaderpanah, Tahereh Navidifar
Meningitis is a life-threatening infection associated with a high mortality and morbidity worldwide. Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae are the most prevalent infectious agents that cause bacterial meningitis (BM). The objective of this study was to determine the frequencies of these three bacteria using bacterial cultures and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In our cross-sectional study, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were obtained from 196 patients who were suspected of having BM and referred to the pediatric ward of Abuzar Hospital (Ahvaz, Iran)...
October 2016: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Başak Yıldız-Atıkan, Bülent Karapınar, Şöhret Aydemir, Fadıl Vardar
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is defined as pneumonia occuring in any period of mechanical ventilation. There is no optimal diagnostic method in current use and in this study we aimed to compare two non-invasive diagnostic methods used in diagnosis of VAP in children. This prospective study was conducted in 8 bedded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Ege University Children´s Hospital. Endotracheal aspiration (ETA) and non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) were performed in case of developing VIP after 48 hours of ventilation...
November 2015: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Kyung-Ran Kim, Jong Min Kim, Ji-Man Kang, Yae-Jean Kim
[This corrects the article on p. 252 in vol. 59, PMID: 27462353.].
September 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Tatyana V Spichak, Svetlana B Yatsyshina, Lubov К Кatosova, Svetlana S Кim, Matti O Korppi
: The role that rhinoviruses, enteroviruses, parainfluenza viruses, coronaviruses and human bocavirus play in pediatric pneumonia is insufficiently studied. We used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to study 9 virus groups, including 16 different viruses or viral strains, in 56 ambulatory children with radiologically confirmed community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The same tests were carried out on 474 apparently healthy control children of the same age and sex. The mean age of children with CAP was 6...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
Charles A James, Leah E Braswell, Amir H Pezeshkmehr, Paula K Roberson, James A Parks, Mary B Moore
BACKGROUND: Complicated pleural effusion prolongs the hospital course of pneumonia. Chest tube placement with instillation of fibrinolytic medication allows efficient drain output and decreases hospital stay. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate experience with lower fibrinolytic dose for parapneumonic effusions and to assess potential dose stratification based on a simple ultrasound grading system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical record to identify children and young adults who received fibrinolytic therapy for parapneumonic effusion and had chest tube placement by an interventional radiology service at a single children's hospital...
October 5, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Wanli Li, Xinjiang An, Mingyu Fu, Chunli Li
Pneumonia refers to lung inflammation caused by different pathogens or other factors, and is a common pediatric disease occurring in infants and young children. It is closely related to the anatomical and physiological characteristics of infants and young children and is more frequent during winter and spring, or sudden changes in temperature. Pneumonia is a serious disease that poses a threat to children's health and its morbidity and mortality rank first, accounting for 24.5-65.2% of pediatric inpatients...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Revital Abitbul, Israel Amirav, Hannah Blau, Soliman Alkrinawi, Micha Aviram, David Shoseyov, Lea Bentur, Avraham Avital, Chaim Springer, Moran Lavie, Dario Prais, Husein Dabbah, Nael Elias, Arnon Elizur, Shmuel Goldberg, Avigdor Hevroni, Eitan Kerem, Anthony Luder, Yehudah Roth, Malena Cohen-Cymberknoh, Marta Ben Ami, Avigdor Mandelberg, Galit Livnat, Elie Picard, Joseph Rivlin, Moshe Rotschild, Ruth Soferman, Niki T Loges, Heike Olbrich, Claudius Werner, Alexander Wolter, Martina Herting, Julia Wallmeier, Johanna Raidt, Heymut Omran, Huda Mussaffi
BACKGROUND: Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) is rare and its features in Israel have not been described. AIMS: to assess prevalence utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, and describe clinical features, diagnostic and management practices in Israel. METHODS: A national multicenter study from 2012 to 2013 recruited patients diagnosed or suspected of having PCD. Diagnosis was verified using: nasal Nitric Oxide (nNO); High-speed Video Microscope Analysis (HVMA); Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) of cilia; Immuno-fluorescence staining (IF) for ciliary proteins, and genetic analysis...
October 2016: Respiratory Medicine
Derek J Williams, Yuwei Zhu, Carlos G Grijalva, Wesley H Self, Frank E Harrell, Carrie Reed, Chris Stockmann, Sandra R Arnold, Krow K Ampofo, Evan J Anderson, Anna M Bramley, Richard G Wunderink, Jonathan A McCullers, Andrew T Pavia, Seema Jain, Kathryn M Edwards
BACKGROUND: Substantial morbidity and excessive care variation are seen with pediatric pneumonia. Accurate risk-stratification tools to guide clinical decision-making are needed. METHODS: We developed risk models to predict severe pneumonia outcomes in children (<18 years) by using data from the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community Study, a prospective study of community-acquired pneumonia hospitalizations conducted in 3 US cities from January 2010 to June 2012...
September 29, 2016: Pediatrics
Yolanda Peña-López, Montserrat Pujol, Magda Campins, Alicia González-Antelo, Jose Ángel Rodrigo, Joan Balcells, Jordi Rello
OBJECTIVE: To reduce ventilator-associated infections (VARI) and improve outcomes for children. METHODS: This prospective interventional cohort study was conducted in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) over three periods: pre-intervention, early post-intervention, and late post-intervention. These children were on mechanical ventilation (MV) for ≥48h. RESULTS: Overall, 312 children (11.9% of whom underwent tracheostomy) and 6187 ventilator-days were assessed...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
P Benson Ham, Brice Hwang, Linda J Wise, K Christian Walters, Walter L Pipkin, Charles G Howell, Jatinder Bhatia, Robyn Hatley
Conventional treatment of respiratory failure involves positive pressure ventilation that can worsen lung damage. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is typically used when conventional therapy fails. In this study, we evaluated the use of venovenous (VV)-ECMO for the treatment of severe pediatric respiratory failure at our institution. A retrospective analysis of pediatric patients (age 1-18) placed on ECMO in the last 15 years (1999-2014) by the pediatric surgery team for respiratory failure was performed...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Joyce Li, Stephanie Pryor, Ben Choi, Chris A Rees, Mamata V Senthil, Nicholas Tsarouhas, Sage R Myers, Michael C Monuteaux, Richard G Bachur
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the reasons for pediatric emergency department (ED) transfers and the professional characteristics of transferring providers. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, cross-sectional survey of ED medical providers transferring patients younger than 18 years to 1 of 4 tertiary care children's hospitals. Referring providers completed surveys detailing the primary reasons for transfer and their medical training. RESULTS: The survey data were collected for 25 months, during which 641 medical providers completed 890 surveys, with an overall response rate of 25%...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
M Larquey, E Mahé
Postinfectious erythema multiforme is an uncommon skin disease in childhood that can have a strong impact, especially in infants if there is involvement of the mucous membranes. The lesion is targeted (central bullous lesions with three concentric circles). Its diagnosis is typically made clinically. Atypical forms are the highly inflammatory, mainly bullous type, with exclusive involvement of the mucous membrane, or recurrent erythema multiforme. The diagnosis of erythema multiforme is frequently suspected in children with urticaria multiforme...
September 20, 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Shaoli Li, Hongmei Sun, Fei Liu, Yanling Feng, Hanqing Zhao, Guanhua Xue, Chao Yan
BACKGROUND: Cases of macrolide-resistant Mycoplasma pneumoniae have increased rapidly since 2000, especially in Asia. Patients infected with macrolide-resistant M pneumoniae usually present with severe M pneumoniae pneumonia. The aim of this study was to identify indicators for whether children at an early stage of M pneumoniae infection develop mild or severe pneumonia. CASE SUMMARY: Herein, we retrospectively reviewed 2 pediatric cases caused by macrolide-resistant M pneumoniae, but with markedly different severity of pneumonia...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Capan Konca, Mehmet Tekin, Mehmet Turgut
BACKGROUND: Some studies in the literature support the use of either inhaled or systemic steroids for the treatment of chemical pneumonitis; however, no data have been published on the combined use of inhaled and intravenous (IV) steroids. OBJECTIVES: This brief report describes the effective use of inhaled plus systemic steroids in managing six critical pediatric patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Medical records of patients were analyzed retrospectively...
July 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
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