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Apparent Life Threatening

Ann Esquivel, William W Busse
Anaphylaxis is a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that may follow the ingestion of foods. Although these reactions usually follow a common clinical pattern and often demonstrate IgE sensitization to the antigen in question, both the clinical presentation and causative allergen may be atypical, surprising, and difficult to identify. Failure to identify the actual cause of the reaction can compromise treatment and complicate long-term care. Here, we present a patient who had symptoms of anaphylaxis after eating salmon, but confirmation of the causative allergen was not readily apparent...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Tanja Radovanovic, Slobodan Spasojevic, Vesna Stojanovic, Aleksandra Doronjski
INTRODUCTION: An apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) is defined as "an episode that is frightening to the observer and is characterized by some combination of apnea, color change, marked change of muscle tone, choking, or gagging." OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to determine etiology and outcome of severe ALTE (requiring resuscitation measures) and to review diagnostic approaches in infants hospitalized after such an episode of ALTE. METHODS: Retrospective analysis included patients hospitalized at the Intensive Care Unit, Institute of Child and Youth Healthcare of Vojvodina, after an episode of severe ALTE over a 4-year period...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Wayne Stark, Annie Rominger, Fred Warkentine, Kerry Caperell
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic utility of empiric head computed tomography (CT) in apparent life threatening event (ALTE). METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of children younger than 12 months presenting to an urban pediatric hospital and its suburban satellite for an ALTE from October 2009 to December 2012. The ALTE cases were identified as having had a diagnosis of ALTE (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision 799...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Daniel R Duncan, Janine Amirault, Paul Mitchell, Kara Larson, Rachel L Rosen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of oropharyngeal dysfunction with resultant aspiration in patients admitted after apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) and to determine if historical characteristics could predict this oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration risk. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients admitted to Boston Children's Hospital between 2012 and 2015 with a diagnosis of ALTE to determine the frequency of evaluation for oropharyngeal dysphagia using videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) and clinical feeding evaluations, to determine the prevalence of swallowing dysfunction in subjects admitted after ALTE and to compare presenting historical characteristics to swallow study results RESULTS:: 188 children were admitted with a diagnosis of ALTE of which 29% (nā€Š=ā€Š55) had an assessment of swallowing by VFSS...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Kathleen Meert, Russell Telford, Richard Holubkov, Beth S Slomine, James R Christensen, J Michael Dean, Frank W Moler
OBJECTIVE: To explore the safety and efficacy of targeted temperature management amongst infants with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to an apparent life threatening event (ALTE) recruited to the Therapeutic Hypothermia after Paediatric Cardiac Arrest Out-of-Hospital trial. METHODS: Fifty-four infants (48h to <1year of age) with ALTE who received chest compressions for ā‰„2min, were comatose, and required mechanical ventilation after return of circulation were included...
October 11, 2016: Resuscitation
T Irevall, I Axelsson, E Naumburg
AIM: Adverse neurological symptoms have been linked to vitamin B12 deficiency in infants. This explorative study described the clinical presentation associated with vitamin B12 deficiency in this age group. METHODS: The study comprised infants who were born between 2004-2012 and were tested for vitamin B12 levels after they were admitted to a hospital with neurological symptoms at less than one year of age. Vitamin B12 deficiency was defined as low cobalamin in serum and, or, increased homocysteine and, or, increased methylmalonate...
October 13, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Donna Gillies, Licia Maiocchi, Abhishta P Bhandari, Fiona Taylor, Carl Gray, Louise O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma are at high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other negative emotional, behavioural and mental health outcomes, all of which are associated with high personal and health costs. A wide range of psychological treatments are used to prevent negative outcomes associated with trauma in children and adolescents. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of psychological therapies in preventing PTSD and associated negative emotional, behavioural and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents who have undergone a traumatic event...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Samantha L Schoell, Andrea N Doud, Ashley A Weaver, Jennifer W Talton, Ryan T Barnard, James E Winslow, Joel D Stitzel
BACKGROUND: Occult injuries are not easily detected and can be potentially life-threatening. The purpose of this study was to quantify the perceived occultness of the most frequent motor vehicle crash injuries according to emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. STUDY DESIGN: An electronic survey was distributed to 1,125 EMS professionals who were asked to quantify the likelihood that first responders would miss symptoms related to a particular injury on a 5-point Likert scale...
October 7, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Rekha Krishnasarma, Liza Green Golan Mackintosh, Francine Bynum
Many children who are admitted to pediatric hospitals with the chief complaint of apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) are, in fact, well appearing by the time the inpatient medical team evaluates the patient. This presents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. We describe a case of a six-month-old full-term female presenting with an ALTE and found to have a double aortic arch, a congenital anomaly that usually presents with a more progressive onset of symptoms such as chronic cough, positional stridor, and feeding difficulties...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Hee Joung Choi, Yeo Hyang Kim
An apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) is defined as the combination of clinical presentations such as apnea, marked change in skin and muscle tone, gagging, or choking. It is a frightening event, and it predominantly occurs during infancy at a mean age of 1-3 months. The causes of ALTE are categorized into problems that are: gastrointestinal (50%), neurological (30%), respiratory (20%), cardiovascular (5%), metabolic and endocrine (2%-5%), or others such as child abuse. Up to 50% of ALTEs are idiopathic, where the cause cannot be diagnosed...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Lene H Garvey
Perioperative hypersensitivity reactions are rare, often life-threatening events, and subsequent investigations to identify the culprit are important to avoid re-exposure. All exposures in the perioperative setting may potentially be the cause of a hypersensitivity reaction, but drugs administered intravenously such as neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA), induction agents and antibiotics have traditionally been reported to be implicated most commonly. It has recently become apparent that there are geographical differences in sensitization patterns related to variation in exposures, referral patterns and performance and interpretation of investigations...
October 4, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Qin Xu, Dakshesh Patel, Xian Zhang, Richard D Veenstra
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are small molecule anti-cancer therapeutics that exhibit limiting cardiotoxicities including QT interval prolongation and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Because the molecular mechanisms for HDAC inhibitor-induced cardiotoxicity are poorly understood, we performed whole cell patch voltage clamp experiments to measure cardiac sodium currents (INa) from wild-type neonatal mouse ventricular or human induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes treated with trichostatin A (TSA), vorinostat (VOR), or romidepsin (FK228)...
September 16, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Tommaso Martino, Donato Melchionda, Paolo Tonti, Vincenzo De Francesco, Alessandra Lalla, Luigi Maria Specchio, Carlo Avolio
Apparently, unexplained weight loss is a common symptom experienced by patients affected by Parkinson's disease, especially in those treated by levodopa-carbidopa infusion gel (LCIG) with a poor control of dyskinesias. Weight loss is considered part of gastrointestinal dysfunction seen in patients affected by Parkinson's disease, along with gastroparesis and reduced bowel peristalsis. In patients treated with LCIG, weight loss needs to be accurately evaluated, because of possible underlying life-threatening adverse events, like duodenum decubitus ulcer...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Huifang Liu, Jiachuan Xiong, Jun Zhang, Ying Zhang, Ling Nie, Yiqin Wang, Jinghong Zhao
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is a life-threatening condition that causes renal failure. Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignant proliferation of monoclonal plasma cells in the blood that can also cause renal failure. The two diseases have high morbidity and mortality rates in the elderly, with a poor prognosis. A 64-year-old female presented to Xinqiao Hospital (Chonqing, China) with fatigue and a poor appetite that had been apparent for 6 weeks. Laboratory tests revealed a serum creatinine level of 10...
September 2016: Oncology Letters
Mathew Nelson, Kirk Szustkiewicz, Brendon Stankard
BACKGROUND: Emergency bedside point-of-care ultrasound provides an extremely fast and cost-effective diagnostic modality for the diagnosis of vascular abnormalities, such as pseudoaneurysms. The cost-benefit and timing advantages of ultrasound are increasingly apparent when compared to more conventional diagnostic tests, such as computed tomography angiography and magnetic resonance angiography scans. CASE REPORT: A 33-year-old man with no medical history presented to our emergency department complaining of a constant, throbbing, left-sided headache over his temple with an associated mass...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jee-Boong Lee
Due to the increasing prevalence and number of life-threatening cases, food allergy has emerged as a major health concern. The classic immune response seen during food allergy is allergen-specific IgE sensitization and hypersensitivity reactions to foods occur in the effector phase with often severe and deleterious outcomes. Recent research has advanced understanding of the immunological mechanisms occurring during the effector phase of allergic reactions to ingested food. Therefore, this review will not only cover the mucosal immune system of the gastrointestinal tract and the immunological mechanisms underlying IgE-mediated food allergy, but will also introduce cells recently identified to have a role in the hypersensitivity reaction to food allergens...
August 2016: Immune Network
Christian David Weber, Christian Herren, Thomas Dienstknecht, Frank Hildebrand, Sebastian Keil, Hans-Christoph Pape, Philipp Kobbe
BACKGROUND: Life-threatening arterial bleeding from fragility fractures of the pelvis are very rare but associated with significant mortality, especially in anticoagulated patients. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report the successful interdisciplinary management of a 78-year-old woman under anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy who had life-threatening arterial hemorrhage from the pubic rami following a fragility fracture of the pelvis. Our management strategy included early hemorrhage control by means of selective arterial embolization followed by surgical fracture stabilization and surgical hematoma evacuation...
September 2016: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
H H Yin, M Wang, Z L Li, C Yao, Z J Hu, J S Wang, G Q Chang, S M Wang
OBJECTIVE: To summarize our experience in the management of stent-graft infection after endo-vascular aortic repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). METHODS: Data of patients who were diagnosed as endo-graft infection following EVAR and admitted in our center between January 2000 and December 2015 were reviewed. Clinical records including causes of infection, medical history, re-operative procedures, and prognostic data were analysed. RESULTS: A total of 10 male patients, aged 45-72 years (averaged 62...
August 9, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Erin DeMartino, Ronald S Go, Robert Vassallo
Several histiocytic disorders may affect the thoracic cavity. Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is the histiocytic disorder that most frequently manifests with thoracic involvement in adults and is associated with cigarette smoking. The histiocytic disorders follow variable clinical courses ranging from benign disease to life-threatening aggressive disorders. Although the pathogenesis is not fully understood, it is now apparent that some of these disorders are associated with activating mutations in cell proliferative/regulatory pathways...
September 2016: Clinics in Chest Medicine
Gustavo Nino, R B Govindan, Tareq Al-Shargabi, Marina Metzler, An N Massaro, Geovanny F Perez, Robert McCarter, Carl E Hunt, Adre J du Plessis
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August 1, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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