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Pediatric suicide

Elizabeth D Ballard, Mary Cwik, Kathryn Van Eck, Mitchell Goldstein, Clarissa Alfes, Mary Ellen Wilson, Jane M Virden, Lisa M Horowitz, Holly C Wilcox
The pediatric emergency department (ED) is a critical location for the identification of children and adolescents at risk for suicide. Screening instruments that can be easily incorporated into clinical practice in EDs to identify and intervene with patients at increased suicide risk is a promising suicide prevention strategy and patient safety objective. This study is a retrospective review of the implementation of a brief suicide screen for pediatric psychiatric ED patients as standard of care. The Ask Suicide Screening Questions (ASQ) was implemented in an urban pediatric ED for patients with psychiatric presenting complaints...
September 27, 2016: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
Nour Mekaoui, Lamiae Karboubi, Fatima Zahra Ouadghiri, Badr Sououd Benjelloun Dakhama
Suicidal behavior among children has significantly increased in Morocco. We conducted a study on the epidemiological aspect to propose a treatment strategy. Descriptive retrospective study over a period of 3 years (April 2012-April 2015) involving children who visited pediatric medical emergencies of the Children Hospital of Rabat after an autolysis attempt. We observed epidemiological parameters, history, social and family context, the means used, the presumed cause, clinical manifestation, and the management...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Wen Wee Ma, Muhammad Wasif Saif, Bassel F El-Rayes, Marwan G Fakih, Thomas H Cartwright, James A Posey, Thomas R King, Reid W von Borstel, Michael K Bamat
BACKGROUND: Increased susceptibility to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)/capecitabine can lead to rapidly occurring toxicity caused by impaired clearance, dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency, and other genetic variations in the enzymes that metabolize 5-FU. Life-threatening 5-FU overdoses occur because of infusion pump errors, dosage miscalculations, and accidental or suicidal ingestion of capecitabine. Uridine triacetate (Vistogard) was approved in 2015 for adult and pediatric patients who exhibit early-onset severe or life-threatening 5-FU/capecitabine toxicities or present with an overdose...
September 13, 2016: Cancer
Hoi Yan Tong, Nicolás Medrano, Alberto Manuel Borobia, José Antonio Ruiz, Ana María Martínez, Julia Martín, Manuel Quintana, Santos García, Antonio José Carcas, Elena Ramírez
BACKGROUND: There are few data on hepatotoxicity induced by acute or chronic paracetamol poisoning in the pediatric population. Paracetamol poisoning data can reveal the weaknesses of paracetamol poisoning management guidelines. METHODS: We retrospectively studied the patients of less than 18 years old with measurable paracetamol levels, who were brought to the emergency department (ED) of La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain, for suspected paracetamol overdoses between 2005 and 2010...
July 23, 2016: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Fabienne Ligier, Bernard Kabuth, Francis Guillemin
BACKGROUND: Suicide attempt among adolescents is a public health problem around the world. The risk of recurrence is high: about 30 % of adolescents. New ways to prevent suicide attempt recurrence being developed for adult suicide attempters include maintaining contact with them, and results are encouraging. METHODS/DESIGN: The MEDIACONNEX study will be a simple blinded, parallel-group, multicenter randomised controlled trial. It will compare usual care alone to a program based on usual care plus short message service (SMS) provided to adolescents who attempt suicide and who receive treatment in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry units at hospitals in eastern France...
2016: BMC Psychiatry
Matthew D Hensley, Vikhyat S Bebarta, Douglas J Borys
OBJECTIVE: Significant adverse effects after acute pediatric methotrexate (MTX) exposures have been limited to parenteral exposures. Treatment recommendations for pediatric MTX exposures do not differentiate between routes of exposure. We report the incidence of significant clinical effects and drug-specific treatments reported in a large series of acute, pediatric MTX ingestions. METHODS: Poison center records of all MTX ingestions by patients younger than 17 years during 2000 to 2005 were collected from 6 poison centers...
July 2, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Benjamin Shain
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents 15 to 19 years old. This report updates the previous statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is intended to assist pediatricians, in collaboration with other child and adolescent health care professionals, in the identification and management of the adolescent at risk for suicide. Suicide risk can only be reduced, not eliminated, and risk factors provide no more than guidance. Nonetheless, care for suicidal adolescents may be improved with the pediatrician's knowledge, skill, and comfort with the topic, as well as ready access to appropriate community resources and mental health professionals...
July 2016: Pediatrics
Elisabeth A Frazier, Lance P Swenson, Tracy Mullare, Daniel P Dickstein, Jeffrey I Hunt
Depression with mixed features is poorly understood, especially in pediatric samples. This study compares symptoms and correlates of depressed adolescent inpatients with mixed features to inpatients with bipolar disorder and major depression. 407 adolescents were administered diagnostic interviews and self-reports, and 262 were categorized as Depression with Mixed Features (MXD; n = 38), Consensus Bipolar (CB; n = 79), or Depression Only (DO; n = 145). Demographic and morbidity information were collected via chart reviews...
June 27, 2016: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
A Mestanikova, I Ondrejka, M Mestanik, I Hrtanek, E Snircova, I Tonhajzerova
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is characterized by dysphoric mood, which may be accompanied by suicidal ideation. It is supposed that MDD is associated with dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, but studies in pediatric patients are rare. Therefore, we aimed to study the relationship between MDD and autonomic regulation in adolescence using the electrodermal activity as an index of sympathetic cholinergic control. We examined 25 adolescents suffering from MDD without comorbidities and prior to pharmacotherapy (13 girls, mean age 14...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Maya Amitai, Sefi Kronenberg, Miri Carmel, Elena Michaelovsky, Amos Frisch, David Brent, Alan Apter, Alon Chen, Abraham Weizman, Silvana Fennig
Pharmacogenetic approach to antidepressant (AD) response is a promising avenue toward individualizing AD treatment. This is particularly relevant in pediatric populations because of concerns about the suicide risk of serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), resulting in a black-box warning. However, to date, no specific gene or polymorphism has been consistently implicated as a marker of AD side effect (SE) in the pediatric population. The aim of this study was to examine the association between polymorphisms in genes related to the serotonergic system and citalopram SE's in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder (MDD)/dysthymia and/or anxiety disorders...
June 20, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Victoria A Reed, Jan K Buitelaar, Ernie Anand, Kathleen Ann Day, Tamás Treuer, Himanshu P Upadhyaya, David R Coghill, Ludmila A Kryzhanovskaya, Nicola C Savill
Atomoxetine is a noradrenergic reuptake inhibitor prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that first gained approval in the USA in 2002 and has been authorized in 97 countries worldwide. The aim of this paper is to comprehensively review publications that addressed one or more of seven major safety topics relevant to atomoxetine treatment of children and adolescents (aged ≥6 years) diagnosed with ADHD. While the review focuses on children and adolescents, publications in which data from patients aged >18 years and from 6 to 18 years were analyzed in the same dataset were included...
July 2016: CNS Drugs
Giulia Serra, Mai Uchida, Claudia Battaglia, Maria Pia Casini, Lavinia De Chiara, Joseph Biederman, Stefano Vicari, Janet Wozniak
Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a highly morbid pediatric psychiatric disease, consistently associated with family psychiatric history of mood disorders and associated with high levels of morbidity and disability and with a great risk of suicide. While there is a general consensus on the symptomatology of depression in childhood, the phenomenology of pediatric mania is still highly debated and the course and long-term outcome of pediatric BD still need to be clarified. We reviewed the available studies on the phenomenology of pediatric mania with the aim of summarizing the prevalence, demographics, clinical correlates and course of these two types of pediatric mania...
June 6, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
N Ibrahim, R de Tournemire, P Jacquin, C Stheneur, B Boudailliez
PURPOSE: The perception of adolescent medicine (AM) among future pediatricians in France has scarcely been explored although adolescent health care is an integral part of the pediatrician's job. Moreover, pediatric residents seem to have a lack of enthusiasm for this field. The aim of this study was to assess the beliefs and perceptions of fourth-year French pediatric residents regarding adolescents and AM. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a national electronic survey among French pediatric residents in their last year of residency...
July 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Stephan Linden, Regina Bussing, Paul Kubilis, Tobias Gerhard, Richard Segal, Jonathan J Shuster, Almut G Winterstein
BACKGROUND: Antidepressant effects on increased suicidality in children have raised public concern in recent years. Approved in 2002 for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatment, the selective noradrenalin-reuptake-inhibitor atomoxetine was initially investigated for the treatment of depression. In post-hoc analyses of clinical trial data, atomoxetine has been associated with an increased risk of suicidal ideation in children and adolescents. We analyzed whether the observed increased risk of suicidal ideation in clinical trials translates into an increased risk of suicidal events in pediatric patients treated with atomoxetine compared with stimulants in 26 Medicaid programs...
May 2016: Pediatrics
Shreya Sharma, Ramachandran Rameshkumar, Subramanian Mahadevan
Cleistanthus collinus, also known as Oduvanthalai in Tamil, is the most commonly encountered plant poison in southern India. The leaves are used for poisoning humans (suicide or homicide) and animals (cattle and fish) and as an abortifacient, especially in rural south India. Although this poisoning is commonly reported in adults, data regarding the use of N-acetylcysteine in pediatric poisoning is lacking. We report two previously healthy male siblings of pediatric age group who ingested the liquid extracted from crushed leaves of this plant given to them by their mother as a means of deliberate harm...
May 29, 2016: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Mariela Mosheva, Ehud Mekori, Shir Kantor, Yael Berg, Abraham Weizman, Doron Gothelf
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to examine if selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) induce psychotic symptoms in children and adolescent outpatients. We secondarily aimed to assess the occurrence of adverse events (AE), with particular interest in psychiatric adverse events (PAE), timing of their onset, and the effectiveness of antidepressants in children and adolescents. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the computerized medical records of children and adolescents treated with antidepressants (SSRIs or SNRIs) for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders...
June 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Mónica E Bella, Vanesa Borgiattino
INTRODUCTION: Health care services show epidemiological changes and an increase in the number of consultations due to mental causes and violence without having the necessary capacity to respond to this increasing demand. OBJECTIVE: To analyze and compare the demand for hospitalization due to psychosocial causes in a pediatric hospital during three different periods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Descriptive, retrospective study. The cases were children/adolescents hospitalized for psychosocial causes at Hospital de Niños de la Santísima Trinidad, Córdoba...
June 1, 2016: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Rikke Lindgaard Hedeland, Grete Teilmann, Marianne Hørby Jørgensen, Line Rejkjaer Thiesen, Jesper Andersen
AIM: This study explored the relationships between suicidal adolescents and their parents, siblings and friends. It examined how much adolescents talked to their parents before suicide attempts, the frequency of self-mutilation, the extent of suicidal ideation, previous suicide attempts and suicide attempts in the adolescent's surroundings. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional case-control study that focused on 381 adolescents aged 10-17 years who were admitted to hospitals across Denmark after suicide attempts with acetaminophen and 296 age- and gender-matched controls recruited from schools...
October 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Vildan Güngörer, Nurdan Kökten Yisldırım
AIM: The study aimed to retrospectively examine the demographic and etiological characteristics, prognosis and length of stay in intensive care unit of intoxicated patients hospitalized in Level two Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Maternity and Child Health Hospital of Samsun. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study retrospectively examined the records of patients hospitalized between 14(th) March 2014 and 14(th) March 2015 in Level two Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Maternity and Child Health Hospital of Samsun with respect to age, gender, cause of poisoning, time of emergency department admission, length of hospitalization and prognosis...
March 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
Gail Hornor
Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a serious and prevalent problem within the adolescent population. NSSI is associated with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses and behavioral concerns. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, has recognized NSSI as its own separate diagnosis. Although there are unique differences between NSSI and suicidal behaviors, a link exists between these behaviors. It is crucial that pediatric nurse practitioners who provide care for adolescents possess a thorough understanding of NSSI...
May 2016: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
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