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Sickle stroke

Michael M Dowling, Charles T Quinn, Claudio Ramaciotti, Julie Kanter, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, Baba Inusa, Rathi Iyer, Janet L Kwiatkowski, Clarissa Johnson, Melissa Rhodes, William Owen, John J Strouse, Julie A Panepinto, Lynne Neumayr, Sharada Sarnaik, Patricia A Plumb, Nomazulu Dlamini, Fenella Kirkham, Linda S Hynan
'Paradoxical' embolization via intracardiac or intrapulmonary right-to-left shunts (RLS) is an established cause of stroke. Hypercoagulable states and increased right heart pressure, which both occur in sickle cell anaemia (SCA), predispose to paradoxical embolization. We hypothesized that children with SCA and overt stroke (SCA + stroke) have an increased prevalence of potential RLS. We performed contrasted transthoracic echocardiograms on 147 children (aged 2-19 years) with SCA + stroke) mean age 12·7 ± 4·8 years, 54·4% male) and a control group without SCA or stroke (n = 123; mean age 12·1 ± 4·9 years, 53·3% male)...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Shannon Kelly, Keith Quirolo, Anne Marsh, Lynne Neumayr, Alicia Garcia, Brian Custer
BACKGROUND: Chronic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion therapy (CTT) is an integral component of the management of severe sickle cell disease (SCD) and can prevent complications, such as stroke. RBC units can be administered via simple transfusion or exchange transfusion, and erythrocytapheresis (automated RBC exchange transfusion [aRBX]), is increasingly used for CTT. Comparisons of simple and aRBX transfusions are limited, and the current scope of aRBX use is not known. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We administered a survey to define current transfusion practices for CTT and performed a review of the erythrocytapheresis literature...
October 19, 2016: Transfusion
Georgios Tsivgoulis, Andrei V Alexandrov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Low cost, avoidance of irradiation, and high temporal resolution are inherent advantages of ultrasound imaging that translate into multiple clinical uses in many domains of neurology. This article presents clinical uses of ultrasound examination in cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative, and peripheral nervous system diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Modern treatment and prevention of ischemic stroke rely on prompt diagnosis. Ultrasonography has found a place as a noninvasive screening test and bedside technique that provides estimates of the degree of stenosis as well as hemodynamic and structural information about intracranial and extracranial vessels in real time...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Amy Geard, Gift D Pule, David Chelo, Valentina Josiane Ngo Bitoungui, Ambroise Wonkam
Sickle cell disease (SCD) vastly impacts the African continent and is associated with cardiovascular diseases. Stroke, kidney disease, and pulmonary hypertension are considered as proxies of severity in SCD with several genomic loci implicated in their heritability. The present expert review examined the current data on epidemiology and genetic risk factors of stroke, pulmonary hypertension, and kidney disease associated with SCD, as indexed in PubMed(®) and Google Scholar(®). Studies collectively show that stroke and kidney disease each affect ∼10% of SCD patients, with pulmonary hypertension displaying a higher prevalence of 30% among adults with SCD...
October 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
Emily Riehm Meier, Angeli Rampersad
Once a fatal disease of childhood, more than 95% of patients born today with sickle cell disease (SCD) in developed countries are expected to survive into adulthood, largely because of improvements in supportive and preventive care (newborn screening, penicillin prophylaxis, transcranial Doppler (TCD) screening). Hydroxyurea (HU) therapy, the only oral medication currently available to prevent SCD complications, has become more widespread over the past 20 years. The NHLBI recommends that HU be offered to all patients with HbSS beginning at nine months of age, and the recently published Abnormal TCD with Transfusions Changing to HU (TWiTCH) trial has shown HU as an acceptable alternative to transfusion therapy for patients at high risk of stroke...
October 5, 2016: Pediatric Research
Elena Cela, Ana G Vélez, Alejandra Aguado, Gabriela Medín, José M Bellón, Cristina Beléndez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Sickle cell anaemia causes progressive organ damage. The objective is to describe school performance of patients with sickle cell anaemia and their clinical parameters and quality of life that may have an influence. The hypothesis is that if school alterations occur without other objective data, additional factors must be present besides the disease itself. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Transversal study performed in November 2015 considering analytical variables, complications and neuroradiological images of children with sickle cell anaemia, and family survey on school performance and quality of life...
September 29, 2016: Medicina Clínica
Halima Bello-Manga, Michael R DeBaun, Adetola A Kassim
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common inherited hemoglobinopathy in the world, with the majority of cases in sub-Saharan Africa. Concomitant nutritional deficiencies, infections or exposure to environmental toxins exacerbate chronic anemia in children with SCD. The resulting relative anemia is associated with increased risk of strokes, poor cognitive function and impaired growth. It may also attenuate optimal response to hydroxyurea therapy, the only effective and practical treatment option for SCD in sub-Saharan Africa...
October 17, 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
Deogratias Munube, Elly Katabira, Grace Ndeezi, Moses Joloba, Samden Lhatoo, Martha Sajatovic, James K Tumwine
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major complication of sickle cell anaemia (SCA). It occurs commonly in childhood with about 10 % of children with sickle cell anaemia getting affected by this complication. In Uganda, there is paucity of data on the prevalence of stroke in children admitted in a tertiary institution. We determined the prevalence of stroke amongst children with SCA admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital in Uganda and described the ir co-morbidities. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective record review of children with SCA admitted from August 2012 to August 2014 to the Paediatric Haematology Ward of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda...
2016: BMC Neurology
J Strouse
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited hemoglobinopathy caused by a mutation in the sixth amino acid of the β-globin gene (HBB). It is the most common serious genetic diseases in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in 2500 births and 100 000 individuals in the USA, in addition to 300 000 new cases globally each year. Central nervous system injury is the most debilitating frequent complication of SCD and includes stroke, silent cerebral infarct (SCI), and cognitive impairment. Among children with sickle cell anemia (HbSS), 11% had a stroke by age 18 years before the implementation of transcranial Doppler screening...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Shalini Shenoy, Mary Eapen, Julie A Panepinto, Brent R Logan, Juan Wu, Allistair Abraham, Joel Brochstein, Sonali Chaudhury, Kamar Godder, Ann E Haight, Kimberly A Kasow, Kathryn Leung, Martin Andreansky, Monica Bhatia, Jignesh Dalal, Hilary Haines, Jennifer Jaroscak, Hillard M Lazarus, John E Levine, Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, David Margolis, Gail C Megason, Lolie C Yu, Michael A Pulsipher, Iris Gersten, Nancy DiFronzo, Mary M Horowitz, Mark C Walters, Naynesh Kamani
Children with sickle cell disease (SCD) experience organ damage, impaired quality of life, and premature mortality. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation from an HLA-matched sibling can halt disease progression but is limited by donor availability. A multicenter phase II trial conducted from 2008-2014 enrolled 30 children aged 4-19 years; 29 were eligible for evaluation. The primary objective was 1-year event-free survival (EFS) after HLA allele-matched (at HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1 loci) unrelated donor transplantation...
September 13, 2016: Blood
Amit A Kulkarni, Vijay K Sharma
Transcranial Doppler (TCD) is the only noninvasive modality for the assessment of real-time cerebral blood flow. It complements various anatomic imaging modalities by providing physiological-flow related information. It is relatively cheap, easily available, and can be performed at the bedside. It has been suggested as an essential component of a comprehensive stroke centre. In addition to its importance in acute cerebrovascular ischemia, its role is expanding in the evaluation of cerebral hemodynamics in various disorders of the brain...
September 2016: Neurology India
Robert J Adams, Dan T Lackland, Lynette Brown, David Brown, Jenifer Voeks, Heather J Fullerton, Julie Kanter, Janet L Kwiatkowski
In children with Sickle Cell Disease, the combination of risk stratification with Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound (TCD) and selective chronic red cell transfusion (CRCT-the STOP Protocol) is one of the most effective stroke prevention strategies in medicine. How fully it is being implemented is unclear. Nineteen of 26 sites that conducted the two pivotal clinical trials (STOP and STOP II) participated in Post STOP, a comprehensive medical records review assessing protocol implementation in the 10-15 years since the trials ended...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Angela E Rankine-Mullings, Courtney R Little, Marvin E Reid, Deanne P Soares, Carolyn Taylor-Bryan, Jennifer M Knight-Madden, Susan E Stuber, Asha V Badaloo, Karen Aldred, Margaret E Wisdom-Phipps, Teresa Latham, Russell E Ware
BACKGROUND: Cerebral vasculopathy in sickle cell anemia (SCA) begins in childhood and features intracranial arterial stenosis with high risk of ischemic stroke. Stroke risk can be reduced by transcranial doppler (TCD) screening and chronic transfusion therapy; however, this approach is impractical in many developing countries. Accumulating evidence supports the use of hydroxyurea for the prevention and treatment of cerebrovascular disease in children with SCA. Recently we reported that hydroxyurea significantly reduced the conversion from conditional TCD velocities to abnormal velocities; whether hydroxyurea can be used for children with newly diagnosed severe cerebrovascular disease in place of starting transfusion therapy remains unknown...
September 12, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
Jennifer Hamm, Nisha Rathore, Pearlene Lee, Zachary LeBlanc, Jeffrey Lebensburger, Emily Riehm Meier, Janet L Kwiatkowski
BACKGROUND: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) may experience many complications of the central nervous system (CNS) including stroke, silent cerebral infarcts, and neuropsychological deficits. Cranial epidural hematoma is a rare but potentially serious complication. PROCEDURE: Case series of cranial epidural hematomas in children with SCD from three different institutions is considered, along with a literature review of cranial epidural hematomas in this population...
September 13, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Kerri A Nottage, Russell E Ware, Banu Aygun, Matthew Smeltzer, Guolian Kang, Joseph Moen, Winfred C Wang, Jane S Hankins, Kathleen J Helton
Silent cerebral infarction (SCI) is the most common neurological abnormality among children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA). The effect of hydroxycarbamide (also termed hydroxyurea) on the development and progression of SCI is unclear. We evaluated brain magnetic resonance imaging/angiography (MRI/MRA) in children with SCA receiving long-term hydroxycarbamide therapy. Fifty participants (median 9·4 years, range 1·1-17·3) enrolled in the Hydroxyurea Study of Long-Term Effects (HUSTLE; NCT00305175) underwent brain MRI/MRA and laboratory evaluations before hydroxycarbamide initiation and after 3 and 6 years of treatment to maximum tolerated dose...
October 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Kalie Adler, Arun Reghunathan, Lisa H Hutchison, Ram Kalpatthi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the diameters of the dural venous sinuses (DVSs) in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) with healthy controls and determine whether the size has any correlation to history of cerebral infarct among children with SCD. METHODS: A retrospective review compared demographics, medical history and magnetic resonance venography (MRV) findings in children with SCD with those in controls. Venous sinus diameters were measured on MRV in all subjects by the authors, who were blinded to the children's clinical history...
September 2016: Southern Medical Journal
Devin S Muntz, David G Bundy, John J Strouse
OBJECTIVES: Transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) effectively identifies children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) who are at increased risk of stroke. We evaluated a low-cost quality improvement (QI) intervention to increase the proportion of children screened by TCD. METHODS: We measured the proportion of children with SCA receiving appropriate TCD screening for increased cerebral blood velocity, a marker of stroke risk, for time periods before (April 1, 2009-July 1, 2010) and after (October 1, 2010-January 1, 2012) the implementation of a QI program...
September 2016: Southern Medical Journal
Brigitte Ranque, Aymeric Menet, Pierre Boutouyrie, Ibrahima Bara Diop, Samuel Kingue, Mamadou Diarra, Roland N'Guetta, Dapa Diallo, Saliou Diop, Ibrahima Diagne, Ibrahima Sanogo, Aissata Tolo, David Chelo, Guillaume Wamba, Jean Paul Gonzalez, Cochise Abough'elie, Cheick Oumar Diakite, Youssouf Traore, Gaëlle Legueun, Indou Deme-Ly, Blaise Felix Faye, Moussa Seck, Boidy Kouakou, Ismael Kamara, Sylvain Le Jeune, Xavier Jouven
BACKGROUND: Although a blood genetic disease, sickle cell disease (SCD) leads to a chronic vasculopathy with multiple organ involvement. We assessed arterial stiffness in SCD patients and looked for associations between arterial stiffness and SCD-related vascular complications. METHODS: The CADRE (Coeur Artères et Drepanocytose, ie, Heart Arteries and Sickle Cell Disease) study prospectively recruited pediatric and adult SCD patients and healthy controls in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Mali, and Senegal...
September 27, 2016: Circulation
Carlo Caffarelli, Francesca Santamaria, Dora Di Mauro, Carla Mastrorilli, Virginia Mirra, Sergio Bernasconi
This review focuses key advances in different pediatric fields that were published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics and in international journals in 2015. Weaning studies continue to show promise for preventing food allergy. New diagnostic tools are available for identifying the allergic origin of allergic-like symptoms. Advances have been reported in obesity, short stature and autoimmune endocrine disorders. New molecules are offered to reduce weight gain and insulin-resistance in obese children. Regional investigations may provide suggestions for preventing short stature...
August 27, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
André Rolim Belisário, Rahyssa Rodrigues Sales, Nayara Evelin Toledo, Maristela Braga de Sousa Rodrigues Muniz, Cibele Velloso-Rodrigues, Célia Maria Silva, Marcos Borato Viana
Stroke is a severe clinical manifestation of sickle cell anemia (SCA). Despite the prognostic relevance of transcranial Doppler (TCD), more accurate tools to assess stroke risk in children with SCA are required. Here, we describe the effect of clinical, laboratory, and molecular features on the risk of stroke and high-risk TCD in children from the newborn cohort of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Outcomes studied were acute cerebral ischemia and high-risk TCD. Clinical and hematological data were retrieved from children's records...
October 2016: Annals of Hematology
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