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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728659/a-systematic-review-of-infective%C3%A2-endocarditis-in-patients-with-bovine-jugular-vein-valves-compared-with-other%C3%A2-valve-types
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Ashutosh Sharma, Anita T Cote, Martin C K Hosking, Kevin C Harris
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically evaluate the incidence of infective endocarditis (IE) in right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery conduits and valves, comparing bovine jugular vein (BJV) valves with all others. BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that the incidence of IE is higher in patients with congenital heart disease who have undergone implantation of BJV valves in the pulmonary position compared with other valves. METHODS: Systematic searches of published research were conducted using electronic databases (MEDLINE, Embase, and CINAHL) and citations cross-referenced current to April 2016...
July 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728607/zika-virus-transmission-to-mouse-ear-by-mosquito-bite-a-laboratory-model-that-replicates-the-natural-transmission-process
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Nagila Francinete Costa Secundino, Barbara Aparecida Chaves, Alessandra Silva Orfano, Karine Renata Dias Silveira, Nilton Barnabe Rodrigues, Thais Bonifácio Campolina, Rafael Nacif-Pimenta, Luiz Eduardo Martinez Villegas, Breno Melo Silva, Marcus Vinícius Guimarães Lacerda, Douglas Eric Norris, Paulo Filemon Paolucci Pimenta
BACKGROUND: Zika disease has transformed into a serious global health problem due to the rapid spread of the arbovirus and alarming severity including congenital complications, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Zika virus (ZIKV) is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of an infective mosquito, with Aedes aegypti being the main vector. METHODS: We successfully developed a ZIKV experimental transmission model by single infectious Ae. aegypti bite to a laboratory mouse using circulating Brazilian strains of both arbovirus and vector...
July 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728260/-clinical-analysis-of-pacing-therapy-and-treatment-of-complications-during-follow-up-in-children
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P J Zhao, Y W Chen, F Li, Y Li, J P Yang, J J Wu
Objective: To analyze characteristics of permanent pacemaker implantation in children as well as treatment and prognosis of complications. Method: Clinical data of children who underwent endocardial or epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation between April 2000 and June 2016 in Shanghai Xinhua Hospital and Shanghai Children's Medical Center were analyzed retrospectively. These patients were discharged 5 days after implantation. Electrocardiogram, chest X ray, echocardiography and pacemaker programming were performed during follow-up...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727996/efficacy-and-safety-of-one-stage-posterior-hemivertebral-resection-for-unbalanced-multiple-hemivertebrae-a-more-than-2-year-follow-up
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Yong Huang, Ganjun Feng, Yueming Song, Limin Liu, Chunguang Zhou, Lei Wang, Zhongjie Zhou, Xi Yang
OBJECTIVE: One-stage posterior hemivertebral resection has been proven to be an effective, reliable surgical option for treating congenital scoliosis due to a single hemivertebra. To date, however, no studies of treating unbalanced multiple hemivertebrae have appeared. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of one-stage posterior hemivertebral resection for unbalanced multiple hemivertebrae. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Altogether, we studied 15 patients with unbalanced multiple hemivertebrae who had undergone hemivertebral resection using the one-stage posterior approach with at least 2 years of follow-up...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727985/comparative-study-and-analytical-verification-of-pcr-methods-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-chagas-disease
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Carolina Inés Cura, Juan Carlos Ramírez, Marcelo Rodríguez, Constanza Lopez-Albízu, Lucía Irazu, Karenina Scollo, Sergio Sosa-Estani
Congenital infection is currently the first cause of new cases of Chagas disease in Argentina and nonendemic areas worldwide. Its diagnosis is of utmost importance to guarantee curative treatment. To improve such diagnosis, a transfer process of PCR tests to the national laboratory network has been initiated. We performed a comparative study of four PCR assays [two end-point PCR and two duplex real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) procedures] to detect Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in blood samples. Because satellite DNA and kinetoplastid DNA qPCR methods have the best performance and the use of two different molecular targets for confirmatory purposes has been recommended, these methods selected to perform the transfer process and, in consequence, subjected to an analytical verification protocol based on international guidelines...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727723/analytical-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-kit-prototype-for-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-dna-in-human-blood-samples
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Susana A Besuschio, Mónica Llano Murcia, Alejandro F Benatar, Severine Monnerat, Israel Cruz Mata, Albert Picado de Puig, María de Los Ángeles Curto, Yutaka Kubota, Diana P Wehrendt, Paula Pavia, Yasuyoshi Mori, Concepción Puerta, Joseph M Ndung'u, Alejandro G Schijman
This study aimed to assess analytical parameters of a prototype LAMP kit that was designed for detection of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in human blood. The prototype is based on the amplification of the highly repetitive satellite sequence of T.cruzi in microtubes containing dried reagents on the inside of the caps. The reaction is carried out at 65°C during 40 minutes. Calcein allows direct detection of amplified products with the naked eye. Inclusivity and selectivity were tested in purified DNA from Trypanosoma cruzi stocks belonging to the six discrete typing units (DTUs), in DNA from other protozoan parasites and in human DNA...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727239/how-to-differentiate-congenital-from-noncongenital-chronic-neutropenia-at-the-first-medical-examination-proposal-of-score-a-pilot-study-from-the-french-severe-chronic-neutropenia-registry
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Naim Bejjani, Blandine Beaupain, Yves Bertrand, Christine Bellanne-Chantelot, Jean Donadieu
OBJECTIVES: We developed a diagnostic score to differentiate congenital from noncongenital neutropenia at the time of diagnosis using reliable data collected at the first visit of a patients with neutropenia. STUDY DESIGN: In a pilot retrospective study, we included 120 patients diagnosed with chronic neutropenia; 61 had congenital and 59 had noncongenital neutropenia. We reviewed patient medical charts and collected the initial complete blood count (CBC) and other reliable data...
July 20, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722501/pediatric-endonasal-dacryocystorhinostomy-a-multicenter-series-of-116-cases
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WengOnn Chan, Geoff Wilcsek, Raf Ghabrial, Robert Alan Goldberg, Peter Dolman, Dinesh Selva, Raman Malhotra
We report our experience with pediatric endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). Multicenter, retrospective, noncomparative study. Cases of pediatric endonasal DCR during 2006-2011 were included from six oculoplastic units. Patients over the age of 16 years were excluded. The outcomes of pediatric endonasal DCR are presented. Indication for surgery, demographics, previous interventions, intraoperative or postoperative complications, follow-up duration, and success rate (defined as significant improvement of epiphora) were evaluated...
July 19, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721819/the-application-of-scaffold-materials-in-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Na Fu, Tengzhe Dong, Ai Meng, Zhaosong Meng, Bofeng Zhu, Yunfeng Lin
The management of chondral defects has been a challenge for a long time because of the poor self-healing capacity of articular cartilage. Many approaches ranging from symptomatic treatment to structural cartilage regeneration are not that successful with very limited satisfactory results. Chondral defects caused by tumor, trauma, infection, congenital malformations are very common in clinical trials. It seriously affects the patient's physical function and quality of life. Cartilage tissue engineering, which involves novel natural scaffolds, has emerged as a promising strategy for cartilage regeneration and repair...
July 18, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720492/prevention-of-congenital-chagas-disease-by-benznidazole-pre-treatment-in-reproductive-age-women-an-observational-study
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María G Álvarez, Carlos Vigliano, Bruno Lococo, Graciela Bertocchi, Rodolfo Viotti
Since the decline in new cases of infection by insect/vector, congenital Chagas disease has become more relevant in the transmission of Chagas disease. Treatment with benznidazole significantly reduces the parasitemia, which constitutes an important factor linked to vertical transmission. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether treatment with benznidazole previously administered to women of childbearing age can prevent or reduce the incidence of new cases of congenital Chagas disease. An historical cohort study that included all women in reproductive age (15-45 years) assisted in our center was designed...
July 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720125/profiling-of-the-perturbed-metabolomic-state-of-mouse-spleen-during-acute-and-chronic-toxoplasmosis
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Xiao-Qing Chen, Chun-Xue Zhou, Hany M Elsheikha, Shuai He, Gui-Xue Hu, Xing-Quan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii, a common opportunistic protozoan, is a leading cause of illness and mortality among immunosuppressed individuals and during congenital infections. Current therapeutic strategies for toxoplasmosis are not fully effective at curtailing disease progression in these cases. Given the parasite ability to influence host immunity and metabolism, understanding of the metabolic alterations in the host's immune organs during T. gondii infection may enhance the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that define the pathophysiology of T...
July 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719330/case-report-microcephaly-in-twins-due-to-the-zika-virus
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Victor S Santos, Sheila J G Oliveira, Ricardo Q Gurgel, Dorothy R R Lima, Cliomar A Dos Santos, Paulo R S Martins-Filho
Recent studies have demonstrated an association between congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and microcephaly; however, to date, there have been no reports on the consequences of ZIKV infection on fetuses in twin pregnancies. Herein, we reported on the first case of a monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twin pregnancy having ZIKV-related microcephaly. Our findings suggested that, in an MCDA twin pregnancy, the ZIKV may cause infection in both fetuses, resulting in severe abnormalities in the central nervous system due to neural cell destruction and the disruption of the normal development processes of the brain...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718492/-hiv-and-syphilis-coinfection-in-pregnancy-and-vertical-hiv-transmission-a-study-based-on-epidemiological-surveillance-data
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Lisiane M W Acosta, Tonantzin Ribeiro Gonçalves, Nêmora Tregnago Barcellos
Objective: To estimate the rate of HIV and syphilis coinfection among pregnant women living in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as well as the association of coinfection with vertical HIV transmission and socioeconomic variables. Method: This analytical retrospective cross-sectional study employed data from the regular epidemiological surveillance system for the period from 2010 to 2013. Data were obtained regarding pregnant women with HIV and exposed children, syphilis in pregnancy, and congenital syphilis...
December 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717637/phage-therapy-in-a-16-year-old-boy-with-netherton-syndrome
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Pikria Zhvania, Naomi Sulinger Hoyle, Lia Nadareishvili, Dea Nizharadze, Mzia Kutateladze
Netherton syndrome (NS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by a classical triad of clinical features, including congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, trichorrhexis invaginata, and atopic diathesis coupled with frequent bacterial infections (1). The genetic basis for the disease has been recently identified with mutations in gene SPINK5, which is involved in the regulation of formation of skin barriers. We report on a 16-year-old male with all the typical manifestations of NS, including atopic diathesis and ongoing serious staphylococcal infections and allergy to multiple antibiotics whose family sought help at the Eliava Phage Therapy Center when all other treatment options were failing...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716913/antibody-based-assay-discriminates-zika-virus-infection-from-other-flaviviruses
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Angel Balmaseda, Karin Stettler, Raquel Medialdea-Carrera, Damaris Collado, Xia Jin, José Victor Zambrana, Stefano Jaconi, Elisabetta Cameroni, Saira Saborio, Francesca Rovida, Elena Percivalle, Samreen Ijaz, Steve Dicks, Ines Ushiro-Lumb, Luisa Barzon, Patricia Siqueira, David W G Brown, Fausto Baldanti, Richard Tedder, Maria Zambon, A M Bispo de Filippis, Eva Harris, Davide Corti
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that emerged recently as a global health threat, causing a pandemic in the Americas. ZIKV infection mostly causes mild disease, but is linked to devastating congenital birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. The high level of cross-reactivity among flaviviruses and their cocirculation has complicated serological approaches to differentially detect ZIKV and dengue virus (DENV) infections, accentuating the urgent need for a specific and sensitive serological test...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715527/screening-criteria-for-ophthalmic-manifestations-of-congenital-zika-virus-infection
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Andrea A Zin, Irena Tsui, Julia Rossetto, Zilton Vasconcelos, Kristina Adachi, Stephanie Valderramos, Umme-Aiman Halai, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone, Sheila Moura Pone, Joel Carlos Barros Silveira Filho, Mitsue S Aibe, Ana Carolina C da Costa, Olivia A Zin, Rubens Belfort, Patricia Brasil, Karin Nielsen-Saines, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira
Importance: Current guidelines recommend screening eye examinations for infants with microcephaly or laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection but not for all infants potentially exposed to Zika virus in utero. Objective: To evaluate eye findings in a cohort of infants whose mothers had polymerase chain reaction-confirmed Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this descriptive case series performed from January 2 through October 30, 2016, infants were examined from birth to 1 year of age by a multidisciplinary medical team, including a pediatric ophthalmologist, from Fernandes Figueira Institute, a Ministry of Health referral center for high-risk pregnancies and infectious diseases in children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
July 17, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711318/procalcitonin-guided-decision-making-for-duration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-neonates-with-suspected-early-onset-sepsis-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-neopins
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Martin Stocker, Wendy van Herk, Salhab El Helou, Sourabh Dutta, Matteo S Fontana, Frank A B A Schuerman, Rita K van den Tooren-de Groot, Jantien W Wieringa, Jan Janota, Laura H van der Meer-Kappelle, Rob Moonen, Sintha D Sie, Esther de Vries, Albertine E Donker, Urs Zimmerman, Luregn J Schlapbach, Amerik C de Mol, Angelique Hoffman-Haringsma, Madan Roy, Maren Tomaske, René F Kornelisse, Juliette van Gijsel, Eline G Visser, Sten P Willemsen, Annemarie M C van Rossum
BACKGROUND: Up to 7% of term and late-preterm neonates in high-income countries receive antibiotics during the first 3 days of life because of suspected early-onset sepsis. The prevalence of culture-proven early-onset sepsis is 0·1% or less in high-income countries, suggesting substantial overtreatment. We assess whether procalcitonin-guided decision making for suspected early-onset sepsis can safely reduce the duration of antibiotic treatment. METHODS: We did this randomised controlled intervention trial in Dutch (n=11), Swiss (n=4), Canadian (n=2), and Czech (n=1) hospitals...
July 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709160/effectiveness-of-palivizumab-in-high-risk-infants-and-children-a-propensity-score-weighted-regression-analysis
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Evan J Anderson, Phyllis Carosone-Link, Ram Yogev, Jumi Yi, Eric A F Simões
BACKGROUND: Infants with premature birth ≤35 weeks gestational age, chronic lung disease of prematurity and congenital heart disease are at an increased risk for lower respiratory tract infections and hospitalization from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which has been shown in randomized trials to be prevented by palivizumab. However, palivizumab effectiveness (PE) has not been studied in a large clinical setting. METHODS: A multicenter study among high-risk US and Canadian children younger than 24 months hospitalized with lower respiratory tract infection and whose nasopharyngeal aspirates were tested for human metapneumovirus (HMPV) and RSV were the subjects of the trial...
August 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709049/idiopathic-spontaneous-pulmonary-torsion-of-the-lingula-a-case-report
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Masatoshi Kanayama, Toshihiro Osaki, Natsumasa Nishizawa, Makoto Nakagawa, Tomoko So, Mantaro Kodate
INTRODUCTION: Spontaneous pulmonary torsion is an extremely rare event and is known to occur as a complication of thoracic surgery and traumatic injuries. PRESENTATION OF CASE: An 18-year-old man presented to our hospital with pain in the left back region. Clinical examination, computed tomography and bronchoscopy are crucial for diagnosis of pulmonary torsion. During thoracotomy, the lingula segment was observed to be bent on the head side and turned 180° counterclockwise; subsequently, lingulectomy was performed...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707420/transthoracic-intracardiac-catheters-in-pediatric-cardiac-patients-a-single-center-experience
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Kristoffer Beham, Hitendu Dave, Janet Kelly, Bernhard Frey, Maja I Hug, Barbara Brotschi
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic intracardiac catheters are frequently inserted in children during congenital heart surgery for monitoring and vascular access purposes. Their use entails a small potential risk. AIM: We aimed to evaluate both catheter-associated morbidities related to maintenance and removal of transthoracic intracardiac catheters in pediatric cardiac patients, and predictors for catheter-associated adverse events. METHODS: Single-center retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data of children aged 0-14 years receiving a transthoracic intracardiac catheter inserted in the operating room during 7 consecutive years at the University Children's Hospital Zurich...
July 14, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
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