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Mathew Clark, Esma Birisci, Jordan E Anderson, Christina M Anliker, Micheal A Bryant, Craig Downs, Abdallah Dalabih
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics calls for prolonged fasting times before performing pediatric procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA). PSA is increasingly provided to children outside of the operating theater by sedation trained pediatric providers and does not require airway manipulation. We investigated the safety of a shorter fasting time compared to a longer and guideline compliant fasting time. We tried to identify the association between fasting time and sedation-related complications...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Suma P Goudar, G Hamilton Baker, Shahryar M Chowdhury, Kimberly J Reid, Girish Shirali, Mark A Scheurer
BACKGROUND: Adult studies demonstrate that echocardiographic measurements of cardiac function using speckle tracking correlate with invasive measurements, but such data in the pediatric population are sparse. Our aim was to compare speckle-derived measures of cardiac function to measurements routinely obtained by cardiac catheterization in children. METHODS: Echocardiograms were performed on the day of cardiac catheterization. Using Tomtec 2D Cardiac Performance Analysis, longitudinal strain (LS), longitudinal strain rate (LSR), early diastolic LSR, and ejection fraction (EF) for the right and left ventricle (RV and LV) were calculated via speckle tracking...
October 14, 2016: Echocardiography
Brian Y Chan, Kara G Gill, Susan L Rebsamen, Jie C Nguyen
The bone marrow is one of the largest organs in the body and is visible in every magnetic resonance (MR) imaging study. It is composed of a combination of hematopoietic red marrow and fatty yellow marrow, and its composition changes throughout life in response to normal maturation (red to yellow conversion) and stress (yellow to red reconversion). MR imaging is highly sensitive for detection of altered marrow signal intensity, and the T1-weighted spin-echo sequence provides the most robust contrast between yellow marrow and disease...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Shanshan Bao, Jonathan I Tamir, Jeffrey L Young, Umar Tariq, Martin Uecker, Peng Lai, Weitian Chen, Michael Lustig, Shreyas S Vasanawala
PURPOSE: To develop and clinically evaluate a pediatric knee magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique based on volumetric fast spin-echo (3DFSE) and compare its diagnostic performance, image quality, and imaging time to that of a conventional 2D protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3DFSE sequence was modified and combined with a compressed sensing-based reconstruction resolving multiple image contrasts, a technique termed T2 Shuffling (T2 Sh). With Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, 28 consecutive children referred for 3T knee MRI prospectively underwent a standard clinical knee protocol followed by T2 Sh...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Suraj D Serai, Jonathan R Dillman, Andrew T Trout
Purpose To compare two-dimensional (2D) gradient-recalled echo (GRE) and 2D spin-echo (SE) echo-planar imaging (EPI) magnetic resonance (MR) elastography for measurement of hepatic stiffness in pediatric and young adult patients suspected of having liver disease. Materials and Methods In this institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant study, 58 patients underwent both 2D GRE and 2D SE-EPI MR elastography at 1.5 T during separate breath holds. Liver stiffness (mean of means; in kilopascals) was measured by five blinded reviewers...
October 10, 2016: Radiology
Kavita Sharma, Poonam Thankavel
Congenital stenosis/atresia of a coronary artery is an exquisitely rare anomaly (Congenit Heart Dis, 2, 2007, 347) with increased risk of sudden death. Bilateral coronary obstruction is even more unusual but has been reported in conjunction with aortic valve disease, syphilis, and Takayasu's arteritis. To the best of our knowledge, obstruction of both coronaries in a pediatric patient has only been reported once (Ann Thorac Surg, 55, 1993, 1564). We present a patient with an intramural, anomalous aortic origin of the right coronary artery from the contralateral sinus (AAORCA) with near atresia of the left main coronary ostium...
October 4, 2016: Echocardiography
Jara E Jonker, Eryn T Liem, Nynke J Elzenga, Bouwe Molenbuur, Monika Trzpis, Paul M A Broens
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of congenital heart defects (CHDs) in patients with mild or severe congenital anorectal malformations (CARMs), and whether all patients with CARM need pediatric cardiology screening. STUDY DESIGN: We included 129 patients with CARM born between 2004 and 2013, and referred to University Medical Center Groningen. Recto-perineal and recto-vestibular fistulas were classified as mild CARMs, all others as severe. Significant patent foramen ovale, secundum atrial septal defect, and small ventricular septum defect were classified as minor CHDs, all others as major...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Natalie Behrle, Peter Dyke, Abdallah Dalabih
Motor vehicle accident is the most common cause of blunt cardiac injury (BCI) in children (85.3%) due to the height of the child in relation to proper restraints and the compliant pediatric rib cage (J Trauma. 1996;40:200-202). Trauma to the chest wall may lead to injury of the myocardium, resulting in myocardial contusion, ventricular septal defect (VSD), ventricular free wall rupture, or valve compromise (J Trauma. 1996;40; 200-202; Heart Lung. 2012;41:200-202; J Inj Violence Res. 2012;4:98-100). There are several proposed mechanisms for the formation of VSD after blunt chest trauma including rupture of ischemic myocardium related to the initial trauma and reopening of a spontaneously closed congenital VSD...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
İlkay Erdoğan, Faik Sarıalioğlu
OBJECTIVE: Hemangiomas are tumors most commonly encountered in pediatric patients, and are frequently treated with propranolol. However, there are currently no standard methods for evaluating cardiac function in patients prior to propranolol treatment. The present study was designed to aid in the evaluation of pretreatment cardiac and effects of propranolol on vital signs in pediatric hemangioma patients. METHODS: A pediatric oncology specialist and a pediatric cardiology specialist examined all patients prior to initiation of propranolol treatment...
September 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Anupama Nair, S Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the referral pattern for fetal echocardiography (FE) at our tertiary referral center for pediatric cardiac care in northern India. We also aimed to determine the incidence of CHD in each group and intend to highlight the need of identifying the various risk factors and appropriate timely referral of patients for detailed evaluation. METHODS: This is a prospective study including 201 consecutive patients referred for fetal echo to our center...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Ritu Sachdeva, Pamela S Douglas, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Benjamin W Eidem, Oscar J Benavidez, Rory B Weiner, Elizabeth Welch, Robert M Campbell, Wyman W Lai
Pediatric appropriate use criteria (AUC) were recently published for initial outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of AUC publication on TTE ordering patterns of pediatric cardiologists. Data were prospectively collected on patients who had initial outpatient TTE ordered before (phase I, April to September 2014) and 3 months after (phase II, January to April 2015) AUC document publication at 6 centers. Site investigators assessed each study's indication and assigned AUC appropriateness as "appropriate" (A), "may be appropriate" (M), "rarely appropriate" (R), or "unclassifiable...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Renee Margossian, Lynn A Sleeper, Gail D Pearson, Piers C Barker, Luc Mertens, Michael D Quartermain, Jason T Su, Girish Shirali, Shan Chen, Steven D Colan
BACKGROUND: Patients with functional single ventricles after the Fontan procedure have abnormal cardiac mechanics. The aims of this study were to determine factors that influence diastolic function and to describe associations of diastolic function with current clinical status. METHODS: Echocardiograms were obtained as part of the Pediatric Heart Network Fontan Cross-Sectional Study. Diastolic function grade (DFG) was assessed as normal (grade 0), impaired relaxation (grade 1), pseudonymization (grade 2), or restrictive (grade 3)...
September 10, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Valerie Plant, Poornima Vanguri, Rahul Anand, Jeffrey Haynes, Michel Aboutanos, Paula Ferrada
INTRODUCTION: Limited transthoracic echocardiogram (LTTE) has been shown to be a useful tool in guiding resuscitation in adult trauma patients. Our hypothesis is that image-guided resuscitation in pediatric trauma patients with LTTE is feasible. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on highest level pediatric trauma alerts (age 18 years or younger) at our level I trauma center during a 6-month period. Patients were divided into 2 groups as follows: those who had LTTE performed (LTTE group) and those who did not have LTTE performed (non-LTTE group)...
September 9, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Govind B Chavhan, Susan Shelmerdine, Kartik Jhaveri, Paul S Babyn
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is increasingly being used for comprehensive evaluation of liver diseases in children because of the lack of radiation and better lesion detection and characterization. Liver examination involves routine sequences such as T2-weighted, balanced steady-state free precession, and in-phase and out-of-phase sequences. Dynamic imaging is an essential component of liver examination to characterize focal lesions and involves capturing snapshots of the passage of contrast material in the arterial, portal venous, equilibrium, and sometimes hepatobiliary phases, generally by using T1-weighted three-dimensional gradient-echo sequences...
September 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Hala Mahmoud Koura, Neamat M Abdalla, Mona Hamed Ibrahim, Maha M A Abo Hashish, Sherif Mohamed Zaki
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels are elevated in children with congenital heart disease involving a left-to-right shunt (LRS) and are also raised in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). As far as we know, there are few reports in the literature comparing the change of the NT-proBNP in LRS and DCM especially in the pediatric age group. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare the changes of the NT-proBNP in pediatric patients with LRS and DCM. Correlation between the levels of NT-proBNP and the echocardiographic parameters in both groups was determined...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Valerie Y Chock, Laura A Rose, Jeanet V Mante, Rajesh Punn
BACKGROUND: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) may assist with characterization of a hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) by measuring cerebral and renal saturation (Csat and Rsat) levels. We hypothesized that Csat and Rsat in preterm infants with an hsPDA would be decreased compared to those with no PDA or non-significant PDA. METHODS: This non a-priori designed study retrospectively investigated clinical and ECHO characteristics of preterm infants <29 weeks gestation who underwent routine NIRS monitoring...
September 7, 2016: Pediatric Research
Sean M Hamlet, Christopher M Haggerty, Jonathan D Suever, Gregory J Wehner, Jonathan D Grabau, Kristin N Andres, Moriel H Vandsburger, David K Powell, Vincent L Sorrell, Brandon K Fornwalt
BACKGROUND: Advanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) acquisitions often require long scan durations that necessitate respiratory navigator gating. The tradeoff of navigator gating is reduced scan efficiency, particularly when the patient's breathing patterns are inconsistent, as is commonly seen in children. We hypothesized that engaging pediatric participants with a navigator-controlled videogame to help control breathing patterns would improve navigator efficiency and maintain image quality...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
In-Chang Hwang, Malouny Sisavanh, Somxay Billamay, Sommanikhone Phangmanixay, Bounleua Oudavong, Jeehoon Kang, Bo Sang Kwon, Gi Beom Kim, Eun Jung Bae, Chung Il Noh, Jung Yun Choi
BACKGROUND: Management of congenital heart disease (CHD) in developing countries is challenging because of limited access to healthcare facilities and socioeconomic limitations. We aimed to describe the recent experience with CHD at Children's Hospital of Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), the only pediatric referral hospital in the nation. METHODS: From July 2013 to November 2015, we performed 1,009 echocardiograms of 797 individuals who visited Children's Hospital and identified 213 CHD patients...
September 2, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
RoseAnn L Scheller, Laurie Johnson, Angela Lorts, Thomas D Ryan
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the pediatric population is a rare and potentially devastating occurrence. An understanding of the differential diagnosis for the etiology of the cardiac arrest allows for the most effective emergency care and provides the patient with the best possible outcome. Pediatric SCA can occur with or without prodromal symptoms and may occur during exercise or rest. The most common cause is arrhythmia secondary to an underlying channelopathy, cardiomyopathy, or myocarditis. After stabilization, evaluation should include electrocardiogram, chest radiograph, and echocardiogram...
September 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Tyler H Harris, Jeffrey G Gossett
Care of adults with coronary artery disease focuses on troponins to rapidly move patients to catheterization. Troponins are increasingly drawn in children, but emergent catheterization may not be indicted. We sought to establish etiologies of troponin elevation and ascertain the yield of diagnostic tests, in this population. Retrospective review of patients from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2011, who had any elevated troponin during the study period. Patients were excluded for recent cardiac surgery, "significant" congenital heart disease, if they were neonates in the NICU or were on ECMO...
August 29, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
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