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Elliot Long, Franz E Babl, Ed Oakley, Bennett Sheridan, Trevor Duke
OBJECTIVES: Fluid bolus therapy is the initial recommended treatment for acute circulatory failure in sepsis, yet it is unknown whether this has the intended effect of increasing cardiac index. We aimed to describe the effect of fluid bolus therapy on cardiac index in children with sepsis. DESIGN: A prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: The Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. PATIENTS: A convenience sample of children meeting international consensus criteria for sepsis with acute circulatory failure...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Jagannath M Sherigar, Joline De Castro, Yong Mei Yin, Debra Guss, Smruti R Mohanty
Glycogenic hepatopathy (GH) is a rare complication of the poorly controlled diabetes mellitus characterized by the transient liver dysfunction with elevated liver enzymes and associated hepatomegaly caused by the reversible accumulation of excess glycogen in the hepatocytes. It is predominantly seen in patients with longstanding type 1 diabetes mellitus and rarely reported in association with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Although it was first observed in the pediatric population, since then, it has been reported in adolescents and adults with or without ketoacidosis...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Marco Scalese, Raffaele Giordano, Eliana Franchi, Nadia Assanta, Marco Marotta, Cecilia Viacava, Sabrina Molinaro, Giorgio Iervasi, Giuseppe Santoro, Martin Koestenberger
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in echocardiographic strain (ε) measurements for the assessment of ventricular myocardial function in children; however, pediatric nomograms remain limited. Our aim was to establish pediatric nomograms for the left ventricular (LV) and the right ventricular (RV) ε measured by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) in a large cohort of healthy children prospectively enrolled. METHODS: Echocardiographic measurements included STE LV longitudinal and circumferential and RV longitudinal global end-systolic ε...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Sibel Saracoglu, Kazim Gumus, Selim Doganay, Gonca Koc, Ayse Kacar Bayram, Duran Arslan, Hakan Gumus
Background Wilson's disease (WD) is a copper metabolism disorder that causes hepatolenticular degeneration. It is important to diagnose WD before central nervous system involvement. Purpose To demonstrate the early susceptibility changes associated with the copper accumulation in the brain of neurologically asymptomatic pediatric patients with WD using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). Material and Methods Twelve patients with neurologically asymptomatic WD (mean age = 13.7 ± 3.3 years) and 14 age-matched controls were prospectively examined using a 1...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
Erin K Stenson, Rajesh Punn, Musaab Ramsi, Saraswati Kache
OBJECTIVES: The ability to plot the inferior vena cava (IVC) size on a normal curve for pediatric patients may prove beneficial. First, in patients with normal cardiac anatomy who present in shock, assessing IVC size may be valuable for evaluating the degree of dehydration. Second, in children with heart disease, understanding how a child's IVC size compares to normal could be particularly beneficial for patients with right heart disease. We sought to create normal curves for the IVC and aorta in children younger than 6 years...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Hirofumi Obinata, Shinichi Nishibe, Yoko Ishihara
Background: Heterotaxy syndrome (HS) is characterized by a wide variety of cardiac and extra-cardiac malformations, including pulmonary valve stenosis, interruption of the inferior vena cava, total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), asplenia, polysplenia, intestinal malrotation, and preduodenal portal vein (PDPV). We report the case of a heterotaxic infant with an infracardiac TAPVC and preduodenal portal vein who experienced repetitive hemodynamic instability during urgent laparotomy for duodenal obstruction...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Devi Manuel, Gopal Ghosh, George Joseph, Anandaroop Lahiri, Paul V George
OBJECTIVE: To study the echocardiographic features of criss-cross heart (CCH), a congenital cardiac anomaly characterized by crossed ventricular inflow streams, in Indian patients. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, all pediatric echocardiograms performed in a single tertiary care institution in South India over a three-year period were scrutinized for a diagnosis of CCH. Demographic, clinical and echocardiographic data were collected from patients' medical records and echocardiographic database...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
Colbey W Freeman, Talissa A Altes, Patrice K Rehm, Eduard E de Lange, Luke Lancaster, John P Mugler, James T Patrie, Sean Corbett, Carlos Leiva-Salinas, Lucia Flors
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether unenhanced MRI without sedation is a feasible substitute for dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) scintigraphy in the detection of renal scars in pediatric patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Patients scheduled for 99mTc-labeled DMSA scintigraphy for assessment of possible renal scars were recruited to undergo unenhanced MRI (free-breathing fat-suppressed T2-weighted single-shot turbo spin-echo and T1-weighted gradient-echo imaging, 13 minutes' total imaging time)...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Andrew E Schneider, Bryan C Cannon, Jonathan N Johnson, Michael J Ackerman, Philip L Wackel
BACKGROUND: Left axis deviation (LAD) discovered in children via electrocardiogram (ECG) is uncommon but can be associated with heart disease (HD). The optimal diagnostic approach in a seemingly healthy child with LAD is unclear. We sought to better stratify which patients with LAD but without previously known HD may warrant additional workup. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed to identify patients ≥1 to <18 years of age with LAD (QRS frontal plane axis 0 to -90) on an ECG between January 2002 and December 2014...
February 1, 2018: Pediatrics
Diana J Moke, Lynn E Schubert, Heather Y Sun, Beth F Printz, Andrew C Dietz
Current screening guidelines are available for anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. However, the utility of echocardiogram screening for late-onset anthracycline cardiotoxicity especially in the decade immediately after end of therapy is debatable. A retrospective chart review of patients seen in the Thriving after Cancer Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital January 2006 to December 2013 was performed. Treatment data, echocardiogram results, cardiology referral notes and cardiac medication data were abstracted from anthracycline-exposed survivors...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Omar Meziab, Dominic J Abrams, Mark E Alexander, Laura Bevilacqua, Vassilios Bezzerides, Doug Y Mah, Edward P Walsh, John K Triedman
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the ability of experienced pediatric electrophysiologists (EPs) to reliably classify incomplete right bundle branch block (IRBBB) and assesses its clinical utility as an isolated ECG finding in a group of healthy outpatient children without prior cardiac evaluation. DESIGN: We performed a retrospective analysis of all electrocardiographic and echocardiographic records at Boston Children's Hospital between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2014...
February 12, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Lorenzo De Marchi, Janice Lee, Nina Rawtani, Vinh Nguyen
Supported by a growing number of studies and case reports in the literature, perioperative use of TEE in non-cardiac cases has significantly increased the past two decades. The utility of TEE in monitoring hemodynamic, and diagnosing causes of hypotension refractory to conventional therapy, have made it an almost indispensible tool during major surgeries, such liver transplantation. Despite this fact, compared to the adult population, there is a lack of an equivalent amount of literature on the perioperative use of TEE in pediatric cases...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Wang Qing, Wu Yu Rong, Jiao Xian Ting, Wu Peng Fei, Zhao Li Qing, Chen Sun, Sun Kun
OBJECTIVES: To compare the fetal echocardiographic measurements and neonatal outcome of fetuses with diagnosis of critical pulmonary stenosis (CPS/IVS) and pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA/IVS) in order to identify the predictors of neonatal ductus dependence and the need for neonatal intervention. METHODS: 44 fetuses with a diagnosis of membranous PA/IVS or CPS/IVS referred to Shanghai Xinhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University between June 2009 and November 2014 were respectively analyzed...
February 7, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
QiaoRu Hou, Wei Gao, YuMin Zhong, AiMin Sun, Qian Wang, LiWei Hu, JingLei Wang
Tracheobronchial anomalies are common in congenital heart disease (CHD), including tracheobronchial stenosis, tracheal bronchus, cardiac bronchus, and bronchial isomerism, which can cause varying degrees of respiratory illness. It is necessary to assess tracheobronchial anomalies and make a preoperative airway evaluation. Multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the most effective noninvasive modalities for the diagnosis of CHD and the associated tracheobronchial anomalies...
February 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hal Lewis, Mirna Becevic, Danny Myers, Dyann Helming, Rachel Mutrux, David Fleming, Karen Edison
INTRODUCTION: The present maldistribution of dermatologists in the USA may make it difficult for patients to access timely and quality care. Access to specialty care may be even more challenging for rural and underserved patients due to geographical limitations and other socioeconomic hardships. With over one-third of primary care patients seeking care for at least one skin problem, it is important to follow the American Academy of Dermatology Special Positioning Workgroup\'s core areas of impact regarding treatment of conditions that affect millions of patients by using a team-based approach and telemedicine technologies...
February 2018: Rural and Remote Health
Jeet J Mehta, Arjun K Mahendran, Ravi K Bajaj, Arpan R Doshi
A 16-year-old male presented to the emergency department with chest pain after smoking a synthetic cannabinoid from a vape pen. He had rising troponin I levels, and his exercise stress echocardiogram showed distal apical and septal hypokinesis that resolved at six-month follow-up. This case report raises concern about cardiac ischemia related to synthetic cannabinoid abuse in the pediatric population in the current era of cannabis legalization.
November 30, 2017: Curēus
Matthew D Zinn, Michael J Wallendorf, Kathleen E Simpson, Ashley D Osborne, James K Kirklin, Charles E Canter
Data are lacking on RSB intensity and outcomes after pediatric heart transplantation. PHTS centers received a survey on RSB practices from 2005 to present. PHTS data were obtained for 2010-2013 and integrated with center-matched survey responses for analysis. Survey response rate was 82.6% (38/46). Centers were classified as low-, moderate-, and high-intensity programs based on RSB frequency (0-more than 8 RSB/y). RSB intensity decreased with increasing time from HT. Age at HT impacted RSB intensity mostly in year 1, with little to no impact in later years...
January 29, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Nigel Paneth, Catherine Monk
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review addresses the importance of the prospective cohort design in large, unselected populations starting early in life for understanding the origins of childhood health disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Cohort studies originating in healthy populations have contributed to great advances in health, especially in cardiovascular diseases, but have only recently been applied systematically to study the origins of childhood disorders. Several large population-based pregnancy and/or birth cohorts have been developed in different parts of the world, and these are beginning to contribute to better understanding of the underlying causes of rare but important childhood disorders, such as autism...
January 25, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Eva Bültmann, Loukia M Spineli, Hans Hartmann, Annette Sander, Heinrich Lanfermann
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate microstructural cerebral changes in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) based on T2 relaxation time measurements at 3Tesla. METHODS: From our dataset of pediatric MRI examinations at 3T 19 pediatric NF1 patients (1.9-14.3 years of age, 9 girls, 10 boys) were retrospectively selected and compared with the previously published group of 44 healthy children (0-16 years of age). MRI examination included a triple echo TSE sequence as basis for T2 maps...
January 17, 2018: Brain & Development
Kriti Puri, Peter Kazembe, Treasure Mkaliainga, Msandeni Chiume, Antonio G Cabrera, Amy Sims Sanyahumbi
Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world, ranked 151st among 195 countries by the World Bank, with an under-5-year mortality rate of 63 per 1000 live births. There are no previous studies describing the spectrum of inpatient pediatric cardiology consultations in sub-Saharan Africa. A descriptive cohort study was performed at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), a tertiary care hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Demographic, anthropometric, and clinical information for all cardiology consults patients aged 0-18 years admitted to the children's wards over a period of 1 month was reviewed...
January 25, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
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