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Mariana Volpe Arnoni, Claudete Rodrigues Paula, Marcos Ereno Auler, Cirilo Cesar Naozuka Simões, Shirley Nakano, Maria Walderez Szeszs, Márcia de Souza Carvalho Melhem, Virgínia Bodelão Richini Pereira, Hans Garcia Garces, Eduardo Bagagli, Eriques Gonçalves Silva, Melissa Ferreira de Macêdo, Luciana da Silva Ruiz
Fusarium species have emerged as responsible for a broad spectrum of infections, including superficial, locally invasive and disseminated ones, especially in the hospital environment. Since there are few reports of invasive and disseminated fusariosis in children, the aim of this study was to report four cases of nosocomial infection caused by this microorganism in children with cancer hospitalized in a public children's hospital located in Brazil. Two of these patients were female and two were male. All patients presented febrile neutropenia, while three patients had acute lymphocytic leukemia and one patient had Wilms' tumor as underlying disease...
March 21, 2018: Mycopathologia
Yejin Park, Hyun Jin Lee, Yun Ji Jung, Joon Ho Lee, Ja Young Kwon, Young-Han Kim
Neuroblastoma is the most common pediatric extracranial solid tumor derived from primitive neural crest cells of the sympathetic nervous system. Although one-fifths of all neuroblastomas occurs within the thorax, thoracic neuroblastomas detected in fetus have been rarely reported. We report a case of fetal thoracic neuroblastoma with massive pleural effusion detected with prenatal ultrasonography. A 34-year-old Korean second-gravida was referred to our hospital at 30 weeks of gestation for evaluation, after the right lung mass found in the fetus...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Arvind Krishnamurthy
Angiosarcoma is a malignant vascular tumor derived from the mesenchymal cells which have undergone an angioblastic differentiation. About half of the angiosarcomas are reported to localize in the skin and soft tissues of the head and neck, i.e., found predominantly to arise from the scalp and face. Angiosarcomas rarely involve the skeletal system, wherein they generally have a tendency for multicentricity. Primary bony angiosarcoma accounts for about 6% of all the angiosarcomas and about 1.4% of all the primary bony sarcomas...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Ashutosh Gupta, Gunjan Agrawal, Vivek Chaudhary, Heena Mazhar, Santanu Tiwari
Synovial sarcoma is the uncommon malignant tumor of children and adolescents. It usually involves the soft tissues of the upper and lower joints and most commonly affects adults in their fourth decade of life. We report a rare case of synovial sarcoma of the head and neck region in a five-year-old child who has presented with right side cervical lymphadenopathy associated with dysphagia and hoarseness of voice. Patient was managed by modified radical neck dissection followed by chemotherapy.
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Eugene Vortia, Victor E Uko, Belinda Yen-Lieberman, Jill Frawley, Sarah E Worley, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Barbara Kaplan, Lori Mahajan
Background: Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibitors are linked with increased risk of reactivation of active tuberculosis. The QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube test is approved for screening latent tuberculosis infection in children and adults. There are limited data on the test performance in children on long-term treatment with TNF-α inhibitors. The objective of this study was to assess the proportion of indeterminate results for the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on long-term infliximab treatment and to evaluate the range of interferon-γ responses to mitogen...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Marcelo A Queiroz, Felipe de Galiza Barbosa, Carlos Alberto Buchpiguel, Giovanni Guido Cerri
The new technology of PET/MRI is a prototype of hybrid imaging, allowing for the combination of molecular data from PET scanning and morphofunctional information derived from MRI scanning. Recent advances regarding the technical aspects of this device, especially after the development of MRI-compatible silicon photomultipliers of PET, permitted an increase in the diagnostic performance of PET/MRI translated into dose reduction and higher imaging quality. Among several clinical applications, PET/MRI gains ground initially in oncology, where MRI per se plays an essential role in the assessment of primary tumors (which is limited in the case of PET/CT), including prostate, rectal and gynecological tumors...
January 2018: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
David M Barris, Shoshana B Weiner, Robert A Dubin, Michael Fremed, Xusheng Zhang, Sajida Piperdi, Wendong Zhang, Shahina Maqbool, Jonathan Gill, Michael Roth, Bang Hoang, David Geller, Richard Gorlick, Daniel A Weiser
Identification and quantification of somatic alterations in plasma-derived, circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is gaining traction as a non-invasive and cost effective method of disease monitoring in cancer patients, particularly to evaluate response to treatment and monitor for disease recurrence. To our knowledge, genetic analysis of ctDNA in osteosarcoma has not yet been studied. To determine whether somatic alterations can be detected in ctDNA and perhaps applied to patient management in this disease, we collected germline, tumor, and serial plasma samples from pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with osteosarcoma and used targeted Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to identify somatic single nucleotide variants (SNV), insertions and deletions (INDELS), and structural variants (SV) in 7 genes commonly mutated in osteosarcoma...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Claire L Stokes, William A Stokes, John A Kalapurakal, Arnold C Paulino, Nicholas G Cost, Carrye R Cost, Timothy P Garrington, Brian S Greffe, Jonathan P Roach, Jennifer L Bruny, Arthur K Liu
PURPOSE: To determine, using the National Cancer Database (NCDB), the impact of the surgery to radiation therapy interval (SRI) on survival in contemporary patients with Wilms tumor (WT). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The NCDB was queried for patients aged ≤25 years diagnosed from 2004 to 2013 with unilateral WT who underwent definitive surgery and radiation therapy. The SRI was calculated for each patient. A stratified analysis was performed based on presence of metastasis using logistic regression to calculate risk factors for prolonged SRI, with a focus on the recommended SRI according to recent Children's Oncology Group trials (by day 14) and National Wilms Tumor Study-5 (by day 9)...
February 6, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Klaus Rose, Jane M Grant-Kels
Importance-Pediatric melanoma occurs, albeit rarely. Should patients be treated by today's medical standards, or be subjected to medically unnecessary clinical studies? Observations-We identified international, industry-sponsored pediatric melanoma studies triggered by regulatory demands in and further pediatric melanoma studies demanded by European Union pediatric investigation plans. We retrieved related regulatory documents from the internet. We analyzed these studies for rationale and medical beneficence on the basis of physiology, pediatric clinical pharmacology and rationale...
March 20, 2018: Children
Gokmen Kahilogullari, Fatih Yakar, Eyup Bayatli, Esra Erden, Cem Meco, Agahan Unlu
INTRODUCTION: Dermoid cysts (DCs) are unusual benign congenital intracranial tumors that typicallyarise in the midline and form as a result of abnormal sequestration of ectodermal cells during neural tubeformation. In all age groups, endoscopic approaches are preferable for the removal of sellar lesions. A 6-year-old girl with recurrent meningitis underwent endoscopic endonasal surgery forsellar DC. CONCLUSION: To the best of our knowledge, we present the first case of a suprasellar DC in a pediatric patient that was removed endoscopically...
March 20, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Fei Wang, Brian Iskra, Eugenie Kleinerman, Claudia Alvarez-Florez, Thomas Andrews, Angela Shaw, Joya Chandra, Keri Schadler, Gregory J Aune
We report the cardioprotective effects of moderate aerobic exercise from parallel pediatric murine models of doxorubicin (Doxo) exposure in non-tumor-bearing immune competent (NTB-IC) mice and tumor-bearing nude mice (TB-NM). In both models, animals at 4 weeks of age underwent Doxo treatment with or without 2 weeks of simultaneous exercise. In sedentary NTB-IC or TB-NM mice, Doxo treatment resulted in a statistically significant decrease in ejection fraction and fractional shortening compared with control animals...
April 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Bianca Bravim Bomfim, Roberto Prado, Renato Kobler Sampaio, Danielle Castex Conde, Bruno Augusto Benevenuto de Andrade, Michelle Agostini, Mário José Romañach
Primordial odontogenic tumor (POT) was recently recognized in the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) Classification as a distinct mixed odontogenic tumor most commonly observed in the posterior mandible of young patients. POT appears as an expansile radiolucency associated to an unerupted tooth. The aim of the present study was to perform a retrospective microscopic evaluation of pediatric odontogenic tumors diagnosed in an Oral Pathology Laboratory from Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, in order to reclassify potential cases as POT...
March 19, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
Nicolas Palaskas, Kara Thompson, Gregory Gladish, Ali M Agha, Saamir Hassan, Cezar Iliescu, Peter Kim, Jean B Durand, Juan C Lopez-Mattei
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our purpose is to discuss the importance of multimodality imaging in the assessment of cardiac tumors and management. We have compiled a recent review of the scientific literature and embedded our clinical pathways and recommendations based on data and clinical experience. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of contrast echocardiography in the assessment of cardiac masses has been shown to be helpful in distinguishing tumor from thrombus. Deformation imaging of cardiac tumors has been shown to differentiate better rhabdomyomas from fibromas in pediatric patients...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
K Schneider
The radiographic technique of pediatric chest X‑rays is substantially different from that in adults. In nearly all cases ap/pa X‑rays are sufficient and lateral radiographs are rarely needed. In the first years of life the thymus may overshadow the heart, the great vessels and the lung hila. The most important anatomical structures essential for diagnosing pathological findings of the lungs and mediastinum are the trachea with the bifurcation and the main bronchi with the adjacent great vessels. For the assessment of distended lungs and intrathoracic consolidations, fundamental knowledge of the anatomy in childhood and malformations which can involve the airways, the lungs, the heart, as well as systemic and pulmonary vessels are indispensable...
March 19, 2018: Der Radiologe
Taylor M Luckie, Matthew Danzig, Shengmei Zhou, Hao Wu, Nicholas G Cost, Lefkothea Karaviti, Rajkumar Venkatramani
Leydig cell tumors (LCTs) are rare tumors arising from testosterone-producing Leydig cells. Although LCTs are usually benign, malignancy has been reported in 10% of cases in adults, and local recurrence or metachronous tumors of the contralateral testis have been described. Radical orchiectomy is the current standard of care. We report on 12 children with LCT at 3 institutions between 2000 and 2016. Presenting symptoms included precocious puberty, palpable testicular mass, and scrotal swelling. Radical orchiectomy was performed in 9 patients...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Shayan Sengupta, Angela C Weyand, Santhosh A Upadhyaya, Yi-Mi Wu, Dan R Robinson, Rajen J Mody
Germline mutation of BRCA-associated protein-1 has been implicated in the development of tumor predisposition syndrome and high risk for malignant mesothelioma, lung adenocarcinoma, uveal melanoma, and cutaneous melanoma. Here, we present the case of a patient with recurrent metastatic melanoma who was found to have germline BAP1 and somatic BRAF mutation by clinical genomic sequencing. Detection of a germline mutation prompted screening for other cancers and surveillance in family members. Prospective integrative sequencing for pediatric cancer patients may identify pathogenic germline mutations and may improve outcomes and treatment-related morbidity by early diagnosis of malignancy...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Kristy Pilbeam, Hongbo Wang, Elizabeth Taras, Rachel J Bergerson, Brianna Ettestad, Todd DeFor, Antonella Borgatti, Daniel A Vallera, Michael R Verneris
Children with high risk sarcoma have a poor prognosis despite surgical resection, irradiation and chemotherapy. Alternative therapies are urgently needed. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are surface proteins expressed by some pediatric sarcomas. We show for the first time that a de-immunized bispecific ligand toxin, EGFATFKDEL, directed against EGFR and uPAR, successfully targets pediatric sarcoma. Using flow cytometry, we identified a rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) cell line, RH30, that expresses both uPAR and EGFR, and a Ewing sarcoma (EWS) cell line, TC-71, that expresses only uPAR...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Jonathan Roth, Haggai Benvenisti, Shlomi Constantini
BACKGROUND: Dural closure following intracranial procedures is considered crucial to reduce postoperative complications such as pseudomeningoceles (PM), CSF leaks, hydrocephalus, and infections. However, watertight dural closure (WTDC) is often difficult to achieve, and dural substitutes are often used. We describe our experience with non-WTDC in children. METHODS: Data was collected retrospectively. Redo and craniectomy cases were excluded. Collected data included demographics, surgical etiology, various radiological parameters, ventricular opening, usage of drains and shunts, dural closure technique, and complications...
March 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Maria Beran, Britta Okyere, Joshua Vova
Amantadine is commonly prescribed as a neurostimulant in patients with brain injuries. This is a case of a 14 year-old male with a history of brain tumor that developed corneal edema after initiation of amantadine, a rare but documented side effect of this medication. After discontinuation of amantadine, the corneal edema resolved within two months, but endothelial cells density remained low.
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Rosa Ruchlemer, Michal Amit-Kohn, Ariella Tvito, Irena Sindelovsky, Ari Zimran, David Raveh-Brawer
PURPOSE: Bone loss-osteopenia and osteoporosis-is a recognized consequence of solid tumors in adults, of pediatric hematological malignancies, and of the treatment for these diseases, but little research has been published on the adverse effects of hematological malignancies on the bone in adults. The aim of this study is to identify hematological diseases that are associated with the highest prevalence and severity of osteoporosis. METHODS: We evaluated DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) in a cross-section of 181 adult patients with hematological neoplasms, excluding multiple myeloma...
March 16, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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