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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926976/are-cytokines-useful-biomarkers-to-determine-disease-severity-in-neonates-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Thomas Schaible, Janine Reineke, Ludwig Gortner, Dominik Monz, Regine Schaffelder, Erol Tutdibi
Background This study investigates plasma cytokine levels in neonates with the more common left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and correlates them with severity of disease indicated by position of the liver. An intrathoracic part of liver is associated with higher need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and higher risk for chronic lung disease (CLD). Methods A total of 28 newborns with CDH were subdivided by their liver position in partially intrathoracic (n = 16) and only abdominal (n = 12) position...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926905/sildenafil-in-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-of-maternal-tolerance-and-obstetric-and-perinatal-outcomes
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Liam Dunn, Ristan Greer, Vicki Flenady, Sailesh Kumar
INTRODUCTION: This systematic review evaluates maternal tolerance and obstetric and perinatal outcomes following sildenafil citrate (SC) use in human pregnancy. DATA SOURCES: Scopus, PubMed, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Embase, and Google Scholar were searched. Relevant full-text studies including case series and reports in English were included. Publications were excluded if the pregnancy was terminated or if SC was used only at conception. RESULTS: Sixteen studies were included (n = 165)...
December 8, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926639/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-the-risk-of-congenital-malformations
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Brian T Bateman, Elisabetta Patorno, Rishi J Desai, Ellen W Seely, Helen Mogun, Sara Z Dejene, Michael A Fischer, Alexander M Friedman, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Krista F Huybrechts
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between first-trimester angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor exposure and the risk of overall major congenital, cardiac, and central nervous system malformations. METHODS: We used a cohort of completed pregnancies linked to liveborn neonates derived from Medicaid claims from 2000 to 2010. We examined the risk of malformations associated with first-trimester exposure to an ACE inhibitor. Propensity score-based methods were used to control for potential confounders including maternal demographics, medical conditions, exposure to other medications, and measures of health care utilization...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926615/coronary-artery-evaluation-by-screening-echocardiogram-in-intercollegiate-athletes
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Walter J Hoyt, Peter N Dean, Daniel S Schneider, Mark R Conaway, Christopher M Kramer, Robert W Battle
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery anomalies are the second most common congenital cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. Some centers have advocated for limited transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) protocols in the screening of college athletes, which may miss important causes of SCD. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of screening TTE to determine origin and proximal course of the coronary arteries in intercollegiate athletes...
December 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926352/3d-laparoscopy-in-neonates-and-infants
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Yury Kozlov, Konstantin Kovalkov, Vladimir Nowogilov
BACKGROUND: This study focuses on the successful application of three-dimensional (3D) laparoscopic surgeries in the treatment of congenital anomalies and acquired diseases in the young pediatric population. The purpose of this scientific work consists in highlighting the spectrum, indications, applicability, and effectiveness of 3D endosurgery in children. METHODS: Our experience is based on 110 endosurgical procedures performed in neonates and infants in the 3D format between January 2014 and May 2015...
December 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925863/susceptibility-of-rubella-among-pregnant-women-attending-the-antenatal-clinic-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-jabalpur-central-india
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Bhupesh K Kori, Kavita N Singh, Ravendra K Sharma, Bhagwati S Sharma, Poorva Badkur, Pradip V Barde
The purpose of this study was to evaluate rubella susceptibility of pregnant women from central India as rubella infection can be devastating for the newborn if it occurs in the mother in the first trimester of pregnancy, which may lead to congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). There are very few studies about seroprevalence of rubella from India and none from central India. The study was conducted among women attending the obstetric department of a tertiary care hospital, in which 369 antenatal cases were tested for the presence of immunoglobulin G antibody for rubella and its titer...
December 7, 2016: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925686/slc4a11-three-dimensional-homology-model-rationalizes-corneal-dystrophy-causing-mutations
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Katherine E Badior, Kumari Alka, Joseph R Casey
We studied the structural effects of point mutations of a membrane protein that cause genetic disease. SLC4A11 is a membrane transport protein (OH(-) /H(+) /NH3 /H2 O) of basolateral corneal endothelium, whose mutations cause some cases of Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy and Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy. We created a three-dimensional homology model of SLC4A11 membrane domain, using Band 3 (SLC4A1) crystal structure as template. The homology model was assessed in silico and by analysis of mutants designed on the basis of the model...
December 7, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925622/relation-between-amniotic-fluid-infection-or-cytokine-levels-and-hearing-screen-failure-in-infants-at-32-wk-gestation-or-less
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Eun Young Jung, Byung Yoon Choi, Jihye Rhee, Jaehong Park, Soo-Hyun Cho, Kyo Hoon Park
BACKGROUND: To determine whether the presence of intra-amniotic infection and elevated proinflammatory cytokine levels in amniotic fluid (AF) are associated with failure in the newborn hearing screen (NHS) test in very preterm neonates. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 112 premature singleton neonates born to women with preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes at ≤32 wk. AF obtained through amniocentesis was cultured, and interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-8 levels were determined...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925579/lamb2-mutation-with-different-phenotypes-in-china%C3%A2
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Hongwen Zhang, Jieyuan Cui, Fang Wang, Huijie Xiao, Jie Ding, Yong Yao
BACKGROUND: Mutations of the LAMB2 gene mainly cause Pierson syndrome (OMIM) #609049), characterized by congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) and complex ocular involvements with microcoria as the most prominent clinical feature. However, the phenotypic spectrum of LAMB2-associated disorders is broader, isolated congenital or infantile nephrotic syndrome can also be seen. The aim of this study was to explore the phenotypes of different LAMB2 mutations in China. METHODS: LAMB2 mutations were analyzed in three Chinese childhood steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome cases, two of them with ocular abnormalities...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925479/psychological-adjustment-to-craniofacial-conditions-excluding-oral-clefts-a-review-of-the-literature
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Kristin Billaud Feragen, Nicola Marie Stock
OBJECTIVE: A congenital craniofacial anomaly (CFA) is expected to impact upon several domains of psychological, emotional and social functioning, yet no recent reviews have comprehensively summarised the available literature. Further, existing reviews tend to draw upon literature in the field of cleft lip and palate, and do not give substantive attention to other types of CFAs. DESIGN: A review of 41 papers published between January 2000 and March 2016 pertaining to psychological adjustment to CFAs...
December 7, 2016: Psychology & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925466/a-prospective-evaluation-of-contrast-and-radiation-dose-and-image-quality-in-cardiac-ct-in-children-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-low-concentration-iodinated-contrast-agent-and-low-tube-voltage-and-current
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Qiao-Ru Hou, Wei Gao, Yu Min Zhong, Ai Min Sun, Qian Wang, Hai Sheng Qiu, Fang Wang, Jian Ying Li, Liwei Hu
OBJECTIVE: To assess image quality, contrast dose and radiation dose in cardiac CT in children with congenital heart disease using low-concentration iodinated contrast agent and low tube voltage and current in comparison with standard-dose protocol. METHODS: 110 patients with congenital heart disease were randomized to one of the two scan protocols: Group A (n=45) with 120mA tube current and contrast agent of 270mgI/ml in concentration (Visipaque, GE Healthcare), and Group B (n=65) with the conventional 160mA and 370mgI/mL concentration contrast (Iopamiro, Bracco)...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924908/development-of-novel-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-protocol-for-whole-autosomal-recessive-disease-using-picodroplet-digital-pcr
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Mun Young Chang, Ah Reum Kim, Min Young Kim, Soyoung Kim, Jinsun Yoon, Jae Joon Han, Soyeon Ahn, Changsoo Kang, Byung Yoon Choi
We developed a protocol of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), employing a higher-resolution picodroplet digital PCR, to detect genetic imbalance in maternal plasma DNA (mpDNA) caused by cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA). In the present study, this approach was applied to four families with autosomal recessive (AR) congenital sensorineural hearing loss. First, a fraction of the fetal DNA in mpDNA was calculated. Then, we made artificial DNA mixtures (positive and negative controls) to simulate mpDNA containing the fraction of cffDNA with or without mutations...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924730/congenital-malformations-attributed-to-prenatal-exposure-to-cyclophosphamide
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Padmanabhan Rengasamy
Cyclophosphamide (CPA) remains one of the most widely prescribed anticancer drugs. It is also used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, childhood nephrotic syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is a potent immunosuppressive agent. It is commonly used in blood and bone marrow transplantation. With the growing trend among women postponing childbearing, the number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer is also increasing thus escalating the chances of exposure of the unborn child to antineoplastic drugs...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924390/technical-standardization-of-laparoscopic-repair-of-morgagni-diaphragmatic-hernia-in-children-results-of-a-multicentric-survey-on-43-patients
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Ciro Esposito, Maria Escolino, Francois Varlet, Amulya Saxena, Sabine Irtan, Paul Philippe, Alessandro Settimi, Mariapina Cerulo, Holger Till, Francois Becmeur, George W Holcomb
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to standardize the surgical correction technique of congenital Morgagni diaphragmatic hernia (CMDH), analyzing the results of an international multicentric survey. METHODS: The medical records of 43 patients (29 boys, 14 girls) who underwent laparoscopic repair of CMDH in 8 pediatric surgery units in a 5-year period were retrospectively reviewed. Their average age was 3.3 years. Ten patients (23.2%) presented associated malformations: 9 Down syndrome (20...
December 6, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924361/prevalence-of-non-cardiovascular-findings-on-ct-angiography-in-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Archana Malik, Jeffrey C Hellinger, Sabah Servaes, Mathew C Schwartz, Marc S Keller, Monica Epelman
BACKGROUND: CT angiography is gaining broader acceptance in the evaluation of children with known or suspected congenital heart disease. These studies include non-cardiovascular structures such as the mediastinum, lung parenchyma and upper abdominal organs. It is important to inspect all these structures for potential abnormalities that might be clinically important and, in some cases, may impact care plans. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of non-cardiovascular findings in CT angiography of children with congenital heart disease...
December 6, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924207/combined-spinal-epidural-anesthesia-for-urgent-cesarean-section-in-a-parturient-with-a-single-ventricle-a-case-report
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Stefano Catarci, Fabio Sbaraglia, Bruno Antonio Zanfini, Salvatore Vagnoni, Luciano Frassanito, Gaetano Draisci
The number of women with major congenital heart defects reaching reproductive age is likely increasing. We herein describe the anesthetic management of a 33-year-old woman at 37 gestational weeks with a history of Glenn surgery who was undergoing an urgent cesarean section due to pathological cardiotocography. Combined spinal-epidural anesthesia was the most suitable technique for urgent cesarean section in our patient with a single ventricle and phasic flow in the pulmonary artery because it provided rapid-onset anesthesia with negligible hemodynamic effects...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923951/maternal-antibody-responses-and-nonprimary-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-of-hiv-1-exposed-infants
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Kristy M Bialas, Daniel Westreich, Eduardo Cisneros de la Rosa, Cody S Nelson, Lawrence M Kauvar, Tong-Ming Fu, Sallie R Permar
Risk of congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) transmission is highly dependent on the presence of preexisting maternal immunity, with the lowest rates observed in CMV-seroimmune populations. Among infants of CMV-seroimmune women, those who are exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have an increased risk of acquiring cCMV infection as compared to HIV-unexposed infants. To better understand the risk factors of nonprimary cCMV transmission in HIV-infected women, we performed a case-control study in which CMV-specific plasma antibody responses from 19 CMV-transmitting and 57 CMV-nontransmitting women with chronic CMV/HIV coinfection were evaluated for the ability to predict the risk of cCMV infection...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923950/results-of-a-zika-virus-zikv-immunoglobulin-m-specific-diagnostic-assay-are-highly-correlated-with-detection-of-neutralizing-anti-zikv-antibodies-in-neonates-with-congenital-disease
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Marli T Cordeiro, Carlos A A Brito, Lindomar J Pena, Priscila M S Castanha, Laura H V G Gil, Kennya G S Lopes, Rafael Dhalia, Jucille A Meneses, Ana C Ishigami, Luisa M Mello, Liciana X E Alencar, Klarissa M Guarines, Laura C Rodrigues, Ernesto T A Marques
BACKGROUND:  Usually, immunoglobulin M (IgM) serologic analysis is not sufficiently specific to confirm Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. However, since IgM does not cross the placenta, it may be a good marker of infection in neonates. METHODS:  We tested blood from 42 mothers and neonates with microcephaly and collected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens from 30 neonates. Molecular assays were performed for detection of ZIKV, dengue virus, and chikungunya virus; IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and plaque-reduction neutralization tests (PRNTs) were performed to detect ZIKV and dengue virus...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923943/venovenous-ecmo-support-in-an-infant-with-single-ventricle-physiology-and-catastrophic-pulmonary-venous-abnormalities
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Richard P Fernandez, Don Hayes, Patrick I McConnell, Darren Berman
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an accepted treatment modality for life support refractory to conventional efforts in neonates with complex congenital heart lesions. Cannulation for ECMO can be accomplished by venovenous (VV) access where patients receive primarily respiratory support or venoarterial (VA) access which provides complete cardiopulmonary support. VV ECMO delivered by a single-vessel cannulation with a dual-chamber venous cannula allows for respiratory support while the patient remains dependent upon intrinsic cardiac function to support hemodynamics...
December 6, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923889/zika-virus-a-serious-global-health-threat
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Candice J McNeil, Avinash K Shetty
In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika virus (ZIKV) infection a public health emergency of international concern, given the precipitous spread of the virus across the Americas. Unlike arboviruses such as Chikungunya and Dengue, which have also recently emerged in the western hemisphere, ZIKV was identified in communities where concurrent neurologic conditions such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre (GB) syndrome were occurring at alarming rates. Thus, investigations to systematically evaluate the link between ZIKV, congenital malformations (including microcephaly) and GB syndrome remain a top priority...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
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