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Kazumasa Fuwa, Mitsuru Kubota, Masami Kanno, Hiroshi Miyabayashi, Ken Kawabata, Keiichi Kanno, Masaki Shimizu
Diagnosis of mitochondrial respiratory chain disorder (MRCD) is often difficult. Its pathogenesis is still unclear. We diagnosed MRCD by measuring the activity of the mitochondrial respiratory chain enzyme, and the patient also had hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). A preterm female infant was born at 34 weeks of gestation. On day 6, HLH was revealed by bone marrow aspiration. She died on day 10 due to uncontrollable HLH. An autopsy was performed, and we measured the activity of the mitochondrial respiratory chain enzyme in the liver, muscle, and heart...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Peter Štrafela, Alenka Vizjak, Jerica Mraz, Jernej Mlakar, Jože Pižem, Nataša Tul, Tatjana Avšič Županc, Mara Popović
CONTEXT: -The 2015 outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil resulted in a 20-times increased prevalence of congenital microcephaly in stillborns and neonates and was instrumental in raising the suspicion of a causal association between Zika virus and microcephaly. OBJECTIVE: -To provide a comprehensive description of the neuropathologic features of congenital Zika virus infection. DESIGN: -Autopsy evaluation of the brain from a fetus of 32 weeks and 6 days of gestation, with a prenatal diagnosis of microcephaly associated with polymerase chain reaction-confirmed, fetal, Zika virus infection...
October 11, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Deborah Gilmour, Mark W Davies, Anthony R Herbert
AIM: End-of-life care remains part of the scope of practice in all neonatal units. This study aimed to characterise the end-of-life care provided in an Australian tertiary neonatal centre, where paediatric palliative care was accessible via a consultative service. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study examined indicators of quality palliative care provided to 46 infants born within a 30-month period. The cohort included four infants who received palliative care consultations additional to usual neonatal care...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
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OBJECTIVES: The AMANHI mortality study aims to use harmonized methods, across eleven sites in eight countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, to estimate the burden, timing and causes of maternal, fetal and neonatal deaths. It will generate data to help advance the science of cause of death (COD) assignment in developing country settings. METHODS: This population-based, cohort study is being conducted in the eleven sites where approximately 2 million women of reproductive age are under surveillance to identify and follow-up pregnancies through to six weeks postpartum...
December 2016: Journal of Global Health
Praveen Chandrasekharan, Rafal Kozielski, Vasantha H S Kumar, Munmun Rawat, Veena Manja, Changxing Ma, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is being increasingly used in preterm infants < 34 weeks with hypoxemic respiratory failure (HRF) and/or pulmonary hypertension (PH). Objective To evaluate the risk factors, survival characteristics, and lung histopathology in preterm infants with PH/HRF. Methods Retrospective chart review was conducted to determine characteristics of 93 preterm infants treated with iNO in the first 28 days and compared with 930 matched controls. Factors associated with survival with preterm HRF and smooth muscle actin from nine autopsies were evaluated...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
H Subramanian, B A Badhe, P C Toi, K Sambandan
OBJECTIVES: To derive objective values for the diagnosis of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) from a comparison of the morphometric profile of large intestinal neuronal plexuses in normal perinatal autopsies and surgical specimens of HSCR. METHODS: A cross-sectional comparative study with 40 subjects each in (i) non-HSCR perinatal group encompassing neonates and stillborn babies beyond 30 weeks of gestation on whom autopsies were conducted and (ii) HSCR group comprising all patients clinicoradiologically diagnosed as HSCR...
September 12, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Meaghan M Mackesy, Brian T Kalish, Wayne Tworetzky, Stephen Sanders, Alyaa Al-Ibraheemi, Louise Wilkins-Haug, James Lock, Audrey Marshall, Carol B Benson
Fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and intact atrial septum are a particular subset of HLHS neonates with high perinatal mortality. The reported mortality in these patients is 50% to 70%, even with prenatal diagnosis. Prenatal left atrial and pulmonary venous hypertension results in abnormal pulmonary vascular and parenchymal development. The goal of this study was to compare the sonographic appearance of the lungs in fetuses with HLHS/intact atrial septum to neonatal outcome and/or pathology in cases where in utero intervention was performed to open the atrial septum...
August 29, 2016: Ultrasound Quarterly
Khairul Zainun, Kirsten Hope, Andrew G Nicholson, Marta Cecilia Cohen
Abnormal muscularization of intra acinar pulmonary arteries is a histological hallmark of persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn (PPHN), an uncommon disease with high morbidity and mortality. PPHN presents with signs of respiratory distress immediately following birth. The disease is multi-factorial in origin and can be idiopathic as well associated with a variety of conditions such as congenital heart disease and both congenital and acquired lung diseases. We report two cases presenting as sudden unexpected death in late neonatal period (SUDI) showing abnormal muscularization of acinar pulmonary arteries reminiscent of PPHN...
August 30, 2016: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Animesh Biswas, Fazlur Rahman, Charli Eriksson, Abdul Halim, Koustuv Dalal
OBJECTIVES: Social Autopsy (SA) is an innovative strategy where a trained facilitator leads community groups through a structured, standardised analysis of the physical, environmental, cultural and social factors contributing to a serious, non-fatal health event or death. The discussion stimulated by the formal process of SA determines the causes and suggests preventative measures that are appropriate and achievable in the community. Here we explored individual experiences of SA, including acceptance and participant learning, and its effect on rural communities in Bangladesh...
2016: BMJ Open
Abdul Halim, Juan Emmanuel Dewez, Animesh Biswas, Fazlur Rahman, Sarah White, Nynke van den Broek
BACKGROUND: Better data on cause of, and factors contributing to, neonatal deaths are needed to improve interventions aimed at reducing neonatal mortality in low- and middle-income countries. METHODS: Community surveillance to identify all neonatal deaths across four districts in Bangladesh. Verbal autopsy for every fifth case and InterVA-4 used to assign likely cause of death. FINDINGS: 6748 neonatal deaths identified, giving a neonatal mortality rate of 24...
2016: PloS One
Rafał Zieliński, Maria Respondek-Liberska
Ultrasound prenatal examination enables one to assess the facial skeleton and the neck from the first weeks of gestation. Cervicofacial tumors detected via prenatal ultrasound are very rarely reported fetal pathologies. They include cystic hygromas, teratomas, epulides, vascular tumors, and thyroid tumors. The tumor category, its location and vascularization pattern allow one to accurately establish a diagnosis which is usually confirmed by clinical examination of the neonate or a pathological examination (surgical specimen, biopsy, autopsy)...
August 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Robel Yirgu, Mitike Molla, Lynn Sibley, Abebe Gebremariam
INTRODUCTION: In Ethiopia, even if a significant reduction in child mortality is recorded recently, perinatal mortality rate is still very high. This study assessed the magnitude, determinants and causes of perinatal death in West Gojam zone, Ethiopia. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A nested case control study was conducted on 102 cases (mothers who lost their newborns for perinatal death) and 204 controls (mothers who had live infants in the same year) among a cohort of 4097 pregnant mothers in three districts of the West Gojam zone, from Feb 2011 to Mar 2012...
2016: PloS One
Audrey-Ann Marie Evetts, Michael J Shkrum, Elena Tugaleva
It is common practice in pediatric autopsies to compare the body and organ measurements of the deceased child against the existing reference data. Although a number of resources are available, many are outdated and have significant limitations. The goal of this study was to assess the reference sources currently used by the Ontario pathologists in pediatric autopsies. A survey of 14 Ontario pathologists, who do coroners' pediatric autopsies, identified 20 publications commonly referenced for body and organ measurements...
September 2016: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Nega Assefa, Yihune Lakew, Betelhem Belay, Haji Kedir, Desalew Zelalem, Negga Baraki, Melake Damena, Lemessa Oljira, Wondimye Ashenafi, Melkamu Dedefo
BACKGROUND: In the world, Neonatal mortality accounts for 40 % of death of children under the age of 5 years. Majority of neonatal deaths occur in developing countries outside of formal health system, among which death in the first hour of first day of their life constitute the huge bulk. This analysis is intended to estimate neonatal mortality rates and identify the leading causes of death based on the surveillance data over 6 years period in Kersa health and demographic surveillance system (Kersa HDSS) site, Eastern Ethiopia...
2016: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
Maha Saleh, Ioana Miron, Hadeel Al-Rukban, David Chitayat, Marjan M Nezarati
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Paul C Bryson, Kathy Abode, Carlton J Zdanski
INTRODUCTION: Congenital airway obstruction is of varied etiology and uncommonly encountered. Prenatal care and imaging have enhanced detection of these abnormalities and allow for multi-disciplinary care planning for airway management at delivery. Despite the availability and advances in prenatal imaging, unanticipated airway obstruction may not be identified until the time of delivery. METHODS: Case series. RESULTS: Four airway emergencies were encountered in the labor and delivery suite over an eight-month period...
August 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Jayanta Banerjee, Charanjit Kaur, Sridhar Ramaiah, Rahul Roy, Narendra Aladangady
BACKGROUND: Research on perinatal bereavement services is limited. The aim of the study was to compare the uptake of bereavement support services between two tertiary neonatal units (NNU), and to investigate influencing factors. METHOD: The medical and bereavement records of all neonatal deaths were studied from January 2006 to December 2011. Data collected included parent and baby characteristics, mode of death, consent for autopsy and bereavement follow-up. The categorical data were compared by chi-square or Fisher's exact test and continuous data by Wilcoxon signed-rank test; a multivariable regression analysis was performed using STATA 12...
2016: BMC Palliative Care
Bareng As Nonyane, Narjis Kazmi, Alain K Koffi, Nazma Begum, Salahuddin Ahmed, Abdullah H Baqui, Henry D Kalter
BACKGROUND: We conducted a social and verbal autopsy study to determine cultural-, social- and health system-related factors that were associated with the delay in formal care seeking in Sylhet district, Bangladesh. METHODS: Verbal and social autopsy interviews were conducted with mothers who experienced a neonatal death between October 2007 and May 2011. We fitted a semi-parametric regression model of the cumulative incidence of seeking formal care first, accounting for competing events of death or seeking informal care first...
June 2016: Journal of Global Health
Frank Eifinger, Anne Vierzig, Bernhard Roth, Martin Scaal, Friederike Koerber
BACKGROUND: Central venous cannulation is widely used in neonatal critical care. Pericardial tamponade caused by vessel wall perforation can occur if the catheter tip induces extravasation at the level of the pericardium. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the level of the superior pericardial reflection in stillborn babies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We dissected 20 bodies (11 female, mean gestational age 33 6/7 weeks, range 25-43 weeks), with careful opening of the thoracic area...
October 2016: Pediatric Radiology
Anne Lee Solevåg, Georg M Schmölzer, Po-Yin Cheung
Background Infant and neonatal myocardial infarction (MI) has been described in association with congenital heart disease, coronary artery abnormalities, myocarditis, and tumors. MI in the perinatal period in a structurally normal heart and with ventricular arrhythmia as a presenting feature has not been thoroughly described. Published case reports describe treatment methods extrapolated from adult MI. However, due to the rare occurrence, the most appropriate acute treatment for both MI and ventricular arrhythmia in newborn infants remains unknown...
April 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
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