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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343321/a-risk-score-based-on-admission-characteristics-to-predict-progressive-hemorrhagic-injury-from-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children
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Guo-Wen Hu, Hai-Li Lang, Hua Guo, Lei Wu, Pei Zhang, Wei Kuang, Xin-Gen Zhu
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in children, and progressive hemorrhagic injury (PHI) post TBI is associated with poor outcomes. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop and validate a prognostic model that uses the information available at admission to determine the likelihood of PHI occurrence after TBI in children. The identified demographic data, cause of injury, clinical predictors on admission, computed tomography scan characteristics, and routine laboratory parameters were collected and used to develop a PHI prognostic model with logistic regression analysis, and the prediction model was validated in 68 children...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340081/retroocular-and-subdural-hemorrhage-or-hemosiderin-deposits-in-pediatric-autopsies
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Marc R Del Bigio, Susan M Phillips
The presence of hemosiderin in the optic nerve sheath and/or retina is sometimes used to estimate the timing of injury in infants or children with suspected non-accidental head trauma. To determine the prevalence of hemosiderin in deaths not associated with trauma, we performed a prospective study of retroocular orbital tissue, cranial convexity, and cervical spinal cord dura mater in infants and children <2.5 years age. In 53 cases of non-traumatic death, approximately 70% had blood or hemosiderin within the orbital fat, ocular muscles, and parasagittal cranial and/or cervical spinal subdural compartment...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323555/influence-of-dopamine-related-genes-on-neurobehavioral-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury-during-early-childhood
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Amery Treble-Barna, Shari L Wade, Lisa J Martin, Valentina Pilipenko, Keith Owen Yeates, H Gerry Taylor, Brad G Kurowski
The present study examined the association of dopamine-related genes with short- and long-term neurobehavioral recovery, as well as neurobehavioral recovery trajectories over time, in children who had sustained early childhood traumatic brain injuries (TBI) relative to children who had sustained orthopedic injuries (OI). Participants were recruited from a prospective, longitudinal study evaluating outcomes of children who sustained a TBI (n = 68) or OI (n = 72) between the ages of 3 and 7 years. Parents completed ratings of child executive function and behavior at the immediate post-acute period (0-3 months after injury); 6, 12, and 18 months after injury; and an average of 3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319562/translating-biomarkers-from-research-to-clinical-use-in-pediatric-neurocritical-care-focus-on-traumatic-brain-injury-and-cardiac-arrest
#4
Andrew J Prout, Michael S Wolf, Ericka L Fink
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cardiac arrest are important causes of morbidity and mortality in children. Improved diagnosis and outcome prognostication using validated biomarkers could allow clinicians to better tailor therapies for optimal efficacy. RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary investigation has yielded plentiful biomarker candidates of central nervous system (CNS) injury, including macromolecules, genetic, inflammatory, oxidative, and metabolic biomarkers...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316319/epileptic-spasms-in-paediatric-post-traumatic-epilepsy-at-a-tertiary-referral-centre
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Jun T Park, Harry T Chugani
To recognize epileptic spasms (ES) as a seizure type after traumatic brain injury (TBI), accidental or non-accidental, in infants and children. In the process, we aim to gain some insight into the mechanisms of epileptogenesis in ES. A retrospective electronic chart review was performed at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 2002 to 2012. Electronic charts of 321 patients were reviewed for evidence of post-traumatic epilepsy. Various clinical variables were collected including age at TBI, mechanism of trauma, severity of brain injury, electroencephalography/neuroimaging data, and seizure semiology...
March 17, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301824/using-a-dual-task-protocol-to-investigate-motor-and-cognitive-performance-in-healthy-children-and-youth
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Tracy L Fabri, Katherine E Wilson, Nicole Holland, Andrea Hickling, James Murphy, Philippe Fait, Nick Reed
OBJECTIVES: Mild traumatic brain injury (or concussion) is a prevalent yet understudied health concern in children and youth. This injury can cause dysfunction in both motor and cognitive domains; however, most literature focuses on single-task neuropsychological tests which only assess cognition. Although dual-task research on concussed children and youth is needed as many daily activities require both motor and cognitive domains, we must first investigate whether performing simultaneous motor and cognitive tasks of varied complexity impact these domains in healthy children and youth...
March 6, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298549/diverging-white-matter-trajectories-in-children-after-traumatic-brain-injury-the-rapbi-study
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Emily L Dennis, Faisal Rashid, Monica U Ellis, Talin Babikian, Roza M Vlasova, Julio E Villalon-Reina, Yan Jin, Alexander Olsen, Richard Mink, Christopher Babbitt, Jeffrey Johnson, Christopher C Giza, Paul M Thompson, Robert F Asarnow
OBJECTIVE: To examine longitudinal trajectories of white matter organization in pediatric moderate/severe traumatic brain injury (msTBI) over a 12-month period. METHODS: We studied 21 children (16 M/5 F) with msTBI, assessed 2-5 months postinjury and again 13-19 months postinjury, as well as 20 well-matched healthy control children. We assessed corpus callosum function through interhemispheric transfer time (IHTT), measured using event-related potentials, and related this to diffusion-weighted MRI measures of white matter (WM) microstructure...
March 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296528/the-impact-of-early-hyperglycaemia-on-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Yue-Qiang Fu, Shu-Ling Chong, Jan Hau Lee, Cheng-Jun Liu, Sheng Fu, Tsee Foong Loh, Kee Chong Ng, Feng Xu
OBJECTIVE: Hyperglycaemia is common amongst children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). We aim to investigate the association between early hyperglycaemia and poor clinical outcomes in children with moderate to severe TBI. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study in a tertiary paediatric hospital between May 2012 and October 2014 of all patients with TBI who were aged <16 years with a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of ≤13. The primary outcome was death. Secondary outcomes were 14 ventilation-free, 14 paediatric intensive care unit (PICU)-free and 28 hospital-free days...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271316/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-pediatric-and-parent-proxy-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-and-the-neurology-and-traumatic-brain-injury-quality-of-life-measurement-item-banks-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury
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Hilary Bertisch, Frederick P Rivara, Pamela A Kisala, Jin Wang, Keith Owen Yeates, Dennis Durbin, Mark R Zonfrillo, Michael J Bell, Nancy Temkin, David S Tulsky
PURPOSE: The primary objective is to provide evidence of convergent and discriminant validity for the pediatric and parent-proxy versions of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Peer Relations, Mobility, Pain Interference, and Fatigue item banks, the Neurology Quality of Life measurement system (Neuro-QOL) Cognition-General Concerns and Stigma item banks, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Quality of Life (TBI-QOL) Executive Function and Headache item banks in a pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) sample...
March 7, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268253/paediatric-horse-related-trauma
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Jane E Theodore, Sigrid G Theodore, Kellie A Stockton, Roy M Kimble
AIM: This retrospective cohort study reported on the epidemiology of horse-related injuries for patients presenting to the only tertiary paediatric trauma hospital in Queensland. The secondary outcome was to examine the use of helmets and adult supervision. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) was examined in relation to helmet use. Morbidity and mortality were also recorded. METHODS: Included were all patients presenting with any horse-related trauma to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane from January 2008 to August 2014...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255067/reducing-head-ct-use-for-children-with-head-injuries-in-a-community-emergency-department
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Rebecca M Jennings, Jennifer J Burtner, Joseph F Pellicer, Deepthi K Nair, Miranda C Bradford, Michele Shaffer, Neil G Uspal, Joel S Tieder
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Clinical decision rules have reduced use of computed tomography (CT) to evaluate minor pediatric head injury in pediatric emergency departments (EDs). CT use remains high in community EDs, where the majority of children seek medical care. We sought to reduce the rate of CT scans used to evaluate pediatric head injury from 29% to 20% in a community ED. METHODS: We evaluated a quality improvement (QI) project in a community ED aimed at decreasing the use of head CT scans in children by implementing a validated head trauma prediction rule for traumatic brain injury...
March 2, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252524/development-and-prospective-validation-of-tools-to-accurately-identify-neurosurgical-and-critical-care-events-in-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Tellen D Bennett, Peter E DeWitt, Rebecca R Dixon, Cory Kartchner, Yamila Sierra, Diane Ladell, Rajendu Srivastava, Jay Riva-Cambrin, Allison Kempe, Desmond K Runyan, Heather T Keenan, J Michael Dean
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate case definitions (computable phenotypes) to accurately identify neurosurgical and critical care events in children with traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study, May 2013 to September 2015. SETTING: Two large U.S. children's hospitals with level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers. PATIENTS: One hundred seventy-four children less than 18 years old admitted to an ICU after traumatic brain injury...
March 1, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248802/repeat-head-imaging-in-blunt-pediatric-trauma-patients-is-it-necessary
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E Patricia Hill, P J Stiles, Jared Reyes, R Joseph Nold, Stephen D Helmer, James M Haan
BACKGROUND: Children with confirmed brain injury usually undergo follow-up computed tomography scan (CT) of the head within 24 hours of admission. To date, no evidence exists to validate the diagnostic or therapeutic value of these repeat CTs. The purpose of this study was to: (1) evaluate progression of traumatic brain injuries, (2) determine if routine repeat imaging changes management, and (3) compare the efficacy of recognizing worsening hemorrhage with serial neurologic examination versus repeat imaging...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245144/cns-injuries-in-abusive-head-trauma
#14
Jason N Wright
OBJECTIVE: Abusive head trauma (AHT) is one of the most common subtypes of nonaccidental trauma and is a leading cause of traumatic brain injury in young children. Imaging plays a crucial role in the evaluation of children with suspected AHT and can aid in accurate diagnosis because clinical presentation may be nonspecific. In this article, the CNS injuries that are characteristic of AHT are reviewed with an emphasis on pathophysiology and imaging appearance. CONCLUSION: AHT is a frequent cause of neurologic injury in children, particularly in infants in the first year of life...
February 28, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239020/a-pediatric-profile-of-a-homeless-patient-in-san-jose-california
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Angela Bymaster, Joyce Chung, Andrea Banke, Hee Jae Choi, Chelsea Laird
The causes of homelessness are complex and poorly understood. This paper describes the homeless population in Santa Clara County, California in terms of Adverse Childhood Events, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), and family breakdown. Respondents reported severely traumatic childhoods; 78.7% grew up in a household with a person with drug or alcohol dependence and 64.6% endured psychological abuse as a child. Seventy-six percent of subjects recalled at least one TBI, 58.4% with loss of consciousness. Nineteen percent were in foster care as children and 40...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228720/motor-learning-abilities-are-similar-in-hemiplegic-cerebral-palsy-compared-to-controls-as-assessed-by-adaptation-to-unilateral-leg-weighting-during-gait-part-i
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Diane L Damiano, Christopher J Stanley, Thomas C Bulea, Hyung Soon Park
Introduction: Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) demonstrate high response variability to motor training insufficiently accounted for by age or severity. We propose here that differences in the inherent ability to learn new motor tasks may explain some of this variability. Damage to motor pathways involving the cerebellum, which may be a direct or indirect effect of the brain injury for many with CP, has been shown to adversely affect the ability to learn new motor tasks and may be a potential explanation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215191/is-computerized-cognitive-testing-useful-in-children-and-adolescents-with-moderate-to-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#17
Vickie Plourde, Brian L Brooks
OBJECTIVES: Children and adolescents with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) present with short and long-term neuropsychological deficits following their injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of a brief computerized test battery for evaluating cognitive functioning sub-acutely following a TBI. METHODS: Participants (n=33) sustained a moderate-to-severe TBI, were between 8 and 18 years old, and were assessed using CNS Vital Signs (CNSVS) within 6 months post-injury (median=0...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212177/neurocognitive-outcomes-for-acute-global-acquired-brain-injury-in-children
#18
Fenella J Kirkham
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In children, acute global brain injury from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and nontraumatic coma has a substantial cost to the child, the family, and the society. There have historically been relatively few studies looking at long-term cognition and behavioural outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Long-term follow-up studies, population-based studies, and meta-analyses are now available for TBI in children as well as adults and suggest that there is a significant cognitive cost, particularly for processing speed, working memory, and intelligence quotient (IQ) in severe TBI...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207570/international-survey-of-critically-ill-children-with-acute-neurologic-insults-the-prevalence-of-acute-critical-neurological-disease-in-children-a-global-epidemiological-assessment-study
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Ericka L Fink, Patrick M Kochanek, Robert C Tasker, John Beca, Michael J Bell, Robert S B Clark, Jamie Hutchison, Monica S Vavilala, Anthony Fabio, Derek C Angus, R Scott Watson
OBJECTIVE: The international scope of critical neurologic insults in children is unknown. Our objective was to assess the prevalence and outcomes of children admitted to PICUs with acute neurologic insults. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Multicenter (n = 107 PICUs) and multinational (23 countries, 79% in North America and Europe). PATIENTS: Children 7 days to 17 years old admitted to the ICU with new traumatic brain injury, stroke, cardiac arrest, CNS infection or inflammation, status epilepticus, spinal cord injury, hydrocephalus, or brain mass...
February 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196142/moderate-injury-in-motor-sensory-cortex-causes-behavioral-deficits-accompanied-by-electrophysiological-changes-in-mice-adulthood
#20
Wei Ouyang, Qichao Yan, Yu Zhang, Zhiheng Fan
Moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children often happen when there's a sudden blow to the frontal bone, end with long unconscious which can last for hours and progressive cognitive deficits. However, with regard to the influences of moderate TBI during children adulthood, injury-induced alterations of locomotive ability, long-term memory performance, and hippocampal electrophysiological firing changes have not yet been fully identified. In this study, lateral fluid percussion (LFP) method was used to fabricate moderate TBI in motor and somatosensory cortex of the 6-weeks-old mice...
2017: PloS One
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