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Hepatitis c in children

Carrie C Coughlin, Melinda V Jen, Markus D Boos
Drug hypersensitivity syndrome (DHS) is a severe medication reaction involving multiple organ systems that is characterized by rash, lymphadenopathy, and laboratory aberrations, including hepatic enzyme changes. Viral reactivation in the setting of DHS can significantly affect the course of disease. We report two children in whom parvovirus infection prolonged and complicated their course of DHS. Most other DHS-complicating viruses are herpesviruses; this report broadens the scope of DHS-modifying infections to include activation of Parvoviridae...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
María Fernández-Prada, María Rodríguez-Martínez, Rebeca García-García, María Dolores García-Corte, Carmen Martínez-Ortega
INTRODUCTION: Children undergoing chemotherapy for cancer have special vaccination needs after completion of the treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the adaptation of post-chemotherapy vaccination schedules. METHOD: An observational study was performed on a retrospective cohort that included all children aged from 0 to 14 years, who completed chemotherapy in a tertiary hospital between 2009 and 2015. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied. Immunisation was administered in accordance with the guidelines of the Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Spanish Association of Paediatrics...
October 20, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
J Jiang, S L Dai, J F Xu, Y Zou, L G Zhu, H Peng, F C Zhu, X J Zhai
Objective: To evaluate the effects of blocking transmission of HBV from mother to infant in Jiangsu, and discuss influencing factors related to development of chronic HBV infection in children of HBsAg positive mother. Methods: HBsAg positive mothers delivered during 2010-2015 in three counties of Jiangsu (Zhangjiagang, Danyang and Taixing) and their neonates were included in the study. The neonates were vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine (10 μg) and hepatitis B immunoglobin (100 units) within 24 hours after birth...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
R Girlanda, A Pozzi, C S Matsumoto, T M Fishbein
Organ transplantation in patients with prior malignancy increases the risk of tumor recurrence post-transplantation due to immunosuppression. Only two cases of liver transplantation have so far been reported in children with hepatic metastases from pancreatoblastoma, a rare malignant neoplasm originating from the epithelial exocrine cells of the pancreas. Herein, we describe a case of a successful multi-visceral transplant in a man with intestinal failure after surgical resection of pancreatoblastoma.
2016: International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine
Nathan Vaughan, Jeff Tweed, Cynthia Greenwell, David M Notrica, Crystal S Langlais, Shawn D St Peter, Charles M Leys, Daniel J Ostlie, R Todd Maxson, Todd Ponsky, David W Tuggle, James W Eubanks, Amina Bhatia, Cynthia Greenwell, Nilda M Garcia, Karla A Lawson, Prasenjeet Motghare, Robert W Letton, Adam C Alder
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is an epidemic in the pediatric population. Childhood obesity in trauma has been associated with increased incidence of long-bone fractures, longer ICU stays, and decreased closed head injuries. We investigated for differences in the likelihood of failure of non-operative management (NOM), and injury grade using a subset of a multi-institutional, prospective database of pediatric patients with solid organ injury (SOI). METHODS: We prospectively collected data on all pediatric patients (<18years) admitted for liver or splenic injury from September 2013 to January 2016...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Theano Georgakopoulou, Damianos Menegas, Antonis Katsioulis, Maria Theodoridou, Jenny Kremastinou, Christos Hadjichristodoulou
Vaccination coverage studies are important in determining a population vaccination status and strategically adjusting national immunization programs. This study assessed full and timely vaccination coverage of preschool children aged 2-3 years attending nurseries-kindergartens (N-K) nationwide at the socioeconomic crisis onset. Geographically stratified cluster sampling was implemented considering prefectures as strata and N-K as clusters. The N-K were selected by simple random sampling from the sampling frame while their number was proportional to the stratum size...
September 26, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Hanaa M El-Karaksy, Sahar A Sharaf, Iman A Mandour, Engy A Mogahed, Normeen H Rady, Fatma A El-Mougy
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Studying predictors of response to therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in children may help avoid the inappropriate use of currently available costly therapy associated with numerous adverse effects. We tested the hypothesis that inheritance of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the interleukin-10 (IL-10) promoter gene might influence response to HCV treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The impact of SNPs, -1082 G/A and -592 C/A, in the promoter region of IL-10 gene, on response to HCV therapy was assessed in a cohort of 40 children treated with a combination of pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) α2b and ribavirin...
September 19, 2016: Human Immunology
Felicity Fitzgerald, Asad Naveed, Kevin Wing, Musa Gbessay, J C G Ross, Francesco Checchi, Daniel Youkee, Mohammed Boie Jalloh, David Baion, Ayeshatu Mustapha, Hawanatu Jah, Sandra Lako, Shefali Oza, Sabah Boufkhed, Reynold Feury, Julia A Bielicki, Diana M Gibb, Nigel Klein, Foday Sahr, Shunmay Yeung
Little is known about potentially modifiable factors in Ebola virus disease in children. We undertook a retrospective cohort study of children <13 years old admitted to 11 Ebola holding units in the Western Area, Sierra Leone, during 2014-2015 to identify factors affecting outcome. Primary outcome was death or discharge after transfer to Ebola treatment centers. All 309 Ebola virus-positive children 2 days-12 years old were included; outcomes were available for 282 (91%). Case-fatality was 57%, and 55% of deaths occurred in Ebola holding units...
October 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Adel A Hagag, Mohamed A Elgamsy, Hassan M El-Asy, Maaly M Mabrouk
BACKGROUND: ALL is the most common childhood malignancy. The children with ALL are treated with methotrexate (MTX) based chemotherapy protocols. MTX causes unpredictable serious hepatic and renal side effects. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and stimulates tissue regeneration. This study aims to evaluate the protective effects of Silymarin on MTX-based chemotherapy-induced Hepatic and renal toxicity in children with ALL. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 80 children with newly diagnosed ALL were enrolled in the study...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
J Gaudelus, F Denis, R Cohen, J-P Stahl, P Pujol, E Gauthier, A Martinot
: Repeating evaluations of vaccine coverage (VC) is essential to measure the implementation and effectiveness of vaccination policy. We report the results of VC in infants from the Vaccinoscopie(®) study in 2014 to assess the changes secondary to the new 2013 immunization schedule. METHOD: Study conducted on Internet among a representative sample of mothers reporting their child's vaccination record. RESULTS: The removal of the dose of DTPa-Hib at the age of 3 months was quickly adopted since only 1 % of children aged 6 months had received three doses of DTPa in 2014 compared to 96 % in 2012...
October 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Philippa J Easterbrook
Testing and diagnosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the gateway for access to both treatment and prevention services, and crucial for an effective hepatitis epidemic response. In contrast to HIV, a systematic approach to hepatitis C testing has been fragmented and limited to a few countries, and there remains a large burden of undiagnosed cases globally. Key challenges in the current hepatitis testing response, include lack of simple, reliable, and low cost diagnostic tests, laboratory capacity, and testing facilities; inadequate data to guide country-specific hepatitis testing approaches and who to test; stigmatization and social marginalization of some groups with or at risk of viral hepatitis; and lack of international or national guidelines on hepatitis testing for resource-limited settings...
October 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Analía Urueña, Jorge E González, Analía Rearte, María E Pérez Carrega, Rogelio Calli, María F Pagani, Andrea Uboldi, Rosalía Vicentín, Patricia Caglio, María C Cañero-Velasco, Angela Gentile, Margarita Ramonet, Carla Vizzotti
BACKGROUND: Single-dose Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) vaccination was implemented in all Argentinean children aged 12 months in 2005. Previous studies demonstrated high prevalence of protective antibody response 4 years following single dose vaccination. This study assessed long term seroprotection against HAV after vaccination. METHODS: Children who received one dose of HAV vaccine at 1 year of age at least six years before enrollment were included at five centers in Argentina between 2013 and 2014...
September 15, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Giuseppe Indolfi, Gabriella Nebbia, Mara Cananzi, Anna Maccabruni, Marco Zaramella, Lorenzo D'Antiga, Laura Grisotto, Chiara Azzari, Massimo Resti
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C is a global health problem. While new, highly effective and safe direct acting antivirals have been approved for adults, the only drugs currently registered for children are pegylated interferon and ribavirin. The timelines for the pediatric approval of the new treatment regimens are far off. Three phase II-III pediatric trials with direct acting antivirals are recruiting and the estimated dates of completion of these studies range between April 2018 and January 2023...
September 15, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Julie C Fitzgerald, Scott L Weiss, Shannon L Maude, David M Barrett, Simon F Lacey, J Joseph Melenhorst, Pamela Shaw, Robert A Berg, Carl H June, David L Porter, Noelle V Frey, Stephan A Grupp, David T Teachey
OBJECTIVE: Initial success with chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell therapy for relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia is leading to expanded use through multicenter trials. Cytokine release syndrome, the most severe toxicity, presents a novel critical illness syndrome with limited data regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. We sought to characterize the timing, severity, and intensive care management of cytokine release syndrome after chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell therapy...
September 14, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Jean-Pierre Allain, Ohene Opare-Sem
HBV testing and diagnosis of HBV-related liver disease in low-income and middle-income countries differs substantially from that in developed countries in terms of access to resources and expensive technologies requiring highly specialized staff. For identification and classification of HBV infection, genomic amplification methods to detect and quantify HBV DNA are often nonexistent or available only in central laboratories of major cities. When samples from peripheral locations do arrive, delays in receiving results generate loss to follow-up...
September 14, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Kali Zhou, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nick Walsh, Ji Young Kim, Roger Chou, Mellanye Lackey, Julia Scott, Ying-Ru Lo, Joseph D Tucker
BACKGROUND: Advances in therapy for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) have ushered in a new era in chronic hepatitis treatment. To maximise the effectiveness of these medicines, individuals must be engaged and retained in care. We analysed operational interventions to enhance chronic viral hepatitis testing, linkage to care, treatment uptake, adherence, and viral suppression or cure. METHODS: We did a systematic review of operational interventions, and did meta-analyses for sufficiently comparable data...
September 5, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Oliver C Burdall, Tassos Grammatikopoulos, Maria Sellars, Nedim Hadzic, Mark Davenport
A link between congenital vascular malformation (CVM) of the liver and Trisomy 21 has been suggested. We reviewed all children with Trisomy 21 referred for investigation to a specialist paediatric hepatobiliary unit (1985-2015).Forty-five children with Trisomy 21 were identified; 7 (15%) had a defined CVMs (4 female). All such infants were also diagnosed with a range of cardiac defects. CVMs were divided according to the nature of the vascular connection.Group (i) (n = 3) Abnormal veno-venous anomaly. This included porto-caval shunt and patent ductus venosus (n = 2)...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Maryam Foroughi, Saeedeh Moayedi-Nia, Alireza Shoghli, Saeed Bayanolhagh, Abbas Sedaghat, Mansoor Mohajeri, Seyed Noraldin Mousavinasab, Minoo Mohraz
OBJECTIVES: The existence of street and working children in Iran is undeniable. The precarious conditions of these children (including disrupted family, poverty, high prevalence of crime among relatives, family members and peers) cause social harm and high-risk behaviours, including drug addiction, selling sex or having sex with adolescents or peers. Here we explore the HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C status of street and working children in Tehran. METHODS: One thousand street and labour children, aged 10-18 years, were recruited by using the time-location sampling method, and semistructured questionnaires were used to find demographic information and information on HIV/AIDS-related high-risk sexual behaviours...
September 6, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Prabhu P Gounder, Lisa R Bulkow, Mary Snowball, Susan Negus, Philip R Spradling, Brian J McMahon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk in Alaska Native children and young adults with hepatitis B virus (HBV). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a population-based cohort of Alaska Native persons with HBV followed during 1982-2012. All individuals with HBV were offered HCC screening regardless of age using alpha-fetoprotein every 6 months; persons with an elevated alpha-fetoprotein or persons at high-risk for HCC, such as cirrhosis, family history of HCC, were offered ultrasound...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
K B Gibney, A C Cheng, R Hall, K Leder
We reviewed the first 21 years (1991-2011) of Australia's National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). All nationally notified diseases (except HIV/AIDS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) were analysed by disease group (n = 8), jurisdiction (six states and two territories), Indigenous status, age group and notification year. In total, 2 421 134 cases were analysed. The 10 diseases with highest notification incidence (chlamydial infection, campylobacteriosis, varicella zoster, hepatitis C, influenza, pertussis, salmonellosis, hepatitis B, gonococcal infection, and Ross River virus infection) comprised 88% of all notifications...
November 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
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