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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928674/cord-blood-tnf-%C3%AE-and-il-6-levels-as-diagnostic-indicators-of-brain-damage-in-neonates-with-non-asphyxia-fetal-distress
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Chunfang Tian, Liqin Cheng, Xiaoshan Gu
PURPOSE: We investigated prospectively cord blood TNF-α and IL-6 levels as diagnostic indicators of brain damage in neonates with non-asphyxia fetal distress. METHODS: Eighty neonates delivered by cesarean section from January 2013 to December 2014 were enrolled. Magnetic resonance imaging was conducted to determine brain damage. Neonates were assigned to a healthy control group (n = 30) or, with fetal distress, apportioned to groups with or without brain damage (n = 20 and 30, respectively)...
December 7, 2016: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926680/humeral-retroversion-in-children-with-shoulder-internal-rotation-contractures-secondary-to-upper-trunk-neonatal-brachial-plexus-palsy
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Michael L Pearl, Michael Batech, Fabian van de Bunt
BACKGROUND: The most common sequela of neonatal brachial plexus palsy is an internal rotation contracture of the shoulder that impairs function and leads to skeletal deformation of the glenohumeral joint. Treatment options include release, transfers, and humeral osteotomy, all ultimately striving for better function through increased external rotation. Prior studies have shown that neonatal brachial plexus palsy alters humeral retroversion but with conflicting findings. We studied retroversion in children with internal rotation contractures from neonatal brachial plexus palsy to clarify its effect on version and surgical planning...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926636/feasibility-and-outcomes-of-fetoscopic-tracheal-occlusion-for-severe-left-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Michael A Belfort, Oluyinka O Olutoye, Darrell L Cass, Olutoyin A Olutoye, Christopher I Cassady, Amy R Mehollin-Ray, Alireza A Shamshiraz, Stephanie M Cruz, Timothy C Lee, David G Mann, Jimmy E Espinoza, Stephen E Welty, Caraciolo J Fernandes, Rodrigo R Ruano
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate feasibility and initial outcomes of fetoscopic tracheal occlusion for severe diaphragmatic hernia compared with a historical cohort who had not received fetal tracheal occlusion. METHODS: Outcomes in a prospective observational cohort who underwent fetoscopic tracheal occlusion for severe fetal left diaphragmatic hernia without associated anomalies were compared with our historical nontreated cohort of matched fetuses of similar severity. Fetuses were classified using the same ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging methodology-prospectively in the fetoscopic tracheal occlusion group and retrospectively in the historical nontreated cohort...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925231/experimental-approach-to-visualize-flow-in-a-stacked-hollow-fiber-bundle-of-an-artificial-lung-with-particle-image-velocimetry
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Andreas Kaesler, Peter C Schlanstein, Felix Hesselmann, Martin Büsen, Michael Klaas, Dorothee Roggenkamp, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Ulrich Steinseifer, Jutta Arens
Flow distribution is key in artificial lungs, as it directly influences gas exchange performance as well as clot forming and blood damaging potential. The current state of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in artificial lungs can only give insight on a macroscopic level due to model simplification applied to the fiber bundle. Based on our recent work on wound fiber bundles, we applied particle image velocimetry (PIV) to the model of an artificial lung prototype intended for neonatal use to visualize flow distribution in a stacked fiber bundle configuration to (i) evaluate the feasibility of PIV for artificial lungs, (ii) validate CFD in the fiber bundle of artificial lungs, and (iii) give a suggestion how to incorporate microscopic aspects into mainly macroscopic CFD studies...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923942/two-rare-vascular-rings-with-ductal-origin-of-the-left-pulmonary-artery-a-previously-unrecognized-syndrome
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Poonam P Thankavel, Kristine J Guleserian, Robert H Anderson
We report two neonates with distal ductal origin of the left pulmonary artery who also had rare vascular rings comprised of a left aortic arch and right arterial duct with a midline/rightward descending aorta. To the best of our knowledge, this association has not previously been described, although other abnormalities of the left pulmonary artery in the setting of vascular rings have been reported. We review the embryology, utility of imaging, and clinical course.
December 6, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922501/an-overview-of-congenital-myopathies
#6
Jean K Mah, Jeffrey T Joseph
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article uses a case-based approach to highlight the clinical features as well as recent advances in molecular genetics, muscle imaging, and pathophysiology of the congenital myopathies. RECENT FINDINGS: Congenital myopathies refer to a heterogeneous group of genetic neuromuscular disorders characterized by early-onset muscle weakness, hypotonia, and developmental delay. Congenital myopathies are further classified into core myopathies, centronuclear myopathies, nemaline myopathies, and congenital fiber-type disproportion based on the key pathologic features found in muscle biopsies...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918206/children-and-adolescents-show-altered-visual-working-memory-related-brain-activity-more-than-one-decade-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Peter Klaver, Walter Knirsch, Karoline Wurmitzer, David Yoh von Allmen
This pilot study investigated neural correlates of visual working memory using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in seven patients more than one decade after neonatal arterial switch operation for surgical correction of d-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA, aged 10-18 years, 1 female). Compared with age and sex matched healthy controls patients showed similar visual working memory performance and a smaller increase in brain activity in the posterior parietal cortex with higher visual working memory load...
May 2016: Developmental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917547/pituitary-stalk-interruption-syndrome-from-clinical-findings-to-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Cheng-Zhi Wang, Ling-Ling Guo, Bai-Yu Han, Xing Su, Qing-Hua Guo, Yi-Ming Mu
Pituitary stalk interruption syndrome is a rare congenital defect manifesting with varying degrees of pituitary hormone deficiency. The signs and symptoms of PSIS during the neonatal period and infancy are often overlooked and therefore diagnosis is delayed. The typical manifestations of PSIS can be detected by magnetic resonance imaging. Several genes in Wnt, Notch and Shh signaling pathways related to hypothalamic-pituitary development, such as PIT1, PROP1, LHX3/LHX4, PROKR2, OTX2, TGIF and HESX1, have been found to be associated with PSIS...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915035/hyperinsulinaemic-hypoglycaemia-in-children-and-adults
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REVIEW
Pratik Shah, Sofia A Rahman, Huseyin Demirbilek, Maria Güemes, Khalid Hussain
Pancreatic β cells are functionally programmed to release insulin in response to changes in plasma glucose concentration. Insulin secretion is precisely regulated so that, under normal physiological conditions, fasting plasma glucose concentrations are kept within a narrow range of 3·5-5·5 mmol/L. In hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia, insulin secretion becomes dysregulated (ie, uncoupled from glucose metabolism) so that insulin secretion persists in the presence of low plasma glucose concentrations. Hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia is the most common cause of severe and persistent hypoglycaemia in neonates and children...
November 30, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914586/necrotizing-enterocolitis-symposium-epidemiology-and-early-diagnosis
#10
REVIEW
Simon Eaton
: Despite decades of research on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), the outlook for infants afflicted by this devastating disease is all too often bleak. The aim of this symposium at the BAPS conference in Amsterdam was to highlight recent advances in the knowledge of the epidemiology and diagnosis of NEC. There were important contributions on the disease in the United Kingdom, both from a neonatal and from a surgical point of view, whereas colleagues from the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe shared their insights into novel diagnostic tools, both biofluid and imaging based...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913086/punctate-white-matter-lesions-in-full-term-infants-with-neonatal-seizures-associated-with-slc13a5-mutations
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Lauren C Weeke, Eva Brilstra, Kees P Braun, Evelien Zonneveld-Huijssoon, Gajja S Salomons, Bobby P Koeleman, Koen L van Gassen, Henrica L van Straaten, Dana Craiu, Linda S de Vries
INTRODUCTION: Early-onset epileptic encephalopathy caused by biallelic SLC13A5 mutations is characterized by seizure onset in the first days of life, refractory epilepsy and developmental delay. Little detailed information about the brain MRI features is available in these patients. METHODS: Observational study describing the neuro-imaging findings in eight patients (five families) with mutations in the SLC13A5 gene. Seven infants had an MRI in the neonatal period, two had a follow-up MRI at the age of 6 and 18 months and one only at 13 months...
November 19, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910733/a-comparative-morphologic-and-morphometric-study-about-geniculate-ganglion-development-in-man-and-in-rat
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Ana Sánchez-Del-Rey, José Maria Sánchez-Fernández, Arantza Ibargutxi, Agustin Martinez-Ibargüen, Francisco Santaolalla
CONCLUSIONS: Human-rat geniculate ganglion (GG) have multiple origins: (1) An initial proximity (20 μm) to the endocranial foramen of the IAM, suggests neural crest induction; and (2) The influence of epibranchial placodes: the tensor tympani muscle (TTM) and the otic apical coil. OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to determine the comparative development of human-rat GG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A light microscopic study of the GG in human material obtained from spontaneous abortions at 9, 13, 14, 17, 18, and 30 weeks, and one neonate was done...
December 2, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908646/left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-term-neonates-during-the-transitional-period
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Amish Jain, Afif F El-Khuffash, Bart C W Kuipers, Adel Mohamed, Kim A Connelly, Patrick J McNamara, Robert P Jankov, Luc Mertens
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether incorporating conventional, tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking echocardiography are reliable and can characterize changes in left ventricular (LV) function properly in healthy neonates in the early transitional newborn period. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective observational study was conducted in 50 healthy term neonates with a mean ± SD gestational age and birth weight of 39.3 ± 1.2 weeks and 3.5 ± 0.44 kg, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907284/working-memory-in-very-low-birthweight-children-at-the-age-of-11-years
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Satu Korpela, Anna Nyman, Petriina Munck, Annarilla Ahtola, Jaakko Matomäki, Tapio Korhonen, Riitta Parkkola, Leena Haataja
The aim of this study is to investigate the working memory (WM) of very-low-birthweight (VLBW, ≤ 1500 g) children at the age of 11 years using Baddeley's WM model. A regional cohort of 95 VLBW children was assessed for the domains of the WM model (central executive [CE], visuospatial sketchpad [VS], and phonological loop [PL]) using subtests from the Working Memory Test Battery for Children (WMTB-C) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (WISC-IV). VLBW children were categorized into three groups according to their degree of brain pathology (normal, minor, or major) in neonatal brain magnetic resonance imaging at the term age, and the WM performance was compared between groups to test norms...
December 1, 2016: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906083/neonatal-diffusion-tensor-brain-imaging-predicts-later-motor-outcome-in-preterm-neonates-with-white-matter-abnormalities
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Do-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Kyung Park, Nam-Su Kim, Se-Jin Hwang, Hyun Ju Lee
BACKGROUND: White matter (WM) abnormalities associated with prematurity are one of the most important causes of neurological disability that involves spastic motor deficits in preterm newborns. This study aimed to evaluate regional microstructural changes in diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) associated with WM abnormalities. METHODS: We prospectively studied extremely low birth weight (ELBW; <1000 g) preterm infants who were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Hanyang University Hospital between February 2011 and February 2014...
December 1, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905410/association-between-preterm-brain-injury-and-exposure-to-chorioamnionitis-during-fetal-life
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Devasuda Anblagan, Rozalia Pataky, Margaret J Evans, Emma J Telford, Ahmed Serag, Sarah Sparrow, Chinthika Piyasena, Scott I Semple, Alastair Graham Wilkinson, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
Preterm infants are susceptible to inflammation-induced white matter injury but the exposures that lead to this are uncertain. Histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA) reflects intrauterine inflammation, can trigger a fetal inflammatory response, and is closely associated with premature birth. In a cohort of 90 preterm infants with detailed placental histology and neonatal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data at term equivalent age, we used Tract-based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) to perform voxel-wise statistical comparison of fractional anisotropy (FA) data and computational morphometry analysis to compute the volumes of whole brain, tissue compartments and cerebrospinal fluid, to test the hypothesis that HCA is an independent antenatal risk factor for preterm brain injury...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904815/pneumorrhachis-resulting-in-transient-paresis-after-picc-line-insertion-into-the-ascending-lumbar-vein
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Russell Payne, Emily P Sieg, Arabinda Choudhary, Mark Iantosca
Obtaining intravascular access in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is not only critical but also technically challenging. Malposition of the catheter tip is a known and well-documented complication. Specifically, peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC) line insertion into the ascending lumbar vein can lead to neurological dysfunction and, in some cases, even death. We present the first reported case of pneumorrhachis (PR) following PICC line insertion into the ascending lumbar vein. Our patient presented with lower extremity weakness and imaging confirmed the presence of air within the spinal canal...
October 17, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903863/internalization-of-secreted-antigen-targeted-antibodies-by-the-neonatal-fc-receptor-for-precision-imaging-of-the-androgen-receptor-axis
#18
Daniel L J Thorek, Philip A Watson, Sang-Gyu Lee, Anson T Ku, Stylianos Bournazos, Katharina Braun, Kwanghee Kim, Kjell Sjöström, Michael G Doran, Urpo Lamminmäki, Elmer Santos, Darren Veach, Mesruh Turkekul, Emily Casey, Jason S Lewis, Diane S Abou, Marise R H van Voss, Peter T Scardino, Sven-Erik Strand, Mary L Alpaugh, Howard I Scher, Hans Lilja, Steven M Larson, David Ulmert
Targeting the androgen receptor (AR) pathway prolongs survival in patients with prostate cancer, but resistance rapidly develops. Understanding this resistance is confounded by a lack of noninvasive means to assess AR activity in vivo. We report intracellular accumulation of a secreted antigen-targeted antibody (SATA) that can be used to characterize disease, guide therapy, and monitor response. AR-regulated human kallikrein-related peptidase 2 (free hK2) is a prostate tissue-specific antigen produced in prostate cancer and androgen-stimulated breast cancer cells...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902983/perinatal-asphyxia-and-erythropoietin-and-vegf-serial-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-responses
#19
Deirdre U Sweetman, Chike Onwuneme, William R Watson, John F A Murphy, Eleanor J Molloy
BACKGROUND: Infants with neonatal encephalopathy (NE) of hypoxic-ischaemic origin are at risk of oxidative and ischaemia-reperfusion injury, which may induce abnormal inflammatory responses involving excessive cytokine production and release in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Systemic inflammation is found in infants with NE, and we therefore were interested in cytokines associated with hypoxia, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and erythropoietin (Epo). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between Epo, VEGF levels, brain injury and outcome in a group of term infants exposed to perinatal asphyxia (PA) compared to controls...
December 1, 2016: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896270/the-assessment-of-facial-expressions-in-piglets-undergoing-tail-docking-and-castration-toward-the-development-of-the-piglet-grimace-scale
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Pierpaolo Di Giminiani, Victoria L M H Brierley, Annalisa Scollo, Flaviana Gottardo, Emma M Malcolm, Sandra A Edwards, Matthew C Leach
Many piglets are exposed to potentially painful husbandry procedures within the first week of life, including tail docking and castration, without the provision of either anesthesia or analgesia. The assessment methods used to evaluate pain experienced by piglets are often affected by low specificity and practical limitations, prompting the investigation of alternative methodologies. The assessment of changes in facial expression following a painful event has been successfully applied to several species. The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the utility of a Grimace Scale applied to neonatal pigs to evaluate pain evoked by tail docking and castration...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
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