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neonatal neurological assessment

Pierpaolo Cerullo, Paola Brancaccio, Serenella Anzilotti, Antonio Vinciguerra, Ornella Cuomo, Ferdinando Fiorino, Beatrice Severino, Paola Di Vaio, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato, Giuseppe Pignataro
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HI) accounts for the majority of developmental, motor and cognitive deficits in children, leading to life-long neurological impairments. Since the plasmamembrane sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) plays a fundamental role in maintaining ionic homeostasis during adult brain ischemia, in the present work we aimed to demonstrate (1)the involvement of NCX in the pathophysiology of neonatal HI and (2)a possible NCX-based pharmacological intervention. HI was induced in neonatal mice at postnatal day 7(P7) by unilateral cut of the right common carotid artery, followed by 60 min exposure to 8%O2 ...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yangyang R Yu, Jennifer L Carpenter, Annalyn S DeMello, Sundeep G Keswani, Darrell L Cass, Oluyinka O Olutoye, Adam M Vogel, James A Thomas, Cole Burgman, Caraciolo J Fernandes, Timothy C Lee
PURPOSE: This study assesses the impact of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) associated morbidities on long-term quality of life (QOL) outcomes. METHODS: A single center, retrospective review of neonatal and pediatric non-cardiac ECMO survivors from 1/2005-7/2016 was performed. The 2012 Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™) survey was administered. Clinical outcomes and QOL scores between groups were compared. RESULTS: Of 74 patients eligible, 64% (35 NICU, 12 PICU) completed the survey...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Carolien Zwiers, Mirjam Ea Scheffer-Rath, Enrico Lopriore, Masja de Haas, Helen G Liley
BACKGROUND: Exchange transfusion and phototherapy have traditionally been used to treat jaundice and avoid the associated neurological complications. Because of the risks and burdens of exchange transfusion, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) has been suggested as an alternative therapy for alloimmune hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) to reduce the need for exchange transfusion. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect and complications of IVIg in newborn infants with alloimmune HDN on the need for and number of exchange transfusions...
March 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Jean-François Ghersi-Egea, Elodie Saudrais, Nathalie Strazielle
Drug bioavailability to the developing brain is a major concern in the treatment of neonates and infants as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women. Central adverse drug reactions can have dramatic consequences for brain development, leading to major neurological impairment. Factors setting the cerebral bioavailability of drugs include protein-unbound drug concentration in plasma, local cerebral blood flow, permeability across blood-brain interfaces, binding to neural cells, volume of cerebral fluid compartments, and cerebrospinal fluid secretion rate...
March 7, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Stiljan Hoxha, Riccardo Giuseppe Abbasciano, Camilla Sandrini, Lucia Rossetti, Tiziano Menon, Luca Barozzi, Daniele Linardi, Alessio Rungatscher, Giuseppe Faggian, Giovanni Battista Luciani
Aortic arch repair in newborns and infants has traditionally been accomplished using a period of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. To reduce neurologic and cardiac dysfunction related to circulatory arrest and myocardial ischemia during complex aortic arch surgery, an alternative and novel strategy for cerebro-myocardial protection was recently developed, where regional low-flow perfusion is combined with controlled and independent coronary perfusion. The aim of the present retrospective study was to assess short-term and mid-term results of selective and independent cerebro-myocardial perfusion in neonatal aortic arch surgery...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
So Mi Lee, Young Hun Choi, Sun-Kyoung You, Won Kee Lee, Won Hwa Kim, Hye Jung Kim, Sang Yub Lee, Hyejin Cheon
OBJECTIVES: The properties of brain tissue undergo dynamic changes during maturation. T1 relaxation time (T1), T2 relaxation time (T2), and proton density (PD) are now simultaneously quantifiable within a clinically acceptable time, using a synthetic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequence. This study aimed to provide age-specific reference values for T1, T2, and PD in children, using synthetic MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 89 children (median age, 18 months; range, 34 weeks of gestational age to 17 years) who underwent quantitative MRI, using a multidynamic, multiecho sequence on 3 T MRI, between December 2015 and November 2016, and had no abnormal MRI/neurologic assessment findings...
April 2018: Investigative Radiology
Renato S Procianoy, Andrea Lucia A Corso, Maria Gabriela Longo, Leonardo Vedolin, Rita C Silveira
OBJECTIVE: To determine the neurodevelopment outcomes after Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and identify the neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) findings associated with neurological outcome in a middle-income country. STUDY DESIGN: All infants born after 35 completed weeks' gestation with signs of moderate to severe encephalopathy and evidence of perinatal asphyxia before 6 hours of life were submitted to whole-body hypothermia and were imaged at 18 ± 8...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Nathalie Voide, Matthieu P Robert
PURPOSE: Although less frequent than consecutive exotropia, consecutive esotropia is a well-known type of strabismus when it follows the surgical correction of an exotropia. Spontaneous conversion from initial constant, large-angle exotropia beyond the age of 3 months to esotropia or orthophoria, however, is not common. We describe a series of infants who presented a spontaneous evolution from a large-angle infantile exotropia to either an orthophoria or a spontaneously consecutive esotropia...
March 2, 2018: Eye
Erica R Glasper, Molly M Hyer, Terrence J Hunter
Early-life experiences with caregivers can significantly affect offspring development in human and non-human animals. While much of our knowledge of parent-offspring relationships stem from mother-offspring interactions, increasing evidence suggests interactions with the father are equally as important and can prevent social, behavioral, and neurological impairments that may appear early in life and have enduring consequences in adulthood. In the present study, we utilized the monogamous and biparental California mouse ( Peromyscus californicus )...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Mardee Greenham, Anne L Gordon, Anna Cooper, Michael Ditchfield, Lee Coleman, Rod W Hunt, Mark T Mackay, Paul Monagle, Vicki Anderson
Pediatric stroke can result in long-term neurobehavioral impairments including cognitive, language, and motor deficits, all of which may disrupt the normal development of social skills. This study aimed to examine specific components of social function at 5-year poststroke at a group and individual level and explore the contribution of neurobehavioral impairment. Thirty-one children with arterial ischemic stroke participated in the study. Assessment included parent-rated questionnaires measuring social adjustment and social participation as well as behavior and fatigue...
February 26, 2018: Developmental Neuropsychology
Cathryn Crowle, Claire Galea, Karen Walker, Iona Novak, Nadia Badawi
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence indicates neonatal surgery is associated with an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disability, including cerebral palsy (CP). Despite evidence for prediction of CP there is limited information on use of the General Movements Assessment (GMA) with this population. AIM: To investigate the utility of the GMA for prediction of neurodevelopment in an infant surgical population. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study Subjects: 278 infants following cardiac surgery (n = 149), non-cardiac surgery (n = 123) or both surgeries (n = 6)...
February 22, 2018: Early Human Development
Amanda K L Kwong, Tara L Fitzgerald, Lex W Doyle, Jeanie L Y Cheong, Alicia J Spittle
AIM: To systematically review the predictive validity of spontaneous early infant movements for later cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: Cohort studies with published data to calculate predictive validity of early spontaneous movements for later CP were searched in four electronic databases: CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO. RESULTS: Forty-seven studies met inclusion criteria. The Prechtl General Movements Assessment (GMA) during the fidgety period (10-20wks corrected age) had the strongest sensitivity: 97 per cent (95% confidence interval [CI] 93-99) and specificity: 89% (95% CI 83-93)...
February 22, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Josephine Herz, Christian Köster, Barbara S Reinboth, Mark Dzietko, Wiebke Hansen, Hemmen Sabir, Cindy van Velthoven, Ivo Bendix, Ursula Felderhoff-Müser
Acute hypothermia treatment (HT) is the only clinically established intervention following neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. However, almost half of all cooled infants still die or suffer from long-lasting neurological impairments. Regenerative therapies, such as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) appear promising as adjuvant therapy. In the present study, we hypothesized that HT combined with delayed MSC therapy results in augmented protection, improving long-term neurological outcome. Postnatal day 9 (P9) C57BL/6 mice were exposed to hypoxia-ischemia followed by 4 hours HT...
February 14, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Enrico Danzer, Casey Hoffman, Jo Ann D'Agostino, Matthew M Boelig, Marsha Gerdes, Judy C Bernbaum, Hannah Rosenthal, Lindsay N Waqar, Natalie E Rintoul, Lisa M Herkert, Michael J Kallan, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake, N Scott Adzick, Holly L Hedrick
BACKGROUND: To evaluate neurodevelopmental outcome in high-risk congenital lung lesions (CLLs) survivors who underwent prenatal intervention or postnatal surgery within the first month of life. METHODS: Forty-five high-risk CLLs survivors underwent assessment using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, 3rd Edition between 07/2004 and 12/2016. Scores were grouped as average, at-risk, and delayed based on standard deviation intervals. Correlations between outcome and risk factors were analyzed by Fisher's exact test or two-sided t-test as appropriate, with significant p-values <0...
February 10, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
James M Edwards, Laura E Edwards, Geeta K Swamy, Chad A Grotegut
OBJECTIVE: We examined the effects of magnesium sulfate on non-neurologic neonatal outcomes with respect to cord blood magnesium level. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a secondary analysis of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Beneficial Effects of Antenatal Magnesium (MFMU BEAM) trial comparing the upper and lower quintiles of cord blood magnesium level. Outcomes included cerebral palsy (CP), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), and assessments of mental and motor disability...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Vivek V Shukla, Satvik Bansal, Archana Nimbalkar, Apurva Chapla, Ajay Phatak, Dipen Patel, Somashekhar Nimbalkar
OBJECTIVE: To compare individual efficacy and additive effects of pain control interventions in preterm neonates. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Level-3 University affiliated neonatal intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS: 200 neonates (26-36 weeks gestational age) requiring heel-stick for bedside glucose assessment. Exclusion criteria were neurologic impairment and critical illness precluding study interventions...
February 9, 2018: Indian Pediatrics
Chiara Autilio, Mercedes Echaide, Daniele De Luca, Jesús Pérez-Gil
BACKGROUND: Whole-body hypothermia (WBH) is used to improve neurological outcomes in perinatal asphyxia. Recent studies suggested a beneficial effect of hypothermia for some types of acute respiratory failure. However, no data are available about the biophysical function of human surfactant during WBH. We investigated whether WBH improves surfactant biophysical properties in asphyxiated neonates with or without meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). METHODS: Non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) has been collected from 10 asphyxiated neonates (2 with MAS, 8 with no lung disease (NLD)) at different time-points (pre-WBH, 24h, 48h, 72h of WBH and post-WBH)...
2018: PloS One
L Story, J Hutter, T Zhang, A H Shennan, M Rutherford
Preterm birth, defined as birth occurring prior to 37 weeks gestation is a common obstetric complication affecting 8% of pregnancies and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Infection/inflammation has been implicated in both the aetiology of preterm birth itself and associated neonatal pulmonary and neurological morbidity. Treatment options are currently limited to prolongation of the pregnancy using cervical cerclage, pessaries or progesterone or administration of drugs including steroids to promote lung maturity and neuroprotective agents such as magnesium sulphate, the timing of which are highly critical...
March 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Miran Goo, Kylie Tucker, Leanne M Johnston
AIM: The aim of this study was to identify and examine the psychometric properties of muscle tone assessments for children aged 0 to 12 years. METHOD: Four electronic databases were searched to identify studies that included assessments of resting and/or active muscle tone. Methodological quality and overall psychometric evidence of studies were rated using the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments checklist. RESULTS: Twenty-one assessments were identified from 97 included studies...
February 6, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Alireza Abdanipour, Iraj Jafari Anarkooli, Saeed Shokri, Mehrdad Ghorbanlou, Vahid Bayati, Reza Nejatbakhsh
Oxidative stress and reactive oxygen species generation have been implicated in the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. In the present study, the neuroprotective effects of selegiline against hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress in hippocampus-derived neural stem cells (NSCs) were evaluated. NSCs isolated from neonatal Wistar rats were pretreated with different doses of selegiline for 48 h and then exposed to 125 µM H2O2 for 30 min...
January 2018: Biomedical Reports
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