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M R Sampson, B T Bloom, A Arrieta, E Capparelli, D K Benjamin, P B Smith, G L Kearns, J van den Anker, M Cohen-Wolkowiez
OBJECTIVES: In premature infants with suspected intra-abdominal infection, biomarkers for treatment response to antimicrobial therapy are lacking. Intestinal fatty acid-binding protein (I-FABP) is specific to the enterocyte and is released in response to intestinal mucosal injury. I-FABP has not been evaluated as a surrogate marker of disease response to antimicrobial therapy. We examined the relationship between metronidazole exposure and urinary I-FABP concentrations in premature infants with suspected intra-abdominal infection...
January 1, 2014: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
W MacKendrick, M Caplan
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in premature infants. An incomplete understanding of its pathogenesis has hampered efforts to devise an effective preventative strategy. New insights into the pathogenesis of NEC, particularly at the cellular and biochemical level, however, offer a rational basis for the development of new approaches to this disease.
October 1993: Pediatric Clinics of North America
Amin Afrazi, Chhinder P Sodhi, Ward Richardson, Matthew Neal, Misty Good, Richard Siggers, David J Hackam
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the leading cause of death from gastrointestinal disease in the preterm infant. The dismal results of current treatment for NEC highlight the urgent need for greater understanding of the pathogenesis of this disease, and the importance of discovering novel, molecular-specific therapies for it. Current dogma indicates that NEC development reflects an abnormal response by the premature infant to the microbial flora that colonizes the gastrointestinal tract, although the mechanisms that mediate these abnormal bacterial-enterocyte interactions and the reasons for the particularly increased susceptibility of the premature infant to the development of NEC remain incompletely explained...
March 2011: Pediatric Research
Masahito Sato, Yoshinori Hamada, Miyuki Kohno, Kazuya Ise, Keiichi Uchida, Hiromi Ogata, Hiroaki Masuyama, Yoshiki Morotomi, Masao Yasufuku, Motoshi Wada
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to identify the current clinical features of neonatal gastrointestinal perforation in Japan. METHODS: A questionnaire about cases of neonatal gastrointestinal perforation treated in recent 5 years was sent to participating institutions of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons (JSPS). RESULTS: Five hundred and thirty-six neonates with gastrointestinal perforation were treated. They consisted of 42 patients with gastric rupture/perforation (GR), 33 patients with intestinal atresia/stenosis (IA), 3 patients with malrotation (ML), 118 patients with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), 160 patients with focal intestinal perforation (FIP), 46 patients with meconium-related ileus (MRI), 77 patients with meconium peritonitis (MP), and 57 patients with other conditions...
January 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
Shalinkumar Patel, Narendra Dereddy, Ajay J Talati, Kan Gaston, Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy
Objective To study the characteristics of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants receiving glycerin suppositories (GS) and evaluate the association of GS use with outcomes. Study Design This is a retrospective study of VLBW infants admitted to a level III neonatal intensive care unit. Infants with birth weight between 500 and 1,499 g were evaluated. We evaluated the frequency of GS use and compared the characteristics and outcomes of the GS group with the no-GS group. Multivariate analyses controlling for gestational age and small for gestational age status were performed to study the effect of GS on outcomes...
January 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
Manijeh Kamyar, Erin A S Clark, Bradley A Yoder, Michael W Varner, Tracy A Manuck
Objective This study aims to examine the relationship between antenatal magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) and neonatal death and/or severe necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) among infants < 28 weeks. Methods Secondary analysis of a multicenter randomized trial of antenatal MgSO4 versus placebo administered to women to prevent death and cerebral palsy. Neonates < 28 weeks were included. The primary outcome was neonatal death before NICU discharge, and/or severe NEC (Bell criteria stage II/III). Neonates with and without death/severe NEC were compared...
March 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
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