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James J Cummings, Richard A Polin
The use of supplemental oxygen plays a vital role in the care of the critically ill preterm infant, but the unrestricted use of oxygen can lead to unintended harms, such as chronic lung disease and retinopathy of prematurity. An overly restricted use of supplemental oxygen may have adverse effects as well. Ideally, continuous monitoring of tissue and cellular oxygen delivery would allow clinicians to better titrate the use of supplemental oxygen, but such monitoring is not currently feasible in the clinical setting...
August 2016: Pediatrics
Milla Ylijoki, Liisa Lehtonen, Annika Lind, Eeva Ekholm, Helena Lapinleimu, Harry Kujari, Leena Haataja
BACKGROUND: Chorioamnionitis, a risk factor for preterm delivery, has been suggested to be associated with suboptimal neurological development in premature infants. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between chorioamnionitis and neurodevelopment in preterm infants at 5 years of age. Methods Very low birth weight and very low gestational age infants (n = 197) were recruited. Placental samples (n = 117) were evaluated for histological chorioamnionitis. Fetal histological chorioamnionitis was analyzed as a subgroup...
June 29, 2016: Neonatology
Ana Alarcon, Miriam Martinez-Biarge, Fernando Cabañas, Jose Quero, Alfredo García-Alix
BACKGROUND: Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) can cause brain inflammation/destruction and teratogenic effects. The only validated neuroimaging prognostic categorization for symptomatic cCMV available is based on destructive lesions seen on computed tomography (CT). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish the predictive ability of a comprehensive neonatal neuroimaging scale in symptomatic cCMV. METHODS: Twenty-six infants were studied by neonatal cranial ultrasound scans (US; n = 25), CT (n = 11) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; n = 9)...
June 24, 2016: Neonatology
Ryszard Lauterbach, Barbara Wilk, Agata Bocheńska, Joanna Hurkała, Renata Radziszewska
BACKGROUND: Previously, we found that plasma protein C (PC) activity ≤10% significantly increased the probability of the occurrence of death during neonatal sepsis. Accordingly, if the activity of plasma PC declined during the course of sepsis to ≤10%, we administered a nonactivated PC zymogen to increase a PC activity. The aim of that retrospective analysis was to explore treatment effects of PC zymogen supplementation in septic infants, with plasma PC activity ≤10%. METHODS: A database was used to locate 85 newborns treated with PC from among 458 analyzed infants with confirmed sepsis...
September 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Rowena Cayabyab, Rangasamy Ramanathan
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) continues to be a major preventable cause of blindness and visual handicaps globally. With improved perinatal care, improved survival of moderately preterm infants, and limited resources for oxygen delivery and monitoring, more mature preterm infants are developing severe ROP in developing countries. The pathophysiology of ROP is characterized by two phases. Phase I ROP is due to vaso-obliteration beginning immediately after birth secondary to a marked decrease in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1)...
2016: Neonatology
Corrado Moretti, Camilla Gizzi, Francesco Montecchia, Caterina Silvia Barbàra, Fabio Midulla, Manuel Sanchez-Luna, Paola Papoff
Although mechanical ventilation via an endotracheal tube has undoubtedly led to improvement in neonatal survival in the last 40 years, the prolonged use of this technique may predispose the infant to development of many possible complications including bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Avoiding mechanical ventilation is thought to be a critical goal, and different modes of noninvasive respiratory support beyond nasal continuous positive airway pressure, such as nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation and synchronized nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation, are also available and may reduce intubation rate...
2016: Neonatology
Robin H Steinhorn
Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) is a surprisingly common event in the neonatal intensive care unit, and affects both term and preterm infants. Recent studies have begun to elucidate the maternal, fetal and genetic risk factors that trigger PPHN. There have been numerous therapeutic advances over the last decade. It is now appreciated that oxygen supplementation, particularly for the goal of pulmonary vasodilation, needs to be approached as a therapy that has risks and benefits. Administration of surfactant or inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy at a lower acuity of illness can decrease the risk of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation/death, progression of disease and duration of hospital stay...
2016: Neonatology
Haşim Olgun, Naci Ceviz, İbrahim Kartal, İbrahim Caner, Mehmet Karacan, Ayhan Taştekin, Necip Becit
BACKGROUND: There are limited data about the results of repeated oral ibuprofen (OIBU) treatment. This study aimed to describe patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure rates and adverse events after repeated courses of OIBU in premature infants with PDA. METHODS: Preterm infants with hemodynamically significant (hs)PDA were enrolled in the study. If the first course of OIBU treatment failed, a second and, if required, third course was administered. RESULTS: A total of 100 patients received OIBU...
April 29, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Sandeep Patil, Sourabh Dutta, Savita Verma Attri, Pallab Ray, Praveen Kumar
BACKGROUND: It is common clinical practice to repeat serum C reactive protein (CRP) estimation in the first 48 h after starting empirical antibiotics for neonatal sepsis. The change in CRP is believed to indicate whether the empirical antibiotics are appropriate or not, but there is little evidence to support this practice. METHODS: This was a nested case-control study on neonates with suspected sepsis (clinical signs+baseline CRP >10 mg/L). We drew samples for serum CRP at baseline and at 24, 36 and 48 h after starting empirical antibiotics and stored them at -20°C...
April 29, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Tate Gisslen, Manuel Alvarez, Casey Wells, Man-Ting Soo, Donna S Lambers, Christine L Knox, Jareen K Meinzen-Derr, Claire A Chougnet, Alan H Jobe, Suhas G Kallapur
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether exposure to acute chorioamnionitis and fetal inflammation caused short-term adverse outcomes. DESIGN: This is a prospective observational study: subjects were mothers delivering at 32-36 weeks gestation and their preterm infants at a large urban tertiary level III perinatal unit (N=477 infants). Placentae and fetal membranes were scored for acute histological chorioamnionitis based on the Redline criteria. Fetal inflammation was characterised by histological diagnosis of funisitis (umbilical cord inflammation), increased cord blood cytokines measured by ELISA, and activation of the inflammatory cells infiltrating the placenta and fetal membranes measured by immunohistology...
March 23, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Lars C Huber, Hannah Bye, Matthias Brock
Elevation of the mean pulmonary arterial pressure to ≥25 mm Hg within the low-pressure system of the pulmonary circulation is defined as pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension may be the consequence of various clinical and pathophysiological entities. Many of these conditions, however, result in a final common pathway of pathogenesis. This pathway is characterised by the triad of excessive vasoconstriction, microthrombosis and remodelling of pulmonary arteries. Remodelling is arguably the most important factor: its complex pathogenesis is not completely understood and no specific treatment directly targets vascular remodelling...
2015: Swiss Medical Weekly
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