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Medical School: Other - 1980
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Prenatal evaluation of atelencephaly. - Pediatric radiology
Atelencephaly is a rare lethal congenital brain malformation characterized by underdevelopment of the prosencephalon and is often accompanied by the facial features seen in some cases of holoprosencephaly, such as cyclopia. We report a case of atelencephaly in the fetus with characteristic ultrasound findings. In addition, we report the findings on fetal MRI, which have not been previously described in the literature.
3-D volumetric MRI evaluation of the placenta in fetuses with complex congenital heart disease. - Placenta
Placental insufficiency remains a common cause of perinatal mortality and neurodevelopmental morbidity. Congenital heart disease (CHD) in the fetus and its relationship to placental function is unknown. This study explores placental health and its relationship to neonatal outcomes by comparing placental volumes in healthy pregnancies and pregnancies complicated by CHD using inÂ vivo three-dimensional MRI studies.In a prospective observational study, pregnant women greater than 18 weeks gestation with normal pregnancies or pregnancies complicated by CHD were recruited and underwent fetal MR imaging. The placenta was manually outlined and the volume was calculated in cm(3). Brain volume was also calculated and clinical data were also collected. Relationships, including interactive effects, between placental and fetal growth, including brain growth, were evaluated using longitudinal multiple linear regression analysis.135 women underwent fetal MRI between 18 and 39 weeks gestation (mean 31.6Â Â±Â 4.4). Placental volume increased exponentially with gestational age (pÂ =Â 0.041). Placental volume was positively associated with birth weight (pÂ <Â 0.001) and increased more steeply with birth weight in CHD-affected fetuses (pÂ =Â 0.046). Total brain and cerebral volumes were smaller in the CHD group (pÂ <Â 0.001), but brainstem volume (pÂ <Â 0.001) was larger. Placental volumes were not associated with brain volumes.Impaired placental growth in CHD is associated with gestational age and birth weight at delivery. Abnormalities in placental development may contribute to the significant morbidity in this high-risk population. Assessment of placental volume by MRI allows for inÂ vivo assessments of placental development.Copyright Â© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Feasibility of noninvasive fetal electrocardiographic monitoring in a clinical setting. - Pediatric cardiology
Cardiac rhythm is an essential component of fetal cardiac evaluation. The Monica AN24 is a fetal heart rate monitor that may provide a quick, inexpensive modality for obtaining a noninvasive fetal electrocardiogram (fECG) in a clinical setting. The fECG device has the ability to acquire fECG signals and allow calculation of fetal cardiac time intervals between 16- and 42-week gestational age (GA). We aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of fECG acquisition in a busy fetal cardiology clinic using the Monica fetal heart rate monitor. This is a prospective observational pilot study of fECG acquired from fetuses referred for fetal echocardiography. Recordings were performed for 5-15 min. Maternal signals were attenuated and fECG averaged. fECG and fetal cardiac time intervals (PR, QRS, RR, and QT) were evaluated by two cardiologists independently and inter-observer reliability was assessed using intraclass coefficient (ICC). Sixty fECGs were collected from 50 mothers (mean GA 28.1 Â± 6.1). Adequate signal-averaged waveforms were obtained in 20 studies with 259 cardiac cycles. Waveforms could not be obtained between 26 and 30 weeks. Fetal cardiac time intervals were measured and were reproducible for PR (ICC = 0.89; CI 0.77-0.94), QRS (ICC = 0.79; CI 0.51-0.91), and RR (ICC = 0.77; CI 0.53-0.88). QT ICC was poor due to suboptimal T-wave tracings. Acquisition of fECG and measurement of fetal cardiac time intervals is feasible in a clinical setting between 19- and 42-week GA, though tracings are difficult to obtain, especially between 26 and 30 weeks. There was high reliability in fetal cardiac time intervals measurements, except for QT. The device may be useful for assessing atrioventricular/intraventricular conduction in fetuses from 20 to 26 and >30 weeks. Techniques to improve signal acquisition, namely T-wave amplification, are ongoing.
Specialized delivery room planning for fetuses with critical congenital heart disease. - The American journal of cardiology
Improvements in fetal echocardiography have increased recognition of fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD) that require specialized delivery room (DR) care. In this study, care protocols for these low-volume and high-risk deliveries were created. Elements included (1) diagnosis-specific DR care plans and algorithms, (2) a multidisciplinary team with expertise, (3) simulation, (4) checklists, and (5) debriefing. The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of fetal echocardiography to predict the need for specialized DR care and determine the effectiveness of the care protocols for the treatment of patients with critical CHD. Fetal and postnatal medical records and echocardiograms of fetuses with CHD assigned to an advanced level of care were reviewed. Safety and outcome variables were analyzed to determine care plan and algorithm efficacy. Thirty-four fetuses were identified: 12 delivered at Children's National Medical Center and 22 at the adult hospital. Diagnoses included hypoplastic left heart syndrome, aortic stenosis, d-transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve, complex pulmonary atresia, arrhythmias, ectopia cordis, and conjoined twins. Delivery at Children's National Medical Center was associated with a shorter time to specialty care or intervention. Measures of physiologic stability and survival were similar. Need for specialized care was predicted in 84% of deliveries. For hypoplastic left heart syndrome, intervention was predicted in 10 of 11 deliveries and for d-transposition of the great arteries in 10 of 12 deliveries. Care algorithms addressed most DR events. Of the unanticipated events, none were unrecoverable. DR survival was 100%, and survival to discharge was 83%. In conclusion, fetal echocardiography predicted the need for specialized DR care in fetuses with critical CHD. Algorithm-driven protocols enable planning such that maternal and infant risk is minimized and outcomes are good.Copyright Â© 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Impact of congenital heart disease on fetal brain development and injury. - Current opinion in pediatrics
Advances in cardiac surgical techniques and intensive care have led to improved survival in babies with congenital heart disease (CHD). Although it is true that the majority of children with CHD today survive, many have impaired neurodevelopmental outcome. Although continuing to improve short-term morbidity and mortality are important goals, recent research has focused on defining the impact of CHD on brain development and brain injury in utero.The impact of CHD on the developing brain of the fetus and infant will be discussed. Neurologic abnormalities detectable prior to surgery will be described and postnatal progression of abnormalities will be highlighted. Potential causes of these findings will be discussed, including altered cerebral blood flow in utero, and brain development and risk for in-utero and postnatal brain injury. Finally, neurologic and developmental outcome after surgical repair of CHD will be reviewed.Neurodevelopmental evaluation preoperatively and postoperatively in CHD patients should be standard practice, not only to identify those with impairments who would benefit from intervention services but also to identify risk factors and strategies to optimize outcome. Fetal management and intervention strategies for specific defects may ultimately play a role in improving in-utero hemodynamics and increasing cerebral oxygen delivery to enhance brain development.
Magnetic resonance volumetric assessments of brains in fetuses with ventriculomegaly correlated to outcomes. - Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
The purpose of this study was to correlate 2-dimensional magnetic resonance (MR) measurements of lateral ventricular width and 3-dimensional measurements of lateral ventricular and supratentorial parenchymal volumes to postnatal outcomes in fetuses with ventriculomegaly.A total of 307 fetuses (mean gestational age, 26.0 weeks; range, 15.7-39.4 weeks) had MR volumetry after referral for ventriculomegaly. Fetuses were grouped into those with (n = 114) and without (n = 193) other central nervous system (CNS) anomalies. Pregnancy and postnatal neurodevelopmental outcomes up to 3 years of age were obtained. A subgroup analysis was performed excluding fetuses with other CNS anomalies. Logistic regression analysis was performed to assess which measurement was most predictive of outcomes.There were 50 terminations, 2 stillbirths, and 255 live births. Seventy-five cases were lost to follow-up. Among 180 live-born neonates with follow-up, 140 had abnormal and 40 had normal outcomes. Atrial diameter (P < .0001), frontal horn diameter (P < .0001), and ventricular volume (P = .04) were predictive of live birth, with 92% specificity at 60% sensitivity. Among fetuses without other CNS anomalies, 180 of 193 pregnancies (93%) resulted in live deliveries, with atrial diameter (P < .0001), frontal horn diameter (P = .003), and ventricular volume (P = .008) associated with live birth and atrial diameter having the highest specificity (>99% at 60% sensitivity). Parenchymal volume was not associated with normal or abnormal outcomes (either live birth versus death or normal versus abnormal neurodevelopmental outcome). Among live-born neonates, no age-adjusted threshold for any of the measurements reliably distinguished between normal and abnormal neurodevelopmental outcomes.Ventricular volume and diameter, but not parenchymal volume, correlate with live birth in fetuses with ventriculomegaly. However, once live born, neither 2- nor 3-dimensional measurements can distinguish a fetus that will have a normal outcome.
The syndrome of perisylvian polymicrogyria with congenital arthrogryposis. - Brain & development
Bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (BPP) is a well-recognized malformation of cortical development commonly associated with epilepsy, cognitive impairment, and oromotor apraxia. Reports have suggested the association of BPP with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. We sought to investigate the clinical, electrophysiological, and neuroradiological features of this combined syndrome to determine if there are unique features that distinguish BPP with arthrogryposis from BPP alone.Cases of BPP with congenital arthrogryposis were identified from a large research database of individuals with polymicrogyria. Clinical features (including oromotor function, seizures, and joint contractures), MR brain imaging, and results of neuromuscular testing were reviewed.Ten cases of BPP with congenital arthrogryposis were identified. Most cases had some degree of oromotor apraxia. Only a few had seizures, but a majority of cases were still young children. Electrophysiological studies provided evidence for lower motor neuron or peripheral nervous system involvement. On brain imaging, bilateral polymicrogyria (PMG) centered along the Sylvian fissures was seen, with variable extension frontally or parietally; no other cortical malformations were present. We did not identify obvious neuroimaging features that distinguish this syndrome from that of BPP without arthrogryposis.The clinical and neuroimaging features of the syndrome of BPP with congenital arthrogryposis appear similar to those seen in cases of isolated BPP without joint contractures, but electrophysiological studies often demonstrate coexistent lower motor neuron or peripheral nervous system pathology. These findings suggest that BPP with arthrogryposis may have a genetic etiology with effects at two levels of the neuraxis.Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Does cerebellar injury in premature infants contribute to the high prevalence of long-term cognitive, learning, and behavioral disability in survivors? - Pediatrics
Although cerebellar hemorrhagic injury is increasingly diagnosed in infants who survive premature birth, its long-term neurodevelopmental impact is poorly defined. We sought to delineate the potential role of cerebellar hemorrhagic injury in the long-term disabilities of survivors of prematurity.We compared neurodevelopmental outcome in 3 groups of premature infants (N = 86; 35 isolated cerebellar hemorrhagic injury, 35 age-matched controls, 16 cerebellar hemorrhagic injury plus supratentorial parenchymal injury). Subjects underwent formal neurologic examinations and a battery of standardized developmental, functional, and behavioral evaluations (mean age: 32.1 +/- 11.1 months). Autism-screening questionnaires were completed.Neurologic abnormalities were present in 66% of the isolated cerebellar hemorrhagic injury cases compared with 5% of the infants in the control group. Infants with isolated cerebellar hemorrhagic injury versus controls had significantly lower mean scores on all tested measures, including severe motor disabilities (48% vs 0%), expressive language (42% vs 0%), delayed receptive language (37% vs 0%), and cognitive deficits (40% vs 0%). Isolated cerebellar hemorrhagic injury was significantly associated with severe functional limitations in day-to-day activities. Significant differences were noted between cases of cerebellar hemorrhagic injury versus controls on autism screeners (37% vs 0%) and internalizing behavioral problems (34% vs 9%). Global developmental, functional, and social-behavioral deficits were more common and profound in preterm infants with injury to the vermis. Preterm infants with cerebellar hemorrhagic injury and supratentorial parenchymal injury were not at overall greater risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities, although neuromotor impairment was more severe.Cerebellar hemorrhagic injury in preterm infants is associated with a high prevalence of long-term pervasive neurodevelopment disabilities and may play an important and underrecognized role in the cognitive, learning, and behavioral dysfunction known to affect survivors.
Video and CD-ROM as a training tool for performing neurologic examinations of 1-year-old children in a multicenter epidemiologic study. - Journal of child neurology
In lieu of traditional training of examiners to identify cerebral palsy on a neurologic examination at age 1 year, we proposed an alternative approach using a multimedia training video and CD-ROM we developed after a two-step validation process. We hypothesized that use of CD-ROM interactive training will lead to reliable and valid performance of the neurologic examination by both pediatric neurologists and nonpediatric neurologists. All examiners were asked to take one of six interobserver variability tests found on the CD-ROM on two occasions. In the first interobserver variability evaluation, 89% (531 of 594) of the responses agreed with the gold standard responses. Following annotated feedback to the examiners about the two items that had a 60% correct rate, the correct response rate rose to 93% (114 of 123). In the second interobserver variability evaluation, 88% (493 of 560) of the responses agreed with the gold standard responses. Following annotated feedback to the examiners about the four items that had a 70% correct rate, the correct response rate rose to 96% (104 of 108). Interactive CD-ROM examination training is an efficient and cost-effective means of training both neurologists and non-neurologists to perform structured neurologic examinations in 1-year-old children. It provides an effective means to evaluate interobserver variability, offers a route for feedback, and creates an opportunity to reevaluate variability, both immediately and at periodic intervals.
Hemodilution elevates cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism during cardiopulmonary bypass in piglets. - The Annals of thoracic surgery
Hemodilution continues to be widely used during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) for both adults and children. Previous studies with nonbypass models have suggested that an increase in cerebral blood flow (CBF) compensates for the reduced oxygen-carrying capacity; however, this increased CBF is achieved by an increase in cardiac output. We hypothesized that even with the fixed-flow perfusion of CPB, CBF would be increased during hemodilution.Two experiments were conducted and analyzed separately. In each experiment, 10 piglets were randomized to two different groups, one with a total blood prime yielding a high hematocrit (25% or 30%), and the other with a crystalloid prime resulting in a low hematocrit (10% or 15%). Animals were cooled with pH-stat strategy at full flow (100 or 150 mL.kg(-1).min(-1)) to a nasopharyngeal temperature of 15 degrees C, a period of low flow (50 mL.kg(-1).min(-1)) preceding deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (45 or 60 minutes), and a period of rewarming at full flow. Cerebral blood flow was measured at the beginning of CPB, at the end of cooling, at the end of low flow, 5 minutes after the start of rewarming, and at the end of rewarming by injection of radioactive microspheres.Mean arterial pressure was significantly greater with higher hematocrit at each time point (p< 0.05). Cerebral blood flow and the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen decreased during cooling and further during low flow bypass but were significantly greater with lower hematocrit during mild hypothermia and at the end of rewarming (p< 0.05).Hemodilution is associated with decreased perfusion pressure, increased CBF and increased the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen during hypothermic CPB.
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