Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital

Havana, Cuba

Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital

Havana, Cuba
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Cabanas R.,Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital | Rios M.,Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital | Alert J.,Radiotherapy | Reyes A.,National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery | And 8 more authors.
mAbs | Year: 2013

Brain tumors are a major cause of cancer-related mortality in children. Overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is detected in pediatric brain tumors and receptor density appears to increase with tumor grading. Nimotuzumab is an IgG1 antibody that targets EGFR. Twenty-three children with high-grade glioma (HGG) were enrolled in an expanded access program in which nimotuzumab was administered alone or with radio-chemotherapy. The mean number of doses was 39. Nimotuzumab was well-tolerated and treatment with the antibody yielded a survival benefit: median survival time was 32.66 mo and the 2-y survival rate was 54.2%. This study demonstrated the feasibility of prolonged administration of nimotuzumab and showed preliminary evidence of clinical benefit in HGG patients with poor prognosis. © 2013 Landes Bioscience.


Gonzalez A.,Hematology and Immunology Institute | Martinez L.,Jose Luis Miranda Pediatric Teaching Hospital | Caballero I.,National Oncology and Radiobiology Institute | Piedra P.,Molecular Immunology Center | And 3 more authors.
MEDICC Review | Year: 2010

INTRODUCTION: Recombinant human erythropoietin (RHuEPO) is an erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) used to treat anemia in patients with total or relative erythropoietin defi cit. In cancer patients, it is administered to optimize hemoglobin (Hb) levels, correct anemia and reduce the need for transfusions. Cuba produces a RHuEPO, registered in 1998 as ior®EPOCIM, that is widely used in the national public health system, mainly to treat patients with anemia due to chronic kidney disease (CKD). OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the effi cacy and safety of ior®EPOCIM in pediatric cancer patients with anemia following chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The working hypothesis posed an Hb increase ≥15 g/l in 70% of patients receiving ior®EPOCIM for 8 weeks. METHODS: A Phase IV, multicenter, open clinical trial was conducted. Participants were 157 patients aged 1-19 years with anemia and cyto-histological diagnosis of cancer in any location. Patients received either 600 U/kg ior®EPOCIM intravenously, once weekly, or 150 U/kg ior®EPOCIM subcutaneously, 3 times a week, for 8 weeks. All patients had blood tests every week to determine hemoglobin and hematocrit, and reticulocyte and platelet counts. Mean number of transfusions required by patients during the treatment period was compared to the mean number of transfusions received in the preceding 8 weeks. Adverse events (AE) were recorded at the 4th and 8 th weeks and classi-fi ed by intensity and causality. RESULTS: Hb levels rose ≥15 g/l in 68.8% of patients, and transfusion requirements decreased 17%. The most frequent adverse events were fever (19.3%), vomiting (10.2%) and fl u-like syndrome (9.6%). Intensity of AE was predominantly mild. Only 7 AE were classifi ed as very probably related to the product and none of those was severe. CONCLUSIONS: ior®EPOCIM proved to be safe and effective at the doses and frequencies used in this patient population. As a result, this medication was recommended for use in all pediatric oncology and hematology services in the country.


Cabanas R.,Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital | Alert J.,Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute | Reyes A.,National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery | Valdes J.,Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital | And 8 more authors.
Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals | Year: 2014

Primary brain tumors constitute the most frequent solid tumor of childhood. High expression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) protein has been associated with tumor progression and enhanced tumorigenicity in adult and children gliomas. Nimotuzumab is a humanized antibody that targets the EGFR and has proven efficacy in adult and children gliomas. To provide a new therapeutic option for patients with active, poor prognosis central nervous system (CNS) tumors and to evaluate the feasibility and safety of long-term nimotuzumab therapy in children with diverse CNS tumors, an expanded access program was launched at the Juan Manuel Marquez hospital. Patients were required to be 18 or younger and have one CNS tumor: low-grade glioma (LGG) or high-grade glioma (HGG), brainstem glioma (BSG), ependymoma or primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET), and a Lansky or Karnofsky performance status ≥40. Treatment consisted of weekly nimotuzumab administered at 150mg/m2 for 12 weeks, continuing every 14 days in the absence of severe condition worsening or unacceptable toxicity. Nimotuzumab was administered alone or in combination with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or both, depending on the tumor type, stage, and previous treatment. Eighty-eight patients, 39 with BSG, 25 with HGG, 9 with progressive LGG, 9 with anaplastic ependymomas, and 6 with other tumor types, including PNET, neuroblastoma, meduloblastoma, and thalamic tumors, were treated with the antibody. The mean number of nimotuzumab doses was 36, from 1 to 108. The most frequent adverse events were mild to moderate skin rash, mucositis, vomiting, seizures, hypothermia, hyperthermia, and paleness. One patient had a grade 3 mucositis, while the other had a grade 3 bleeding on surgery. Sixteen children stopped treatment after at least 2 years with stable disease, partial or complete response. All children were able to maintain the best response achieved on treatment after a 3-year interruption. In summary, this study shows the feasibility of very prolonged administration of nimotuzumab together with the lack of rebound effect after treatment cessation. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


PubMed | Manuel Fajardo General Hospital, Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital and National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology
Type: | Journal: Journal of biomarkers | Year: 2015

The expression of N-glycolylneuraminic acid forming the structure of gangliosides and/or other glycoconjugates (Hanganutziu-Deicher antigen) in human has been considered as a tumor-associated antigen. Specifically, some reports of 14F7 Mab (a highly specific Mab raised against N-glycolyl GM3 ganglioside) reactivity in human tumors have been recently published. Nevertheless, tumors of epithelial origin have been mostly evaluated. The goal of the present paper was to evaluate the immunohistochemical recognition of 14F7 Mab in different human tumors of neuroectodermal, mesodermal, and epithelial origins using an immunoperoxidase staining method. Samples of fetal, normal, and reactive astrocytosis of the brain were also included in the study. In general, nontumoral tissues, as well as, low-grade brain tumors showed no or a limited immunoreaction with 14F7 Mab. Nevertheless, high-grade astrocytomas (III-IV) and neuroblastomas, as well as, sarcomas and thyroid carcinomas were mostly reactive with 14F7. No reaction was evidenced in medulloblastomas and ependymoblastomas. Our data suggest that the expression of N-glycolyl GM3 ganglioside could be related to the aggressive behavior of malignant cells, without depending on the tumor origin. Our data could also support the possible use of N-glycolyl GM3 as a target for both active and passive immunotherapies of malignancies expressing this molecule.


Ribas M.A.,Institute of Tropical Medicine | Tejero Y.,Institute of Tropical Medicine | Cordero Y.,Institute of Tropical Medicine | de los Angeles Leon M.,Ministry of Health | And 7 more authors.
Archives of Virology | Year: 2015

The aim of the study was to diagnose infections with rotavirus and other enteric pathogens in children under five years old with acute gastroenteritis and to identify the most common epidemiological and clinical characteristics of these pathogens. The study was conducted using 110 stool samples from the same number of children under five years old who were inpatients at three paediatric hospitals in Havana, Cuba, between October and December 2011. The samples were tested for rotavirus and other enteric pathogens using traditional and molecular microbiological methods. Pathogens were detected in 85 (77.3 %) of the children. Rotavirus was the most commonly found, appearing in 54.5 % of the children, followed by bacteria (29 %) and parasites (10.9 %). Other viral pathogens detected included adenovirus (6.4 %) and astrovirus (3.6 %). In rotavirus-positives cases, at least one other pathogen was detected, usually a bacterium (26.6 %). More than three episodes of watery diarrhea in 24 hours were observed in 78.3 % of the cases. Dehydration was found in 30 (50 %) rotavirus-positive children, of whom seven (11.6 %) were transferred to an intensive care unit due to complications of metabolic acidosis. Rotavirus was most commonly observed among children under 12 months old (65 %). The highest incidence of infection occurred in children who were under the care of a relative at home (78.3 %), had not been breastfed (65 %), or had been breastfed for less than six months (28.3 %). The genotype combinations most frequently found were G9P8 (28.3 %) and G1P8 (10 %). This study demonstrates the presence of rotavirus and other enteric pathogens as causes of gastroenteritis in hospitalized infants and young children in Cuba. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Wien.


Gerardo R.,Parirenyatwa Groups of Hospitals | Gerardo R.,Gustavo Aldereguia Lima Hospital | Dayana P.,Parirenyatwa Groups of Hospitals | Dayana P.,Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital
Pan African Medical Journal | Year: 2011

Background: Mortality rates among patients initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan Africa continue high. Also HIV treatment services from the region are affronting the challenges of been attending more patients than never. In This scenario, there are no integrated scoring systems capable of an adequate risk identification/ prognostic stratification among patients requiring ART; in order of optimize actual programmes outcomes. Several independent risk factors at baseline are associated with a poor prognosis after ART initiation. These include: male sex, low body mass index, anemia, low CD4 count and stage-4 WHO disease. The aim of This research was evaluate prospectively a new scoring system composed by these factors. Methods: An open cohort study was conducted in 1769 patients from May 2008 to December 2010 at two HIV clinics of Zimbabwe. A new clinical model (MASIB score) was applied at ART initiation and patients were followed for 4 months. After that, validation characteristics of the score were examined. Results: Patients selected in This cohort exhibited similar baseline characteristics that the patients selected in previous cohorts from the region. Overall performance for mortality prediction of MASIB score was accurate, as reflected by the Brier score test result 0.084 (95%CI: 0.080-0.088). Calibration was adequate taking in consideration a p>0.05 in the Hosmer Lemeshow test and discrimination was also good (Area Under Curve: 0.915, 95%CI: 0,901- 0,928). Conclusion: The new model developed exhibited adequate validation characteristics supporting the clinical use. Further evaluations of This model in others scenarios from the sub-Saharan region are needed. © Rivero Gerardo et al.


Lopez-Elizalde R.,University of Guadalajara | Leyva-Mastrapa T.,Juan Manuel Marquez Pediatric Hospital | Munoz-Serrano J.A.,University of Guadalajara | Godinez-Rubi M.,University of Guadalajara | And 3 more authors.
Child's Nervous System | Year: 2013

Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess the use of a new medical device to elevate depressed skull fractures (DSFs) in newborns and minor infants. Methods: Nine patients (ranging from 1 day to 9 months of age) with simple DSF underwent skull elevation by a new elevator medical device. This medical device comprises two elements: a pediatric resuscitator (CPR mask) connected to a 50-ml syringe. Pediatric CPR face mask is placed on the depressed region and negative pressure is generated through syringe plunger elevation until fracture reduction is observed. Results: Fracture reduction was confirmed in eight of nine patients by computed tomography scan without underlying brain damage and associated complications. Skull asymmetry was eliminated recovering normal shape. Up to now, there are no neurological concerns. Another treatment was chosen to be applied for one patient who did not respond to manipulation. Conclusion: The new device is a safe, affordable, and effective choice in the treatment of simple depressed skull fractures in newborns and minor infants. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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