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Sendai-shi, Japan

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Sendai-shi, Japan
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Miyazaki O.,National Center for Child Health and Development | Sawai H.,Hyogo College of Medicine | Yamada T.,Hokkaido University | Murotsuki J.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Roentgenology | Year: 2017

OBJECTIVE. In 2011, we collected data on fetal CT radiation dose to determine the diagnostic reference level (DRL); however, continuous evaluation of the DRL is necessary. The hypothesis of this study is that the fetal CT radiation dose has decreased, and we predict a widespread use of iterative reconstruction (IR). We also predict that the national decrease in exposure is because of the DRL reported as a result of the previous national study. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Various testing protocols from each site were summarized as part of the study results. The minimum, one-fourth (25th percentile), median, three-fourths (75th percentile), and maximum values were obtained for volume CT dose index (CTDIvol), dose-length product (DLP), and scan length of 120 fetal CT examinations. The trends for IR usage and tube voltage were also investigated. RESULTS. Compared to the results of the 2011 study (n = 119), the minimum, 25th percentile, median, and 75th percentile values for CTDIvol and DLP have decreased for the tabulated results in 2015 (n = 120). The 75th percentile value for CTDIvol was 4.9 mGy, which is 43% of the previous value. IR was used in 70% of the sites. The radiation dose was significantly lower among groups that used IR. CONCLUSION. Four years passed between our initial survey on DRL and the present follow-up survey, and it appears that the previous report sufficiently fulfilled its objective and role in contributing to the decrease in DRL observed in this follow-up study. © American Roentgen Ray Society.

Nagoya Y.,Tohoku University | Nagoya Y.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Miyashita M.,Tohoku University | Shiwaku H.,Tohoku University
Journal of Palliative Medicine | Year: 2017

Background: Research into the key themes and concepts of quality of life (QOL) relevant to the end-of-life (EOL) care of pediatric cancer patients in the Japanese context is imperative. Objective: This study aimed at identifying the key items and constructive concepts of QOL at EOL of pediatric cancer patients. Design: In 2015, pediatricians and nurses were recruited from 163 pediatric oncology treatment facilities in Japan. The questionnaire was developed on the basis of a previous qualitative study. Items that were rated as "very important" or "important" by at least 80% of the respondents were considered as "common and important" QOL items. Exploratory factor analysis was performed to conceptualize QOL of the pediatric cancer patients during EOL care. Results: A total of 157 pediatricians and 270 nurses participated in this study. Fifty-five items were refined to 35 "common and important" QOL items. On factor analysis, 12 domains (containing 29 items) were identified: playing and learning; fulfilling wishes; spending time with family; receiving relief from physical and psychological suffering; making many wonderful memories; having a good relationship with the medical staff; having a peaceful death in the presence of family; spending time with a minimum of medical treatment; living one's life as usual; spending time in a calm hospital environment; being oneself; and having a close family. Conclusions: Although the respondents in this study were medical care providers rather than the patients or their family members, findings should help medical staff provide better palliative care to Japanese pediatric cancer patients. © Copyright 2017, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2017.

Yokota S.,Yokohama City University | Imagawa T.,Yokohama City University | Mori M.,Yokohama City University | Miyamae T.,Yokohama City University | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Rheumatology | Year: 2014

Objective. To assess the longterm safety and effectiveness of tocilizumab (TCZ) in systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA). Methods. The longterm extension phase of 2 pivotal studies (phase II with 11 patients and phase III with 56 patients) in patients with active sJIA was analyzed. Patients received open-label TCZ (8 mg/kg, every 2 weeks) without concomitant use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Results. In total, 67 patients were enrolled. All patients received corticosteroid at baseline. Median duration of exposure to TCZ was 3.4 years. Nine patients withdrew from the study [4 because of adverse events (AE), 4 because of the development of anti-TCZ antibodies, and 1 because of inadequate response]. Rates of AE and serious AE were 803.7/100 patient-years (PY) and 34.7/100 PY, respectively. The most common serious AE were infections (13.2/100 PY). No cases of malignancy or death were reported. Two serious infusion reactions were reported in patients testing negative for anti-TCZ antibodies. One definite macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) case and 1 potential MAS case were identified. American College of Rheumatology (ACR) response rates attained early in the TCZ treatment period were maintained throughout the study: at Week 168, JIA ACR 30, 50, 70, 90, and 100 response rates were 80.3%, 80.3%, 75.4%, 60.7%, and 18.0%, respectively. In total, 22 of 67 patients (32.8%) completely discontinued corticosteroids without flare. Conclusion. TCZ has demonstrated durability of effectiveness in the longterm treatment of children with sJIA and has shown good tolerability and a low discontinuation rate associated with AE, development of anti-TCZ antibodies, or inadequate response. (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00144599 and NCT00144612). Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.

Miyazaki O.,National Center for Child Health and Development | Sawai H.,Hyogo College of Medicine | Murotsuki J.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Murotsuki J.,Tohoku University | And 3 more authors.
Pediatric Radiology | Year: 2014

Background: Recently, computed tomography (CT) has been used to diagnose fetal skeletal dysplasia. However, no surveys have been conducted to determine the radiation exposure dose and the diagnostic reference level (DRL). Objective: To collect CT dose index volume (CTDIvol) and dose length product (DLP) data from domestic hospitals implementing fetal skeletal 3-D CT and to establish DRLs for Japan. Materials and methods: Scan data of 125 cases of 20 protocols from 16 hospitals were analyzed. The minimum, first-quartile, median, third-quartile and maximum values of CTDIvol and DLP were determined. The time-dependent change in radiation dose setting in hospitals with three or more cases with scans was also examined. Results: The minimum, first-quartile, median, third-quartile and maximum CTDIvol values were 2.1, 3.7, 7.7, 11.3 and 23.1 mGy, respectively, and these values for DLP were 69.0, 122.3, 276.8, 382.6 and 1025.6 mGy•cm, respectively. Six of the 12 institutions reduced the dose setting during the implementation period. Conclusions: The DRLs of CTDIvol and DLP for fetal CT were 11.3 mGy and 382.6 mGy•cm, respectively. Institutions implementing fetal CT should use these established DRLs as the standard and make an effort to reduce radiation exposure by voluntarily decreasing the dose. © 2014 Springer-Verlag.

Hayashi T.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Shirane R.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Fujimura M.,Tohoku University | Tominaga T.,Tohoku University
Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics | Year: 2010

Object. Young patients with moyamoya disease frequently exhibit extensive cerebral infarction at the time of initial presentation, and even in the early postoperative period. To investigate clinical characteristics in the early postoperative period, the authors prospectively analyzed findings of MR imaging, MR angiography, and SPECT before and after surgery. The authors focused in particular on how postoperative neurological deterioration occurred. Methods. Between August 2005 and June 2009, 22 patients younger than 18 years of age with moyamoya disease were treated at Miyagi Children's Hospital. The mean patient age (± SD) was 8.58 ± 4.55 years (range 2-17 years). Superficial temporal artery-middle cerebral artery bypass and indirect bypass of encephalosynangiosis between the brain surface and the temporal muscle, galea, and dura mater were performed in 35 hemispheres. Magnetic resonance imaging and MR angiography were performed before surgery, at 7 days postoperatively, and 3-6 months after surgery. A 123I-isopropyl iodoamphetamine SPECT scan was also obtained pre- and postoperatively. Results. During the postoperative period, neurological deterioration was observed after 15 operations (10 cases of motor paresis, 1 of aphasia, and 4 of sensory disturbance) in 13 patients. All symptoms had resolved by the time of discharge, except in 2 patients who suffered cerebral infarction. All patients exhibited disappearance (94.3%) or reduction (5.7%) of transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) during the follow-up period. Perioperative studies revealed 2 different types of radiological findings, focal uptake decrease on SPECT indicative of cerebral ischemia due to dynamic change in cerebral hemodynamics caused by bypass flow, the so-called watershed shift, and perioperative edematous lesions on MR imaging due to cerebral hyperperfusion. The frequent occurrence of preoperative TIAs was significantly associated with watershed shift, whereas preoperative MR imaging findings and preoperative SPECT findings were not. Age at operation was the only factor significantly associated with postoperative hyperperfusion. Conclusions. In young patients, moyamoya disease exhibits rapid progression, resulting in poor clinical outcome. The risk of postoperative neurological deterioration in very young moyamoya patients with frequent TIAs should be noted. The findings in this study showed that direct bypass is not completely safe in patients with moyamoya disease because it causes dynamic change in postoperative cerebral hemodynamics.

Kitazawa H.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Kure S.,Tohoku University
Clinical Medicine Insights: Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine | Year: 2015

Interstitial lung disease (ILD) in childhood is a heterogeneous group of rare pulmonary conditions presenting chronic respiratory disorders. Many clinical features of ILD still remain unclear, making the treatment strategies mainly investigative. Guidelines may provide physicians with an over-view on the diagnosis and therapeutic directions. However, the criteria used in different clinical studies for the classification and diagnosis of ILDs are not always the same, making the development of guidelines difficult. Advances in genetic testing have thrown light on some etiologies of ILD, which were formerly classified as ILDs of unknown origins. The need of genetic testing for unexplained ILD is growing, and new classification criteria based on the etiology should be adopted to better understand the disease. The purpose of this review is to give an overview of the clinical and genetic aspects of ILD in children. © the authors, publisher and licensee Libertas Academica Limited.

Hayashi T.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Shirane R.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Yokosawa M.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Kimiwada T.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Tominaga T.,Tohoku University
Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics | Year: 2010

Object. The rate of infection following shunt procedures is unacceptably high. The authors have hypothesized that the key to reducing the shunt infection rate is in reducing bacteria in the operating field and wound. This hypothesis has been tested in a prospective nonrandomized controlled manner. Methods. Data obtained in all patients undergoing shunt insertions or revisions for hydrocephalus performed between October 1, 2003, and June 12, 2009, were reviewed. Starting in August 2006, we began routinely irrigating the operating field and wound with saline solution from a syringe. Prior to this, we had not used any irrigation techniques, providing an adequate control group (Group A) for the effect of the irrigation technique. Prior to November 2007, we used saline containing amikacin for irrigation (Group B). After that date, we used saline only for irrigation (Group C). Results. A total of 150 shunt procedures were performed in 79 girls and 71 boys during the study period. The mean age of all patients was 44.0 ± 59.1 months. Groups A, B, and C comprised 61, 40, and 49 shunt procedures, respectively. There was no statistical difference in age among the 3 groups. Nine infections occurred within 90 days in the postoperative period. The overall infection rate was 6.0%. Eight infections occurred before introducing the irrigation procedure (infection rate 13.1%). One infection was noted after introducing irrigation (Group B [0.0%] + Group C [2.0%]; combined B and C infection rate = 1.1%). There was a statistical difference in the infection rate between Group A and Groups B and C combined (p = 0.003), Groups A and B (p = 0.021), and Groups A and C (p = 0.035). In contrast, no statistical difference was observed between Groups B and C (p > 0.99). Six of the 9 infections were due to staphylococcal species. Conclusions. An irrigation technique used to reduce bacteria in the operating field and wound is effective for preventing shunt infection. Irrigation alone, and not antibiotics, contributed to the prophylaxis of shunt infection.

Matsuo S.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Takahashi G.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Konishi A.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Sai S.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital
Pediatric Cardiology | Year: 2013

We investigated the optimal treatment for refractory chylothorax after pediatric cardiovascular surgery. We retrospectively reviewed the cases of 15 consecutive patients who developed chylothorax after congenital heart surgery performed between December 2004 and November 2010. Among the 15 patients (12 male and 3 female; median age 13.9 months) who developed postoperative chylothorax, 10 recovered with conservative therapy, such as a low-fat diet, medium chain triglyceride-enriched diet, or total parenteral nutrition. Of the remaining 5 patients who underwent surgical treatment followed by conventional therapy, 4 showed improvement, and 1 died from cardiac failure. Surgical treatment was performed at a median of 19 days after diagnosis of chylothorax. Average drainage output of thoracocentesis for the first 5 days before thoracic duct ligation was 33.1 ml/kg/day. Duration of chylous fluid drainage was significantly longer in surgical patients than in patients who recovered with conservative therapy (p < 0.01). Surgical patients tended to be younger with lower body weight. Significant risk factors for surgical intervention were age <4 months, body weight <4 kg, and duration of drainage >10 days. In cases of refractory postoperative chylothorax, surgical therapy such as thoracic duct ligation should be considered when discharge from the drainage tube is >30 ml/kg/day or chylothorax is not improved within 10 days. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Takemoto J.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital | Yamazaki Y.,Kanagawa Childrens Medical Center | Sakai K.,Miyagi Childrens Hospital
International Journal of Urology | Year: 2011

Bladder hemangioma is a rare benign tumor. While partial cystectomy remains an effective treatment option for large bladder hemangioma, the combined method of neodymium:yttrium aluminium garnet and holmium:yttrium aluminium garnet laser irradiation is an effective and less invasive treatment option. We report a case of large bladder hemangioma in an otherwise healthy 4-year-old boy, successfully treated with serial endoscopic yttrium aluminium garnet laser irradiation. There was no recurrence, and normal bladder function was preserved. Serial yttrium aluminium garnet laser irradiation is thus a useful, less invasive method for cases of large tumors. © 2011 The Japanese Urological Association.

Kunishima S.,National Hospital Organization Nagoya Medical Center | Nishimura S.,University of Tokyo | Nishimura S.,Jichi Medical University | Suzuki H.,Nippon Medical School | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Haematology | Year: 2014

This report describes a family with TUBB1-associated macrothrombocytopenia diagnosed based on abnormal platelet β1-tubulin distribution. A circumferential marginal microtubule band was undetectable, whereas microtubules were frayed and disorganized in every platelet from the affected individuals. Patients were heterozygous for novel TUBB1 p.F260S that locates at the α- and β-tubulin intradimer interface. Mutant β1-tubulin was not incorporated into microtubules with endogenous α-tubulin, and α-tubulin expression was decreased in transfected Chinese hamster ovary cells. Transduction of mutant β1-tubulin into mouse fetal liver-derived megakaryocytes demonstrated no incorporation of mutant β1-tubulin into microtubules with endogenous α-tubulin and diminished proplatelet formation, leading to the production of fewer, but larger, proplatelet tips. Furthermore, mutant β1-tubulin was not associated with endogenous α-tubulin in the proplatelets. Deficient functional microtubules might lead to defective proplatelet formation and abnormal protrusion-like platelet release, resulting in congenital macrothrombocytopenia. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

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