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Gancia P.,Terapia Intensiva Neonatale Neonatologia
Minerva pediatrica | Year: 2010

Therapeutic hypothermia (whole body or selective head cooling) is becoming standard of care for brain injury in infants with perinatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Brain cooling reduces the rate of apoptosis and early necrosis, reduces cerebral metabolic rate and the release of nitric oxide and free radicals. Animal models of perinatal brain injury show histological and functional improvement due to of early hypothermia. The brain protection depends on the temperature and time delay between insult and beginning of treatment (more effective with cooling to 33 +/- 0.5 degrees C, and less than 6 hours after hypoxic-ischemic insult). Recent meta-analyses and systematic reviews in human neonates show reduction in mortality and long-term neurodevelopmental disability at 12-24 months of age, with more favourable effects in the less severe forms of HIE. The authors describe their experience in 53 term newborns with moderate-severe HIE treated with whole body cooling between 2001 and 2009, and studied with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and general movements (GMs) assessment. The creation of a network connecting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with the level I-II hospitals of the reference area, as part of regional network, is of paramount importance to enroll potential candidates and to start therapeutic hypothermia within optimal time window. Source


Spadafora R.,Terapia Intensiva Neonatale Neonatologia
La Pediatria medica e chirurgica : Medical and surgical pediatrics | Year: 2011

Pasteurella multocida is normally present in respiratory and digestive tract of many domestic and wild animals, but is a rare pathogen in neonatal infection. Here we describe for the first time a case of meningitis complicated by status epilepticus and right parietal lobe cerebritis. The patient showed a dramatic clinical onset characterized by septic appearance and prolonged seizures. Multidrug anticonvulsivant therapy was used to control the status epilepticus, but despite the aggressive treatment electrical crises were still evident 24 hours after the admission. Furthermore, a brain MRI, performed to investigate a persistent intermittent fever even if CSF became sterile, showed a focus cerebritis in the right parietal lobe, early stage of the cerebral abscess. Prolonged antibiotic therapy with steroids was requested to solve the cerebritis area. Interestingly, direct contact between the patient and domestic animals was denied by the family, but the father reported a contact with a rooster, killed and cooked few days before, suggesting, as previously described, that Pasteurella may also be transmitted through asymptomatic human carrier. The patient had a favourable outcome with no medium-term sequelae one month after discharge, but the severity of the clinical course and the unpredictable way of transmission highlight the importance of hygiene measures approaching infants. Source


Gancia P.,Terapia Intensiva Neonatale Neonatologia | Delogu A.,Terapia Intensiva Neonatale Neonatologia | Pomero G.,Terapia Intensiva Neonatale Neonatologia
Early Human Development | Year: 2014

Advances in neonatal intensive care have greatly improved survival rates for children born in a very early stage of lung development (i.e. less than 26 weeks of gestation). In these premature babies, even low levels of oxygen and methods of minimally invasive ventilation may disrupt the growth of the distal airways, a condition described as "new" bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).Ureaplasma infection can occur in utero or in the perinatal period in premature infants, in some of which the infection with these organisms triggers an important lung pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic response, and may increase the risk of developing BPD. The inflammation may be worsened by exposure to oxygen and mechanical ventilation. At present, clinical studies have not clarified the role of Ureaplasma in the pathogenesis of BPD and there is insufficient evidence to determine whether antibiotic treatment of Ureaplasma has influence on the development of BPD and its comorbidities.Future research in the context of well-designed and controlled clinical trials of adequate statistical power should focus on how to determine whether the treatment of Ureaplasma decreases lung inflammation, reduces rates of BPD, and improves long-term neurodevelopment. © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source

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