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Longo G.,Institute for Maternal and Child Health | Berti I.,Institute for Maternal and Child Health | Burks A.W.,North Carolina Childrens Hospital | Krauss B.,Boston Childrens Hospital | Barbi E.,Institute for Maternal and Child Health
The Lancet | Year: 2013

Food allergy is a serious health issue aff ecting roughly 4% of children, with a substantial eff ect on quality of life. Prognosis is good for the most frequent allergens with almost all children outgrowing their allergy. However, the long-term implications for disease burden are substantial for children with persistent allergies (eg, peanuts, tree nuts, fi sh, and shellfi sh) and for those with high concentrations of milk, egg, and wheat IgE. Antigen avoidance has been the time-honoured approach both for prevention and treatment. However, fi ndings from studies done in the past 5 years show that early contact with food can induce tolerance and desensitisation to foods. We review the epidemiology, natural history, and management of food allergy, and discuss the areas of controversy and future directions in research and clinical practice.


Weintraub L.,Childrens Hospital at Montefiore | Weiner C.,Morgan Stanley | Miloh T.,Phoenix Childrens Hospital | Tomaino J.,Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology | Year: 2014

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) viremia (EV) in pediatric solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients is a significant risk factor for posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) but not all patients with EV develop PTLD. We identify predictive factors for PTLD in patients with EV. We conducted a retrospective chart review of all pediatric SOT recipients (0 to 21 y) at a single institution between 2001 and 2009. A total of 350 pediatric patients received a SOT and 90 (25.7%) developed EV. Of EV patients, 28 (31%) developed PTLD. The median age at transplant was 11.5 months in the PTLD group and 21.5 months in the EV-only group (P=0.003). Twenty-three (37%) EV-only patients had immunosuppression increased before EV, compared with 28 (100%) of PTLD patients (P<0.001). The median peak EBV level was 3212 EBV copies/105 lymphocytes for EV-only and 8392.5 EBV copies/105 lymphocytes for PTLD (P=0.005). All patients who developed PTLD had ≥1 clinical symptoms. Younger age at transplant, increased immunosuppression before EV, higher peak EBV level, and presence of clinical symptoms have predictive value in the development of PTLD in SOT patients with EV. Copyright © 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Kitapci A.U.,Bayindir Hospital | Calikoglu A.S.,North Carolina Childrens Hospital
JCRPE Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology | Year: 2010

Isolated submandibular sialadenitis is extremely rare in the neonatal period. All reported cases had predisposing factors such as prematurity, dehydration, anatomic deformities, calculi, and long-term oro-gastric tube feeding. Here, we present a case of neonatal isolated submandibular sialadenitis without any known risk factors and who was diagnosed later with hyperthyroidism secondary to maternal Graves' disease. Both sialadenitis and hyperthyroidism resolved with appropriate treatment. While both conditions are rare and important in neonatal emergency care, the possibility of neonatal hyperthyroidism should be explored in cases with isolated sialadenitis if there is no other risk factor. Possible mechanisms for this uncommon association are discussed. © Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology, Published by Galenos Publishing.


Malowitz J.R.,Duke University | Hornik C.P.,Duke University | Laughon M.M.,North Carolina Childrens Hospital | Testoni D.,Duke University | And 4 more authors.
American Journal of Perinatology | Year: 2015

Objective Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is fatal in 20 to 40% of cases, largely due to pulmonary dysmaturity, lung hypoplasia, and persistent pulmonary hypertension. Evidence for survival benefit of inhaled nitric oxide (iNO), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and other medical interventions targeting pulmonary hypertension is lacking. We assessed medical interventions and mortality over time in a large multicenter cohort of infants with CDH. Study Design We identified all infants ≥ 34 weeks' gestation with CDH discharged from 29 neonatal intensive care units between 1999 and 2012 with an average of ≥ 2 CDH admissions per year. We examined mortality and the proportion of infants exposed to medical interventions, comparing four periods of time: 1999-2001, 2002-2004, 2005-2007, and 2008-2012. Results We identified 760 infants with CDH. From 1999-2001 to 2008-2012, use of iNO increased from 20% of infants to 50%, sildenafil use increased from 0 to 14%, and milrinone use increased from 0 to 22% (p < 0.001). Overall mortality (28%) did not significantly change over time compared with the earliest time period. Conclusion Despite changing use of iNO, sildenafil, and milrinone, CDH mortality has not significantly decreased in this population of infants. Copyright © 2015 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.


Jasik C.B.,University of California at San Francisco | King E.C.,Cincinnati Childrens Hospital | Rhodes E.,Boston Childrens Hospital | Sweeney B.,Childrens Mercy Hospitals and Clinics | And 12 more authors.
Childhood Obesity | Year: 2015

Background: There are no existing multisite national data on obese youth presenting for pediatric weight management. The primary aim was to describe BMI status and comorbidities among youth with obesity presenting for pediatric weight management (PWM) at programs within the Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry (POWER). Methods: Data were collected from 2009-2010 among 6737 obese patients ages 2-17. Patients were classified in three groups by BMI (kg/m2) cutoffs and percent of the 95th percentile for BMI: (1) obesity; (2) severe obesity class 2; and (3) severe obesity class 3. Weighted percentages are presented for baseline laboratory tests, blood pressure, and demographics. Generalized logistic regression with clustering was used to examine the relationships between BMI status and comorbidities. Results: Study youth were 11.6±3.4 years of age, 56% female, 31% black, 17% Hispanic, and 53% publicly insured. Twenty-five percent of patients had obesity (n=1674), 34% (2337) had severe obesity class 2, and 41% (2726) had severe obesity class 3. Logistic regression revealed that males (odds ratio [OR], 1.8; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.5-2.0), blacks (OR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.5-2.0), age <6 years (OR, 2.0; 95% CI, 1.5-2.6), and public insurance (OR, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.5-2.0) had a higher odds of severe obesity class 3. Severe obesity class 3 was associated with higher odds of laboratory abnormalities for hemoglobin A1c (OR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.3-2.2), alanine aminotransferase ≥40U/L (OR, 1.9; 95% CI, 1.3-2.6), and elevated systolic blood pressure (OR, 2.5; 95% CI, 2.0-3.0). Conclusions: Youth with obesity need earlier access to PWM given that they are presenting when they have severe obesity with significant comorbidities. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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