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Bagou M.,Service de pediatrie | Rolland E.,Service de pediatrie | Gay C.,Service de pediatrie | Patural H.,Service de reanimation neonatale et pediatrique
Archives de Pediatrie | Year: 2016

Infantile pyknocytosis is a neonatal hemolytic disorder which causes anemia and icterus and is characterized by the presence of an increased number of distorted red blood cells called pyknocytes. Resolution spontaneously occurs in the first semester of life. It has been generally described as a rare entity, with an occasional family history. We report seven cases of infantile pyknocytosis observed in our hospital in 3. years. Most of the infants presented with hemolytic icterus and profound anemia that was reaching its peak by the 3rd week of life. Three neonates received one to three red blood cell transfusions, according to former recommendations. However, the following four received a treatment with recombinant erythropoietin administered subcutaneously. Only one of these four cases required a transfusion. All of them were free of hematological disease 2-3. months after completion of treatment. Infantile pyknocytosis is a recognized cause of neonatal hemolytic anemia, which requires careful examination of red cell morphology on a peripheral blood smear. The cause of this transient disorder remains unknown. Our observations show that recombinant erythropoietin therapy is effective in treating infantile pyknocytosis and increases the reticulocyte response, thus improving the hemoglobin level. © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS.


Boumahni B.,Service de reanimation neonatale et pediatrique
Médecine tropicale : revue du Corps de santé colonial | Year: 2012

Chikungunya virus is an arbovirus (alphavirus) transmitted by Aedes albopictus in Reunion Island. A huge chikungunya outbreak swept Reunion Island in 2005- 2006. We report the first case of chikungunya neonatal infection and the 5-years outcome of the 18 neonates hospitalized in neonatal intensive care unit between June 2005 and March 2006.


Pellot A.S.,Service de reanimation neonatale et pediatrique
Médecine tropicale : revue du Corps de santé colonial | Year: 2012

In 2005-2006, an unexpected, massive outbreak of chikungunya occurred on Reunion Island, a French overseas territory in the Indian Ocean. This arboviral infection transmitted by a mosquito of the Aedes genus is usually benign. A surprising feature of the Reunion Island epidemic was the occurrence of rare severe forms involving adults as well as children. The purpose of this report is to describe severe forms of chikungunya observed in children hospitalized in a pediatric intensive care unit. This retrospective single-center study was conducted from January 1st to April 30th, 2006. Children between 1 month and 15 years admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with proven chikungunya infection were included. A total of 9 children were included. The main manifestations were extensive skin blisters in 5 cases, neurological symptoms (encephalopathy) in 4, cardiac complications (myocarditis, hemodynamic disorders) in 5 and bleeding in 1. Two children died. The causes of death were circulatory failure associated with coma and massive hemorrhage in one case and post-infectious encephalitis in the other. Three survivors present long-term neurologic or dermatologic sequels. Severe cases of chikungunya in children provide a stark reminder of the cardiac and neurological tropism of the virus and its hemorrhagic forms with high potential mortality and morbidity. These cases underline the need for personal protection measures and for research to develop specific antiviral therapy and vaccines to prevent potentially lethal forms of the disease.


Boumahni B.,Service de reanimation neonatale et pediatrique | Kaplan C.,Sanguine | Clabe A.,Service de Biologie | Randrianaivo H.,Unite de medecine foetale et genetique | Lanza F.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research
Archives de Pediatrie | Year: 2011

Neonatal thrombocytopenia may stem from several origins. A newborn was hospitalized on the 3rd day of life with thrombocytopenia likely due to maternofetal autoimmune thrombocytopenia. Two days later, he displayed a chikungunya virus infection, during a severe epidemic on Reunion Island. The characterization of human platelet antigen (HPA) in the parents showed incompatibility in the HPA-3 system; however, no detectable antiHPA-3a antibody was found in the mother's serum. The persistence of moderate thrombocytopenia led to the diagnosis, using flow cytometry, of Bernard-Soulier syndrome (BSS), with no detectable GPIbIX. This case shows that neonatal inherited thrombocytopenia may be difficult to characterize, especially when it is associated with an acquired cause. © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS.


Betremieux P.,University of Rennes 2 - Upper Brittany | Gold F.,University Paris Est Creteil | Parat S.,Maternite | Farnoux C.,Service de neonatologie | And 6 more authors.
Archives de Pediatrie | Year: 2010

Palliative care in newborns may take place in the delivery room and then continued either in maternity wards or in the neonatal unit. For babies developing a chronic condition, going home may be advantageous. The population concerned includes babies born with a severe intractable congenital malformation and certain extremely preterm newborn babies at the limits of viability. Care procedures as well as withholding and withdrawing treatments are reviewed. © 2010.

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