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Bortlik M.,Charles University | Duricova D.,Charles University | Machkova N.,Charles University | Kozeluhova J.,University Hospital Plzen | And 10 more authors.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases | Year: 2014

Background: Prenatal exposure to anti-tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) antibodies seems to be safe for fetal development. Data on long-term outcome of exposed children are missing. Our aim was to assess long-term postnatal development of children exposed to anti-TNF-α during pregnancy. Methods: Consecutive children aged ≥12 months exposed to anti-TNFs prenatally for maternal inflammatory bowel disease in 3 centers in the Czech Republic were enrolled. Data on psychomotor development, infections, antibiotics, vaccination, and allergy were retrospectively obtained from mothers, treating pediatricians, and children's vaccination cards. Furthermore, standardized laboratory tests on humoral and cellular immunity were performed. Results: Twenty-five children exposed to biologicals were included (median age, 34 mo; range, 14-70 mo). All children had normal growth, and all but 1 had normal psychomotor development. Majority (80%) experienced at least 1 infection (mainly respiratory), and 60% of infants received antibiotics, 32% of those within the first year of life. Vaccination was undertaken according to vaccination protocol to 23 infants (92%). Fifteen children also had tuberculosis vaccination without serious complication. Immunological investigation was performed with 17 children (68%). Cellular immunity was normal in all infants, and 7 children had mild decrease in IgA and/or IgG immunoglobulins without clinical significance. All children had a detectable serologic response to vaccination. Conclusions: Exposure to anti-TNF-α antibodies seems to be safe for growth and psychomotor development of children, although clinical significance of relatively high frequency of infections and antibiotic use among infants remains questionable because of the lack of a control group. Continuous follow-up of exposed children is absolutely warranted. Copyright © 2014 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. Source

Pina-Garza J.E.,Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt | Schiemann-Delgado J.,UCB Inc. | Yang H.,UCB Inc. | Duncan B.,UCB Inc. | And 2 more authors.
Clinical Therapeutics | Year: 2010

Background: In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study, adjunctive levetiracetam (LEV) was reported to be effective and well tolerated during 5-day treatment in patients aged 1 month to <4 years with partial-onset seizures. A study was planned to fulfill the regulatory requirement to evaluate the long-term safety of LEV as adjunctive therapy for partial-onset seizures in pediatric patients.Objective: This study evaluated the long-term effectiveness and tolerability of adjunctive LEV in infants and young children with partial-onset seizures.Methods: This was a prospective, open-label, outpatient, multicenter study (N01148; ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT00152516) conducted as an extension of a previously published study (N01009; NCT00175890). Patients were enrolled from 3 sources, as follows: (1) patients who had completed study N01009; (2) patients who had failed screening for entry into study N01009 but fulfilled the eligibility criteria for entry into this study; and (3) patients who were directly enrolled. The study consisted of a 2- to 4-week retrospective baseline period (and a 3- to 10-day prospective baseline period for directly enrolled patients), a 2- to 8-week uptitration/conversion period, and a maintenance period. Eligible patients were required to have epilepsy with partial-onset seizures, treated with a stable regimen of 1 or 2 antiepileptic drugs. Patients received adjunctive LEV, 20 to 80 mg/kg/d, for up to 48 weeks (total study duration). The primary variable for effectiveness was the percentage reduction from baseline in the weekly frequency of partial-onset seizures, as recorded in patients' diaries. Data for effectiveness were also analyzed by age strata (1 month to <1 year, 1 to <2 years, and 2 to <4 years). Neuropsychological assessment was conducted with the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Second Edition (BSID-II). All analyses were performed on observed data, and the last-observation-carried-forward approach was not used. The intent-to-treat (ITT) population was defined as all patients who took at least one dose of LEV during the study. Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were assessed by observation, spontaneous reporting, standard questions, review of diary cards, and neuropsychologists' clinical reports. Additional measures included physical and neurologic examinations, vital signs, ECGs, routine blood chemistry, and routine hematology assessments.Results: The study included 152 patients in the ITT population. In total, 51.3% (78/152) of the patients were male, and mean (SD) age was 23.5 (12.4) months. The mean LEV maintenance dose was 56.1 (16.2) mg/kg/d, and the median (Q1-Q3) treatment duration was 287.8 (209.0-295.5) days. Ninety-seven patients (63.8%) completed the study. The BSID-II subpopulation included 51 patients. During maintenance, the overall median (Q1-Q3) percentage reduction from baseline in the weekly frequency of partial-onset seizures was 56.0% (-10.9% to 92.8%), which was sustained over time and appeared comparable across the age strata (1 month to <1 year, n = 25, 50.9%; 1 to <2 years, n = 48, 58.0%; and 2 to <4 years, n = 59, 55.0%). The overall responder rate (ie, ≥50% reduction from baseline in weekly partial-onset seizures) was 53.8% (71/132), was maintained over time, and was consistent across the age strata (1 month to <1 year, 52.0%; 1 to <2 years, 56.3%; and 2 to <4 years, 52.5%). Mean BSID-II raw scores for psychomotor development and behavioral functioning remained static, whereas mental development appeared to improve over time, although this was not tested statistically. At least one TEAE was reported in 143 patients (94.1%). The most frequently reported TEAEs were pyrexia (60/152; 39.5%), upper respiratory tract infection (42/152; 27.6%), and vomiting (28/152; 18.4%). The most common TEAEs affecting the central nervous system were convulsion (25/152; 16.4%), irritability (19/152; 12.5%), and somnolence (16/152; 10.5%). Most TEAEs (77.0%) were mild or moderate in intensity.Conclusion: Adjunctive LEV treatment for up to 48 weeks was associated with effective and sustained seizure control and had an acceptable tolerability profile in this small, selected population of infants and young children aged 1 month to <4 years with partial-onset seizures. © 2010 Excerpta Medica Inc. Source

Dusek L.,Masaryk University | Muzik J.,Masaryk University | Gelnarova E.,Masaryk University | Finek J.,University Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Klinicka Onkologie | Year: 2010

Backgrounds: The Czech Republic is ranked among those countries with the highest cancer burden in Europe and worldwide. The purpose of this study is to summarize long-term trends in the cancer burden and to provide up-to-date estimates of incidence and mortality rates from 2007. Material and Methods: The Czech National Cancer Registry (CNCR) was instituted in 1977 and contains information over a 30-year period of standardized registration covering 100% of cancer diagnoses and the entire Czech population. The analysis of CNCR is supported by demographic data of the Czech Republic and by the Death Records Database as civil registration systems. The epidemiology of malignant tumours in the Czech population is available online at www.svod.cz. Results: All neoplasms, including non-melanoma skin cancer, reached a crude incidence rate of almost 736 cases per 100,000 men and 648 cases per 100,000 women in 2007. The annual mortality rate exceeded 263 deaths per 100,000 population; each year, more than 27,000 persons die of cancer. The overall incidence of malignancies has increased during the last decade with growth index + 26.4% (1997-2007) while the mortality rate has stabilized over this time span (growth index in 1977-2007: -2.5%). Consequently, the prevalence has significantly increased in the registration period and in 2007 it exceeded 400,000 cases. In addition to the demographic ageing of the Czech population, the cancer burden is increased by the growing incidence of multiple primary tumours (recently more than 11 % of the total incidence). The most frequent diagnoses include colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Although some neoplasms are increasingly diagnosed at an early stage (e.g. proportion of stage I + II in female breast cancer: 71.9%, skin melanoma: 81.3%), in general early diagnostics is insufficient in the Czech Republic. This is the case even for highly prevalent colorectal carcinoma (only 43.2% of incident cases recently diagnosed at stage I or II). Conclusion: The Czech Republic is well equipped with high-quality and functional facilities for collecting and analysing population-based data on malignant tumours. The data survey has enabled the priorities of cancer management in the Czech Republic to be defined. This will undoubtedly lead to a sustained reduction in late diagnosed cases and a reduction in the remarkable regional differences in diagnostic efficiency. Source

Termerova J.,Thomayer University Hospital
Prague medical report | Year: 2011

The traumatic intracranial haemorrhage still remains a serious complication of instrumental deliveries with an uncertain prognosis. Regarding tentorial haemorrhage, surprisingly few clinical neurological data are available. Most of the references in literature are older case reports, associated frequently with an unfavourable outcome. We report a newborn after a serious tentorial haemorrhage with an excellent neurodevelopmental outcome. Computed tomography (CT) scan of our patient demonstrated an extensive bilateral tentorial haemorrhage extending to the foramen magnum. The newborn showed a good respiratory effort, but a neurological impairment including anisocoria, apathy, hypotonia, incomplete grasp and Moro reflex. Despite these signs, the development at 9 and 18 months of age was appropriate. The aim of this report is to accentuate that the prognosis of infants with tentorial haemorrhage should be always evaluated carefully with main respect to clinical signs. The outcome of the newborn even after a large tentorial haemorrhage can be surprisingly without a serious neurological deficit. Spontaneous breathing without support, normal blood pressure and absence of seizures are clinical indicators that may be associated with a good outcome despite an extensive tentorial haemorrhage. Source

O'Donnell S.M.,Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital | Curry S.J.,Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital | Buggy N.A.,Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital | Moynihan M.M.,Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Pediatrics | Year: 2013

Objective: To determine if low-flow nasal prongs therapy with room air, compared with no treatment, facilitates weaning from nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) in very low birth weight (VLBW, birth weight <1500 g) infants. Study design: VLBW infants who received respiratory support for ≥48 hours and who were stable on NCPAP for 24 hours were eligible for inclusion in this multicenter, randomized controlled trial. On stopping NCPAP, infants were randomized to receive 1 L/min air via nasal prongs or to spontaneous breathing in room air. The primary outcome measure was failure to wean. Secondary outcome measures included length of time to failure and change in heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and respiratory distress score. Results: Seventy-eight infants were randomized: 39 to nasal prongs and 39 to spontaneous breathing. The groups were similar at birth and at randomization. Sixteen infants (41%) in the nasal prongs group failed the weaning process compared with 12 infants (31%) in the spontaneous breathing group (OR 1.57, 95% CI 0.56 to 4.43, P =.48). There were no significant differences between the groups in secondary outcomes. Conclusions: In this study, we did not demonstrate a benefit of low-flow room air via nasal prongs to wean VLBW infants from NCPAP. © 2013 Mosby Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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