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Veereman-Wauters G.,UZ Brussels | Plaskie K.,University of Antwerp | Wesling F.,Queen Paola and Middelheim Hospitals ZNA | Roger L.C.,University of Reading | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition | Year: 2011

Objectives: This randomized controlled trial involving 110 healthy neonates studied physiological and bifidogenic effects of galactooligosaccharides (GOS), oligofructose, and long-chain inulin (fructooligosaccharides, FOS) in formula. Methods: Subjects were randomized to Orafti Synergy1 (50 oligofructose:50 FOS) 0.4 g/dL or 0.8 g/dL, GOS:FOS (90:10) 0.8 g/dL, or a standard formula according to Good Clinical Practice guidelines. A breast-fed group was included for comparison. Outcome parameters were weight, length, intake, stool characteristics, crying, regurgitation, vomiting, adverse events, and fecal bacterial population counts. Statistical analyses used nonparametric tests. Results: During the first month of life, weight, length, intake, and crying increased significantly in all of the groups. Regurgitation and vomiting scores were low and similar. Stool frequency decreased significantly and similarly in all of the formula groups but was lower than in the breast-fed group. All of the prebiotic groups maintained soft stools, only slightly harder than those of breast-fed infants. The standard group had significantly harder stools at weeks 2 and 4 compared with 1 (P < 0.001 and P = 0.0279). The total number of fecal bacteria increased in all of the prebiotic groups (9.82, 9.73, and 9.91 to 10.34, 10.38, and 10.37, respectively, log10 cells/g feces, P = 0.2298) and more closely resembled the breast-fed pattern. Numbers of lactic acid bacteria, bacteroides, and clostridia were comparable. In the SYN1 0.8 g/dL and GOS:FOS groups, Bifidobacterium counts were significantly higher at D14 and 28 compared with D3 and were comparable with the breast-fed group. Tolerance and growth were normal. Conclusions: Stool consistency and bacterial composition of infants taking SYN1 0.8 g/dL or GOS:FOS-supplemented formula were closer to the breast-fed pattern. There was no risk of dehydration. Copyright © 2011 by ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN.


Taccone F.S.,Erasme Hospital | De Backer D.,Erasme Hospital | Laterre P.-F.,St Luc Hospital | Spapen H.,UZ Brussels | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents | Year: 2011

Data on the optimal amikacin regimen during continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) are scarce and the proposed loading dose of 10 mg/kg may result in inadequate drug levels. The aim of this study was to describe the pharmacokinetics of a 25 mg/kg first dose of amikacin in septic shock patients treated with CRRT. Serum samples were collected before (t = 0 h) and at 1 (peak), 1.5, 4.5, 8 and 24 h after a 30-min amikacin infusion in 13 consecutive patients treated with a combination of amikacin and β-lactam. Blood amikacin levels were measured using a validated fluorescence polarisation immunoassay method. In 9 patients (69%) the peak concentration was >64 mg/L, which corresponds to eight times the minimal inhibitory concentration breakpoints defined by the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) for Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (susceptible <8 mg/L, resistant >16 mg/L). The median (range) total volume of distribution was 0.50 L/kg (0.22-4.05 L/kg), the elimination half-life was 6.5 h (4.5-279.6 h) and total drug clearance (CL) was 1.26 mL/min/kg (0.1-3.30 mL/min/kg). Only three patients had drug concentrations at 24 h (C min) of <5 mg/L and the median predicted time needed to reach this value was 34 h (14-76 h). There was no correlation between CRRT parameters and Cmin, CL or the time to Cmin < 5 mg/L. In septic shock patients treated with CRRT, a first dose of ≥25 mg/kg amikacin is therefore required to reach therapeutic peak concentrations. However, as drug clearance is reduced, amikacin concentrations remained above the threshold of renal toxicity at 24 h. The therapeutic benefit of high-dose aminoglycoside therapy should be balanced with its potential renal effects in septic patients receiving CRRT. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. and the International Society of Chemotherapy.


Aerts O.,University of Antwerp | Baeck M.,Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc Ucl | Constandt L.,Private Dermatologist | Dezfoulian B.,CHU Sart Tilman | And 6 more authors.
Contact Dermatitis | Year: 2014

Background The rate of contact allergy and allergic contact dermatitis caused by methylisothiazolinone (MI) is dramatically increasing throughout Europe. Objectives To report on methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI)/MI and MI allergy in Belgium. Patients and methods Between January 2010 and December 2012, the medical charts of 6599 patients of the Belgian Contact and Environmental Dermatitis Group were retrospectively reviewed for MCI/MI and MI sensitization by use of a standardized questionnaire. Available data on sensitization in 2081 patients tested in 2013 were also included. Results In 2012, the sensitization rate for MCI/MI had increased to 4.5% and that for MI to 6.0%; the latter showed a further increase to 7.2% in 2013. The people mainly affected were women with a median age of 49 years with hand and/or facial dermatitis, most often resulting from the use of cosmetics. Simultaneous reactions to octylisothiazolinone were observed. Conclusion A dramatic increase in the rate of contact allergy caused by MI in cosmetics is occurring in Belgium. Notwithstanding the recent recommendation to discontinue the use of MI in leave-on cosmetics, safer use concentrations should also be determined for rinse-off products. Close monitoring of MI sensitization in the near future will be necessary, and the highest test concentrations reported for MI and MCI/MI should be included in the baseline series. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Turner D.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Griffiths A.M.,University of Toronto | Veerman G.,UZ Brussels | Johanns J.,Janssen Research and Development LLC | And 3 more authors.
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Year: 2013

Background & Aims: We aimed to identify early clinical, laboratory, and endoscopic factors associated with sustained remission in children with ulcerative colitis (UC) treated with infliximab. Methods: We performed a post hoc analysis of data collected from 51 children (6-17 years old) with moderate-to-severe UC treated with infliximab for 1 year in the T72 clinical trial. The primary outcome was steroid-free remission at weeks 30 and 54 of treatment, which was based on patient and physician assessments. We compared the ability of the Pediatric UC Activity Index (PUCAI, a noninvasive clinical index), levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), and mucosal healing to predict which patients would be in steroid-free sustained remission after 1 year of treatment. Results: Week 8 PUCAI scores best predicted which patients would be in steroid-free remission after 1year of treatment; 9 of 17 patients who had PUCAI scores <10 points were in sustained remission (53%), compared with 4 of 20 who had PUCAI scores ≥10 (20%) (P=.036). Mucosal healing at week 8 was associated with steroid-free remission at 1 year, but this did not reach significance; 7 of 16 patients with mucosal healing were in remission after 1 year (44%), compared with 6 of 21 without mucosal healing (29%) (P=.34). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve values for association with steroid-free sustained remission were 0.70 for the PUCAI (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.53-0.88), 0.56 for mucosal healing (95% CI, 0.36-0.76), and 0.44 for level of CRP (95% CI, 0.24-0.65). By using a multivariable logistic regression model, the week 8 PUCAI was the only factor associated with steroid-free remission at 1 year (P=.038). PUCAI-defined remission had a high degree of concordance with complete mucosal healing at week 8 (33% of patients were in remission according to the PUCAI vs 31% with mucosal healing). Conclusion: On the basis of a post hoc analysis of data from the T72 clinical trial on the effect of infliximab in pediatric patients with UC, the PUCAI was no less predictive of sustained remission than mucosal healing at week 8, and both were superior to CRP level. Routine endoscopic evaluation in children with UC who are in complete clinical remission (ie, PUCAI <10 points) may not be necessary. © 2013 AGA Institute.


Rodrigues R.M.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | De Kock J.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Branson S.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Vinken M.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | And 8 more authors.
Stem Cells and Development | Year: 2014

Human skin-derived precursors (hSKP) are postnatal stem cells with neural crest properties that reside in the dermis of human skin. These cells can be easily isolated from small (fore) skin segments and have the capacity to differentiate into multiple cell types. In this study, we show that upon exposure to hepatogenic growth factors and cytokines, hSKP acquire sufficient hepatic features that could make these cells suitable in vitro tools for hepatotoxicity screening of new chemical entities and already existing pharmaceutical compounds. Indeed, hepatic differentiated hSKP [hSKP-derived hepatic progenitor cells (hSKP-HPC)] express hepatic progenitor cell markers (EPCAM, NCAM2, PROM1) and adult hepatocyte markers (ALB), as well as key biotransformation enzymes (CYP1B1, FMO1, GSTA4, GSTM3) and influx and efflux drug transporters (ABCC4, ABCA1, SLC2A5). Using a toxicogenomics approach, we could demonstrate that hSKP-HPC respond to acetaminophen exposure in a comparable way to primary human hepatocytes in culture. The toxicological responses "liver damage", "liver proliferation", "liver necrosis" and "liver steatosis" were found to be significantly enriched in both in vitro models. Also genes associated with either cytotoxic responses or induction of apoptosis (BCL2L11, FOS, HMOX1, TIMP3, and AHR) were commonly upregulated and might represent future molecular biomarkers for hepatotoxicity. In conclusion, our data gives a first indication that hSKP-HPC might represent a suitable preclinical model for in vitro screening of hepatotoxicity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in which human postnatal stem cells derived from skin are described as a potentially relevant cell source for in vitro hepatotoxicity testing of pharmaceutical compounds. © 2014 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Cosyns B.,CHIREC | Velez-Roa S.,CHIREC | Droogmans S.,UZ Brussels | Pierard Luc.A.,CHU Sart Tilman | Lancellotti P.,CHU Sart Tilman
International Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2010

The effects of erythropoietin administration on mitral regurgitation in patients with congestive heart failure have not yet been examined. After 2 months, erythropoietin treatment results in a significant reduction in left ventricular volumes and mitral regurgitation severity and improves hemodynamics. © 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Poelaert J.,UZ Brussels
Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy | Year: 2015

Optimization of the preloading conditions and concomitant determination of endpoints of fluid administration are the most frequent therapeutic actions in critically ill patients. Besides a clinical appraisal, reproducible data should be acquired at the bedside to estimate the adequacy of fluid resuscitation. The dynamic assessment and determination of fluid responsiveness plays a major role in this respect. Right-sided cardiac variables, such as inferior and superior caval vein diameter variation during mechanical ventilation, are easily obtained with cardiac ultrasound. Moreover, left sided variables, including aortic flow variation, with intermittent swings of intrathoracic pressure during mechanical ventilation, may be achieved non-invasively with Doppler-echocardiography. Both in terms of resuscitation, as well as correct interpretation of various two-dimensional and Doppler variables, it is essential to acquire a clear understanding of the filling status of a patient. Doppler-echocardiography plays herein a pivotal role.


Van De Winkel N.,UZ Brussels | De Vogelaere K.,UZ Brussels | De Backer A.,UZ Brussels | Delvaux G.,UZ Brussels
Journal of Pediatric Surgery | Year: 2011

This article retrospectively reviews the laparoscopic repair of Morgagni hernias in 3 children. The surgical procedure was performed by closing the defect using extracorporeal, interrupted, nonabsorbable sutures. Recovery was uneventful in all 3 patients. There were no recurrences and the chest radiograph stayed normal during the postoperative follow-up. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


Schaeken B.,Dosimetry Laboratory | Lelie S.,Dosimetry Laboratory | Meijnders P.,ZNA Middelheim | Van Den Weyngaert D.,ZNA Middelheim | And 2 more authors.
Medical Physics | Year: 2010

Purpose: To avoid complications in total body irradiation (TBI), it is important to achieve a homogeneous dose distribution throughout the body and to deliver a correct dose to the lung which is an organ at risk. The purpose of this work was to validate the TBI dose protocol and to check the accuracy of the 3D dose calculations of the treatment planning system. Methods: Dosimetry based on alanine/electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) was used to measure dose at numerous locations within an anthropomorphic phantom (Alderson) that was irradiated in a clinical TBI beam setup. The alanine EPR dosimetry system was calibrated against water calorimetry in a Co-60 beam and the absorbed dose was determined by the use of "dose-normalized amplitudes" A- D. The dose rate of the TBI beam was checked against a Farmer ionization chamber. The phantom measurements were compared to 3D dose calculations from a treatment planning system (Pinnacle) modeled for standard dose calculations. Results: Alanine dosimetry allowed accurate measurements which were in accordance with ionization chamber measurements. The combined relative standard measurement uncertainty in the Alderson phantom was Ur (A- D) =0.6%. The humanoid phantom was irradiated to a reference dose of 10 Gy, limiting the lung dose to 7.5 Gy. The ratio of the average measured dose midplane in the craniocaudal direction to the reference dose was 1.001 with a spread of ±4.7% (1 sd). Dose to the lung was measured in 26 locations and found, in average, 1.8% lower than expected. Lung dose was homogeneous in the ventral-dorsal direction but a dose gradient of 0.10 Gy cm-1 was observed in the craniocaudal direction midline within the lung lobe. 3D dose calculations (Pinnacle) were found, in average, 2% lower compared to dose measurements on the body axis and 3% lower for the lungs. Conclusions: The alanine/EPR dosimetry system allowed accurate dose measurements which enabled the authors to validate their TBI dose protocol. Dose calculations based on a collapsed cone convolution dose algorithm modeled for regular treatments are accurate within 3% and can further be improved when the algorithm is modeled for TBI. © 2010 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.


Talebian Yazdi A.,UZ Brussels | De Mey J.,UZ Brussels
JBR-BTR | Year: 2010

Leiomyomatosis peritonealis disseminata (LPD) - or diffuse abdominal leiomyomatosis - is a very rare benign abdominal entity. Only a little more than 100 cases have been reported in the English literature since its first description in 1965. Middle aged female are typically affected and the clinical presentation is rather aspecific. The differential diagnosis between benign LPD and diffuse peritoneal carcinomatosis or abdominal disseminated malignancy represents the crucial diagnostic challenge that can only definitively be made through biopsy and histologic analysis. Multimodal imaging features (ultrasound, CT, MR and PET) of a case of LPD diagnosed in a 50-year old female are presented with review the literature.

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