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Pockett C.R.,University of Alberta | Dicken B.,University of Alberta | Rebeyka I.M.,University of Alberta | Ross D.B.,University of Alberta | And 2 more authors.
Pediatric Cardiology | Year: 2013

Heterotaxy syndrome (HS) is a complex disorder involving thoracic and abdominal asymmetries. Congenital heart disease is often accompanied by an intestinal rotation abnormality (IRA) that may predispose to bowel ischemia and infarction. There is controversy in the literature whether asymptomatic infants with HS must be screened for IRA and, if present, whether a prophylactic Ladd procedure should be performed. We performed a retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent a Ladd procedure from January 2007 to December 2010 at Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, Canada. Twenty-nine patients underwent a Ladd procedure, 22 without HS but with symptomatic malrotation and 7 with HS and asymptomatic malrotation. Asymptomatic HS patients had a complication rate of 57 % after a prophylactic Ladd procedure compared with a complication rate of 9 % in the symptomatic non-HS population. The management of asymptomatic IRA in patients with HS remains controversial. We suggest that HS patients be screened for IRA and that asymptomatic patients be managed conservatively. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source


Tham E.B.,University of Alberta | Tham E.B.,C2 Walter ckenzie Center | Haykowsky M.J.,University of Alberta | Chow K.,University of Alberta | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance | Year: 2013

Background: The late cardiotoxic effects of anthracycline chemotherapy influence morbidity and mortality in the growing population of childhood cancer survivors. Even with lower anthracycline doses, evidence of adverse cardiac remodeling and reduced exercise capacity exist. We aim to examine the relationship between cardiac structure, function and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) tissue characteristics with chemotherapy dose and exercise capacity in childhood cancer survivors. Methods. Thirty patients (15 ± 3 years), at least 2 years following anthracycline treatment, underwent CMR, echocardiography, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (peak VO2). CMR measured ventricular function, mass, T1 and T2 values, and myocardial extracellular volume fraction, ECV, a measure of diffuse fibrosis based on changes in myocardial T1 values pre- and post-gadolinium. Cardiac function was also assessed with conventional and speckle tracking echocardiography. Results: Patients had normal LVEF (59 ± 7%) but peak VO2 was 17% lower than age-predicted normal values and were correlated with anthracycline dose (r = -0.49). Increased ECV correlated with decreased mass/volume ratio (r = -0.64), decreased LV wall thickness/height ratio (r = -0.72), lower peak VO2(r = -0.52), and higher cumulative dose (r = 0.40). Echocardiographic measures of systolic and diastolic function were reduced compared to normal values (p < 0.01), but had no relation to ECV, peak VO2 or cumulative dose. Conclusions: Myocardial T1 and ECV were found to be early tissue markers of ventricular remodeling that may represent diffuse fibrosis in children with normal ejection fraction post anthracycline therapy, and are related to cumulative dose, exercise capacity and myocardial wall thinning. © 2013 Tham et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source


Mackie A.S.,University of Alberta | Mackie A.S.,C2 Walter ckenzie Center | Vatanpour S.,University of Alberta | Alton G.Y.,C2 Walter ckenzie Center | And 12 more authors.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery | Year: 2015

Background The purpose of this study was to determine whether a clinical outcome score derived from early postoperative events is associated with Bayley-III scores at 18 to 24 months among infants undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Methods Included were infants aged 6 weeks or less who underwent surgery between 2005 and 2009, all of whom were referred for neurodevelopmental evaluation at 18 to 24 months. We excluded children with chromosomal abnormalities. The prespecified clinical outcome score had a range of 0 to 7. Lower scores indicated a more rapid postoperative recovery. Patients requiring extracorporeal life support were assigned a score of 7. Results One hundred and ninety-nine subjects were included. Surgical procedures were arterial switch (72), Norwood (60), repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (29), and other (38). Nine subjects had postoperative extracorporeal life support. Mean clinical outcome score in the Norwood group was 4.0 ± 1.4 versus the arterial switch group (2.6 ± 1.5, p < 0.001), total anomalous pulmonary venous connection group (2.8 ± 1.8, p < 0.01), and other group (4.0 ± 1.8, p = not significant). Among children who had a clinical outcome score of 4 or greater, there was a decrease in Bayley-III cognitive score of 5.7 (95% confidence interval: 1.5 to 9.9, p = 0.009), a decrease in language score of 10.0 (95% confidence interval: 4.9 to 15.1, p < 0.001), and a decrease in motor score of 9.7 (95% confidence interval: 4.8 to 14.5, p < 0.001). Time until lactate of 2.0 mmol/L or less and highest 24-hour inotrope score increased with increasing clinical outcome score (p < 0.0001). Conclusions Clinical outcome scores of 4 or greater were associated with significantly lower Bayley-III scores at 18 to 24 months. This score may be valuable as an endpoint when evaluating novel potential therapies for this high-risk population. © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Source

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