Four-dimensional echocardiography with spatiotemporal image correlation and inversion mode for detection of congenital heart disease.
Qin Y, Zhang Y, Zhou X, Wang Y, Sun W, Chen L, Zhao D, Zhan Y, Cai A.
Ultrasound Med Biol. 2014 Jul;40(7):1434-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.02.008. Epub 2014 Apr 27.
PMID: 24785438 [PubMed – in process]
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Comments: The 4D IM-STIC modality provides a method for assessing fetal cardiac interior structures and large vessels dynamically, and this imaging modality provides important anatomic information leading to a better understanding of the spatial relationship of the great vessels. Although conventional 2-D echocardiography is the basic modality for prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease, 4-D IM-STIC should be considered a very useful addition.
Aerobic exercise influences quality of life of children and youngsters with congenital heart disease: a randomized controlled trial.
Dulfer K, Duppen N, Kuipers IM, Schokking M, van Domburg RT, Verhulst FC, Helbing WA, Utens EM.
J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jul;55(1):65-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.12.010. Epub 2014 Feb 8.
PMID: 24518533 [PubMed – in process]
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Comments: Participation in an exercise program improved symptoms, motor, social and cognitive functions (overall Health Related QoL) of children with ToF or a Fontan circulation, especially in those with low baseline QoL.
Shunt Flow Evaluation in Congenital Heart Disease Based on Two-Dimensional Speckle Tracking.
Fadnes S, Nyrnes SA, Torp H, Lovstakken L.
Ultrasound Med Biol. 2014 Jul 9. pii: S0301-5629(14)00215-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.03.029. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 25023104 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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Comments: The study effectively shows that complex intraventricular flow velocity patterns could be quantified using high-frame-rate speckle tracking of both blood and tissue movement. This could potentially help increase diagnostic accuracy and decrease inter-observer variability when measuring peak velocity in shunt flows.
Ultrasonographic Imaging of the Cervical Thoracic Duct in Children with Congenital or Acquired Heart Disease.
Kochilas LK, Shepard CW, Berry JM, Chin AJ.
Echocardiography. 2014 Jul 23. doi: 10.1111/echo.12688. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 25051996 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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Comments: The authors report the use of ultrasound to directly image the cervical part of the thoracic duct in children, which is crucial in those with Glenn or Fontan procedures. This may have several practical applications. The normal mean thoracic duct diameters reported in healthy adults is 2.5 mm (interquartile range 1.8- 3.0 mm). It is possible that clinical factors such as postprandial status and timing of study after administration of diuretics may affect the size of the thoracic duct. The identification of thrombus in the jugulo-subclavian angle as an etiology for obstruction of thoracic duct lymphatic drainage represents an easily treatable cause of PLE, chylothorax, or PB.
Clinical Course and Outcome Predictors of Critically Ill Infants With Complete DiGeorge Anomaly Following Thymus Transplantation.
Lee JH, Markert ML, Hornik CP, McCarthy EA, Gupton SE, Cheifetz IM, Turner DA.
Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2014 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 25068252 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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Comments: Fifty-nine transplants of 70 eligible infants were retrospectively studied. Most transplanted infants did not require emergent PICU admission. Age at transplantation and the presence of congenital heart disease were not associated with PICU admission or mortality.