K Santosh Mohan Rao, Chidambaram Balasubramaniam, K Subramaniam
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):240-243
Syringohydromyelia is a frequent finding in cases of tethered cord syndrome. The classical teaching is that the development and progression of a syrinx is a chronic process. We present a case report of an acute onset syringomyelia in an infant, who underwent an excision of a lumbosacral transitional lipoma and detethering of the cord. Immediately after recovery, the infant was found to have flaccid paraplegia. An emergency magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large acute onset syringomyelia for which he underwent an emergency midline myelotomy and release of fluid from the syrinx. Though the eventual recovery was good, this made us re-visit our understanding of the concept of syringohydromyelia. The case details and a plausible hypothesis for the rapid development of the syrinx are presented.
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):214-221
Background: Pediatric intramedullary spinal cord lesions are not only rare but also different from adults in a number of aspects. We aimed to study the incidence and the frequencies of various pediatric intramedullary mass lesions, their outcome to treatment and the factors determining their outcome of treatment. Materials and Methods: Thirty-one consecutive children (aged 1-18 years, mean 11.1 years, male: female = 1.8:1) with pathologically proven intramedullary spinal cord lesions treated at our center were studied. Clinico-radiological, histopathological, operative, and outcome data were reviewed retrospectively. The functional status was assessed using the modified McCormick grading system. Results: Gross total tumor excision was performed in 19 patients (61.3%), subtotal in 9 patients (29%), partial excision was performed in 2 (6.5%) patient, and only biopsy was performed in 1 patient (6.5%). There was one peroperative death, 2 patients died at follow-up. Complications included wound related complications (n = 4), transient deterioration in the motor power, and respiratory complication requiring a tracheostomy. Six patients showed recurrence at a mean follow-up of 16.4 months. Developmental tumors, high-grade ependymomas, and incompletely excised grade 2 ependymomas showed a tendency to recur. Conclusions: Children constituted nearly 1/5 th (17.4%) of intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Astrocytomas and ependymomas taken together constituted the most common intramedullary spinal lesions in children; however, developmental tumors predominated in the first decade. Children usually presented in good functional grades preoperatively and maintained good grades after surgery. Functional outcome was dependent on the preoperative neurological status and histopathology of the lesions.
Analysis of survival in pediatric high-grade brainstem gliomas: A population-based study
Sandi Lam, Yimo Lin, Brenda Auffinger, Stephanie Melkonian
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):199-206
Background: The purpose of this study was to use the National Cancer Institutes' Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database to perform a large-scale analysis of brainstem anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Use of the SEER database gave us a larger sample size of this rare tumor type, allowing for the analysis of the relationship between prognostic factors and survival. Materials and Methods: We selected pediatric patients (<18 years old) from the SEER database with histologically confirmed diagnoses of primary high-grade gliomas (World Health Organization Grade III/IV) of the brainstem. In univariate and multivariate analysis, we analyzed the relationship between demographic (age, gender, race, diagnosis date), histologic (AA, GBM), and treatment (surgery, radiation) factors on survival. Results: In our cohort of 124 patients, those with AA had a median survival of 13 months and those with GBM 9 months. Higher-grade tumors were associated with statistically significantly increased mortality (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.74, confidence intervals [CIs]: 1.17-2.60). Surgical intervention was associated with a significantly lower mortality, either alone (HR: 0.14, CI: 0.04-0.5) or in combination with radiation (HR: 0.35, CI: 0.15-0.82). Radiation therapy alone was significantly associated with decreased mortality within the first 9 months after diagnosis but not with overall mortality. No demographic characteristics were significantly associated with mortality. Conclusions: Outcome remains poor in the pediatric high-grade brainstem glioma population. Survival is correlated with lower-grade tumor histology, radiation therapy only in the first 9 months after diagnosis, and surgical resection.
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):282-284
Brain abscesses occur as an uncommon complication of bacterial meningitis in the neonatal period. A 34 weeks preterm at-risk neonate presented with abnormal breathing pattern and inability to maintain the oxygen saturation in room air. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study revealed intra-parenchymal brain abscesses in the left basal ganglion and bilateral fronto-parietal regions. Intravenous piperacillin - tazobactam was commenced and continued for 6 weeks in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. No surgical intervention was required. The patient responded to the medical management and was discharged after the documentation of radiological clearance in repeat MRI study. No complications were recorded. An appropriate neuro-developmental outcome was observed on follow-up. Brain abscesses may not be preceded by meningitis in all neonates. A strong clinical suspicion is required for the diagnosis especially in cases with atypical presentation.
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):270-272
Extradural hematoma (EDH) occurs in approximately 2% of all patients with head injuries. Bilateral EDHs account for 2-10% of all acute EDHs in adults but are exceedingly rare in children. Posterior fossa EDHs occurs in 5% of all cases of EDHs. EDHs in children are more frequently venous (from tears of a dural sinus or diploic veins) and consequently have a better prognosis than EDHs in adults. Once the diagnosis of BEH is confirmed, urgent surgical treatment should be considered. We are reporting such rare form of injury as bilateral occipital EDH with supratentorial extension in 12 years child following road traffic accident.
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):222-226
Objectives: The prevalence of obesity is rapidly increasing among Indian children, who, in general, are more prone to develop metabolic complications at an early age. Valproate and phenytoin are commonly used antiepileptic drugs in children. This study aimed to assess the parameters of the metabolic syndrome in Indian children with epilepsy on valproate or phenytoin monotherapy. Methods: This cross-sectional study recruited children from the Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kalawati Saran Children Hospital, New Delhi from March 2012 to September 2012. All consecutive children diagnosed with epilepsy as per International League Against Epilepsy definition aged 3-18 years on valproate or phenytoin monotherapy for at least 6 months were enrolled at a tertiary care children's hospital in Northern India. After clinical and anthropometric evaluation (including body mass index [BMI] and waist circumference), the blood samples were analyzed for fasting serum glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and serum triglyceride. Results: Children with BMI >95 th centile and waist circumference >90 th centile were not significantly different among children on valproate and phenytoin monotherapy. Children on valproate had significantly higher mean serum triglyceride (96.9 mg/dL vs. 77.6 mg/dL; P < 0.001) and total cholesterol (148.3 mg/dL vs. 132.8 mg/dL; P = 0.002) levels as compared to children on phenytoin monotherapy. Conclusions: The lipid abnormalities may be observed in children on valproate or phenytoin therapy and may warrant periodic screening.
Pattern, etiological factors and determinants of mortality among sick newborns with seizures in Ilesa, Nigeria
Bankole Peter Kuti, Saheed Babajide Oseni, Joshua Aderinsola Owa
Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2015 10(3):227-234
Background: Neonatal seizures contribute significantly to newborn morbidity and mortality particularly in developing countries including Nigeria. Unfortunately the countries with high incidence of neonatal seizures often lack the facilities to adequately diagnose, monitor and prognosticate the condition. Objective: We set out to determine the factors at presentation that predict death among babies admitted with clinically identifiable seizures. Methods: We prospectively observed consecutive neonatal admissions over a nine month period at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, Nigeria. Babies with seizures were identified based on clinical observation. Perinatal history, examination and laboratory findings were compared between babies with seizures who survived and those that died. Multivariate regression analysis was used to determine the predictors of mortality. Results: Over a nine month study period, a total of 340 babies were recruited out of which 55 (16.7 percent) had clinically identifiable seizures. Fifteen (27.3 percent) of the 55 babies with clinically identifiable seizures died; while 20 (7.0 percent) of the 285 babies without seizures died. Clinically identifiable neonatal seizures contributed to 42.9 percent of the overall mortality in the neonatal unit during the study period. The risk factors for mortality among the babies with seizures were clinical seizures in the first 24 hours of life, birth asphyxia co-existing with hyponatraemia and presence of cerebral oedema (P < 0.05). The independent determinant of mortality among babies with clinical seizures was cerebral oedema (OR = 4.025; 95% CI 1.342-26.956; P = 0.019). Conclusion: We conclude that clinically identifiable neonatal seizures contribute significantly to neonatal mortality and presentation within 24 hours of delivery, birth asphyxia and cerebral oedema increased the risk of death in babies with seizures.