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Early cranial ultrasound findings among infants with neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: an observational study


Tann, Cally J; Nakakeeto, Margaret; Hagmann, Cornelia; Webb, Emily L; Nyombi, Natasha; Namiiro, Flaviah; Harvey-Jones, Kelly; Muhumuza, Anita; Burgoine, Kathy; Elliott, Alison M; Kurinczuk, Jennifer J; Robertson, Nicola J; Cowan, Frances M (2016). Early cranial ultrasound findings among infants with neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: an observational study. Pediatric Research, 80(2):190-196.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
In sub-Saharan Africa, the timing and nature of brain injury and their relation to mortality in neonatal encephalopathy (NE) are unknown. We evaluated cranial ultrasound (cUS) scans from term Ugandan infants with and without NE for evidence of brain injury.
METHODS
Infants were recruited from a national referral hospital in Kampala. Cases (184) had NE and controls (100) were systematically selected unaffected term infants. All had cUS scans <36 h reported blind to NE status.
RESULTS
Scans were performed at median age 11.5 (interquartile range (IQR): 5.2-20.2) and 8.4 (IQR: 3.6-13.5) hours, in cases and controls respectively. None had established antepartum injury. Major evolving injury was reported in 21.2% of the cases vs. 1.0% controls (P < 0.001). White matter injury was not significantly associated with bacteremia in encephalopathic infants (odds ratios (OR): 3.06 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.98-9.60). Major cUS abnormality significantly increased the risk of neonatal death (case fatality 53.9% with brain injury vs. 25.9% without; OR: 3.34 (95% CI: 1.61-6.95)).
CONCLUSION
In this low-resource setting, there was no evidence of established antepartum insult, but a high proportion of encephalopathic infants had evidence of major recent and evolving brain injury on early cUS imaging, suggesting prolonged or severe acute exposure to hypoxia-ischemia (HI). Early abnormalities were a significant predictor of death.Pediatric Research (2016); doi:10.1038/pr.2016.77.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
In sub-Saharan Africa, the timing and nature of brain injury and their relation to mortality in neonatal encephalopathy (NE) are unknown. We evaluated cranial ultrasound (cUS) scans from term Ugandan infants with and without NE for evidence of brain injury.
METHODS
Infants were recruited from a national referral hospital in Kampala. Cases (184) had NE and controls (100) were systematically selected unaffected term infants. All had cUS scans <36 h reported blind to NE status.
RESULTS
Scans were performed at median age 11.5 (interquartile range (IQR): 5.2-20.2) and 8.4 (IQR: 3.6-13.5) hours, in cases and controls respectively. None had established antepartum injury. Major evolving injury was reported in 21.2% of the cases vs. 1.0% controls (P < 0.001). White matter injury was not significantly associated with bacteremia in encephalopathic infants (odds ratios (OR): 3.06 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.98-9.60). Major cUS abnormality significantly increased the risk of neonatal death (case fatality 53.9% with brain injury vs. 25.9% without; OR: 3.34 (95% CI: 1.61-6.95)).
CONCLUSION
In this low-resource setting, there was no evidence of established antepartum insult, but a high proportion of encephalopathic infants had evidence of major recent and evolving brain injury on early cUS imaging, suggesting prolonged or severe acute exposure to hypoxia-ischemia (HI). Early abnormalities were a significant predictor of death.Pediatric Research (2016); doi:10.1038/pr.2016.77.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:25 May 2016
Deposited On:14 Jul 2016 14:11
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 19:55
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:0031-3998
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1038/pr.2016.77
PubMed ID:27064242

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