Publications by authors named "Amandine Baptiste"

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Weaning-Related Shock in Patients With ECMO: Incidence, Mortality, and Predisposing Factors.

J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 2021 Jan 28;35(1):41-47. Epub 2020 Jul 28.

Sorbonne Université, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Institute of Cardiology, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France. Electronic address:

Objective: Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) commonly is used to manage refractory cardiogenic shock after cardiac surgery, with 31% to 76% of patients successfully weaned off their ECMO. However, it is associated with high mortality rates, and 20% to 65% of weaned patients do not survive to hospital discharge. This study aimed to assess the incidence of ECMO weaning-related shock, the risk factors, and prognosis in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Design: Retrospective observational cohort study.

Setting: Surgical ICU of Cardiology Institute of Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital (Paris-France).

Participants: Patients who were assisted with a peripheral VA-ECMO from January 2015 to December 2017 were included. Patients with venovenous, central, or right ECMO were excluded.

Measurements: The authors collected data on patients' characteristics, during and after surgery. The indications for VA-ECMO implantation were ventricular dysfunction, primary graft dysfunction, and refractory cardiac arrest. Weaning-related shock was defined as the need to introduce or increase the dose of catecholamine at ECMO explantation or in the following week.

Results: After weaning off VA-ECMO, 56 of 146 patients (38.4%) presented weaning-related shock: 55% were septic shocks, 12.5 % were caused by right ventricle failure, and 7.1% by hemorrhage. ICU mortality was 42% versus 8% in patients who did not present shock. Multivariate analysis showed that patients with pulmonary hypertension and those with norepinephrine before weaning were more likely to develop shock.

Conclusion: ECMO weaning-related shock is frequent in patients with refractory cardiogenic shock after cardiac surgery. This is most commonly caused by sepsis and causes higher mortality rates, calling for further evaluation.
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January 2021

Compassionate use of hydroxychloroquine in clinical practice for patients with mild to severe Covid-19 in a French university hospital.

Clin Infect Dis 2020 Jun 18. Epub 2020 Jun 18.

Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpitaux Universitaires Pitié-Salpêtrière Charles Foix, Service de Maladies infectieuses et Tropicales, 75013, Paris, France.

Background: Data from non-randomized studies have suggested that hydroxychloroquine could be an effective therapeutic agent against Covid-19.

Methods: We conducted an observational, retrospective cohort study involving hospitalized adult patients with confirmed, mild to severe Covid-19 in a French university hospital. Patients who received hydroxychloroquine (200mg tid dosage for 10 days) on a compassionate basis in addition to SOCwere compared to patients without contraindications to hydroxychloroquine who received SOCalone. A propensity score-weighted analysis was performed to control for confounders: age, sex, time between symptom onset and admission ≤ 7 days, Charlson comorbidity index, medical history of arterial hypertension, and obesity, NEWS2 score at admission, and pneumonia severity. The primary endpoint was time to unfavorable outcome, defined as: death, admission to an intensive care unit, or decision to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatments, whichever came first.

Results: Data from 89 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 were analyzed, 84 of whom were considered in the primary analysis; 38 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and 46 patients treated with SOCalone. At admission, the mean age of patients was 66 years, the median Charlson comorbidity index was 3, and the median NEWS2 severity score was 3. After propensity score weighting, treatment with hydroxycholoroquine was not associated with a significantly reduced risk of unfavorable outcome (HR 0.90 [0.38; 2.1], p = 0.81). Overall survival was not significantly different between the two groups (HR 0.89 [0.23; 3.47], p = 1).

Conclusion: In hospitalized adults with Covid-19, no significant reduction of the risk of unfavorable outcomes was observed with hydroxychloroquine in comparison to standard of care. Unmeasured confounders may however have persisted despite careful propensity-weighted analysis and the study might be underpowered. Ongoing controlled trials in patients with varying degrees of initial severity on a larger scale will help determine whether there is a place for hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Covid-19.
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June 2020

First Trimester Maternal Vitamin D Status and Risks of Preterm Birth and Small-For-Gestational Age.

Nutrients 2019 Dec 13;11(12). Epub 2019 Dec 13.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Antoine Béclère Hospital, AP-HP, University Paris Saclay, F-92140 Clamart, France.

Maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) deficiency during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm and small-for-gestational age (SGA) birth, but studies report conflicting results. We used a multicenter prospective cohort of 2813 pregnant women assessed for 25-OHD levels in the first trimester of pregnancy to investigate the association between maternal 25-OHD concentrations and risks of preterm birth (<37 weeks) and SGA (birthweight <10th percentile). Odds ratios were adjusted (aOR) for potential cofounders overall and among women with light and dark skin separately, based on the Fitzpatrick scale. 25-OHD concentrations were <20 ng/mL for 45.1% of the cohort. A total of 6.7% of women had a preterm birth. The aOR for preterm birth associated with the 1st quartile of 25-OHD concentrations compared to the 4th quartile was 1.53 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.97-2.43). In stratified analyses, an association was observed for women with darker skin (aOR = 2.89 (95% CI: 1.02-8.18)), and no association with lighter skin. A total of 11.9% of births were SGA and there was no association overall or by skin color. Our results do not provide support for an association between maternal first trimester 25-OHD deficiency and risk of preterm or SGA birth overall; the association with preterm birth risk among women with darker skin requires further investigation.
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December 2019

MRI for prostate cancer: can computed high b-value DWI replace native acquisitions?

Eur Radiol 2019 Oct 18;29(10):5197-5204. Epub 2019 Mar 18.

Department of Radiology, Tenon Academic Hospital, AP-HP, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France.

Objective: To compare computed high b-value diffusion-weighted images (c-DWI) derived from low b-value DWI images and acquired high b-value DWI (a-DWI), in overall image quality and prostate cancer detection rate.

Materials And Methods: A total of 124 consecutive men with suspected prostate cancer (PCa) underwent diagnosis prostate MRI on a 3.0 T MR system using a 32-channel phased-array torso coil. Among them, 63 underwent prostate biopsy. MRI protocol included 3DT2w images, high resolution Fov Optimized and Constrained Undistorted Single-Shot (FOCUS™) DWI images with b-values of 100, 400, 800, and 2000 s/mm and dynamic contrast enhanced images. C-DWI images (2000 and 2500 s/mm) were derived from the three lower acquired b-value DWI images using a mono-exponential diffusion decay. C-DWI and acquired high b-value DWI (a-DWI) (2000 s/mm) were compared for image quality (background signal suppression, anatomic clarity, ghosting, distortion) and tumor conspicuity by four radiologists.

Results: C-DWIs demonstrated higher rating than a-DWIs for overall image quality despite worsened ghosting. In patients with a biopsy, similar detection rate was observed while conspicuity was better with c-DWI (p < 0.001). Non-acquisition of high b-value a-DWI reduced total acquisition time by 220 s per patient.

Conclusion: C-DWI provides a substantial reduction in acquisition time while maintaining comparable prostate cancer detection rate and improving global image quality.

Key Points: • Computed DWI improves global quality of prostate MRI. • Computed DWI improves analysis of DWI images with decrease acquisition time. • Computed DWI provides greater background suppression of parenchyma and improves conspicuity of suspicious lesion.
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October 2019

Relationship between vitamin D status in pregnancy and the risk for preeclampsia: A nested case-control study.

Clin Nutr 2020 02 15;39(2):440-446. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Laboratoire d'Explorations Fonctionnelles, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, AP-HP, Paris, France.

Background & Aims: Vitamin D is thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. To evaluate the relationship between vitamin D insufficiency in the first trimester of pregnancy and preeclampsia.

Methods: Nested case-control study (FEPED study) in type 3 obstetrical units. Pregnant women from 10 to 15 WA. For each patient with preeclampsia, 4 controls were selected from the cohort and matched by parity, skin color, maternal age, season and BMI. The main outcome measure was serum 25(OH)D status in the first trimester.

Results: 83 cases of preeclampsia were matched with 319 controls. Mean 25(OH)D levels in the first trimester were 20.1 ± 9.3 ng/mL in cases and 22.3 ± 11.1 ng/mL in controls (p = 0.09). The risk for preeclampsia with 25(OH)D level ≥30 ng/mL in the first trimester was decreased, but did not achieve statistical significance (OR, 0.57; 95% CI, 0.30-1.01; p = 0.09). High 25(OH)D during the 3rd trimester was associated with a significantly decreased risk of preeclampsia (OR, 0.43; 95%CI, 0.23-0.80; p = 0.008). When women with 25(OH)D levels <30 ng/mL both in the first and 3rd trimesters ("low-low") were taken as references, OR for preeclampsia was 0.59 (95% CI, 0.31-1.14; p = 0.12) for "low-high" or "high-low" women and 0.34 (95% CI, 0.13-0.86; p = 0.02) for "high-high" women.

Conclusions: No significant association between preeclampsia and vitamin D insufficiency in the first trimester was evidenced. However, women with vitamin D sufficiency during the 3rd trimester and both in the first and 3rd trimesters had a significantly lower risk of preeclampsia.
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February 2020

Glibenclamide oral suspension: Suitable and effective in patients with neonatal diabetes.

Pediatr Diabetes 2019 05 21;20(3):246-254. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

Pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, Necker Enfants Malades Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France.

Background: Results of genetic have led to off-label glibenclamide treatment in patients with neonatal diabetes (NDM) because of potassium channel mutations. No pediatric form of glibenclamide was available. Glibenclamide was designated an orphan drug designation for NDM and a suspension was developed. As a part of the pediatric plan investigation, we assessed its acceptability, efficiency, and safety.

Methods: In this Phase II, prospective, non-randomized, single-center study, patient received glibenclamide tablets for 1 month then the suspension for 3 months. We assessed acceptability using hedonic scales and patient questionnaires, effectiveness using glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) assays and safety based on hypo and hyperglycemia, and other adverse events.

Results: We included 10 patients (0.1-16.2 years, 6 < 5 years) were included. Younger patients preferred the suspension and older the tablets. All parents were satisfied with the ease of suspension administration. The parents of 5 of 6 younger children preferred the suspension over the tablets and kept it. Switching from tablets to suspension did not affect the excellent metabolic control (median HbA1c change, -0.40%, [-1.3% to 0.5%] P = 0.08). Median frequencies of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia were less than 5% of routine blood glucose assays and were similar with both dosage forms. Two patients each experienced one episode of hypoglycemia below 35 mg/dL highlighting the need for dosage titration when switching from tablets to suspension. Transient and non-severe abdominal pain or diarrhea occurred in three patients. None of the patients discontinued the treatment.

Conclusion: The glibenclamide oral suspension Amglidia, the first anti-diabetic drug specifically developed for pediatric patients, is acceptable, effective, and safe in patients with NDM (NCT02375828).

Clinical Trial Registration: Glibentek in Patients with Neonatal Diabetes Secondary to Mutations in K + -ATP Channels,, NCT02375828,
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May 2019

Sedative-hypnotic initiation and renewal at discharge in hospitalized older patients: an observational study.

BMC Geriatr 2018 11 14;18(1):278. Epub 2018 Nov 14.

Sorbonne Université, INSERM, Institut Pierre Louis d'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique, IPLESP UMR-S1136, F-75012, Paris, France.

Background: Sedative-hypnotics (SHs) are widely used in France but there are no available data addressing their prescription specifically in hospitalized older patients. The objective is thus to determine the cumulative incidence of sedative-hypnotic (SH) medications initialized during a hospital stay of older patients, the proportion of SH renewal at discharge among these patients and to study associated risk factors.

Methods: We conducted a retrospective observational study in six internal medicine units and six acute geriatric units in eight hospitals (France). We included 1194 inpatients aged 65 and older without SH medications prior to hospitalization. Data were obtained from patients' electronic pharmaceutical records. Primary outcome was the cumulative incidence of SH initiation in the study units. Secondary outcomes were the proportion of SH renewal at discharge and risk factors for SH initiation and renewal at discharge (patient characteristics, hospital organization). A Cox regression model was used to study risk factors for SH initiation. A mixed effects logistic regression was used to study risk factors for SH renewal at discharge.

Results: SH initiation occurred in 21.5% of participants 20 days after admission. SH renewal at discharge occurred in 38.7% of patients who had initiated it during their stay and were discharged home and in 56.0% of patients discharged to rehabilitation facilities. Neither patients' characteristics nor hospital organization patterns was associated with SH initiation. SH initiation after the first six days after admission was associated with a lower risk of SH renewal in patients discharged to rehabilitation facilities (OR = 0.19, 95% CI: [0.04-0.80]).

Conclusions: Hospitalization is a period at risk for SH initiation. The implementation of interventions promoting good use of SHs is thus of first importance in hospitals. Specific attention should be paid to patients discharged to rehabilitation facilities.
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November 2018

Prenatal education of overweight or obese pregnant women to prevent childhood overweight (the ETOIG study): an open-label, randomized controlled trial.

Int J Obes (Lond) 2019 02 21;43(2):362-373. Epub 2018 Sep 21.

AP-HP, CRNH-IdF, CINFO, COMUE Sorbonne-Paris-Cité, Department of Endocrinology-Diabetology-Nutrition, Jean Verdier Hospital, Bondy, France.

Background: We aimed to evaluate whether pre and perinatal education of pregnant women would reduce childhood overweight.

Methods: Four French centers included women at ≤21 gestational weeks (GWs) with body mass index (BMI) >25 kg/m before pregnancy. Patients were randomized to a control group (routine care including at least one dietary visit) or an intervention group (2 individuals (26 and 30 GW) and 4 group sessions (21, 28, 35 GW, 2 months postpartum)) aimed at educating the future mother regarding infant and maternal nutrition. The primary objective was to reduce post-natal excessive weight gain in the infant from birth to 2 years (NCT00804765). This project was funded by a grant from the National Programme for Hospital Research (PHRC-2007 French Ministry of Health).

Results: We included 275 women (BMI: 32.5 kg/m). The rate of post-natal excessive weight gain was similar in the intervention (n = 132) and control (n = 136) groups by intention to treat (ITT: 59.1% vs 60.3% respectively, p = 0.84) in available data (AD, n = 206) and by per-protocol analysis (PP, n = 177). Two years after delivery, normalization of maternal BMI and number of infants with BMI < 19 kg/m were not significantly different in the interventional group in ITT and in the control group. Although not significantly different in ITT, normalization of maternal BMI was more frequent in AD (n = 149: 12.9% vs 3.8%, p = 0.04) and 2-year-old infant BMIs were less likely to be >19 kg/m in the intervention group in AD (n = 204: 0% vs 6.8%, p = 0.014) and PP (n = 176: 0% vs 6.4%, p = 0.03).

Conclusions: An education and nutritional counseling program for overweight women, starting after 3 months of gestation, did not significantly change post-natal excessive weight gain of infants or prevent overweight in mothers and children 2 years after delivery.
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February 2019

Vitamin D status during pregnancy and in cord blood in a large prospective French cohort.

Clin Nutr 2019 10 31;38(5):2136-2144. Epub 2018 Aug 31.

Fondation PremUp, Paris, France; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Antoine-Béclère Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Université Paris-Sud, Clamart, France.

Background & Aims: Vitamin D status during pregnancy and in newborns has never been studied in France. This study aims at determining the vitamin D status during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy (T1, T3) and in cord blood (CB) in the middle-north of France.

Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study in five French centers (latitude 47.22 to 48.86°N). Serum 25(OH)-vitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations were measured using a radioimmunoassay during T1, T3 and in CB. According to the French guidelines, pregnant women received cholecalciferol, 100,000 IU, in the seventh month.

Results: Between April 2012 and July 2014, 2832 women were included, of whom 2803 were analyzed (mean ± SD age: 31.5 ± 5.0 years; phototypes 5-6: 21.8%). Three and 88.6% of participants received supplementation during the month before inclusion and in the seventh month, respectively. At T1, T3, and CB, mean 25(OH)D concentrations were 21.9 ± 10.4, 31.8 ± 11.5, and 17.0 ± 7.2 ng/mL, respectively, and 25(OH)D was <20 ng/mL in 46.5%, 14.0%, and 68.5%, respectively. At T1, body mass index ≥25 kg/m, dark phototypes, sampling outside summer, and no supplementation before inclusion were independently associated with vitamin D insufficiency (25(OH)D < 20 ng/mL). Women who received cholecalciferol supplementation in month 7 had higher 25(OH)D at T3 than non-supplemented women (32.5 ± 11.4 versus 25.8 ± 11.4 ng/mL, p = <0.001) and marginally higher 25(OH)D in CB (17.2 ± 7.2 versus 15.5 ± 7.1 ng/mL, p = 0.004).

Conclusions: Despite the recommended supplementation, vitamin D insufficiency is frequent during pregnancy and in newborns in France.
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October 2019

Effect of Cell-Free DNA Screening vs Direct Invasive Diagnosis on Miscarriage Rates in Women With Pregnancies at High Risk of Trisomy 21: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

JAMA 2018 08;320(6):557-565

Paris Descartes University, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Institut Imagine, Paris, France.

Importance: Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) tests are increasingly being offered to women in the first trimester of pregnancies at a high risk of trisomy 21 to decrease the number of required invasive fetal karyotyping procedures and their associated miscarriages. The effect of this strategy has not been evaluated.

Objective: To compare the rates of miscarriage following invasive procedures only in the case of positive cfDNA test results vs immediate invasive testing procedures (amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling) in women with pregnancies at high risk of trisomy 21 as identified by first-trimester combined screening.

Design, Setting, And Participants: Randomized clinical trial conducted from April 8, 2014, to April 7, 2016, in 57 centers in France among 2111 women with pregnancies with a risk of trisomy 21 between 1 in 5 and 1 in 250 following combined first-trimester screening.

Interventions: Patients were randomized to receive either cfDNA testing followed by invasive testing procedures only when cfDNA tests results were positive (n = 1034) or to receive immediate invasive testing procedures (n = 1017). The cfDNA testing was performed using an in-house validated method based on next-generation sequencing.

Main Outcomes And Measures: The primary outcome was number of miscarriages before 24 weeks' gestation. Secondary outcomes included cfDNA testing detection rate for trisomy 21. The primary outcome underwent 1-sided testing; secondary outcomes underwent 2-sided testing.

Results: Among 2051 women who were randomized and analyzed (mean age, 36.3 [SD, 5.0] years), 1997 (97.4%) completed the trial. The miscarriage rate was not significantly different between groups at 8 (0.8%) vs 8 (0.8%), for a risk difference of -0.03% (1-sided 95% CI, -0.68% to ∞; P = .47). The cfDNA detection rate for trisomy 21 was 100% (95% CI, 87.2%-100%).

Conclusions And Relevance: Among women with pregnancies at high risk of trisomy 21, offering cfDNA screening, followed by invasive testing if cfDNA test results were positive, compared with invasive testing procedures alone, did not result in a significant reduction in miscarriage before 24 weeks. The study may have been underpowered to detect clinically important differences in miscarriage rates.

Trial Registration: Identifier: NCT02127515.
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August 2018

Surgery is not superior to dilation for the management of vaginal agenesis in Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome: a multicenter comparative observational study in 131 patients.

Am J Obstet Gynecol 2018 09 21;219(3):281.e1-281.e9. Epub 2018 Jul 21.

Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Gynecology, and Diabetology, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Necker, Paris, France; Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France.

Background: Vaginal agenesis in Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome can be managed either by various surgeries or dilation. The choice still depends on surgeon's preferences rather than on quality comparative studies and validated protocols.

Objective: We sought to compare dilation and surgical management of vaginal agenesis in Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, in terms of quality of life, anatomical results, and complications in a large multicenter population.

Study Design: Our multicenter study included 131 patients >18 years, at least 1 year after completing vaginal agenesis management. All had an independent gynecological evaluation including a standardized pelvic exam, and completed the World Health Organization Quality of Life instrument (general quality of life) as well as the Female Sexual Function Index and Female Sexual Distress Scale-Revised (sexual quality of life) scales. Groups were: surgery (N = 84), dilation therapy (N = 26), and intercourse (N = 20). One patient was secondarily excluded because of incomplete surgical data. For statistics, data were compared using analysis of variance, Student, Kruskal-Wallis, Wilcoxon, and Student exact test.

Results: Mean age was 26.5 ± 5.5 years at inclusion. In all groups, World Health Organization Quality of Life scores were not different between patients and the general population except for lower psychosocial health and social relationship scores (which were not different between groups). Global Female Sexual Function Index scores were significantly lower in the surgery and dilation therapy groups (median 26 range [2.8-34.8] and 24.7 [2.6-34.4], respectively) than the intercourse group (30.2 [7.8-34.8], P = .044), which had a higher score only in the satisfaction dimension (P = .004). However, the scores in the other dimensions of Female Sexual Function Index were not different between groups. The Female Sexual Distress Scale-Revised median scores were, respectively, 17 [0-52], 20 [0-47], and 10 [10-40] in the surgery, dilation therapy, and intercourse groups (P = .38), with sexual distress in 71% of patients. Median vaginal depth was shorter in dilatation therapy group (9.6 cm [5.5-12]) compared to surgery group (11 cm [6-15]) and intercourse group (11 cm [6-12.5]) (P = .039), but remained within normal ranges. One bias in the surgery group was the high number of sigmoid vaginoplasties (57/84, 68%), but no differences were observed between surgeries. Only 4 patients achieved vaginas <6.5 cm. Delay between management and first intercourse was 6 months (not significant). Seventy patients (53%) had dyspareunia (not significant), and 17 patients all from the surgery group had an abnormal pelvic exam. In the surgery group, 34 patients (40.5%) had complications, requiring 20 secondary surgeries in 17 patients, and 35 (42%) needed postoperative dilation. In the dilation therapy group, 13 (50%) needed maintenance dilation.

Conclusion: Surgery is not superior to therapeutic or intercourse dilation, bears complications, and should therefore be only a second-line treatment. Psychological counseling is mandatory at diagnosis and during therapeutic management.
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September 2018

ADJUVITE: a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of adalimumab in early onset, chronic, juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated anterior uveitis.

Ann Rheum Dis 2018 07 23;77(7):1003-1011. Epub 2017 Dec 23.

Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris, France.

Objectives: To assess the efficacy and safety of adalimumab on uveitis in patients with early onset, chronic, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)-associated or idiopathic anterior uveitis and an inadequate response to topical steroids and methotrexate (MTX).

Methods: Patients aged 4 years or more with ocular inflammation quantified by laser flare photometry (LFP) ≥30 photon units/ms were double-blindly randomised (1:1) to 2 groups, one treated with placebo and one with adalimumab subcutaneously at a dose of 24 mg/m in patients aged <13 years, 40 mg in the others, every other week. The primary outcome was response at month 2 (M2) defined as a 30% reduction of inflammation on LFP in the assessable eye with more severe baseline inflammation and no worsening on slit lamp examination. From M2 to M12, all patients received adalimumab.

Results: At M2, among 31 patients included in intention-to-treat analysis, there were 9/16 responders on adalimumab and 3/15 on placebo (P=0.038, Χ test; relative risk=2.81, 95% CI 0.94 to 8.45; risk difference: 36.3%, 95% CI 2.1 to 60.6); there was no significant difference using the Standardised Uveitis Nomenclature classification criteria of improvement. Thirty patients continued the trial after M2 and received adalimumab (open-label phase), 29 reached M12. There were seven serious adverse events none related to study treatment.

Conclusions: This trial is in favour of using adalimumab in patients with early onset, chronic anterior uveitis, which is in most cases associated with JIA, in case of inadequate response to topical therapy and MTX. LFP could be a valuable tool to assess early treatment efficacy.

Trial Registration Number: NCT01385826.
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July 2018

Impact of transition on quality of life in patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia diagnosed during childhood.

Endocr Connect 2017 10 9;6(7):422-429. Epub 2017 Aug 9.

P Touraine, Endocrinology and reproductive medicine, Hopitaux Universitaires Pitie Salpetriere-Charles Foix, Paris, France.

Background: Health-related quality of life (QoL) in adult patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) has been variously reported. However, there is no study evaluating the impact of transition on quality of life.

Methods: Adult patients with classic or non-classic CAH diagnosed during childhood CAH, born between 1970 and 1990, were recruited from the registers of Pediatric departments belonging to the French reference center for endocrine rare disease. Primary end point was the quality of life (WHOQoL -BREF).

Results: Seventy three patients were included in the study, among them 59/73 (81%) were transferred to adult endocrinologist by their pediatricians for transition. WHOQoL -BREF scores were similar between patients with or without transition to specialist adult services, except for environment dimension score, which was slightly higher in CAH patients without transition. However, CAH patients with a regular follow-up had a better physical health, psychological health and environment score and item global quality of life than the group without regular follow-up after transition.

Conclusion: Regular medical follow-up in adulthood is associated with the transition between pediatric and adult care and with better QoL in adults with CAH.
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October 2017

Cardiac iron overload in chronically transfused patients with thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, or myelodysplastic syndrome.

PLoS One 2017 3;12(3):e0172147. Epub 2017 Mar 3.

Hématologie clinique, Hôpital Saint Vincent de Paul, Université Catholique de Lille, Lille, France.

The risk and clinical significance of cardiac iron overload due to chronic transfusion varies with the underlying disease. Cardiac iron overload shortens the life expectancy of patients with thalassemia, whereas its effect is unclear in those with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). In patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA), iron does not seem to deposit quickly in the heart. Our primary objective was to assess through a multicentric study the prevalence of cardiac iron overload, defined as a cardiovascular magnetic resonance T2*<20 ms, in patients with thalassemia, SCA, or MDS. Patient inclusion criteria were an accurate record of erythrocyte concentrates (ECs) received, a transfusion history >8 ECs in the past year, and age older than 6 years. We included from 9 centers 20 patients with thalassemia, 41 with SCA, and 25 with MDS in 2012-2014. Erythrocytapharesis did not consistently prevent iron overload in patients with SCA. Cardiac iron overload was found in 3 (15%) patients with thalassemia, none with SCA, and 4 (16%) with MDS. The liver iron content (LIC) ranged from 10.4 to 15.2 mg/g dry weight, with no significant differences across groups (P = 0.29). Abnormal T2* was not significantly associated with any of the measures of transfusion or chelation. Ferritin levels showed a strong association with LIC. Non-transferrin-bound iron was high in the thalassemia and MDS groups but low in the SCA group (P<0.001). Hepcidin was low in thalassemia, normal in SCA, and markedly elevated in MDS (P<0.001). Two mechanisms may explain that iron deposition largely spares the heart in SCA: the high level of erythropoiesis recycles the iron and the chronic inflammation retains iron within the macrophages. Thalassemia, in contrast, is characterized by inefficient erythropoiesis, unable to handle free iron. Iron accumulation varies widely in MDS syndromes due to the competing influences of abnormal erythropoiesis, excess iron supply, and inflammation.
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August 2017

Preoperative risk factors for intra-operative bleeding in pediatric liver transplantation.

Pediatr Transplant 2016 Dec 29;20(8):1065-1071. Epub 2016 Sep 29.

Pediatric surgery unit, Hôpital Necker enfants malades, Paris, France.

This study analyzes the preoperative risk factors for intra-operative bleeding in our recent series of pediatric LTs. Between November 2009 and November 2014, 84 consecutive isolated pediatric LTs were performed in 81 children. Potential preoperative predictive factors for bleeding, amount of intra-operative transfusions, postoperative course, and outcome were recorded. Cutoff point for intra-operative HBL was defined as intra-operative RBC transfusions ≥1 TBV. Twenty-six patients (31%) had intra-operative HBL. One-year patient survival after LT was 66.7% (CI 95%=[50.2-88.5]) in HBL patients and 83.8% (CI 95%=[74.6-94.1]) in the others (P=.054). Among 13 potential preoperative risk factors, three of them were identified as independent predictors of high intra-operative bleeding: abdominal surgical procedure(s) prior to LT, factor V level ≤30% before transplantation, and ex situ parenchymal transsection of the liver graft. Based on these findings, we propose a simple score to predict the individual hemorrhagic risk related to each patient and graft association. This score may help to better anticipate intra-operative bleeding and improve patient's management.
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December 2016

Genotype-Phenotype Relationship in Patients and Relatives with SHOX Region Anomalies in the French Population.

Horm Res Paediatr 2016 28;86(5):309-318. Epub 2016 Sep 28.

Department of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, Brabois Hospital, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France.

Background: The aim of our study was to describe a large population with anomalies involving the SHOX region, responsible for idiopathic short stature and Léri-Weill dyschondrosteosis (LWD), and to identify a possible genotype/phenotype correlation.

Methods: We performed a retrospective multicenter study on French subjects with a SHOX region anomaly diagnosed by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification or Sanger sequencing. Phenotypes were collected in each of the 7 genetic laboratories practicing this technique for SHOX analysis.

Results: Among 205 index cases and 100 related cases, 91.3% had LWD. For index cases, median age at evaluation was 11.7 (9.0; 15.9) years and mean height standard deviation score was -2.3 ± 1.1. A deletion of either SHOX or PAR1 or both was found in 74% of patients. Duplications and point mutations/indels affected 8 and 18% of the population, respectively. Genotype-phenotype correlation showed that deletions were more frequently associated with Madelung deformity and mesomelic shortening in girls, as well as with presence of radiologic anomalies, than duplications.

Conclusions: Our results highlight genotype-phenotype relationships in the French population with a SHOX defect and provide new information showing that clinical expression is milder in cases of duplication compared to deletions.
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Description and Contribution of Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Nontraumatic Critically Ill Children.

J Child Neurol 2016 12 2;31(14):1584-1590. Epub 2016 Sep 2.

Service de Réanimation et de Surveillance continue médico-chirurgicales Pédiatriques, Hôpital Necker, Assistance Publique-des Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France.

Background: The authors aimed to collect all brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed in critically ill children in the authors' medical pediatric intensive care unit over a 2-year period (2012-2013) to (1) describe the findings and (2) assess its contribution on practical patient care.

Methods: This is a single-center and retrospective study. All children without traumatic brain injury who underwent a brain MRI during pediatric intensive care unit stays were included. To assess the exam's contribution, the patient's medical condition at the time of the MRI exam was blindly and separately exposed to a pediatric neurologist and a pediatric intensivist.

Results: During the study period, 87 patients (7.5%) underwent a brain MRI. Median age was 4 months and 13 children (14.9%) died in pediatric intensive care unit. The most common final diagnosis was postanoxic encephalopathy. Brain MRI was abnormal in 68 patients (78.2%). No serious adverse event occurred during the transport. The neurologist and the intensivist considered brain MRI as indicated during pediatric intensive care unit stay in 65 (74.7%) and 68 patients (78.2%). They deemed that brain MRI had a diagnostic contribution in 76 (87.4%) and 60 (69.0%) patients, respectively. A therapeutic change consecutive to MRI findings occurred in 19 patients (21.8%) and MRI results were associated with a decision to withdraw life-sustaining treatment in 21 patients (24.1%).

Conclusion: Brain MRI is one component of neuromonitoring, and this study suggests a substantial diagnostic contribution, although its therapeutic impact appears limited to specific diagnoses.
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