Publications by authors named "Merav Gil Margolis"

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Blood Cultures Drawn From Arterial Catheters Are Reliable for the Detection of Bloodstream Infection in Critically Ill Children.

Pediatr Crit Care Med 2018 05;19(5):e213-e218

Department of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, Petach Tikva, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Objectives: Arterial catheters may serve as an additional source for blood cultures in children when peripheral venipuncture is challenging. The aim of the study was to evaluate the accuracy of cultures obtained through indwelling arterial catheters for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections in critically ill pediatric patients.

Design: Observational and comparative.

Setting: General and cardiac ICUs of a tertiary, university-affiliated pediatric medical center.

Patients: The study group consisted of 138 patients admitted to the general or cardiac PICU in 2014-2015 who met the following criteria: presence of an indwelling arterial catheter and indication for blood culture.

Interventions: Blood was drawn by peripheral venipuncture and through the arterial catheter for each patient and sent for culture (total 276 culture pairs).

Measurements And Main Results: Two specialists blinded to the blood source evaluated each positive culture to determine if the result represented true bloodstream infection or contamination. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of the arterial catheter and peripheral cultures for the diagnosis of bloodstream infection were calculated. Of the 56 positive cultures, 41 (15% of total samples) were considered diagnostic of true bloodstream infection. In the other 15 (5%), the results were attributed to contamination. The rate of false-positive results was higher for arterial catheter than for peripheral venipuncture cultures (4% vs 1.5%) but did not lead to prolonged unnecessary antibiotic treatment. On statistical analysis, arterial catheter blood cultures had high sensitivity (85%) and specificity (95%) for the diagnosis of true bloodstream infection, with comparable performance to peripheral blood cultures.

Conclusion: Cultures of arterial catheter-drawn blood are reliable for the detection of bloodstream infection in PICUs.
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Harefuah 2018 Jan;157(1):52-57

Pediatrics A, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel.

Introduction: Bi-allelic mutations in the TRMU gene cause reversible infantile liver failure. Little is known about extra-hepatic manifestations in these patients.

Background: Two infants, aged 4 and 5 months, presented with progressive life threatening liver failure, characterized by lactic acidosis, highly elevated alpha-fetoprotein and recurrent hypoglycemia. Both showed significant extra-hepatic findings, including: hypothyroidism, macrocytic anemia and microcephaly. Both were of Jewish Yemenite descent and homozygous for Y77H mutation in the TRMU gene.

Conclusions: TRMU bi-allelic mutations cause severe life-threatening liver failure. Extra-hepatic involvement is common and should be evaluated. Spontaneous resolution and recovery occurs in most patients with a remarkably good long-term prognosis. Liver failure in a Jewish-Yemenite infant should prompt early genetic testing for TRMU Y77H mutation. Pediatricians should be aware of this disease and the common mutation in Israel.

Discussion: Nineteen additional patients were described in the literature, of whom 13 were from Israel; 6/19 (31%) manifested extra-hepatic involvement, namely: myopathic weakness, cardiomyopathy, renomegaly and proteinuria, bulbar dysfunction, cerebral white matter changes and abnormal growth including microcephaly. Mortality was 24% (5/21). Survivors (16/21, 76%) showed complete recovery and resolution of clinical, laboratory and histologic abnormalities. Most Israeli patients (10/15) were of Jewish-Yemenite ancestry. Homozygous Y77H genotype was exclusive to this patient subgroup and was associated with a 100% survival and recovery rate.
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January 2018