Browsing by Subject "ENTERAL AUTONOMY"

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  • Wester, Tomas; Lilja, Helene Engstrand; Stenstrom, Pernilla; Pakarinen, Mikko (2017)
    Background. Serial transverse enteroplasty facilitates weaning from parenteral support in selected patients with short bowel syndrome, although repeated procedure is frequently required. Our aim was to evaluate the outcome of a series of patients after serial transverse enteroplasty and define predictors of repeated serial transverse enteroplasty and weaning off parenteral support. Methods. All children who underwent serial transverse enteroplasty at 4 Nordic pediatric surgery centers from 2004-2015 were included in this observational study. Data were collected from the patient records. The study was approved by the local ethics review boards. Results. Twenty-seven children with short bowel with initial median small bowel length of 26 cm (range, 10-100 cm) were included. Eleven patients had the ileocecal valve remaining. Serial transverse enteroplasty was performed at median age of 7.5 months (range, 0.9-224 months). Serial transverse enteroplasty made the small bowel 46% (0-233%) longer. Eleven patients (41 %) underwent a repeated serial transverse enteroplasty 12 months (1.0-72 months) later; 7 patients required additional operative procedures, but none were transplanted. At follow-up, 45.1 months (1.8-126 months) after the first serial transverse enteroplasty, 11 (41 %) patients needed parenteral support. The remaining 16 patients had been weaned off parenteral support. One patient had died. Absence of the ileocecal valve was the only factor, which predicted the need for a repeated serial transverse enteroplasty (odds ratio 16.7, 95 % confidence interval, 1.7-164.8, P =.007). No factor was identified predicting need for parenteral support at follow-up. Conclusion. A majority of children with short bowel syndrome can be weaned from parenteral support after serial transverse enteroplasty. The absence of the ileocecal valve predicts the need for a repeated serial transverse enteroplasty, which was required by 40% of the patients.
  • Hukkinen, Maria; Kivisaari, Reetta; Koivusalo, Antti; Pakarinen, Mikko P. (2017)
    Background: In remains unclear why in some short bowel syndrome (SBS) patients, the remaining small bowel (SB) dilates excessively leading to requirement of tapering surgery. Methods: Among SBS children, we retrospectively analyzed risk factors for tapering surgery with logistic regression and compared the outcome of operated patients (n = 16) to those managed conservatively (n = 44) with Cox proportional hazards regression. Results: SBS was caused by necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) (n = 31), SB atresia (SBA) (n = 13), midgut volvulus (n = 12), or gastroschisis (n = 4). Patients with spontaneous symptomatic SB dilatation unable to wean parenteral nutrition (PN) underwent tapering surgery at median age of 1.04 (interquartile range 0.70-3.27) years. Missing ICV was related to an 8-fold (p = 0.003) increased risk while SBA diagnosis was related to a 13-fold risk of tapering surgery (p <0.001). Increasing SB length and NEC diagnosis were protective of tapering (p = 0.027-0.004). Of operated patients, 75% reached enteral autonomy during follow-up and their postoperative adjusted PN weaning rate was similar to nonoperated children (p = 0.842). Conclusion: SBS children with short remaining SB, missing ICV, and SBA etiology are more likely while NEC patients are less likely than others to necessitate tapering surgery. Postoperative PN weaning rates were comparable to patients who initially had more favorable intestinal anatomy and adapted without surgery. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Hukkinen, Maria; Kivisaari, Reetta; Merras-Salmio, Laura; Koivusalo, Antti; Pakarinen, Mikko P. (2017)
    Objective: To analyze risk factors and prognostic significance of small bowel (SB) dilatation in children with short bowel syndrome (SBS). Background: In SBS, the remaining SB may dilate as part of intestinal adaptation. The impact of dilatation on parenteral nutrition (PN) dependence and survival has not been studied systematically. Methods: SB diameter of SBS children (n = 61) was measured in contrast SB series (n = 169, median age 0.94, range 0.32-2.7 years) during 2002 to 2015, and expressed as millimeters (SB width) and as ratio to L5 vertebra height (SB diameter ratio). Linear regression was used to examine risk factors for dilatation. PN weaning and survival were analyzed with Cox proportional hazards regression. Results: Maximal SB diameter ratio during follow-up was predicted by PN dependence and SB atresia, while maximal absolute SB width by birth weight, age, PN duration, and remaining bowel length. Weaning off PN was 14-fold more likely in patients with maximal SB diameter ratio <2.00 compared with > 3.00 (P = 0.005), and 5.4-fold more likely when maximal SB width was <20mm compared with > 30mm (P = 0.023). After adjustment for age, remaining SB length, and the presence of ileocecal valve, both estimates of maximal SB dilatation remained significant independent predictors for weaning off PN. When all measurements were included, the cumulative survival was worse if SB diameter ratio exceeded 2.00 (P = 0.002-0.042). Conclusions: SB dilatation predicts prolonged PN duration and decreased survival in SBS children. Measurement of maximal SB diameter standardized to L5 vertebra height may be a valuable objective tool for patient follow-up and assessment of prognosis.