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Apoorva Kulkarni, Abhaya Gupta, Vishesh Dikshit, Paras Kothari, Geeta Kekre

 

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Round ligament varicosities are a rare disorder seen in gravid females and is often mistaken for complicated inguinal hernia. We present a very rare case of a 2 years old female child who presented with intractable pain in the right inguinal region, found to be a round ligament varicosity. Relief was achieved only after excision of the mass. A diagnostic laparoscopy was also done to confirm the presence of normal ovaries.

Keywords: varicosity, inguinal, child, round ligament

 

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Ramnik Patel, Isaac Philip

 

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We present a case of distal duodenal stenosis without a wind sock deformity in a Down’s syndrome presenting with non-bilious vomiting, constipation and bilious aspirates simulating Hirschsprung’s disease. Despite high index of suspicion and actively looking for associated congenital duodenal obstruction it eluded detection. The plain film and rectal biopsy in neonatal period were normal. It was the upper gastrointestinal study which helped in diagnosis. At exploration, distal duodenal stenosis without wind sock deformity was identified. Duodeno-jejunostomy was curative.

Keywords: duodenal stenosis, Down’s syndrome, duodeno-jejunostomy

 

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Junaid Ashraf, Rakesh Thakur, Ruth Hallows, Varadaraja Kalidasan

 

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We are reporting first case of duodenal atresia occurring in both members of premature low birth weight monochorionic diamniotic twins of same sex. The twins were born at 28 weeks of gestations with no dyspmorphic features and normal chromosomes. One of the twins had type II duodenal atresia in the second part of the duodenum along with meckel’s diverticulum which was also excised. The other presented with duodenal web at the junction of second and third part of duodenum. He also underwent an elective left sided inguinal hernia repair at five months of age. They underwent delayed repair at 3rd and 4th weeks of age respectively. Both babies had an uneventful postoperative course.

Keywords: duodenal atresia, duodenal web, monozygotic twins

 

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Mohamed Shoukry, Munther Haddad

 

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Aim of study: Literature review of complications in laparoscopic repair of complete rectal prolapse in children and reporting of unusual presentation of adhesive bowel obstruction.

Materials and method: We present the case of an 11-year-old healthy girl has been referred with persistent rectal prolapse. Patient underwent laparoscopic rectosigmoidopexy with mesh. Two months post-surgery, she presented with symptoms of bowel obstruction. Laparotomy findings confirmed 2-bands of adhesions adherent to mesh. Post-operative was uneventful. We also review published English language literatures.

Discussions: Six series adopted laparoscopic treatment for persistent rectal prolapse in childhood. Median age was 6.9 years. No intraoperative complications were reported. Postoperative complications were reported with no significant morbidity and mortality. We report first case with adhesive bowel obstruction post laparoscopic mesh repair.

Conclusion: Small number of trials reported role of laparoscopy in management of complete rectal prolapse becomes common and improving functional outcome. Surgical complications can still happen; however current practise doesn’t show significant morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: laparoscopic repair, rectal prolapse, children, complications.

 

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Kashif Chauhan, Gulwish Moghal, Myriam Guessoum, Nia Fraser, Manoj Shenoy

 

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Background:Traditional teaching states that if the base of a sacral dimple is visible, associated spinal cord abnormalities are unlikely. In our experience, we noted that in several patients this was not true. We therefore set out to evaluate the incidence of spinal cord abnormalities in a cohort of children with sacral dimple.

Objective: Our objective was to determine the frequency of spinal cord abnormalities detected on whole-spine MRI in children with pure sacral dimple (cutaneous dimple without associated local pigmentation or hairy patch). The frequency of neurosurgical intervention in those with a spinal cord malformation was also calculated.

Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients under the age of 16 years with clinically confirmed pure sacral dimple, who had undergone spinal MRI between 2005 and 2016. Patients with coccygeal pits were excluded from the study. We analyzed the MRI findings, calculated the incidence of cord abnormalities, and proportion of those who subsequently underwent neurosurgical procedures, such as spinal cord untethering. Other associated abnormalities were documented.

Results: During the 11-year study period, 33 patients (19 boys) with confirmed sacral dimple and whole-spine MRI were identified. The median age at the time of MRI was 21 months (range 2 months to 13 years). Eleven patients (33.3%) had abnormal cord detected on the MRI. Out of them, 4 had tethered cord, 2 had low lying cord (L2/3 level). Five had lesions related to the filum terminale (dermoid, cyst, lipoma). Of the four patients with tethered spinal cord, 2 had untethering procedures, 2 so far have been managed conservatively. Of the 7 patients with other cord abnormalities, 1 had excision of sacral dermoid. Nine of the 33 patients (27%) had other congenital anomalies, including 5 with syndromes.

Conclusion: In our experience, the incidence of spinal cord abnormalities in children with pure sacral dimple was 33.3%, some of which required surgery. Other congenital abnormalities were common. We recommend whole spinel MRI and a careful search for other congenital abnormalities.

Keywords: sacral dimples, spinal cord malformations, coccygeal pits, tethered spinal cord.

 

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Prisca Radu-Alexandru, Toth Tamas, Gozar Horea

 

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Introduction: Fingertip injuries are the most common injuries in pediatric hand trauma. The goal in fingertip amputation reconstruction is to cover the defect, establish maximum tactile gnosis, and protect the joint function and none the less to obtain a satisfactory cosmetic appearance. The plane of the amputation and the condition of the tissue at the injury site help to determine the best repair technique.

Materials and Methods: Thirty pediatric patients underwent fingertip reconstruction using the V-Y advancement flap and cross finger flap techniques at the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Târgu Mureş between January 2015 and December 2016. The used technique was chosen according to the nature of the injury, the size and condition of the defect, the affected fingertip, the plane and the zone of the traumatism. During the follow up visit the two point discrimination test was determined. The parents compared the cosmetic results with the contralateral fingertip and they rated it on a 1-10 scale.

Results: Cross finger flap was used in 14 cases and V-Y advancement flap in 16 cases. We corrected with cross finger flap technique 14 volar and 1 dorsal fingertip injuries. The operation average time was 83.21 minutes. The cosmetic outcome in this group was 8.28. Mostly dorsal (n=9) and transverse (n=7) injuries were corrected by V-Y advancement flap. The surgery to cover the deficiency took 36.56 minutes. A better cosmetic result was found in this group, the average rate was 9.37. There was a significant correlation between the plane of the traumatism and the cosmetic outcome of the operation. The best outcomes were found in transverse injuries. The quicker hospital presentation showed the better cosmetic outcomes at the 0.01 significance level.

Conclusion: The V-Y advancement flap can be used with a high liability in dorsal and transverse injuries. Cross finger flap is used more often in volar traumatism. We cannot apply an algorithm for the elective approach.

Keywords: V-Y advancement flap, cross finger flap, hand trauma

 

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Soumyodhriti Ghosh, Ramendra Shukla, Vikram Singh Mujalde, Mushahid Ali , Sunil Mehra , Ayush Kumar , Arun Kumar Gupta, Vinita Chaturvedi


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Purpose: Pediatric patients represent nearly 10 percent of all trauma admissions in major trauma centers. The study attempts to study the different patterns of demography in patients suffering from trauma to the abdomen in a tertiary care hospital in a developing nation.

Methods: The study was done in a tertiary care center over a duration of one year. The study was retrospective based on hospital records of the patients. The demographic parameters were studied and compared to available literature.

Results: A total of 288 cases of blunt trauma to the abdomen were recorded in one year. The demographic trends with respect to the etiology, organ injured, management protocol and mortalities were comparable to standard literature.

Conclusion: Pediatric trauma is a neglected topic in developing nations due to absence of infrastructure and trained personnel. The high incidence illustrates the need to have proper training programs and education in this stream.

Keywords: pediatric, blunt trauma, abdomen, conservative, surgical exploration.

 

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Ahmed H. Al-Salem, Hilal Matta

 

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Aim: Congenital paraesophageal (CPH) is rare in infants and children. It can unusually be large with herniation of most of the stomach which can lead to intrathoracic gastric volvulus. This report describes our experience with infants and children with large CPH.

Patients and Methods: Twelve infants and children with large CPH, three of them presented with intrathoracic gastric volvulus were evaluated. Their medical records were reviewed for age at diagnosis, sex, clinical features, diagnosis and management. Results: Between 1992 and 2012, twelve infants and children with large CPH were treated. There were 7 males and 5 females. Their age at diagnosis ranged from 2 days to 2.5 years (mean 16.3 months). Two presented acutely, immediately after birth with respiratory distress secondary to a large CPH. One of them had intrathoracic gastric volvulus. Four presented with recurrent chest infection and failure to thrive while the remaining three had repeated attacks of vomiting. Another patient was a case of repaired esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. He presented at the age of 2.5 years with recurrent attacks of cough and vomiting for one-year duration and was found to have a large paraesophageal hernia. Two patients were sisters and both of them presented with recurrent chest infection and failure to thrive. At the time of presentation, both had large CPH with intrathoracic gastric volvulus.

Conclusions: CPH is rare in the pediatric age group and sometimes it is unusually large with herniation of most of the stomach which may result in intrathoracic gastric volvulus. Awareness of this and early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid subsequent morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: paraesophageal hernia, infants and children, familial, fundoplication

 

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In Memoriam - Dr Jay Grosfeld

Horea Gozar

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Page 

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Large Congenital Paraesophageal Hernia and the Risk of Intrathoracic Gastric Volvulus

Ahmed H. Al-Salem, Hilal Matta

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma- Demography in a Tertiary Care Set Up of a Developing Nation

Soumyodhriti Ghosh, Ramendra Shukla, Vikram Singh Mujalde, Mushahid Ali , Sunil Mehra , Ayush Kumar , Arun Kumar Gupta, Vinita Chaturvedi

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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V – Y Advancement Flap Versus Cross Finger Flap in Pediatric Hand Trauma

G Prisca Radu-Alexandru, Toth Tamas, Gozar Horea

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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Relationship Between Sacral Dimples and Spinal Cord Malformations in Children

Kashif Chauhan, Gulwish Moghal, Myriam Guessoum, Nia Fraser, Manoj Shenoy

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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Complications in Laparoscopic Repair of Rectal Prolapse in Children. Case Report and Review of literature

Mohamed Shoukry, Munther Haddad

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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Isolated Duodenal Pathology in Monochorionic Diamniotic Twins Involving Same Sex

Junaid Ashraf, Rakesh Thakur, Ruth Hallows, Varadaraja Kalidasan

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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Distal duodenal stenosis in Down’s syndrome - a rare challenge

Ramnik Patel, Isaac Philip

2017 | Volume 11 | No. 1 |  Pages 

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Round ligament varicosity in a child: A rare case

Apoorva Kulkarni, Abhaya Gupta, Vishesh Dikshit, Paras Kothari, Geeta Kekre

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Junaid Ashraf, Anna Radford

Department of Paediatric Urology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, United Kingdom

 

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Junaid Ashraf

Department of Paediatric Urology

Leeds General Infirmary

Leeds, LS1, 3EX, United Kingdom

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AimThe aim of this article to give a concise summary of the assessment and management of neuropathic bladders as per the current literature in the paediatric age group.

Keywords: neuropathic bladder, assessment, investigation, conservative treatment, surgical management

 

Introduction

Normally a bladder should be able to fill to a certain capacity as per age while maintaining low bladder pressures, a sensation to void when bladder is full and stay under voluntary control and ultimately empty at the end of voiding without significant residual urine volumes [1]. Neuropathic bladder is a dysfunction of urinary bladder due to disease of central or peripheral nervous system in control of micturition [1]. Neuropathic bladder in children is almost always due to spinal cord anomalies both congenital and acquired [1] . The most common cause of bladder dysfunction in children is the abnormal development of spinal canal and spinal cord termed neural tube defects (NTD) [1]. Aims of management should be directed towards preserving renal function, preventing progressive bladder damage and decreasing the frequency and impact of urinary tract infections [22]. By taking a holistic approach it can also be possible to optimize continence and associated social issues.

Aetiology

Neuropathic bladder dysfunction may complicate a variety of neurological conditions (Table 1). The aetiology of congenital abnormalities, such as spina bifida and related NTD is still debated but genetic and environmental factors appear to play a major pathophysiological role. Multiple physical factors are implicated include; irradiation [2] , hyperthermia [3], drugs including thalidomide, folate antagonists, anti-epileptics like valproate and carbamazepine [4], hypervitaminosis A, substance abuse like alcohol, chemical agents e.g., organic mercury, lead [5]. Certain maternal infections like rubella [6], cytomegalovirus [7] as well as maternal metabolic conditions including gestational diabetes mellitus with obesity [8]. The most well known cause being nutritional particularly folate deficiency, possibly due to polymorphisms in folate metabolising enzymes and enhanced likelihood of meiotic non disjunction, particulary in trisomy 21 [9]. Dietary supplementation with folic acid in the peri conceptual period can reduce the incidence of NTD by approximately 50% [10].

Table 1:  Causes of Neuropathic bladder in childhood

CONGENITAL

ACQUIRED

1.

Myelomeningocele

1.

Trauma to Spinal Cord

2.

Spinal bifida Occulta (lumbosacral lipoma,intraspinal cysts, tethered cord, Diastematomyelia)

2.

Vascular - Ischaemia and Thrombosis of Spinal Cord (due to prematurity, cardiac/aortic surgery)

3.

Sacral anomalies and Caudal Regression

3.

Tumors (Sacrococcygeal teratoma, Neuroblastoma, bladder and prostate Rhabdomyosarcoma)

4.

Transverse Myelitis

5.

Functional-Non-neurogenic Neuropathic bladder (Hinman-Allen Syndrome), Disturbed voiding patterns, toilet phobias or refusal, Idiopathic

Epidemiology

The incidence of spina bifida is 2-3/1000 live births [10] . There is female predominance which is more marked in anencephaly. There is also geographical variation with increased incidence in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and decreased incidence in Japan. Similarly the incidence in African Americans is 0.1-0.4 per 1000 births vs. 1 in 1000 live births in while population. A family with one child with NTD has a 2-5% chance of each subsequent sibling suffering from same condition [10].

Pathophysiology

The aim of treatment of neuropathic bladder is to try as much as possible to replicate normal bladder functions including (a) filling and storage of urine at a low bladder pressure (b) maximum emptying of bladder to reduce urine stasis related problems particularly infection and (c) voiding/emptying of bladder at regular intervals.

Classification of Neuropathic bladder:

Bladder dysfunction can be classified very simply in relation to its normal function and to the function of the sphincteric complex [14].

A. Failure to Store Urine: a) Detrusor: Poor compliance, involuntary contractions, small capacity bladder and sensory abnormalities. b) Inadequate bladder outlet resistance: Physiological, anatomical or psychological.

B. Failure to empty voluntarily and completely: a) Weak Detrusor: neurogenic, myogenic, psychological and Idiopathic. b) Increased Bladder outlet resistance: Neurogenic, anatomical, physiological (sphincter dyssynergia),psychological.

Patterns of Neuropathic Bladder:

There are three basic patterns of neuropathic bladders seen by urodynamic evaluation [1].

1. Contractile bladder / Supra sacral Cord Lesions: The innervations of the detrusor and external urethral sphincter are intact and conus reflexes are positive. Voiding occurs by detrusor hyperreflexia almost always associated with detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia. This is also called dynamic sphincteric obstruction. Intravesical pressures are invariably high and may lead to secondary upper renal tract complications

2. Acontractile bladder /Sacral Cord Lesions: The innervations of both detrusor and external sphincter is destroyed, conus reflexes are absent along with negative Detrusor contractility but some degree of sphincteric incompetence is always present. Voiding occurs either by overflow dribbling or by raising intra-abdominal pressure. There is a fixed urethral resistance of varying severity in different patients but constant in any individual patient. Degree of detrusor non-compliance is common.

3. Intermediate bladder Dysfunction: This bladder comprises of a combination of anomalies including various degrees of detrusor non-compliance, detrusor hyper reflexia and sphincteric incontinence. In NTD, the patterns of bladder dysfunction are 25% contractile, 15% acontractile and 60% intermediate [4].

Secondary upper renal tract complications

Around 20% of children with NTD are affected by upper renal tract complications by 2 years of age [4]. Approximately 50% of boys are at risk of upper tract complications by puberty. Risk in girls is slightly less than that.

Factors responsible for these complications include urine Infection which is extremely common mostly resulting from bladder dysfunction [15]. Vesicoureteric reflux (VUR) will affect 40% of children with neuropathic bladder, by the age of five [16]. VUR could be primary or more often secondary in which case the treatment is aimed to correct the underlying bladder abnormal function.

Neuropathic bladders and non neuropathic neuropathic bladders can either be seen as “safe”, whereby the pressure experienced within them is low, usually due to an ineffective sphincter, resulting in 60% of adolescents being incontinent [16] or “at risk”. In the latter group bladder outflow obstruction either in the form of detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia or static sphincteric obstruction is associated with increased intra vesical pressure. In an attempt to compensate for this the bladder will distend, lose compliance, be at risk of infection, become scarred and form diverticuli in order to increase capacity and thereby reduce pressure. When these countermeasures fail the system the detrusor becomes overactive and there is loss of compliance placing the upper tracts at risk of damage. The resulting pathology is known as end stage bladder disease.

As previously mentioned a number of diseases of the urinary bladder culminated in end stage bladder disease characterised by small contracted bladders that create high pressure systems with consequences for kidney function [17]. These conditions, have a poorly defined pathological pathway. Urothelium cells isolated from neuropathic bladders have been shown to have a compromised proliferative and differentiated phenotype in vitro [18], but as the urothelium is not implicated in the primary pathogenesis the reasons for this are unknown.

Patient Assessment

History

Detailed history is invaluable in workup of these patients and should include antenatal history and complications, birth and development [19]. It is important to establish both day and night time voiding symptoms which can be divided into: a) Storage symptoms including urgency, urge incontinence, frequency and dysuria. b) Obstructive symptoms including urinary retention, hesitancy, staccato voiding (starting and starting), straining to void and feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.

Examination

Physical examination should include examination of abdomen (palpable faeces/bladder), back (hair tuft, nevus, dimple over lumbosacral spine, asymmetrical gluteal crease), genitalia and lower extremities (reflexes, muscles mass, strength, gait, perineal sensation, tone, gross and fine movement) [19]. Neurological assessment is done to demonstrate presence or absence of conus reflexes and existence of any sacral sensory or motor sparing. Positive conus reflexes are associated with sphincteric competence and is therefore associated with excellent prognosis.

It is worth mentioning here that in a neonate if the bladder is expressible or conus reflexes are negative or if there is no sensory sparing then a neuropathic bladder is almost certainly present.

Investigations

Blood Tests are usually not needed unless clinically indicated. If a child with known neuropathic bladder presents with symptoms of upper urine tract infection, then it's reasonable to perform routine tests including full blood count, urea and creatinine along with urine examination, microscopy and culture [19].

Spine X Ray

X-Ray of the spine (Fig. 1) is a quick way to identify the segment of the spine involved [23]. Abdominal X rays may also be required to assess faecal loading/constipation.

Figure 1: X ray of lumbosacral spine showing the pedicles of the sacral vertebrae are widely spaced consistent with the diagnosis of spina bifida. There is an associated moderate generalised faecal loading of the colon.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound (Fig. 2) is non- invasive, quick, and radiation-free. It has become the standard technique to look for upper tract dilatation and post-micturation bladder residual volume [23].

Figure 2: Ultrasound of a neuropathic bladder showing the thickened bladder wall with trabeculations and echoes are identified within the bladder, consistent with debris secondary to poor bladder emptying. There is bilateral dilated ureters seen behind the bladder as well suggestive of high intravesical pressures.

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Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCUG)

Micturating Cystourethrogram (Fig. 3 and 4) is done to understand bladder anatomy, look for presence of vesicoureteric reflux, bladder wall anatomy including trabeculations, diverticulae formation, bladder outflow obstruction [23].

Figure 3: Micturating cystourethrogram in a Neuropathic bladder. The examination was performed via an indwelling Foleys catheter showing bladder with elongated configuration, irregular outline with diverticulae and is thick walled with trabeculations. There is grade 4 vesico-ureteric reflux the right side, a secondary Vesicoureteric reflux representing high Intravesical pressures.

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Figure 4: Micturating cystourethrogram study done on an Augmented bladder. Contrast outlined the irregular augmented bladder without evidence of contrast leak. Augmentation has significantly increased bladder capacity, the native small volume bladder can be seen below with Augmented segment on top.

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Dimercapto succinic acid (DMSA) Scan

Other imaging like scans like DMSA scan (Fig. 5) may be needed if there are dilated upper tracts/vesico ureteric reflux seen on the ultrasounds particularly if there is a history of recurrent urine infections to assess kidney scarring and assess baseline differential function of the kidneys [20,23].

Figure 5: Renal DMSA. Left kidney is generally small and central photopenia represent the mild collecting system dilatation (can be correlated with similar findings on ultrasound scan).There is far greater central photopenia due to collecting system dilatation on the right side, The split renal function calculated lies outside the normal range (Calculated differential : left kidney 16% and right kidney 84%).

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Urodynamics

Urodynamics is indispensable in elucidating the various patterns of bladder dysfunction associated with neuropathic bladder [21]. This helps to understand bladder anatomy and physiology and help plan further management. Video-urodynamics (a combination of filling cystometry and pressure flow study) is the gold standard for urodynamic investigation in patients with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction [21, 23].

Treatment

Treatment needs to be individualized and initial steps after diagnosis should include identification of potential risks to renal function, optimise voiding patterns and management of associated bowel dysfunction [19]. To increase urine storage, gentle stretching of the bladder by increased oral fluids should be encouraged.

Medical

Pharmacological treatment must be provided alongside urotherapy and biofeedback and adequate constipation treatment has been assured [22].

Anticholinergics

Anticholinergics (like Oxybutynin, Tolterodine & Solifenacin) inhibit the binding of acetylcholine to the muscarinic receptors in the detrusor, thereby suppressing involuntary bladder contractions. This results in an increase in bladder volume voided and a decrease in micturition frequency, sensation of urgency, and number of urge incontinence episodes [23].

Oxybutynin inhibits the action of acetylcholine on smooth muscle and has a direct antispasmodic effect on smooth muscles. This, in turn, increases bladder capacity and decreases uninhibited contractions. Oxybutynin is relatively M3, M1 bladder receptor specific [43].

Tolterodine is a nonspecific competitive muscarinic receptor antagonist for OAB. However, it differs from other anticholinergic types in that it has selectivity for urinary bladder over salivary glands. Tolterodine exhibits a high specificity for muscarinic receptors [43].

Solifenacin is a tertiary amine approved by the FDA for OAB in adults since 2005. It has excellent bioavailability, a long half-life and potentially a superior side-effect profile due to subtype receptor selectivity for the bladder [23,44]. It was shown that the combination of two different anticholinergics might be a well tolerated and successful option in children with overactive refractory to monotherapy, as well as administration of a receptor-selective antimuscarinic such as solifenacin [23, 42]. The role of alpha-blockers such as doxazosin in the treatment of neuropathic bladder in children remains controversial [24].

Clean Intermittent Catheterisation

To improve bladder emptying double voiding and timed bladder voiding is needed of course when they are toilet trained. Clean intermittent catheterisation (CIC) may be needed if bladder emptying is poor. Clean intermittent catheterisation along with an anti-cholinergic is the standard therapy for a neuropathic bladder [6, 23]. Ideally CIC needs to be instituted early to prevent both renal damage as well as secondary bladder wall changes that helps to improve long term outcomes.

Antibiotics

Urine infection needs either short course of antibiotics or low dose prophylactic antibiotic to prevent infections, although in the era of antibiotic guardianship to prevent infection there is increasing evidence to suggest that prophylaxis should be used only in selected cases [27].

Surgical Options

There are various surgical options which are only considered following thorough bladder assessment, informed consent with child and family [28].

1. Suprapubic catheter or Vesicostomy Button

This is generally a short term emergency measure or a bridging option to a major surgical intervention to buy time and acclimatizes child and parents with use of catheters for bladder drainage [38]. When intermittent urethral catheterization cannot be established, Mitrofanoff continent urinary diversion (described later) seems to be a major surgery for patients and their parents. In addition, for some patients, intermittent bladder emptying may be required for a transitory period. For all these reasons, there is a place for a reversible vesicostomy with a minimally invasive procedure. Button vesicostomy seems to be a good alternative [38] definitely as a short term measure to empty bladders regularly and reduce intra vesical pressures.

2. Botulinum Toxin

Both detrusor hyper-reflexia and detrusor noncompliance can be managed with injection of botulinum toxin but the affect usually lasts for around 6 months [29]. It also carries the risk of needed bladder catheterisation acutely or exacerbating incontinence. It can also be injected into the sphincters to decrease outflow resistance.

4. Catheterising Conduits

Appendicovesicostomy (Mitrofanoff Procedure) is done for those who are either unable to catheterise urethra for anatomical reasons or because of presence of sensate urethra. This procedure creates a channel between the bladder and the wall of the abdomen to allow intermittent self-catheterisation i.e., drainage of the bladder. The Mitrofanoff is preferentially made from the appendix (or small bowel) which is mobilised on its blood supply or a piece of bowel. One end is tunnelled into the wall of the bladder to create a valve that acts as a continent mechanism, the other end is passed through an opening in the abdominal wall to form a small stoma through which a catheter can pass to empty the bladder 4-6 times a day.

The Mitrofanoff is often situated on the right hand side of the lower abdomen, just below the underwear line or for cosmetic appearances another possible site is the umbilicus [39].

5. Augmentation Cystoplasty

Enterocystoplasty remains the principal means of bladder augmentation since is available widely. The overall aim is reduction in urinary tract infections (UTIs), improved continence and important reduced bladder pressures and subsequent damage to the upper urinary tracts. Various visceral segments have been used in bladder augmentation including ileum [23], sigmoid colon and stomach. Complications include; mucus production [30] causing blockage of catheter, stenosis, infections, metabolic changes [31], spontaneous perforation [32], malignancy [33], bowel problems like diarrhoea, dysuria and hematuria particularly with gastrocystoplasty [28].

Other Augmentation options include autoaugmentation, autoaugmentation with demucosalised enterocystoplasty [34, 35], detrusorectomy [35], augmentation with tissue engineered neobladder and ureterocystoplasty [28]. One group has reported using synthetic and natural biomaterial scaffolds in the form of polyglycolic acid (PGA) and small intestinal submucosa (SIS) in auto-augmentation in rabbits only [36].

6. Sphincter Incompetence

Surgical options include bladder neck repair and urethral sling procedures which are usually done in conjunction with bladder augmentation procedures if there is minimal outlet resistance. Some common techniques include Young Dees, Kropp and Pippi Salle procedure, bladder neck suspension, urethral sling procedures, periurethral bulking agents and artificial urinary sphincter [28, 37].

7. Urinary Diversion

Ileal conduit or continent bladder replacement surgical procedures are done with a pouch of colon. These are associated with long term complication with dilatation and infection as well as metabolic complications and neoplasia therefore usually carried out as salvage procedures [37, 41].

Bowel Management

Spinal cord lesions has the similar effects on rectum and anal sphincters leading to faecal incontinence either due to constipation, overflow incontinence, sphincteric competence or combination of these factors. Initial treatment includes appropriate diet, laxatives, regular colonic emptying by manual evacuations, purgatives, suppositories or retrograde enemas. If it fails or child is unwilling then an ante-grade continence enema (ACE) procedure is usually considered. In ACE Procedure, an appendix or Monti ileal tube can be implanted between caecum and anterior abdominal wall as a catheterisable channel for antegrade continent enema [37].

 

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Apoorva Kulkarni, Abhaya Gupta, Vishesh Dikshit, Paras Kothari, Geeta Kekre

 

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Round ligament varicosities are a rare disorder seen in gravid females and is often mistaken for complicated inguinal hernia. We present a very rare case of a 2 years old female child who presented with intractable pain in the right inguinal region, found to be a round ligament varicosity. Relief was achieved only after excision of the mass. A diagnostic laparoscopy was also done to confirm the presence of normal ovaries.

Keywords: varicosity, inguinal, child, round ligament

 

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Ramnik Patel, Isaac Philip

 

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We present a case of distal duodenal stenosis without a wind sock deformity in a Down’s syndrome presenting with non-bilious vomiting, constipation and bilious aspirates simulating Hirschsprung’s disease. Despite high index of suspicion and actively looking for associated congenital duodenal obstruction it eluded detection. The plain film and rectal biopsy in neonatal period were normal. It was the upper gastrointestinal study which helped in diagnosis. At exploration, distal duodenal stenosis without wind sock deformity was identified. Duodeno-jejunostomy was curative.

Keywords: duodenal stenosis, Down’s syndrome, duodeno-jejunostomy

 

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Junaid Ashraf, Rakesh Thakur, Ruth Hallows, Varadaraja Kalidasan

 

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We are reporting first case of duodenal atresia occurring in both members of premature low birth weight monochorionic diamniotic twins of same sex. The twins were born at 28 weeks of gestations with no dyspmorphic features and normal chromosomes. One of the twins had type II duodenal atresia in the second part of the duodenum along with meckel’s diverticulum which was also excised. The other presented with duodenal web at the junction of second and third part of duodenum. He also underwent an elective left sided inguinal hernia repair at five months of age. They underwent delayed repair at 3rd and 4th weeks of age respectively. Both babies had an uneventful postoperative course.

Keywords: duodenal atresia, duodenal web, monozygotic twins

 

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Mohamed Shoukry, Munther Haddad

 

Abstract

Aim of study: Literature review of complications in laparoscopic repair of complete rectal prolapse in children and reporting of unusual presentation of adhesive bowel obstruction.

Materials and method: We present the case of an 11-year-old healthy girl has been referred with persistent rectal prolapse. Patient underwent laparoscopic rectosigmoidopexy with mesh. Two months post-surgery, she presented with symptoms of bowel obstruction. Laparotomy findings confirmed 2-bands of adhesions adherent to mesh. Post-operative was uneventful. We also review published English language literatures.

Discussions: Six series adopted laparoscopic treatment for persistent rectal prolapse in childhood. Median age was 6.9 years. No intraoperative complications were reported. Postoperative complications were reported with no significant morbidity and mortality. We report first case with adhesive bowel obstruction post laparoscopic mesh repair.

Conclusion: Small number of trials reported role of laparoscopy in management of complete rectal prolapse becomes common and improving functional outcome. Surgical complications can still happen; however current practise doesn’t show significant morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: laparoscopic repair, rectal prolapse, children, complications.

 

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Kashif Chauhan, Gulwish Moghal, Myriam Guessoum, Nia Fraser, Manoj Shenoy

 

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Background:Traditional teaching states that if the base of a sacral dimple is visible, associated spinal cord abnormalities are unlikely. In our experience, we noted that in several patients this was not true. We therefore set out to evaluate the incidence of spinal cord abnormalities in a cohort of children with sacral dimple.

Objective: Our objective was to determine the frequency of spinal cord abnormalities detected on whole-spine MRI in children with pure sacral dimple (cutaneous dimple without associated local pigmentation or hairy patch). The frequency of neurosurgical intervention in those with a spinal cord malformation was also calculated.

Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients under the age of 16 years with clinically confirmed pure sacral dimple, who had undergone spinal MRI between 2005 and 2016. Patients with coccygeal pits were excluded from the study. We analyzed the MRI findings, calculated the incidence of cord abnormalities, and proportion of those who subsequently underwent neurosurgical procedures, such as spinal cord untethering. Other associated abnormalities were documented.

Results: During the 11-year study period, 33 patients (19 boys) with confirmed sacral dimple and whole-spine MRI were identified. The median age at the time of MRI was 21 months (range 2 months to 13 years). Eleven patients (33.3%) had abnormal cord detected on the MRI. Out of them, 4 had tethered cord, 2 had low lying cord (L2/3 level). Five had lesions related to the filum terminale (dermoid, cyst, lipoma). Of the four patients with tethered spinal cord, 2 had untethering procedures, 2 so far have been managed conservatively. Of the 7 patients with other cord abnormalities, 1 had excision of sacral dermoid. Nine of the 33 patients (27%) had other congenital anomalies, including 5 with syndromes.

Conclusion: In our experience, the incidence of spinal cord abnormalities in children with pure sacral dimple was 33.3%, some of which required surgery. Other congenital abnormalities were common. We recommend whole spinel MRI and a careful search for other congenital abnormalities.

Keywords: sacral dimples, spinal cord malformations, coccygeal pits, tethered spinal cord.

 

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Prisca Radu-Alexandru, Toth Tamas, Gozar Horea

 

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Introduction: Fingertip injuries are the most common injuries in pediatric hand trauma. The goal in fingertip amputation reconstruction is to cover the defect, establish maximum tactile gnosis, and protect the joint function and none the less to obtain a satisfactory cosmetic appearance. The plane of the amputation and the condition of the tissue at the injury site help to determine the best repair technique.

Materials and Methods: Thirty pediatric patients underwent fingertip reconstruction using the V-Y advancement flap and cross finger flap techniques at the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Târgu Mureş between January 2015 and December 2016. The used technique was chosen according to the nature of the injury, the size and condition of the defect, the affected fingertip, the plane and the zone of the traumatism. During the follow up visit the two point discrimination test was determined. The parents compared the cosmetic results with the contralateral fingertip and they rated it on a 1-10 scale.

Results: Cross finger flap was used in 14 cases and V-Y advancement flap in 16 cases. We corrected with cross finger flap technique 14 volar and 1 dorsal fingertip injuries. The operation average time was 83.21 minutes. The cosmetic outcome in this group was 8.28. Mostly dorsal (n=9) and transverse (n=7) injuries were corrected by V-Y advancement flap. The surgery to cover the deficiency took 36.56 minutes. A better cosmetic result was found in this group, the average rate was 9.37. There was a significant correlation between the plane of the traumatism and the cosmetic outcome of the operation. The best outcomes were found in transverse injuries. The quicker hospital presentation showed the better cosmetic outcomes at the 0.01 significance level.

Conclusion: The V-Y advancement flap can be used with a high liability in dorsal and transverse injuries. Cross finger flap is used more often in volar traumatism. We cannot apply an algorithm for the elective approach.

Keywords: V-Y advancement flap, cross finger flap, hand trauma

 

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Soumyodhriti Ghosh, Ramendra Shukla, Vikram Singh Mujalde, Mushahid Ali , Sunil Mehra , Ayush Kumar , Arun Kumar Gupta, Vinita Chaturvedi


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Purpose: Pediatric patients represent nearly 10 percent of all trauma admissions in major trauma centers. The study attempts to study the different patterns of demography in patients suffering from trauma to the abdomen in a tertiary care hospital in a developing nation.

Methods: The study was done in a tertiary care center over a duration of one year. The study was retrospective based on hospital records of the patients. The demographic parameters were studied and compared to available literature.

Results: A total of 288 cases of blunt trauma to the abdomen were recorded in one year. The demographic trends with respect to the etiology, organ injured, management protocol and mortalities were comparable to standard literature.

Conclusion: Pediatric trauma is a neglected topic in developing nations due to absence of infrastructure and trained personnel. The high incidence illustrates the need to have proper training programs and education in this stream.

Keywords: pediatric, blunt trauma, abdomen, conservative, surgical exploration.

 

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Ahmed H. Al-Salem, Hilal Matta

 

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Aim: Congenital paraesophageal (CPH) is rare in infants and children. It can unusually be large with herniation of most of the stomach which can lead to intrathoracic gastric volvulus. This report describes our experience with infants and children with large CPH.

Patients and Methods: Twelve infants and children with large CPH, three of them presented with intrathoracic gastric volvulus were evaluated. Their medical records were reviewed for age at diagnosis, sex, clinical features, diagnosis and management. Results: Between 1992 and 2012, twelve infants and children with large CPH were treated. There were 7 males and 5 females. Their age at diagnosis ranged from 2 days to 2.5 years (mean 16.3 months). Two presented acutely, immediately after birth with respiratory distress secondary to a large CPH. One of them had intrathoracic gastric volvulus. Four presented with recurrent chest infection and failure to thrive while the remaining three had repeated attacks of vomiting. Another patient was a case of repaired esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. He presented at the age of 2.5 years with recurrent attacks of cough and vomiting for one-year duration and was found to have a large paraesophageal hernia. Two patients were sisters and both of them presented with recurrent chest infection and failure to thrive. At the time of presentation, both had large CPH with intrathoracic gastric volvulus.

Conclusions: CPH is rare in the pediatric age group and sometimes it is unusually large with herniation of most of the stomach which may result in intrathoracic gastric volvulus. Awareness of this and early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid subsequent morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: paraesophageal hernia, infants and children, familial, fundoplication

 

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Large Congenital Paraesophageal Hernia and the Risk of Intrathoracic Gastric Volvulus

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Relationship Between Sacral Dimples and Spinal Cord Malformations in Children

Kashif Chauhan, Gulwish Moghal, Myriam Guessoum, Nia Fraser, Manoj Shenoy

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Complications in Laparoscopic Repair of Rectal Prolapse in Children. Case Report and Review of literature

Mohamed Shoukry, Munther Haddad

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Isolated Duodenal Pathology in Monochorionic Diamniotic Twins Involving Same Sex

Junaid Ashraf, Rakesh Thakur, Ruth Hallows, Varadaraja Kalidasan

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Distal duodenal stenosis in Down’s syndrome - a rare challenge

Ramnik Patel, Isaac Philip

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Junaid Ashraf, Anna Radford

Department of Paediatric Urology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, United Kingdom

 

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Junaid Ashraf

Department of Paediatric Urology

Leeds General Infirmary

Leeds, LS1, 3EX, United Kingdom

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Abstract

AimThe aim of this article to give a concise summary of the assessment and management of neuropathic bladders as per the current literature in the paediatric age group.

Keywords: neuropathic bladder, assessment, investigation, conservative treatment, surgical management

 

Introduction

Normally a bladder should be able to fill to a certain capacity as per age while maintaining low bladder pressures, a sensation to void when bladder is full and stay under voluntary control and ultimately empty at the end of voiding without significant residual urine volumes [1]. Neuropathic bladder is a dysfunction of urinary bladder due to disease of central or peripheral nervous system in control of micturition [1]. Neuropathic bladder in children is almost always due to spinal cord anomalies both congenital and acquired [1] . The most common cause of bladder dysfunction in children is the abnormal development of spinal canal and spinal cord termed neural tube defects (NTD) [1]. Aims of management should be directed towards preserving renal function, preventing progressive bladder damage and decreasing the frequency and impact of urinary tract infections [22]. By taking a holistic approach it can also be possible to optimize continence and associated social issues.

Aetiology

Neuropathic bladder dysfunction may complicate a variety of neurological conditions (Table 1). The aetiology of congenital abnormalities, such as spina bifida and related NTD is still debated but genetic and environmental factors appear to play a major pathophysiological role. Multiple physical factors are implicated include; irradiation [2] , hyperthermia [3], drugs including thalidomide, folate antagonists, anti-epileptics like valproate and carbamazepine [4], hypervitaminosis A, substance abuse like alcohol, chemical agents e.g., organic mercury, lead [5]. Certain maternal infections like rubella [6], cytomegalovirus [7] as well as maternal metabolic conditions including gestational diabetes mellitus with obesity [8]. The most well known cause being nutritional particularly folate deficiency, possibly due to polymorphisms in folate metabolising enzymes and enhanced likelihood of meiotic non disjunction, particulary in trisomy 21 [9]. Dietary supplementation with folic acid in the peri conceptual period can reduce the incidence of NTD by approximately 50% [10].

Table 1:  Causes of Neuropathic bladder in childhood

CONGENITAL

ACQUIRED

1.

Myelomeningocele

1.

Trauma to Spinal Cord

2.

Spinal bifida Occulta (lumbosacral lipoma,intraspinal cysts, tethered cord, Diastematomyelia)

2.

Vascular - Ischaemia and Thrombosis of Spinal Cord (due to prematurity, cardiac/aortic surgery)

3.

Sacral anomalies and Caudal Regression

3.

Tumors (Sacrococcygeal teratoma, Neuroblastoma, bladder and prostate Rhabdomyosarcoma)

4.

Transverse Myelitis

5.

Functional-Non-neurogenic Neuropathic bladder (Hinman-Allen Syndrome), Disturbed voiding patterns, toilet phobias or refusal, Idiopathic

Epidemiology

The incidence of spina bifida is 2-3/1000 live births [10] . There is female predominance which is more marked in anencephaly. There is also geographical variation with increased incidence in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and decreased incidence in Japan. Similarly the incidence in African Americans is 0.1-0.4 per 1000 births vs. 1 in 1000 live births in while population. A family with one child with NTD has a 2-5% chance of each subsequent sibling suffering from same condition [10].

Pathophysiology

The aim of treatment of neuropathic bladder is to try as much as possible to replicate normal bladder functions including (a) filling and storage of urine at a low bladder pressure (b) maximum emptying of bladder to reduce urine stasis related problems particularly infection and (c) voiding/emptying of bladder at regular intervals.

Classification of Neuropathic bladder:

Bladder dysfunction can be classified very simply in relation to its normal function and to the function of the sphincteric complex [14].

A. Failure to Store Urine: a) Detrusor: Poor compliance, involuntary contractions, small capacity bladder and sensory abnormalities. b) Inadequate bladder outlet resistance: Physiological, anatomical or psychological.

B. Failure to empty voluntarily and completely: a) Weak Detrusor: neurogenic, myogenic, psychological and Idiopathic. b) Increased Bladder outlet resistance: Neurogenic, anatomical, physiological (sphincter dyssynergia),psychological.

Patterns of Neuropathic Bladder:

There are three basic patterns of neuropathic bladders seen by urodynamic evaluation [1].

1. Contractile bladder / Supra sacral Cord Lesions: The innervations of the detrusor and external urethral sphincter are intact and conus reflexes are positive. Voiding occurs by detrusor hyperreflexia almost always associated with detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia. This is also called dynamic sphincteric obstruction. Intravesical pressures are invariably high and may lead to secondary upper renal tract complications

2. Acontractile bladder /Sacral Cord Lesions: The innervations of both detrusor and external sphincter is destroyed, conus reflexes are absent along with negative Detrusor contractility but some degree of sphincteric incompetence is always present. Voiding occurs either by overflow dribbling or by raising intra-abdominal pressure. There is a fixed urethral resistance of varying severity in different patients but constant in any individual patient. Degree of detrusor non-compliance is common.

3. Intermediate bladder Dysfunction: This bladder comprises of a combination of anomalies including various degrees of detrusor non-compliance, detrusor hyper reflexia and sphincteric incontinence. In NTD, the patterns of bladder dysfunction are 25% contractile, 15% acontractile and 60% intermediate [4].

Secondary upper renal tract complications

Around 20% of children with NTD are affected by upper renal tract complications by 2 years of age [4]. Approximately 50% of boys are at risk of upper tract complications by puberty. Risk in girls is slightly less than that.

Factors responsible for these complications include urine Infection which is extremely common mostly resulting from bladder dysfunction [15]. Vesicoureteric reflux (VUR) will affect 40% of children with neuropathic bladder, by the age of five [16]. VUR could be primary or more often secondary in which case the treatment is aimed to correct the underlying bladder abnormal function.

Neuropathic bladders and non neuropathic neuropathic bladders can either be seen as “safe”, whereby the pressure experienced within them is low, usually due to an ineffective sphincter, resulting in 60% of adolescents being incontinent [16] or “at risk”. In the latter group bladder outflow obstruction either in the form of detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia or static sphincteric obstruction is associated with increased intra vesical pressure. In an attempt to compensate for this the bladder will distend, lose compliance, be at risk of infection, become scarred and form diverticuli in order to increase capacity and thereby reduce pressure. When these countermeasures fail the system the detrusor becomes overactive and there is loss of compliance placing the upper tracts at risk of damage. The resulting pathology is known as end stage bladder disease.

As previously mentioned a number of diseases of the urinary bladder culminated in end stage bladder disease characterised by small contracted bladders that create high pressure systems with consequences for kidney function [17]. These conditions, have a poorly defined pathological pathway. Urothelium cells isolated from neuropathic bladders have been shown to have a compromised proliferative and differentiated phenotype in vitro [18], but as the urothelium is not implicated in the primary pathogenesis the reasons for this are unknown.

Patient Assessment

History

Detailed history is invaluable in workup of these patients and should include antenatal history and complications, birth and development [19]. It is important to establish both day and night time voiding symptoms which can be divided into: a) Storage symptoms including urgency, urge incontinence, frequency and dysuria. b) Obstructive symptoms including urinary retention, hesitancy, staccato voiding (starting and starting), straining to void and feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.

Examination

Physical examination should include examination of abdomen (palpable faeces/bladder), back (hair tuft, nevus, dimple over lumbosacral spine, asymmetrical gluteal crease), genitalia and lower extremities (reflexes, muscles mass, strength, gait, perineal sensation, tone, gross and fine movement) [19]. Neurological assessment is done to demonstrate presence or absence of conus reflexes and existence of any sacral sensory or motor sparing. Positive conus reflexes are associated with sphincteric competence and is therefore associated with excellent prognosis.

It is worth mentioning here that in a neonate if the bladder is expressible or conus reflexes are negative or if there is no sensory sparing then a neuropathic bladder is almost certainly present.

Investigations

Blood Tests are usually not needed unless clinically indicated. If a child with known neuropathic bladder presents with symptoms of upper urine tract infection, then it's reasonable to perform routine tests including full blood count, urea and creatinine along with urine examination, microscopy and culture [19].

Spine X Ray

X-Ray of the spine (Fig. 1) is a quick way to identify the segment of the spine involved [23]. Abdominal X rays may also be required to assess faecal loading/constipation.

Figure 1: X ray of lumbosacral spine showing the pedicles of the sacral vertebrae are widely spaced consistent with the diagnosis of spina bifida. There is an associated moderate generalised faecal loading of the colon.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound (Fig. 2) is non- invasive, quick, and radiation-free. It has become the standard technique to look for upper tract dilatation and post-micturation bladder residual volume [23].

Figure 2: Ultrasound of a neuropathic bladder showing the thickened bladder wall with trabeculations and echoes are identified within the bladder, consistent with debris secondary to poor bladder emptying. There is bilateral dilated ureters seen behind the bladder as well suggestive of high intravesical pressures.

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Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCUG)

Micturating Cystourethrogram (Fig. 3 and 4) is done to understand bladder anatomy, look for presence of vesicoureteric reflux, bladder wall anatomy including trabeculations, diverticulae formation, bladder outflow obstruction [23].

Figure 3: Micturating cystourethrogram in a Neuropathic bladder. The examination was performed via an indwelling Foleys catheter showing bladder with elongated configuration, irregular outline with diverticulae and is thick walled with trabeculations. There is grade 4 vesico-ureteric reflux the right side, a secondary Vesicoureteric reflux representing high Intravesical pressures.

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Figure 4: Micturating cystourethrogram study done on an Augmented bladder. Contrast outlined the irregular augmented bladder without evidence of contrast leak. Augmentation has significantly increased bladder capacity, the native small volume bladder can be seen below with Augmented segment on top.

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Dimercapto succinic acid (DMSA) Scan

Other imaging like scans like DMSA scan (Fig. 5) may be needed if there are dilated upper tracts/vesico ureteric reflux seen on the ultrasounds particularly if there is a history of recurrent urine infections to assess kidney scarring and assess baseline differential function of the kidneys [20,23].

Figure 5: Renal DMSA. Left kidney is generally small and central photopenia represent the mild collecting system dilatation (can be correlated with similar findings on ultrasound scan).There is far greater central photopenia due to collecting system dilatation on the right side, The split renal function calculated lies outside the normal range (Calculated differential : left kidney 16% and right kidney 84%).

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Urodynamics

Urodynamics is indispensable in elucidating the various patterns of bladder dysfunction associated with neuropathic bladder [21]. This helps to understand bladder anatomy and physiology and help plan further management. Video-urodynamics (a combination of filling cystometry and pressure flow study) is the gold standard for urodynamic investigation in patients with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction [21, 23].

Treatment

Treatment needs to be individualized and initial steps after diagnosis should include identification of potential risks to renal function, optimise voiding patterns and management of associated bowel dysfunction [19]. To increase urine storage, gentle stretching of the bladder by increased oral fluids should be encouraged.

Medical

Pharmacological treatment must be provided alongside urotherapy and biofeedback and adequate constipation treatment has been assured [22].

Anticholinergics

Anticholinergics (like Oxybutynin, Tolterodine & Solifenacin) inhibit the binding of acetylcholine to the muscarinic receptors in the detrusor, thereby suppressing involuntary bladder contractions. This results in an increase in bladder volume voided and a decrease in micturition frequency, sensation of urgency, and number of urge incontinence episodes [23].

Oxybutynin inhibits the action of acetylcholine on smooth muscle and has a direct antispasmodic effect on smooth muscles. This, in turn, increases bladder capacity and decreases uninhibited contractions. Oxybutynin is relatively M3, M1 bladder receptor specific [43].

Tolterodine is a nonspecific competitive muscarinic receptor antagonist for OAB. However, it differs from other anticholinergic types in that it has selectivity for urinary bladder over salivary glands. Tolterodine exhibits a high specificity for muscarinic receptors [43].

Solifenacin is a tertiary amine approved by the FDA for OAB in adults since 2005. It has excellent bioavailability, a long half-life and potentially a superior side-effect profile due to subtype receptor selectivity for the bladder [23,44]. It was shown that the combination of two different anticholinergics might be a well tolerated and successful option in children with overactive refractory to monotherapy, as well as administration of a receptor-selective antimuscarinic such as solifenacin [23, 42]. The role of alpha-blockers such as doxazosin in the treatment of neuropathic bladder in children remains controversial [24].

Clean Intermittent Catheterisation

To improve bladder emptying double voiding and timed bladder voiding is needed of course when they are toilet trained. Clean intermittent catheterisation (CIC) may be needed if bladder emptying is poor. Clean intermittent catheterisation along with an anti-cholinergic is the standard therapy for a neuropathic bladder [6, 23]. Ideally CIC needs to be instituted early to prevent both renal damage as well as secondary bladder wall changes that helps to improve long term outcomes.

Antibiotics

Urine infection needs either short course of antibiotics or low dose prophylactic antibiotic to prevent infections, although in the era of antibiotic guardianship to prevent infection there is increasing evidence to suggest that prophylaxis should be used only in selected cases [27].

Surgical Options

There are various surgical options which are only considered following thorough bladder assessment, informed consent with child and family [28].

1. Suprapubic catheter or Vesicostomy Button

This is generally a short term emergency measure or a bridging option to a major surgical intervention to buy time and acclimatizes child and parents with use of catheters for bladder drainage [38]. When intermittent urethral catheterization cannot be established, Mitrofanoff continent urinary diversion (described later) seems to be a major surgery for patients and their parents. In addition, for some patients, intermittent bladder emptying may be required for a transitory period. For all these reasons, there is a place for a reversible vesicostomy with a minimally invasive procedure. Button vesicostomy seems to be a good alternative [38] definitely as a short term measure to empty bladders regularly and reduce intra vesical pressures.

2. Botulinum Toxin

Both detrusor hyper-reflexia and detrusor noncompliance can be managed with injection of botulinum toxin but the affect usually lasts for around 6 months [29]. It also carries the risk of needed bladder catheterisation acutely or exacerbating incontinence. It can also be injected into the sphincters to decrease outflow resistance.

4. Catheterising Conduits

Appendicovesicostomy (Mitrofanoff Procedure) is done for those who are either unable to catheterise urethra for anatomical reasons or because of presence of sensate urethra. This procedure creates a channel between the bladder and the wall of the abdomen to allow intermittent self-catheterisation i.e., drainage of the bladder. The Mitrofanoff is preferentially made from the appendix (or small bowel) which is mobilised on its blood supply or a piece of bowel. One end is tunnelled into the wall of the bladder to create a valve that acts as a continent mechanism, the other end is passed through an opening in the abdominal wall to form a small stoma through which a catheter can pass to empty the bladder 4-6 times a day.

The Mitrofanoff is often situated on the right hand side of the lower abdomen, just below the underwear line or for cosmetic appearances another possible site is the umbilicus [39].

5. Augmentation Cystoplasty

Enterocystoplasty remains the principal means of bladder augmentation since is available widely. The overall aim is reduction in urinary tract infections (UTIs), improved continence and important reduced bladder pressures and subsequent damage to the upper urinary tracts. Various visceral segments have been used in bladder augmentation including ileum [23], sigmoid colon and stomach. Complications include; mucus production [30] causing blockage of catheter, stenosis, infections, metabolic changes [31], spontaneous perforation [32], malignancy [33], bowel problems like diarrhoea, dysuria and hematuria particularly with gastrocystoplasty [28].

Other Augmentation options include autoaugmentation, autoaugmentation with demucosalised enterocystoplasty [34, 35], detrusorectomy [35], augmentation with tissue engineered neobladder and ureterocystoplasty [28]. One group has reported using synthetic and natural biomaterial scaffolds in the form of polyglycolic acid (PGA) and small intestinal submucosa (SIS) in auto-augmentation in rabbits only [36].

6. Sphincter Incompetence

Surgical options include bladder neck repair and urethral sling procedures which are usually done in conjunction with bladder augmentation procedures if there is minimal outlet resistance. Some common techniques include Young Dees, Kropp and Pippi Salle procedure, bladder neck suspension, urethral sling procedures, periurethral bulking agents and artificial urinary sphincter [28, 37].

7. Urinary Diversion

Ileal conduit or continent bladder replacement surgical procedures are done with a pouch of colon. These are associated with long term complication with dilatation and infection as well as metabolic complications and neoplasia therefore usually carried out as salvage procedures [37, 41].

Bowel Management

Spinal cord lesions has the similar effects on rectum and anal sphincters leading to faecal incontinence either due to constipation, overflow incontinence, sphincteric competence or combination of these factors. Initial treatment includes appropriate diet, laxatives, regular colonic emptying by manual evacuations, purgatives, suppositories or retrograde enemas. If it fails or child is unwilling then an ante-grade continence enema (ACE) procedure is usually considered. In ACE Procedure, an appendix or Monti ileal tube can be implanted between caecum and anterior abdominal wall as a catheterisable channel for antegrade continent enema [37].

 

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Apoorva Kulkarni, Abhaya Gupta, Vishesh Dikshit, Paras Kothari, Geeta Kekre

 

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Round ligament varicosities are a rare disorder seen in gravid females and is often mistaken for complicated inguinal hernia. We present a very rare case of a 2 years old female child who presented with intractable pain in the right inguinal region, found to be a round ligament varicosity. Relief was achieved only after excision of the mass. A diagnostic laparoscopy was also done to confirm the presence of normal ovaries.

Keywords: varicosity, inguinal, child, round ligament

 

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Ramnik Patel, Isaac Philip

 

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We present a case of distal duodenal stenosis without a wind sock deformity in a Down’s syndrome presenting with non-bilious vomiting, constipation and bilious aspirates simulating Hirschsprung’s disease. Despite high index of suspicion and actively looking for associated congenital duodenal obstruction it eluded detection. The plain film and rectal biopsy in neonatal period were normal. It was the upper gastrointestinal study which helped in diagnosis. At exploration, distal duodenal stenosis without wind sock deformity was identified. Duodeno-jejunostomy was curative.

Keywords: duodenal stenosis, Down’s syndrome, duodeno-jejunostomy

 

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Junaid Ashraf, Rakesh Thakur, Ruth Hallows, Varadaraja Kalidasan

 

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We are reporting first case of duodenal atresia occurring in both members of premature low birth weight monochorionic diamniotic twins of same sex. The twins were born at 28 weeks of gestations with no dyspmorphic features and normal chromosomes. One of the twins had type II duodenal atresia in the second part of the duodenum along with meckel’s diverticulum which was also excised. The other presented with duodenal web at the junction of second and third part of duodenum. He also underwent an elective left sided inguinal hernia repair at five months of age. They underwent delayed repair at 3rd and 4th weeks of age respectively. Both babies had an uneventful postoperative course.

Keywords: duodenal atresia, duodenal web, monozygotic twins

 

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Mohamed Shoukry, Munther Haddad

 

Abstract

Aim of study: Literature review of complications in laparoscopic repair of complete rectal prolapse in children and reporting of unusual presentation of adhesive bowel obstruction.

Materials and method: We present the case of an 11-year-old healthy girl has been referred with persistent rectal prolapse. Patient underwent laparoscopic rectosigmoidopexy with mesh. Two months post-surgery, she presented with symptoms of bowel obstruction. Laparotomy findings confirmed 2-bands of adhesions adherent to mesh. Post-operative was uneventful. We also review published English language literatures.

Discussions: Six series adopted laparoscopic treatment for persistent rectal prolapse in childhood. Median age was 6.9 years. No intraoperative complications were reported. Postoperative complications were reported with no significant morbidity and mortality. We report first case with adhesive bowel obstruction post laparoscopic mesh repair.

Conclusion: Small number of trials reported role of laparoscopy in management of complete rectal prolapse becomes common and improving functional outcome. Surgical complications can still happen; however current practise doesn’t show significant morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: laparoscopic repair, rectal prolapse, children, complications.

 

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Kashif Chauhan, Gulwish Moghal, Myriam Guessoum, Nia Fraser, Manoj Shenoy

 

Abstract

Background:Traditional teaching states that if the base of a sacral dimple is visible, associated spinal cord abnormalities are unlikely. In our experience, we noted that in several patients this was not true. We therefore set out to evaluate the incidence of spinal cord abnormalities in a cohort of children with sacral dimple.

Objective: Our objective was to determine the frequency of spinal cord abnormalities detected on whole-spine MRI in children with pure sacral dimple (cutaneous dimple without associated local pigmentation or hairy patch). The frequency of neurosurgical intervention in those with a spinal cord malformation was also calculated.

Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients under the age of 16 years with clinically confirmed pure sacral dimple, who had undergone spinal MRI between 2005 and 2016. Patients with coccygeal pits were excluded from the study. We analyzed the MRI findings, calculated the incidence of cord abnormalities, and proportion of those who subsequently underwent neurosurgical procedures, such as spinal cord untethering. Other associated abnormalities were documented.

Results: During the 11-year study period, 33 patients (19 boys) with confirmed sacral dimple and whole-spine MRI were identified. The median age at the time of MRI was 21 months (range 2 months to 13 years). Eleven patients (33.3%) had abnormal cord detected on the MRI. Out of them, 4 had tethered cord, 2 had low lying cord (L2/3 level). Five had lesions related to the filum terminale (dermoid, cyst, lipoma). Of the four patients with tethered spinal cord, 2 had untethering procedures, 2 so far have been managed conservatively. Of the 7 patients with other cord abnormalities, 1 had excision of sacral dermoid. Nine of the 33 patients (27%) had other congenital anomalies, including 5 with syndromes.

Conclusion: In our experience, the incidence of spinal cord abnormalities in children with pure sacral dimple was 33.3%, some of which required surgery. Other congenital abnormalities were common. We recommend whole spinel MRI and a careful search for other congenital abnormalities.

Keywords: sacral dimples, spinal cord malformations, coccygeal pits, tethered spinal cord.

 

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Prisca Radu-Alexandru, Toth Tamas, Gozar Horea

 

Abstract

Introduction: Fingertip injuries are the most common injuries in pediatric hand trauma. The goal in fingertip amputation reconstruction is to cover the defect, establish maximum tactile gnosis, and protect the joint function and none the less to obtain a satisfactory cosmetic appearance. The plane of the amputation and the condition of the tissue at the injury site help to determine the best repair technique.

Materials and Methods: Thirty pediatric patients underwent fingertip reconstruction using the V-Y advancement flap and cross finger flap techniques at the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Târgu Mureş between January 2015 and December 2016. The used technique was chosen according to the nature of the injury, the size and condition of the defect, the affected fingertip, the plane and the zone of the traumatism. During the follow up visit the two point discrimination test was determined. The parents compared the cosmetic results with the contralateral fingertip and they rated it on a 1-10 scale.

Results: Cross finger flap was used in 14 cases and V-Y advancement flap in 16 cases. We corrected with cross finger flap technique 14 volar and 1 dorsal fingertip injuries. The operation average time was 83.21 minutes. The cosmetic outcome in this group was 8.28. Mostly dorsal (n=9) and transverse (n=7) injuries were corrected by V-Y advancement flap. The surgery to cover the deficiency took 36.56 minutes. A better cosmetic result was found in this group, the average rate was 9.37. There was a significant correlation between the plane of the traumatism and the cosmetic outcome of the operation. The best outcomes were found in transverse injuries. The quicker hospital presentation showed the better cosmetic outcomes at the 0.01 significance level.

Conclusion: The V-Y advancement flap can be used with a high liability in dorsal and transverse injuries. Cross finger flap is used more often in volar traumatism. We cannot apply an algorithm for the elective approach.

Keywords: V-Y advancement flap, cross finger flap, hand trauma

 

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Soumyodhriti Ghosh, Ramendra Shukla, Vikram Singh Mujalde, Mushahid Ali , Sunil Mehra , Ayush Kumar , Arun Kumar Gupta, Vinita Chaturvedi


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Purpose: Pediatric patients represent nearly 10 percent of all trauma admissions in major trauma centers. The study attempts to study the different patterns of demography in patients suffering from trauma to the abdomen in a tertiary care hospital in a developing nation.

Methods: The study was done in a tertiary care center over a duration of one year. The study was retrospective based on hospital records of the patients. The demographic parameters were studied and compared to available literature.

Results: A total of 288 cases of blunt trauma to the abdomen were recorded in one year. The demographic trends with respect to the etiology, organ injured, management protocol and mortalities were comparable to standard literature.

Conclusion: Pediatric trauma is a neglected topic in developing nations due to absence of infrastructure and trained personnel. The high incidence illustrates the need to have proper training programs and education in this stream.

Keywords: pediatric, blunt trauma, abdomen, conservative, surgical exploration.

 

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Ahmed H. Al-Salem, Hilal Matta

 

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Aim: Congenital paraesophageal (CPH) is rare in infants and children. It can unusually be large with herniation of most of the stomach which can lead to intrathoracic gastric volvulus. This report describes our experience with infants and children with large CPH.

Patients and Methods: Twelve infants and children with large CPH, three of them presented with intrathoracic gastric volvulus were evaluated. Their medical records were reviewed for age at diagnosis, sex, clinical features, diagnosis and management. Results: Between 1992 and 2012, twelve infants and children with large CPH were treated. There were 7 males and 5 females. Their age at diagnosis ranged from 2 days to 2.5 years (mean 16.3 months). Two presented acutely, immediately after birth with respiratory distress secondary to a large CPH. One of them had intrathoracic gastric volvulus. Four presented with recurrent chest infection and failure to thrive while the remaining three had repeated attacks of vomiting. Another patient was a case of repaired esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. He presented at the age of 2.5 years with recurrent attacks of cough and vomiting for one-year duration and was found to have a large paraesophageal hernia. Two patients were sisters and both of them presented with recurrent chest infection and failure to thrive. At the time of presentation, both had large CPH with intrathoracic gastric volvulus.

Conclusions: CPH is rare in the pediatric age group and sometimes it is unusually large with herniation of most of the stomach which may result in intrathoracic gastric volvulus. Awareness of this and early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid subsequent morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: paraesophageal hernia, infants and children, familial, fundoplication

 

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Junaid Ashraf, Anna Radford

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Junaid Ashraf

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AimThe aim of this article to give a concise summary of the assessment and management of neuropathic bladders as per the current literature in the paediatric age group.

Keywords: neuropathic bladder, assessment, investigation, conservative treatment, surgical management

 

Introduction

Normally a bladder should be able to fill to a certain capacity as per age while maintaining low bladder pressures, a sensation to void when bladder is full and stay under voluntary control and ultimately empty at the end of voiding without significant residual urine volumes [1]. Neuropathic bladder is a dysfunction of urinary bladder due to disease of central or peripheral nervous system in control of micturition [1]. Neuropathic bladder in children is almost always due to spinal cord anomalies both congenital and acquired [1] . The most common cause of bladder dysfunction in children is the abnormal development of spinal canal and spinal cord termed neural tube defects (NTD) [1]. Aims of management should be directed towards preserving renal function, preventing progressive bladder damage and decreasing the frequency and impact of urinary tract infections [22]. By taking a holistic approach it can also be possible to optimize continence and associated social issues.

Aetiology

Neuropathic bladder dysfunction may complicate a variety of neurological conditions (Table 1). The aetiology of congenital abnormalities, such as spina bifida and related NTD is still debated but genetic and environmental factors appear to play a major pathophysiological role. Multiple physical factors are implicated include; irradiation [2] , hyperthermia [3], drugs including thalidomide, folate antagonists, anti-epileptics like valproate and carbamazepine [4], hypervitaminosis A, substance abuse like alcohol, chemical agents e.g., organic mercury, lead [5]. Certain maternal infections like rubella [6], cytomegalovirus [7] as well as maternal metabolic conditions including gestational diabetes mellitus with obesity [8]. The most well known cause being nutritional particularly folate deficiency, possibly due to polymorphisms in folate metabolising enzymes and enhanced likelihood of meiotic non disjunction, particulary in trisomy 21 [9]. Dietary supplementation with folic acid in the peri conceptual period can reduce the incidence of NTD by approximately 50% [10].

Table 1:  Causes of Neuropathic bladder in childhood

CONGENITAL

ACQUIRED

1.

Myelomeningocele

1.

Trauma to Spinal Cord

2.

Spinal bifida Occulta (lumbosacral lipoma,intraspinal cysts, tethered cord, Diastematomyelia)

2.

Vascular - Ischaemia and Thrombosis of Spinal Cord (due to prematurity, cardiac/aortic surgery)

3.

Sacral anomalies and Caudal Regression

3.

Tumors (Sacrococcygeal teratoma, Neuroblastoma, bladder and prostate Rhabdomyosarcoma)

4.

Transverse Myelitis

5.

Functional-Non-neurogenic Neuropathic bladder (Hinman-Allen Syndrome), Disturbed voiding patterns, toilet phobias or refusal, Idiopathic

Epidemiology

The incidence of spina bifida is 2-3/1000 live births [10] . There is female predominance which is more marked in anencephaly. There is also geographical variation with increased incidence in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and decreased incidence in Japan. Similarly the incidence in African Americans is 0.1-0.4 per 1000 births vs. 1 in 1000 live births in while population. A family with one child with NTD has a 2-5% chance of each subsequent sibling suffering from same condition [10].

Pathophysiology

The aim of treatment of neuropathic bladder is to try as much as possible to replicate normal bladder functions including (a) filling and storage of urine at a low bladder pressure (b) maximum emptying of bladder to reduce urine stasis related problems particularly infection and (c) voiding/emptying of bladder at regular intervals.

Classification of Neuropathic bladder:

Bladder dysfunction can be classified very simply in relation to its normal function and to the function of the sphincteric complex [14].

A. Failure to Store Urine: a) Detrusor: Poor compliance, involuntary contractions, small capacity bladder and sensory abnormalities. b) Inadequate bladder outlet resistance: Physiological, anatomical or psychological.

B. Failure to empty voluntarily and completely: a) Weak Detrusor: neurogenic, myogenic, psychological and Idiopathic. b) Increased Bladder outlet resistance: Neurogenic, anatomical, physiological (sphincter dyssynergia),psychological.

Patterns of Neuropathic Bladder:

There are three basic patterns of neuropathic bladders seen by urodynamic evaluation [1].

1. Contractile bladder / Supra sacral Cord Lesions: The innervations of the detrusor and external urethral sphincter are intact and conus reflexes are positive. Voiding occurs by detrusor hyperreflexia almost always associated with detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia. This is also called dynamic sphincteric obstruction. Intravesical pressures are invariably high and may lead to secondary upper renal tract complications

2. Acontractile bladder /Sacral Cord Lesions: The innervations of both detrusor and external sphincter is destroyed, conus reflexes are absent along with negative Detrusor contractility but some degree of sphincteric incompetence is always present. Voiding occurs either by overflow dribbling or by raising intra-abdominal pressure. There is a fixed urethral resistance of varying severity in different patients but constant in any individual patient. Degree of detrusor non-compliance is common.

3. Intermediate bladder Dysfunction: This bladder comprises of a combination of anomalies including various degrees of detrusor non-compliance, detrusor hyper reflexia and sphincteric incontinence. In NTD, the patterns of bladder dysfunction are 25% contractile, 15% acontractile and 60% intermediate [4].

Secondary upper renal tract complications

Around 20% of children with NTD are affected by upper renal tract complications by 2 years of age [4]. Approximately 50% of boys are at risk of upper tract complications by puberty. Risk in girls is slightly less than that.

Factors responsible for these complications include urine Infection which is extremely common mostly resulting from bladder dysfunction [15]. Vesicoureteric reflux (VUR) will affect 40% of children with neuropathic bladder, by the age of five [16]. VUR could be primary or more often secondary in which case the treatment is aimed to correct the underlying bladder abnormal function.

Neuropathic bladders and non neuropathic neuropathic bladders can either be seen as “safe”, whereby the pressure experienced within them is low, usually due to an ineffective sphincter, resulting in 60% of adolescents being incontinent [16] or “at risk”. In the latter group bladder outflow obstruction either in the form of detrusor-sphincter dyssynergia or static sphincteric obstruction is associated with increased intra vesical pressure. In an attempt to compensate for this the bladder will distend, lose compliance, be at risk of infection, become scarred and form diverticuli in order to increase capacity and thereby reduce pressure. When these countermeasures fail the system the detrusor becomes overactive and there is loss of compliance placing the upper tracts at risk of damage. The resulting pathology is known as end stage bladder disease.

As previously mentioned a number of diseases of the urinary bladder culminated in end stage bladder disease characterised by small contracted bladders that create high pressure systems with consequences for kidney function [17]. These conditions, have a poorly defined pathological pathway. Urothelium cells isolated from neuropathic bladders have been shown to have a compromised proliferative and differentiated phenotype in vitro [18], but as the urothelium is not implicated in the primary pathogenesis the reasons for this are unknown.

Patient Assessment

History

Detailed history is invaluable in workup of these patients and should include antenatal history and complications, birth and development [19]. It is important to establish both day and night time voiding symptoms which can be divided into: a) Storage symptoms including urgency, urge incontinence, frequency and dysuria. b) Obstructive symptoms including urinary retention, hesitancy, staccato voiding (starting and starting), straining to void and feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.

Examination

Physical examination should include examination of abdomen (palpable faeces/bladder), back (hair tuft, nevus, dimple over lumbosacral spine, asymmetrical gluteal crease), genitalia and lower extremities (reflexes, muscles mass, strength, gait, perineal sensation, tone, gross and fine movement) [19]. Neurological assessment is done to demonstrate presence or absence of conus reflexes and existence of any sacral sensory or motor sparing. Positive conus reflexes are associated with sphincteric competence and is therefore associated with excellent prognosis.

It is worth mentioning here that in a neonate if the bladder is expressible or conus reflexes are negative or if there is no sensory sparing then a neuropathic bladder is almost certainly present.

Investigations

Blood Tests are usually not needed unless clinically indicated. If a child with known neuropathic bladder presents with symptoms of upper urine tract infection, then it's reasonable to perform routine tests including full blood count, urea and creatinine along with urine examination, microscopy and culture [19].

Spine X Ray

X-Ray of the spine (Fig. 1) is a quick way to identify the segment of the spine involved [23]. Abdominal X rays may also be required to assess faecal loading/constipation.

Figure 1: X ray of lumbosacral spine showing the pedicles of the sacral vertebrae are widely spaced consistent with the diagnosis of spina bifida. There is an associated moderate generalised faecal loading of the colon.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound (Fig. 2) is non- invasive, quick, and radiation-free. It has become the standard technique to look for upper tract dilatation and post-micturation bladder residual volume [23].

Figure 2: Ultrasound of a neuropathic bladder showing the thickened bladder wall with trabeculations and echoes are identified within the bladder, consistent with debris secondary to poor bladder emptying. There is bilateral dilated ureters seen behind the bladder as well suggestive of high intravesical pressures.

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Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCUG)

Micturating Cystourethrogram (Fig. 3 and 4) is done to understand bladder anatomy, look for presence of vesicoureteric reflux, bladder wall anatomy including trabeculations, diverticulae formation, bladder outflow obstruction [23].

Figure 3: Micturating cystourethrogram in a Neuropathic bladder. The examination was performed via an indwelling Foleys catheter showing bladder with elongated configuration, irregular outline with diverticulae and is thick walled with trabeculations. There is grade 4 vesico-ureteric reflux the right side, a secondary Vesicoureteric reflux representing high Intravesical pressures.

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Figure 4: Micturating cystourethrogram study done on an Augmented bladder. Contrast outlined the irregular augmented bladder without evidence of contrast leak. Augmentation has significantly increased bladder capacity, the native small volume bladder can be seen below with Augmented segment on top.

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Dimercapto succinic acid (DMSA) Scan

Other imaging like scans like DMSA scan (Fig. 5) may be needed if there are dilated upper tracts/vesico ureteric reflux seen on the ultrasounds particularly if there is a history of recurrent urine infections to assess kidney scarring and assess baseline differential function of the kidneys [20,23].

Figure 5: Renal DMSA. Left kidney is generally small and central photopenia represent the mild collecting system dilatation (can be correlated with similar findings on ultrasound scan).There is far greater central photopenia due to collecting system dilatation on the right side, The split renal function calculated lies outside the normal range (Calculated differential : left kidney 16% and right kidney 84%).

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Urodynamics

Urodynamics is indispensable in elucidating the various patterns of bladder dysfunction associated with neuropathic bladder [21]. This helps to understand bladder anatomy and physiology and help plan further management. Video-urodynamics (a combination of filling cystometry and pressure flow study) is the gold standard for urodynamic investigation in patients with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction [21, 23].

Treatment

Treatment needs to be individualized and initial steps after diagnosis should include identification of potential risks to renal function, optimise voiding patterns and management of associated bowel dysfunction [19]. To increase urine storage, gentle stretching of the bladder by increased oral fluids should be encouraged.

Medical

Pharmacological treatment must be provided alongside urotherapy and biofeedback and adequate constipation treatment has been assured [22].

Anticholinergics

Anticholinergics (like Oxybutynin, Tolterodine & Solifenacin) inhibit the binding of acetylcholine to the muscarinic receptors in the detrusor, thereby suppressing involuntary bladder contractions. This results in an increase in bladder volume voided and a decrease in micturition frequency, sensation of urgency, and number of urge incontinence episodes [23].

Oxybutynin inhibits the action of acetylcholine on smooth muscle and has a direct antispasmodic effect on smooth muscles. This, in turn, increases bladder capacity and decreases uninhibited contractions. Oxybutynin is relatively M3, M1 bladder receptor specific [43].

Tolterodine is a nonspecific competitive muscarinic receptor antagonist for OAB. However, it differs from other anticholinergic types in that it has selectivity for urinary bladder over salivary glands. Tolterodine exhibits a high specificity for muscarinic receptors [43].

Solifenacin is a tertiary amine approved by the FDA for OAB in adults since 2005. It has excellent bioavailability, a long half-life and potentially a superior side-effect profile due to subtype receptor selectivity for the bladder [23,44]. It was shown that the combination of two different anticholinergics might be a well tolerated and successful option in children with overactive refractory to monotherapy, as well as administration of a receptor-selective antimuscarinic such as solifenacin [23, 42]. The role of alpha-blockers such as doxazosin in the treatment of neuropathic bladder in children remains controversial [24].

Clean Intermittent Catheterisation

To improve bladder emptying double voiding and timed bladder voiding is needed of course when they are toilet trained. Clean intermittent catheterisation (CIC) may be needed if bladder emptying is poor. Clean intermittent catheterisation along with an anti-cholinergic is the standard therapy for a neuropathic bladder [6, 23]. Ideally CIC needs to be instituted early to prevent both renal damage as well as secondary bladder wall changes that helps to improve long term outcomes.

Antibiotics

Urine infection needs either short course of antibiotics or low dose prophylactic antibiotic to prevent infections, although in the era of antibiotic guardianship to prevent infection there is increasing evidence to suggest that prophylaxis should be used only in selected cases [27].

Surgical Options

There are various surgical options which are only considered following thorough bladder assessment, informed consent with child and family [28].

1. Suprapubic catheter or Vesicostomy Button

This is generally a short term emergency measure or a bridging option to a major surgical intervention to buy time and acclimatizes child and parents with use of catheters for bladder drainage [38]. When intermittent urethral catheterization cannot be established, Mitrofanoff continent urinary diversion (described later) seems to be a major surgery for patients and their parents. In addition, for some patients, intermittent bladder emptying may be required for a transitory period. For all these reasons, there is a place for a reversible vesicostomy with a minimally invasive procedure. Button vesicostomy seems to be a good alternative [38] definitely as a short term measure to empty bladders regularly and reduce intra vesical pressures.

2. Botulinum Toxin

Both detrusor hyper-reflexia and detrusor noncompliance can be managed with injection of botulinum toxin but the affect usually lasts for around 6 months [29]. It also carries the risk of needed bladder catheterisation acutely or exacerbating incontinence. It can also be injected into the sphincters to decrease outflow resistance.

4. Catheterising Conduits

Appendicovesicostomy (Mitrofanoff Procedure) is done for those who are either unable to catheterise urethra for anatomical reasons or because of presence of sensate urethra. This procedure creates a channel between the bladder and the wall of the abdomen to allow intermittent self-catheterisation i.e., drainage of the bladder. The Mitrofanoff is preferentially made from the appendix (or small bowel) which is mobilised on its blood supply or a piece of bowel. One end is tunnelled into the wall of the bladder to create a valve that acts as a continent mechanism, the other end is passed through an opening in the abdominal wall to form a small stoma through which a catheter can pass to empty the bladder 4-6 times a day.

The Mitrofanoff is often situated on the right hand side of the lower abdomen, just below the underwear line or for cosmetic appearances another possible site is the umbilicus [39].

5. Augmentation Cystoplasty

Enterocystoplasty remains the principal means of bladder augmentation since is available widely. The overall aim is reduction in urinary tract infections (UTIs), improved continence and important reduced bladder pressures and subsequent damage to the upper urinary tracts. Various visceral segments have been used in bladder augmentation including ileum [23], sigmoid colon and stomach. Complications include; mucus production [30] causing blockage of catheter, stenosis, infections, metabolic changes [31], spontaneous perforation [32], malignancy [33], bowel problems like diarrhoea, dysuria and hematuria particularly with gastrocystoplasty [28].

Other Augmentation options include autoaugmentation, autoaugmentation with demucosalised enterocystoplasty [34, 35], detrusorectomy [35], augmentation with tissue engineered neobladder and ureterocystoplasty [28]. One group has reported using synthetic and natural biomaterial scaffolds in the form of polyglycolic acid (PGA) and small intestinal submucosa (SIS) in auto-augmentation in rabbits only [36].

6. Sphincter Incompetence

Surgical options include bladder neck repair and urethral sling procedures which are usually done in conjunction with bladder augmentation procedures if there is minimal outlet resistance. Some common techniques include Young Dees, Kropp and Pippi Salle procedure, bladder neck suspension, urethral sling procedures, periurethral bulking agents and artificial urinary sphincter [28, 37].

7. Urinary Diversion

Ileal conduit or continent bladder replacement surgical procedures are done with a pouch of colon. These are associated with long term complication with dilatation and infection as well as metabolic complications and neoplasia therefore usually carried out as salvage procedures [37, 41].

Bowel Management

Spinal cord lesions has the similar effects on rectum and anal sphincters leading to faecal incontinence either due to constipation, overflow incontinence, sphincteric competence or combination of these factors. Initial treatment includes appropriate diet, laxatives, regular colonic emptying by manual evacuations, purgatives, suppositories or retrograde enemas. If it fails or child is unwilling then an ante-grade continence enema (ACE) procedure is usually considered. In ACE Procedure, an appendix or Monti ileal tube can be implanted between caecum and anterior abdominal wall as a catheterisable channel for antegrade continent enema [37].

 

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