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Health disparities among tennessee pediatric renal tumor patients.
Neuzil K, Apple A, Sybenga A, Chen H, Zhao S, Whiteside M, Correa H, Phelps HM, Lovvorn HN
(2020) J Pediatr Surg 55: 1081-1087
MeSH Terms: Adolescent, African Americans, Carcinoma, Renal Cell, Child, Child, Preschool, Cohort Studies, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Infant, Kidney Neoplasms, Male, Neoplasm Staging, Registries, Retrospective Studies, Sarcoma, Tennessee, Wilms Tumor
Show Abstract · Added November 30, 2020
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE - Wilms tumor (WT) poses a cancer health disparity to black children globally, which has not been evaluated thoroughly for other pediatric renal cancers. We aimed to characterize health disparities among Tennessee children treated for any renal cancer.
METHODS - The Tennessee Cancer Registry (TCR) was queried for patients ≤18 years having any renal cancer (n = 160). To clarify treatment and outcomes, we performed a retrospective cohort study of pediatric renal cancer patients in our institutional cancer registry (ICR; n = 121). Diagnoses in both registries included WT, Sarcoma/Other, and Renal Cell Carcinoma. Wilcoxon/Pearson, Kaplan-Meier, and logistic regression were completed.
RESULTS - In both registries, WT comprised the most common renal cancer and youngest median age. Sarcoma was intermediate in frequency and age, and RCC was least common, having the oldest age (p < 0.001). In the TCR, black patients comprised 26% of all patients, presented more commonly with distant disease than white patients (37% v. 16%; p = 0.021), and showed worse overall survival (73% v. 89%; p = 0.018), while the ICR showed similar survival between race groups (92% v. 93%, p = 0.868). Sarcoma and metastases were independent predictors of death in both registries (p ≤ 0.002).
CONCLUSIONS - Black children in Tennessee presented with more advanced disease and experienced worse survival when combining all renal cancer types, particularly RCC and Sarcoma. When treated at a comprehensive pediatric cancer center, these survival disparities appear diminished.
TYPE OF STUDY - Prognostic study.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE - Level II (retrospective cohort).
Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Early medical therapy for acute laryngeal injury (ALgI) following endotracheal intubation: a protocol for a prospective single-centre randomised controlled trial.
Lowery AS, Kimura K, Shinn J, Shannon C, Gelbard A
(2019) BMJ Open 9: e027963
MeSH Terms: Acute Disease, Azithromycin, Budesonide, Double-Blind Method, Early Medical Intervention, Humans, Intensive Care Units, Intubation, Intratracheal, Larynx, Noninvasive Ventilation, Prospective Studies, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Tennessee, Time Factors, Wounds and Injuries
Show Abstract · Added July 30, 2020
INTRODUCTION - Respiratory failure requiring endotracheal intubation accounts for a significant proportion of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions. Little attention has been paid to the laryngeal consequences of endotracheal intubation. Acute laryngeal injury (ALgI) after intubation occurs at the mucosal interface of the endotracheal tube and posterior larynx and although not immediately manifest at extubation, can progress to mature fibrosis, restricted glottic mobility and clinically significant ventilatory impairment. A recent prospective observational study has shown that >50% of patients intubated >24 hours in an ICU develop ALgI. Strikingly, patients with AlgI manifest significantly worse subjective breathing at 12 weeks. Current ALgI treatments are largely surgical yet offer a marginal improvement in symptoms. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A prospective, single-centre, double-blinded, randomised, control trial will be conducted at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Participants will be recruited from adult patients in ICUs. Participants will undergo a bedside flexible nasolaryngoscopy for the identification of ALgI within 72 hours postextubation. In addition, participants will be asked to complete peak expiratory flow measurements immediately postintubation. Patients found to have ALgI will be randomised to the placebo control or medical therapy group (azithromycin 250 mg and budesonide 0.5 mg for 14 days). Repeat peak expiratory flow, examination of the larynx and patient-reported Clinical COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Questionnaire, Voice Handicap Index and 12-Item Short Form Health Survey questionnaires will be conducted at 12 weeks postextubation. Consented patients will also have patient-specific, disease-specific and procedure-specific covariates abstracted from their medical record.
ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION - The Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center has approved this protocol (IRB #171066). The findings of the trial will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journals, national and international conferences.
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Trends in anogenital wart incidence among Tennessee Medicaid enrollees, 2006-2014: The impact of human papillomavirus vaccination.
Shing JZ, Hull PC, Zhu Y, Gargano JW, Markowitz LE, Cleveland AA, Pemmaraju M, Park IU, Whitney E, Mitchel EF, Griffin MR
(2019) Papillomavirus Res 7: 141-149
MeSH Terms: Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Anus Diseases, Condylomata Acuminata, Female, Humans, Incidence, Male, Medicaid, Papillomavirus Vaccines, Race Factors, Tennessee, United States, Young Adult
Show Abstract · Added July 11, 2019
INTRODUCTION - Evidence of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine impact on anogenital warts (AGWs) by race or urbanicity in the US is lacking. We evaluated HPV vaccine impact in Tennessee by assessing AGW trends among Tennessee Medicaid (TennCare) enrollees aged 15-39 years from 2006-2014.
METHODS - Persons with incident AGWs were identified using diagnosis/pharmacy codes from TennCare billing claims. We calculated sex-specific annual AGW incidence by age group, race, and urbanicity; estimated annual percent changes (APCs) using log-linear models; and performed pairwise comparisons by race and urbanicity.
RESULTS - AGW incidence decreased among females aged 15-19 (APC = -10.6; P < 0.01) and 20-24 years (APC = -3.9; P = 0.02). Overall trends were similar between Whites and Blacks, and between those living in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and non-MSAs. Rates among males aged 15-19 years began decreasing after 2010. Among enrollees aged 25-39 years, rates increased or were stable.
CONCLUSIONS - Following introduction of the HPV vaccine in 2006, AGWs decreased among age groups most likely to be vaccinated. The change in trend among young males after 2010 suggests early herd effects. Our findings indicate vaccine effects and support the importance of improving adherence to current vaccination recommendations for preventing AGWs and other HPV-related diseases.
Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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Incidence and malignancy rates of indeterminate pediatric thyroid nodules.
Wang H, Mehrad M, Ely KA, Liang J, Solórzano CC, Neblett WW, Coogan AC, Weiss VL
(2019) Cancer Cytopathol 127: 231-239
MeSH Terms: Adenocarcinoma, Follicular, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Incidence, Male, Prognosis, Retrospective Studies, Tennessee, Thyroid Neoplasms, Thyroid Nodule, Thyroidectomy, Young Adult
Show Abstract · Added April 15, 2019
BACKGROUND - The American Thyroid Association guidelines task force currently recommends definitive thyroidectomy or lobectomy after an indeterminate thyroid biopsy in children. This recommendation is based on evidence of a greater incidence and a higher risk of malignancy compared with adults in earlier pediatric studies. Such management may lead to overtreatment and unnecessary surgery for many children in the United States.
METHODS - The objective of the current study was to re-evaluate pediatric thyroid nodules and assess the overall percentages and malignancy rates for indeterminate thyroid biopsies in children. In total, 302 pediatric thyroid fine-needle aspirations (FNAs) were analyzed retrospectively (2001-2018). Distribution percentages and malignancy rates were calculated for each category of The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (TBSRTC).
RESULTS - Two indeterminate TBSRTC groups (atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance and follicular neoplasm/suspicious for a follicular neoplasm) had much lower distribution percentages and malignancy rates compared with earlier pediatric series and American Thyroid Association guidelines. A meta-analysis further supported these findings and demonstrated distinctly different malignancy rates for the indeterminate groups (atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance, follicular neoplasm/suspicious for a follicular neoplasm, and suspicious for malignancy), suggesting the need for TBSRTC category-specific management recommendations rather than a nondiscriminatory, up-front surgical approach.
CONCLUSIONS - Adult patients with indeterminate preoperative thyroid cytopathology are followed by repeat biopsy and possibly molecular testing before undergoing definitive surgery. However, in children, the guidelines are considerably more aggressive and recommend definitive surgery after the first indeterminate thyroid biopsy. Here, the largest pediatric cohort to date with meta-analysis is presented, and the authors propose a re-evaluation of this up-front approach to pediatric thyroid care.
© 2019 American Cancer Society.
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Opiate Exposure and Predictors of Increased Opiate Use After Ureteroscopy.
Kang C, Shu X, Herrell SD, Miller NL, Hsi RS
(2019) J Endourol 33: 480-485
MeSH Terms: Adult, Aged, Analgesics, Opioid, Body Mass Index, Female, Humans, Kidney Calculi, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Opioid-Related Disorders, Postoperative Period, Retrospective Studies, Risk, Tennessee, Ureteroscopy
Show Abstract · Added February 26, 2019
Kidney stone formers are at risk for opioid dependence. The aim of this study is to describe opiate exposure and determine predictors of prolonged opiate use among kidney stone formers after surgery. A retrospective review was performed among patients who underwent ureteroscopy for upper tract stone disease. Prescription data were ascertained from a statewide prescribing database. Demographic data and surgical factors were collected from the electronic medical record. Predictors of additional postsurgery prescriptions filled within 30 days and persistent opiate use 60 days after ureteroscopy were determined. Among 208 patients, 127 (61%) had received preoperative opiate prescriptions within 30 days before surgery. Overall, 12% ( = 25) of patients required an additional opiate prescription within 30 days after ureteroscopy, and 7% ( = 14) of patients continued to use opiate medications more than 60 days postoperatively. Patients continuing to use opiates long-term were not chronic opiate users. For both outcomes, preoperative opiate exposure, including number of prescriptions, days prescribed, and unique providers had significant associations (all  < 0.05). Additionally, younger age ( = 0.049) was associated with obtaining an additional opiate prescription within 30 days. Lower BMI ( = 0.02) and higher ASA score ( = 0.03) were predictors of continued opiate use more than 60 days after ureteroscopy. The majority of stone formers have had opiate exposure before surgery, often from multiple providers. Approximately 1 in 8 stone formers who undergo ureteroscopy require additional opiate prescriptions within 30 days. A small but significant population receive opiates beyond the immediate postoperative period.
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Gestational Age at Arrest of Development: An Alternative Approach for Assigning Time at Risk in Studies of Time-Varying Exposures and Miscarriage.
Sundermann AC, Mukherjee S, Wu P, Velez Edwards DR, Hartmann KE
(2019) Am J Epidemiol 188: 570-578
MeSH Terms: Abortion, Spontaneous, Adult, Cohort Studies, Female, Gestational Age, Humans, North Carolina, Pregnancy, Reproducibility of Results, Risk Factors, Tennessee, Texas, Time Factors, Ultrasonography, Prenatal, Young Adult
Show Abstract · Added February 21, 2019
The time between arrest of pregnancy development and miscarriage represents a window in which the pregnancy is nonviable and not developing. In effect, the pregnancy loss has already occurred, and additional exposure cannot influence its outcome. However, epidemiologic studies of miscarriage traditionally use gestational age at miscarriage (GAM) to assign time in survival analyses, which overestimates duration of exposure and time at risk. In Right From the Start, a pregnancy cohort study (2000-2012), we characterized the gap between estimated gestational age at arrest of development (GAAD) and miscarriage using transvaginal ultrasound in 500 women recruited from 3 states (North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas). We compared effect estimates from models using GAAD with GAM to assign time at risk through a simulation study of several exposure patterns with varying effect sizes. The median gap between GAAD and miscarriage was 23 days (interquartile range, 15-32). Use of GAAD decreased the bias and variance of the estimated association for time-varying exposures, whereas half the time using GAM led to estimates that differed from the true effect by more than 20%. Using GAAD to assign time at risk should result in more accurate and consistent characterization of miscarriage risk associated with time-varying exposures.
© The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.
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Postoperative Opiate Use in Urological Patients: A Quality Improvement Study Aimed at Improving Opiate Disposal Practices.
Cabo J, Hsi RS, Scarpato KR
(2019) J Urol 201: 371-376
MeSH Terms: Analgesics, Opioid, Humans, Pain Management, Pain, Postoperative, Patient Education as Topic, Postoperative Period, Prescription Drug Misuse, Quality Improvement, Retrospective Studies, Tennessee, Urologic Surgical Procedures
Show Abstract · Added February 26, 2019
PURPOSE - We aimed to determine trends in postoperative opiate management among urological patients, identify associations with opiate keeping and foster appropriate opiate disposal after surgery via introduction of an educational handout.
MATERIALS AND METHODS - We retrospectively analyzed opiate practices in 68 patients who had undergone urological surgery. In a separate consecutive cohort of 59 patients we distributed a handout detailing FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved disposal methods. Patient opiate obtainment, use and disposal were assessed via telephone interviews with prescription filling data verified using the Tennessee CSMD (Controlled Substances Monitoring Database). Opiate keeping was defined as possessing any opiates more than 3 weeks after surgery or more than 4 times the duration of the postoperative prescription, whichever was longer.
RESULTS - Opiate keeping was observed in 41 patients (72%) in our initial cohort. Of these patients 68% left the medication unsecured at home. Major barriers to opiate disposal included concern for return of disease specific pain in 44% of patients and unrelated pain in 29%. As assessed on a short test, opiate keepers were less knowledgeable about safe disposal practices compared to nonkeepers (72% vs 85%, p = 0.005). Among opiate keepers there was an improvement in knowledge scores after the intervention (66% to 77%, p = 0.03). When comparing pre-education to post-education, there was no detectable improvement in the rate of opiate keeping (72% vs 68%, p = 0.66) or proper disposal (9% vs 8%, p = 1.0).
CONCLUSIONS - Opiate keeping is common following urological surgery and a major barrier to disposal is concern for the return of disease specific pain. Future interventions aimed at limiting opiate keeping should combine evidence-based prescription practices and targeted patient education.
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Validation of discharge diagnosis codes to identify serious infections among middle age and older adults.
Wiese AD, Griffin MR, Stein CM, Schaffner W, Greevy RA, Mitchel EF, Grijalva CG
(2018) BMJ Open 8: e020857
MeSH Terms: Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Algorithms, Clinical Coding, Female, Humans, Infections, International Classification of Diseases, Male, Medicaid, Medical Records, Middle Aged, Patient Discharge, Predictive Value of Tests, Reproducibility of Results, Retrospective Studies, Tennessee, United States
Show Abstract · Added July 27, 2018
OBJECTIVES - Hospitalisations for serious infections are common among middle age and older adults and frequently used as study outcomes. Yet, few studies have evaluated the performance of diagnosis codes to identify serious infections in this population. We sought to determine the positive predictive value (PPV) of diagnosis codes for identifying hospitalisations due to serious infections among middle age and older adults.
SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS - We identified hospitalisations for possible infection among adults >=50 years enrolled in the Tennessee Medicaid healthcare programme (2008-2012) using International Classifications of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnosis codes for pneumonia, meningitis/encephalitis, bacteraemia/sepsis, cellulitis/soft-tissue infections, endocarditis, pyelonephritis and septic arthritis/osteomyelitis.
DESIGN - Medical records were systematically obtained from hospitals randomly selected from a stratified sampling framework based on geographical region and hospital discharge volume.
MEASURES - Two trained clinical reviewers used a standardised extraction form to abstract information from medical records. Predefined algorithms served as reference to adjudicate confirmed infection-specific hospitalisations. We calculated the PPV of diagnosis codes using confirmed hospitalisations as reference. Sensitivity analyses determined the robustness of the PPV to definitions that required radiological or microbiological confirmation. We also determined inter-rater reliability between reviewers.
RESULTS - The PPV of diagnosis codes for hospitalisations for infection (n=716) was 90.2% (95% CI 87.8% to 92.2%). The PPV was highest for pneumonia (96.5% (95% CI 93.9% to 98.0%)) and cellulitis (91.1% (95% CI 84.7% to 94.9%)), and lowest for meningitis/encephalitis (50.0% (95% CI 23.7% to 76.3%)). The adjudication reliability was excellent (92.7% agreement; first agreement coefficient: 0.91). The overall PPV was lower when requiring microbiological confirmation (45%) and when requiring radiological confirmation for pneumonia (79%).
CONCLUSIONS - Discharge diagnosis codes have a high PPV for identifying hospitalisations for common, serious infections among middle age and older adults. PPV estimates for rare infections were imprecise.
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Maintaining oncologic integrity with minimally invasive resection of pediatric embryonal tumors.
Phelps HM, Ayers GD, Ndolo JM, Dietrich HL, Watson KD, Hilmes MA, Lovvorn HN
(2018) Surgery 164: 333-343
MeSH Terms: Child, Preschool, Early Diagnosis, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures, Neoadjuvant Therapy, Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal, Neuroblastoma, Registries, Tennessee, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Treatment Outcome, Ultrasonography, Prenatal
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BACKGROUND - Embryonal tumors arise typically in infants and young children and are often massive at presentation. Operative resection is a cornerstone in the multimodal treatment of embryonal tumors but potentially disrupts therapeutic timelines. When used appropriately, minimally invasive surgery can minimize treatment delays. The oncologic integrity and safety attainable with minimally invasive resection of embryonal tumors, however, remains controversial.
METHODS - Query of the Vanderbilt Cancer Registry identified all children treated for intracavitary, embryonal tumors during a 15-year period. Tumors were assessed radiographically to measure volume (mL) and image-defined risk factors (neuroblastic tumors only) at time of diagnosis, and at preresection and postresection. Patient and tumor characteristics, perioperative details, and oncologic outcomes were compared between minimally invasive surgery and open resection of tumors of comparable size.
RESULTS - A total of 202 patients were treated for 206 intracavitary embryonal tumors, of which 178 were resected either open (n = 152, 85%) or with minimally invasive surgery (n = 26, 15%). The 5-year, relapse-free, and overall survival were not significantly different after minimally invasive surgery or open resection of tumors having a volume less than 100 mL, corresponding to the largest resected with minimally invasive surgery (P = .249 and P = .124, respectively). No difference in margin status or lymph node sampling between the 2 operative approaches was detected (p = .333 and p = .070, respectively). Advantages associated with minimally invasive surgery were decreased blood loss (P < .001), decreased operating time (P = .002), and shorter hospital stay (P < .001). Characteristically, minimally invasive surgery was used for smaller volume and earlier stage neuroblastic tumors without image-defined risk factors.
CONCLUSION - When selected appropriately, minimally invasive resection of pediatric embryonal tumors, particularly neuroblastic tumors, provides acceptable oncologic integrity. Large tumor volume, small patient size, and image-defined risk factors may limit the broader applicability of minimally invasive surgery.
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Angiotensin receptor blocker vs ACE inhibitor effects on HDL functionality in patients on maintenance hemodialysis.
Kaseda R, Tsuchida Y, Gamboa JL, Zhong J, Zhang L, Yang H, Dikalova A, Bian A, Davies S, Fogo AF, Linton MF, Brown NJ, Ikizler TA, Kon V
(2018) Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 28: 582-591
MeSH Terms: Adult, Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Blockers, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, Biomarkers, Cholesterol, HDL, Double-Blind Method, Female, Humans, Inflammation Mediators, Kidney Failure, Chronic, Male, Middle Aged, Oxidative Stress, Ramipril, Renal Dialysis, Tennessee, Time Factors, Treatment Outcome, Valsartan
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BACKGROUND AND AIMS - Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) reduce cardiovascular events in the general population. Maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients are at high cardiovascular risk but few studies have directly addressed the comparative efficacy of these drugs. MHD disrupts the normally atheroprotective actions of high density lipoprotein (HDL), therefore, we compared ACEI or ARB treatment on HDL functions in MHD.
METHODS AND RESULTS - HDL was isolated at the starting point (pre) and 3-6 months later (post) in 30 MHD randomly assigned to placebo, ramipril or valsartan. Outcomes included cholesterol efflux, inflammatory cytokine response, effects on Toll-like receptors (TLR), superoxide production, methylarginine and serum amyloid A (SAA) levels. HDL from ARB- or ACEI-treated subjects was more effective in maintaining efflux than HDL of placebo. HDL from ARB- or ACEI-treated subjects but not placebo lessened cellular superoxide production. In contrast, neither ARB nor ACEI improved HDL anti-inflammatory effect. Indeed, HDL of ACEI-treated subjects potentiated the cytokine responses in association with activation of TLR but did not alter the HDL content of methylarginines or SAA.
CONCLUSION - Both ACEI and ARB stabilized HDL cholesterol acceptor function and sustained cellular anti-oxidative effects but not anti-inflammatory effects, and ACEI-treatment instead amplified the HDL inflammatory response. The findings reveal possible utility of antagonizing angiotensin actions in MDH and suggest a possible mechanism for superiority of ARB vs ACEI in the setting of advanced kidney disease.
Copyright © 2018 The Italian Society of Diabetology, the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis, the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, and the Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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