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Esophageal Mechanosensitive Mechanisms Are Impaired in Neonates with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy.
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PMID:  23260103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVES: To test the hypothesis that esophageal mechanodistention in infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) results in altered upper esophageal sphincter (UES), esophageal body, and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) responses, compared with controls. As a secondary aim, we tested the hypothesis that infants with HIE receiving therapeutic hypothermia had different aerodigestive reflex characteristics than infants with HIE who received traditional neonatal care. STUDY DESIGN: Provocative esophageal manometry was performed in 34 neonates (27 with HIE and 7 controls). Mechanodistention was performed using graded volumes of air. Peristaltic reflexes, UES contractile reflexes, and LES relaxation reflexes were analyzed for frequency, magnitude, and aberrancies. RESULTS: Infants with HIE demonstrated more rapid recruitment of responses and greater UES magnitude (P < .05). They had more frequent secondary peristalsis and lower LES nadir pressures with prolonged LES nadir durations (P < .05). Most notable were the prolonged peristaltic response durations and increases in the number of polymorphic waveforms (P < .05). Compared with infants with HIE receiving traditional care, infants with HIE treated with hypothermia had higher UES pressures and shorter peristaltic response duration (P < .05). CONCLUSIONS: Mechanodistention in infants with HIE results in upregulation of central vagal effects (ie, heightened cholinergic excitatory responses as demonstrated by exaggerated UES contractile reflex activity and heightened inhibitory responses evident by exaggerated LES relaxation reflex activity). Prolonged and poorly coordinated peristaltic responses may underlie dysfunction of aerodigestive regulation. Modulation of sensorimotor aspects of aerodigestive reflexes is altered in infants with HIE, and hypothermia may further modify such effects.
Authors:
Crystal D Hill; Sudarshan R Jadcherla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of pediatrics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-6833     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375410     Medline TA:  J Pediatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, Columbus, OH.
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