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Neonates With Neurological Complications

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Identifier:
First received: August 17, 2006
Last updated: November 26, 2014
Last verified: November 2014
The purpose of this retrospective study is to identify all neonates (newborns < 30 days of age) from January 1, 2002 through June 20, 2006 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta who have suffered neurological complications following cardiac surgery. This retrospective study is important to identify the incidence, care and follow-up of neurological complications at this institution

Congenital Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Retrospective Review of Neonates With Neurological Complications Following Cardiac Surgery

Further study details as provided by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The purpose of this study was to examine short term outcomes following cardiac surgery in premature neonates. [ Time Frame: 6 years ]
    In congenital cardiac defects where there was a choice of palliation vs complete anatomic repair, premature neonates underwent palliative procedures more frequently than term neonates. Premature neonates spent more days of mechanical ventilation compared to their term counterparts. Importantly, there was no difference in mortality between the two groups.

Enrollment: 810
Study Start Date: January 2002
Study Completion Date: April 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Studies have shown that between one-quarter and one-half of infants undergoing cardiac surgery will suffer brain injury during surgery (the perioperative period). Some infants with congenital heart disease have neurological injury prior to cardiac surgery as a result of cyanosis, acidosis and abnormal circulation. The spectrum of neurological injury ranges from agitation and subtle disturbances in learning and new memory acquisition to visual and motor development abnormalities, seizures, stroke and encephalopathy.

The patient will be identified from the cardiothoracic surgery database. Their hospital medical records and the neurological database will be reviewed for type of neurological complication (i.e. seizure, stroke), neuro-imaging and any mortality for these patients. We will review the patient outcome data that is available, after the initial surgery, through June 20, 2006. No patients will be contacted.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 30 Days   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
All neonates (newborns < 30 days of age) from January 1, 2002 through June 20, 2006 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta who have suffered neurological complications following cardiac surgery.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta patients
  • January 1, 2002 through June 20, 2006
  • < 30 days of age
  • neurological complications following cardiac surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those who do not meet inclusion criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00366561

United States, Georgia
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Principal Investigator: Janet M Simsic, MD Sibley Heart Center Cardiology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  More Information

Responsible Party: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Identifier: NCT00366561     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-139
Study First Received: August 17, 2006
Last Updated: November 26, 2014

Keywords provided by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta:
neurological complications
surgery processed this record on May 25, 2017