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Grégoire Boulouis, Sarah Stricker, Sandro Benichi, Jean-François Hak, Florent Gariel, Manoelle Kossorotoff, Nicolas Garcelon, Annie Harroche, Quentin Alias, Lorenzo Garzelli, Fanny Bajolle, Nathalie Boddaert, Philippe Meyer, Thomas Blauwblomme, and Olivier Naggara

OBJECTIVE

The clinical outcome of pediatric intracerebral hemorrhage (pICH) is rarely reported in a comprehensive way. In this cohort study, systematic review, and meta-analysis of patients with pICH, the authors aimed to describe the basic clinical outcomes of pICH.

METHODS

Children who received treatment for pICH at the authors’ institution were prospectively enrolled in the cohort in 2008; data since 2000 were retrospectively included, and data through October 2019 were analyzed. The authors then searched PubMed and conducted a systematic review of relevant articles published since 1990. Data from the identified populations and patients from the cohort study were pooled into a multicategory meta-analysis and analyzed with regard to clinical outcomes.

RESULTS

Among 243 children screened for inclusion, 231 patients were included. The median (IQR) age at ictus was 9.6 (4.6–12.5) years, and 128 patients (53%) were male. After a median (IQR) follow-up of 33 (13–63) months, 132 patients (57.4%) had a favorable clinical outcome, of whom 58 (44%) had no residual symptoms. Nineteen studies were included in the meta-analysis. Overall, the proportion of children with complete recovery was 27% (95% CI 19%–36%; Q = 49.6; I2 = 76%); of those with residual deficits, the complete recovery rate was 48.1% (95% CI 40%–57%; Q = 75.3; I2 = 81%). When pooled with the cohort study, the aggregate case-fatality rate at the last follow-up was 17.3% (95% CI 12%–24%; Q = 101.6; I2 = 81%).

CONCLUSIONS

Here, the authors showed that 1 in 6 children died after pICH, and the majority of children had residual neurological deficits at the latest follow-up. Results from the cohort study also indicate that children with vascular lesions as the etiology of pICH had significantly better clinical functional outcomes.

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Grégoire Boulouis, Sarah Stricker, Sandro Benichi, Jean-François Hak, Florent Gariel, Quentin Alias, Timothée de Saint Denis, Manoelle Kossorotoff, Fanny Bajolle, Lorenzo Garzelli, Kevin Beccaria, Giovanna Paternoster, Marie Bourgeois, Nicolas Garcelon, Annie Harroche, Rossella Letizia Mancusi, Nathalie Boddaert, Stephanie Puget, Francis Brunelle, Thomas Blauwblomme, and Olivier Naggara

OBJECTIVE

Understanding the etiological spectrum of nontraumatic pediatric intracerebral hemorrhage (pICH) is key to the diagnostic workup and care pathway. The authors aimed to evaluate the etiological spectrum of diseases underlying pICH.

METHODS

Children treated at the authors’ institution for a pICH were included in an inception cohort initiated in 2008 and retrospectively inclusive to 2000, which was analyzed in October 2019. They then conducted a systematic review of relevant articles in PubMed published between 1990 and 2019, identifying cohorts with pICH. Identified populations and patients from the authors’ cohort were pooled in a multicategory meta-analysis.

RESULTS

A total of 243 children with pICH were analyzed in the cohort study. The final primary diagnosis was an intracranial vascular lesion in 190 patients (78.2%), a complication of a cardiac disease in 17 (7.0%), and a coagulation disorder in 14 (5.8%). Hematological and cardiological etiologies were disproportionately more frequent in children younger than 2 years (p < 0.001). The systematic review identified 1309 children in 23 relevant records pooled in the meta-analysis. Overall, there was significant heterogeneity. The dominant etiology was vascular lesion, with an aggregate prevalence of 0.59 (95% CI 0.45–0.64; p < 0.001, Q = 302.8, I2 = 92%). In 18 studies reporting a detailed etiological spectrum, arteriovenous malformation was the dominant etiology (68.3% [95% CI 64.2%–70.9%] of all vascular causes), followed by cavernoma (15.7% [95% CI 13.0%–18.2%]).

CONCLUSIONS

The most frequent etiology of pICH is brain arteriovenous malformation. The probability of an underlying vascular etiology increases with age, and, conversely, hematological and cardiac causes are dominant causes in children younger than 2 years.

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Marie-Laure Cuny, Pascale Piolino, Giovanna Paternoster, Hélène Piana, Thomas Blauwblomme, Kévin Beccaria, Marie Bourgeois, Sarah Stricker, Julie Prodhomme, Clémence Trousson, Béatrice Navarro, Eglantine Esnault, Mathilde Cozzo, Maria Abram, Syril James, Nathalie Boddaert, Christian Sainte-Rose, Laurence Vaivre-Douret, and Stephanie Puget

OBJECTIVE

The authors’ objective was to study clinical, imaging, and neuropsychological changes in children who underwent surgery for a temporal arachnoid cyst (TAC).

METHODS

Thirty-four children were prospectively assessed similarly at diagnosis and postoperatively (mean 14 months) with clinic visits, images, cognitive tests, and parental questionnaires on mood/behavior and executive functions. The scores were compared pre- and postoperatively for the entire cohort and individually. The scores of 25 children were also compared with a control group of 23 healthy age-matched children. Parents were administered an outcome questionnaire on average 4 years postoperatively.

RESULTS

The 34 children selected for surgery had signs of raised intracranial pressure (74%) and/or selective neuropsychological disorders presumably linked to cyst location (learning difficulties in 65%, cognitive difficulties in 56%, and mood/behavior difficulties in 47%). The majority of patients had a convex cyst (85%) and underwent microsurgical fenestration (85%). The TAC volume decreased ≥ 50% for 59% of children. On the Wechsler Intelligence Scale, the entire cohort significantly improved on Full Scale IQ and verbal and perceptual nonverbal indexes. Individually, nearly half of the children (47%) highly increased their scores (≥ 15 points) on at least one IQ index and 26% on at least two indexes. Language, working memory, episodic memory, and executive functions were also significantly improved. Improvements were more pronounced in patients with a preoperative heterogeneous profile with isolated lower scores and a left-sided cyst. Parental questionnaires showed reduction in anxiety, aggressiveness, social problems, and daily life executive disorders. Preschool-aged children improved significantly in language and verbal IQ, as did middle/high school–aged children in many domains. Individual analyses revealed improvement in 76% of cases. Cognitive scores were lower for patients preoperatively than for controls and were no longer significantly different postoperatively in verbal fluency, visual memory, and working memory. Four years later, 97% of parents described an improvement in their child, correlated with cognitive improvements.

CONCLUSIONS

Among children with a TAC, some have no clinical signs or neuropsychological difficulties, and others may show signs of raised intracranial pressure and/or specific neuropsychological disorders that impact daily life and require significant and long-lasting rehabilitation. In these cases, consideration may be given to surgical decompression. It is interesting to note that 76% of this surgically treated cohort improved regardless of the child’s age, particularly in patients with selective disorders and an impact on daily life. However, a larger number of children will need to be investigated before the true benefit of such treatment can be known.

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Marie-Laure Cuny, Laurence Vaivre-Douret, Hélène Piana, Thomas Blauwblomme, Kévin Beccaria, Giovanna Paternoster, Marie Bourgeois, Syril James, Michel Zerah, Julie Prodhomme, Eglantine Esnault, Mathilde Cozzo, Clémence Trousson, Béatrice Navarro, Sarah Stricker, Nathalie Boddaert, Christian Sainte-Rose, Pascale Piolino, and Stephanie Puget

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study was to determine the cognitive profile of children with a temporal arachnoid cyst (TAC) and its impact on daily life.

METHODS

The authors prospectively analyzed the cognitive and psychological profiles of 100 consecutive children relative to age and cyst characteristics (side, cyst size, and cyst shape: convex or nonconvex) and their outcome 4 years later.

RESULTS

Mean IQs were normal but with high heterogeneity on Full Scale IQ (FSIQ; range 59–150); 29% of children had at least one Wechsler index below the norm, in particular, Processing Speed and Working Memory Indexes. Impairments were observed in language for 31% of children, as well as in verbal memory (28%), visual memory (23%), executive function (21%), and visual attention (24%). Half of the children (50%) needed rehabilitation for learning difficulties, and 26% had academic difficulties. The parental questionnaire BRIEF (Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function) revealed significant executive dysfunctions in daily life for 22% of the children. One-third of the patients (34%) required psychotherapy for anxiety or social disorders, with higher rates in patients with a right-sided cyst and older children. Cyst size had very little neuropsychological impact. Convex cysts were significantly associated with worse performance than nonconvex cysts on all Wechsler indexes and FSIQ, and in language, verbal memory, attention, and visuospatial skills. Children with a convex cyst had significantly more executive and behavior difficulties in daily life and more psychotherapy than other children. The effect of cyst shape was independent of Galassi type and cyst side. Children with a ruptured cyst or an incidentally discovered cyst usually had a good cognitive level. Four years later, children without initial disorders remained stable, whereas those with difficulties who did not undergo surgery needed more rehabilitation and school adaptations.

CONCLUSIONS

This large cohort study revealed a varied profile of children with a TAC: at initial assessment, 50% had neuropsychological difficulties and needed rehabilitation and/or psychotherapy for learning or behavior difficulties, and 50% had no difficulties, which may explain the debate about this pathology. Patients with neuropsychological difficulties had a heterogeneous profile with normal intelligence but selective cognitive and/or behavior disorders that may have a long-term impact on their quality of life, particularly those with a right-sided cyst. A neuropsychological evaluation is not always necessary for a cyst discovered incidentally, but early evaluation is essential in patients with academic, learning, or psychological disorders. When assessment shows selective disorders presumably linked to cyst location, surgery may be considered, particularly for convex cysts, as this study revealed more effects in association with cyst shape than with cyst size and significantly poorer performance with a convex cyst.

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Sarah Stricker, Grégoire Boulouis, Sandro Benichi, Florent Gariel, Lorenzo Garzelli, Kevin Beccaria, Anais Chivet, Timothee de Saint Denis, Syril James, Giovanna Paternoster, Michel Zerah, Marie Bourgeois, Nathalie Boddaert, Francis Brunelle, Philippe Meyer, Stephanie Puget, Olivier Naggara, and Thomas Blauwblomme

OBJECTIVE

Hydrocephalus is a strong determinant of poor neurological outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). In children, ruptured brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVMs) are the dominant cause of ICH. In a large prospective cohort of pediatric patients with ruptured bAVMs, the authors analyzed the rates and predictive factors of hydrocephalus requiring acute external ventricular drainage (EVD) or ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS).

METHODS

The authors performed a single-center retrospective analysis of the data from a prospectively maintained database of children admitted for a ruptured bAVM since 2002. Admission clinical and imaging predictors of EVD and VPS placement were analyzed using univariate and multivariate statistical models.

RESULTS

Among 114 patients (mean age 9.8 years) with 125 distinct ICHs due to ruptured bAVM, EVD and VPS were placed for 55/125 (44%) hemorrhagic events and 5/114 patients (4.4%), respectively. A multivariate nominal logistic regression model identified low initial Glasgow Coma Scale (iGCS) score, hydrocephalus on initial CT scan, the presence of intraventicular hemorrhage (IVH), and higher modified Graeb Scale (mGS) score as strongly associated with subsequent need for EVD (all p < 0.001). All children who needed a VPS had initial hydrocephalus requiring EVD and tended to have higher mGS scores.

CONCLUSIONS

In a large cohort of pediatric patients with ruptured bAVM, almost half of the patients required EVD and 4.4% required permanent VPS. Use of a low iGCS score and a semiquantitative mGS score as indicators of the IVH burden may be helpful for decision making in the emergency setting and thus improve treatment.

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Sarah Stricker, Grégoire Boulouis, Sandro Benichi, Marie Bourgeois, Florent Gariel, Lorenzo Garzelli, Jean-François Hak, Quentin Alias, Basile Kerleroux, Kevin Beccaria, Anaïs Chivet, Timothée de Saint Denis, Syril James, Giovanna Paternoster, Michel Zerah, Manoelle Kossorotoff, Nathalie Boddaert, Francis Brunelle, Philippe Meyer, Stéphanie Puget, Olivier Naggara, and Thomas Blauwblomme

OBJECTIVE

Rupture of brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is the main etiology of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in children. Ensuing intracranial hypertension is among the modifiable prognosis factors and sometimes requires emergency hemorrhage evacuation (HE). The authors aimed to analyze variables associated with HE in children with ruptured AVM.

METHODS

This study was a single-center retrospective analysis of children treated for ruptured AVM. The authors evaluated the occurrence of HE, its association with other acute surgical procedures (e.g., nidal excision, decompressive hemicraniectomy), and clinical outcome. Variables associated with each intervention were analyzed using univariable and multivariable models. Clinical outcome was assessed at 18 months using the ordinal King’s Outcome Scale for Childhood Head Injury.

RESULTS

A total of 104 patients were treated for 112 episodes of ruptured AVM between 2002 and 2018. In the 51 children (45.5% of cases) who underwent HE, 37 procedures were performed early (i.e., within 24 hours after initial cerebral imaging) and 14 late. Determinants of HE were a lower initial Glasgow Coma Scale score (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 0.83, 95% CI 0.71–0.97 per point increase); higher ICH/brain volume ratio (aOR 18.6, 95% CI 13–26.5 per percent increase); superficial AVM location; and the presence of a brain herniation (aOR 3.7, 95% CI 1.3–10.4). Concurrent nidal surgery was acutely performed in 69% of Spetzler-Martin grade I–II ruptured AVMs and in 25% of Spetzler-Martin grade III lesions. Factors associated with nidal surgery were superficial AVMs, late HE, and absent alteration of consciousness at presentation. Only 8 cases required additional surgery due to intracranial hypertension. At 18 months, overall mortality was less than 4%, 58% of patients had a favorable outcome regardless of surgical intervention, and 87% were functioning independently.

CONCLUSIONS

HE is a lifesaving procedure performed in approximately half of the children who suffer AVM rupture. The good overall outcome justifies intensive initial management.