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Pediatric Care

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, we are continually discovering better ways to care for children and teens in more than 50 pediatric specialties. Learn how our care teams are translating the latest research into improved patient outcomes.

December 2017


Managing the Health Needs of Pediatric Cancer Survivors

New therapies have boosted the survival rate for young cancer patients, yet many will face chronic or serious conditions later in adulthood. Multidisciplinary, long-term follow-up is improving their prospects.

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Tailored Follow-Up Care Helps Pediatric Cancer Survivor Stem Health Risks

A childhood cancer survivor finds herself facing later health effects, including a heart valve condition and carcinomas. Long-term follow-up care helps her address care needs and maintain her health.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

The 2018 Survivorship Conference date is announced. A pediatric cancer specialists joins the University of Minnesota Health team, and new CAR-T drugs are approved.

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September 2017


Challenges in Diagnosing Asthma in Children

While asthma-like symptoms are common in children, successful treatment of wheezing and cough in children can require careful assessment. Pediatric pulmonologists lend some insight.

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Three-Month Cough Resolved via Careful Assessment and Behavioral Therapy

A young patient whose treatments had failed to resolve suspected asthma is referred for specialist observation. Further evaluation uncovers a different diagnosis and successful therapy.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center receives national recognition, and a pediatric cystic fibrosis specialist is awarded long-term research funding.

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June 2017


Care Networks Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

About 20 to 25% of all cases of IBD emerge in childhood. Coordinated care networks are speeding the identification of effective treatment and improving the overall health of these patients.

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Complication of Crohn’s Disease Treated with Microbiota Transplant

A young patient finds his symptoms reemerge and is diagnosed with a Clostridium difficile infection. Careful screening and a novel treatment help restore him to healthy growth and development.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital identified as a top-tier care network for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Learn more.

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Advancing Diabetes Prevention for Children and Youth

The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children has been on the rise since the 1950s, threatening long-term health challenges. New drug regimens now under study may help prevent progress of the disease.

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Trial Drug Shows Promise in Preventing Type 1 Diabetes

Shown to be at risk for type 1 diabetes, a young patient receives monitoring and a novel treatment designed to halt advance of the disease.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

A new pediatric endocrinologist will join University of Minnesota Health care team, and clinical trials on therapies for prevention of type 1 diabetes open.

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March 2017

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Advances in Bridging Children to Heart Transplant

Pediatric ventricular assist devices have improved the survival rate for infants and children awaiting heart transplant. The pediatric Heart Center, a leader in clinical trials, reports on their impact.

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Support in Managing Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients

Post-transplant, pediatric patients face a risk of organ rejection and unique care needs. A Heart Center program brings transplant specialists to community providers, offering training and ongoing collaboration.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

University of Minnesota Health pediatric cardiologists receive recognition as rising stars, and advanced heart care specialists join the pediatric Heart Center team. Learn more.

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October 2016


Advances in the Treatment of Pediatric Sarcoma

Genomic analysis of specific sarcomas and trials of novel chemotherapy regimens provide promising new approaches to treating these rare and challenging cancers.

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Multidisciplinary Approach and Innovative Therapy Aid Sarcoma Patient

Experimental chemotherapy regimen followed by stem-cell rescue produces a successful outcome in a young patient with Ewing sarcoma.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

New study identifies a possible target for sarcoma therapy, and a clinical trial tests a chemotherapy’s use in treating younger patients. Read more.

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August 2016

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New Therapies and Early Care Benefit Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Early aggressive treatment of cystic fibrosis, enabled by newborn screenings, has markedly improved health outcomes for patients. Now promising new therapies target the gene defects linked to the condition.

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Specialized Team Care, Nutritional Support Aid in Management of Cystic Fibrosis

Surgical intervention and specialized nutritional support allow a patient with CF and meconium ileus to make rapid progress in height and weight.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

New studies aim to preserve the health and lung function of patients with CF, including research into markers of lung disease and efforts to better define the links between body composition and lung function.

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June 2016


Neuropsychology Evaluations Aid Recovery in Pediatric Concussion Patients

Sports injuries are the second-leading cause of concussions in young adults. Recovery times for these patients can vary widely. Neuropsychology evaluations help return these patients to normal activities.

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Prolonged Recovery Period after First Concussion in a Young Athlete

A young athlete suffers headaches and difficulties in concentrating 6 weeks post-injury. With the help of a multimodal evaluation and school re-entry plan, the patient recovered after another 5 months.

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Neuropsychology Specialty Updates

Guidance on independent educational evaluations and a new resource on brain function and learning are released. Learn more and discover a new clinical trial evaluating a TBI decision aid for parents.

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March 2016

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New Surgical Approaches Improve Congenital Heart Disease Outcomes

About one-quarter of infant deaths in the United States can be attributed to anomalies caused by congenital heart disease. Now new surgical approaches and technology are improving long-term outcomes.

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Complete Repair of Congenital Heart Lesions in a High-Risk Infant

A low-weight newborn with multiple heart anomalies diagnosed as Taussig-Bing heart underwent a successful primary, complete surgical repair. He continues to do well at 2-years’ follow-up.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

Senior cardiac surgeon named co-director of pediatric Heart Center. Dr. Anthony Azakie joins new pediatric cardiologists on the Heart Center team.

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December 2015


Preventing Lifelong Complications from Childhood Rheumatic Diseases

Rheumatic diseases affect about 300,000 children in the United States. However, identifying the signs of arthritis and the types of diagnostic input needed can be challenging.

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A 16-Month-Old Unable to Stand: The Journey to Pediatric Rheumatology

A young girl’s path to diagnosis and treatment lasts 6 weeks. Under specialist care, her arthritis symptoms come under control. Three years later she continues to do well, with normal growth and development.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

M Health pediatric specialists named “rising stars.” Learn more and discover two new clinical trials on treatments for juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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September 2015 - Blood and Marrow Transplantation

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Recent Breakthroughs in Pediatric Bone and Marrow Transplantation

Experts at the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Center report improvements in speeding neutrophil recovery after transplantation and in treating relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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Patient with Relapsed ALL Successfully Treated with Novel T-Cell Therapy

A 6-year-old girl with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia is successfully treated in a clinical trial setting with new T-cell therapy. At 3 months after treatment, the patient attained a complete remission.

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Pediatric BMT Specialty Update

Discover the latest research on stem cell therapies and find an open clinical trial for pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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September 2015 - Dermatology

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From Simple to Complex: Diagnosing Skin Conditions in Children

The majority of pediatric skin complaints are common disorders. However, potentially serious complaints can superficially resemble common conditions that resolve spontaneously.

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Misdiagnosis of Complex Vascular Malformations

A 9-month-old boy and a 10-month-old girl were separately referred for evaluation of “hemangiomas.” Upon examination, each were diagnosed with more complex vascular malformations that required multidisciplinary care.

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Pediatric Specialties Update

University of Minnesota Health adds new locations for pediatric dermatology care. Learn more and find the latest news, research, and conference announcements.

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June 2015 - Neonatology

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Optimizing Care for Critically Ill Newborns

Research is identifying factors associated with reduced risk of infant mortality, including delivery and care within a neonatal intensive care unit at a high-volume hospital.

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Newborn with Idiopathic Hydrops and Chylothorax Successfully Treated with ECMO

An infant with respiratory distress and the high-risk conditions of idiopathic nonimmune hydrops fetalis and chylothorax was successfully managed with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital expands its neonatal intensive care unit. Learn more and discover the latest research and clinical trials on treating neonates.

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March 2015 - Surgery

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Multidisciplinary Approach Improves Pediatric Surgery Outcomes

Birth defects are the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children. Advanced surgical options and a team approach have improved quality of life for children with these conditions.

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Child with Persistent Cloaca Able to Attend School, Swim after Procedures

After procedures to restore fecal and urinary continence, a 4-year-old girl with a persistent cloaca experienced a dramatic improvement in quality of life. She was able to attend school and to swim at the local pool.

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

Surgeon honored for simulation-based surgical training program. Learn more and discover findings on novel antimicrobials and a promising anti-tumor therapy.

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January 2015 - Transplant Services

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TP-IAT Relieves Lifelong Pain

Transplant Services surgeons performed a successful total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplant on a 5-year-old with chronic pancreatitis. The patient underwent the surgery after endoscopic procedures failed to resolve pain symptoms.

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December 2014

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Diagnostic Tools, Expert Team Provide Relief for Sleep Complaints

Learn how untreated sleep complaints in children may lead to significant behavioral and cognitive deficits and are associated with an increased risk of accident and injury.

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Hyperactivity and Behavioral Problems Caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Approximately 6% of children in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea. Learn how the effective treatment of sleep disordered breathing can greatly improve or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea. 

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Pediatric Sleep Specialty Updates

Meet Helena Molera Ramirez, MD, sleep medicine specialist and learn about the pediatric polysomnography laboratory

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November 2014

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Forging New Paths in Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Care

Our specialists are determined and passionate about curing cancer and disease in children. Through research and clinical trials, treatment outcomes for pediatric leukemia and lymphoma have improved significantly.

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Patient with Unique Biologic Subtype of Acute T-Lymphoblastic Leukemia Benefits from Multidisciplinary Care

A 7-year-old girl presented at her local clinic with fever, cough and bilateral leg pain that was focused in the knees and lower legs. She was diagnosed with double pneumonia and a newly described type of ALL, called early T-lymphocyte precursor AAL (EPT-ALL).

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Pediatric Specialty Updates

Honoring a legacy of giving, we have renamed our hospital to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. We also welcome two new physicians to our team. Learn more.

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