Iranian Journal of Pediatrics

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IJ Pediatrics is a peer-reviewed medical publication. The purpose of IJ Pediatrics is to increase knowledge, stimulate research in all fields of Pediatrics, and promote better management of pediatric patients. The journal publishes basic, biomedical, and clinical investigations on prevalent diseases relevant to pediatrics to achieve the goals. The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and their significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are peer-reviewed by a minimum of three anonymous reviewers. The Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse any material for publication and advises that authors should retain copies of submitted manuscripts and correspondence as the material cannot be returned. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editors.

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The following categories are the main areas of the interest:

  • Clinical management in subspecialties of pediatric fields,
  • Nutrition,
  • Epidemiology,
  • Child health,
  • Genetics

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    Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Perirectal Sclerotherapy with 50% Dextrose Injection as a Primary Surgical Procedure for Rectal Prolapse in Pediatric Patients: A Clinical Trial
    (Brieflands, 2024-08-31) Davoud Badebarin; Saeid Aslanabadi; Ebrahim Farhadi; Hamed Danaie; Sahand Eslami
    Background: Rectal prolapse is a condition where the rectum protrudes through the anus. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of perirectal sclerotherapy using a 50% dextrose injection as a primary surgical procedure for rectal prolapse in children under 14 years of age. Objectives: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and advantages of perirectal sclerotherapy using a 50% dextrose injection as a primary surgical procedure for rectal prolapse in pediatric patients. Methods: This clinical trial involved 40 patients diagnosed with rectal prolapse, who were treated with perirectal sclerosant (dextrose 50%) injection. All patients had grade III or grade IV rectal prolapse. Three injections of 50% dextrose were administered into the area around the anus and the submucosa, 2 - 3 cm above the dentate line, while the patient was in the lithotomy position. Injections were given at the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions around the anus (1 cc/kg at the 6 o'clock position and 0.5 cc/kg at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions). The patients were followed up for recurrence and complications at three-month and six-month intervals, respectively. Results: The patients had an average age of 5.62 years, with the majority being male (77.5%). The average time between symptom onset and sclerotherapy administration was 6.60 ± 1.73 months. Five patients experienced edema around the anus and injection site on the first day of observation. At the second examination (one week later), only one patient had cellulitis. At the three-month visit, eight patients exhibited symptoms of rectal mucus discharge, which were considered mid-term complications. In the final examination at six months, four patients experienced prolapse recurrences. Conclusions: Based on the findings, it can be concluded that perirectal sclerotherapy using a 50% dextrose injection is an effective primary surgical procedure for rectal prolapse in children under 14 years of age. The treatment is simple, inexpensive, and associated with minimal risk of complications and short recovery times compared to open surgery.
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    Toilet Training in Iranian Children: A Cross-Sectional Study
    (Brieflands, 2013-04-30) Nakysa Hooman; Afshin Safaii; Ehsan Valavi; Zahra Amini-Alavijeh
    Objective: There is still controversy about the methods and the age of toilet training that are varied in different cultures. This is a survey of Iranian parents’ views about the appropriate age, the true age, the methods used for toilet training, and the association with voiding problems. Methods: Questionnaires were filled-out containing items on demographic data, the parents’ view, the method applied, and the age at which toilet training was accomplished in children aged 2 months to 5 years. In addition, pediatric lower urinary tract scoring system questionnaires were distributed among 217 children aged 5-15 years with lower urinary tract symptoms between 2008 and 2010 in outpatient clinics. P
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    The Effect of Endotracheal Tube Suctioning Education of Nurses on Decreasing Pain in Premature Neonates
    (Brieflands, 2013-06-30) Zahra Hadian; Raheleh S Sabet Sabet
    Objective: Endotracheal tube suctioning (ETS) is a painful and invasive procedure. Studies have shown that the performance of nurses in this procedure is weak, so we conducted a study to evaluate the effect of ETS education for nurses on neonates’ pain in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Methods: In a quasi-experimental study, performance of 25 nurses working in NICU was assessed before and after ETS education by a checklist. In addition pain score of 50 neonates was measured using pain assessment tool (PIPP) one minute before, during and 5 minutes after ETS. The neonates had a gestational age of less than 37 weeks and were intubated (at least for 8 hours and up to 24 hours). A P. value of less than 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Findings: Mean scores of nurses' performance were significantly different before and after education (P≤0.001) by Wilcoxon test. Friedman test revealed that PIPPs before, during and after ETS were significantly different before and after education (P≤0.05). Mann-Whitney test showed no significant differences between PIPPs before ETS, before and after education (P=0.2), but PIPPs during and after ETS were significantly different (P≤0.01). Conclusion: ETS causes moderate to severe pain in neonates. Education improved performance of nurses and decreased pain in neonates during and after ETS. Despite education, neonates will experience mild pain during ETS, so other interventions need to be considerate.
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    Determining the Correlation and Accuracy of Three Methods of Measuring Neonatal Bilirubin Concentration
    (Brieflands, 2013-06-30) Mirhadi Mussavi; Pedram Niknafs; Bahareh Bijari
    Objective: There are different methods for measuring bilirubin concentration; however, it is quite important for practitioners to know which method should be used in certain clinical situations. The present prospective study aimed to compare three different methods for measuring neonatal bilirubin concentrations. Methods: All full term neonates who were either brought into emergency departments or admitted to the neonatal wards in Kerman city in 2011 were recruited (n=428). The correlation coefficients were estimated for the routine ways of bilirubin concentrations including "Capillary", "Cutaneous" and "Laboratory" methods. Findings: Of 428 recruited neonates, 178 were female. Mean age ±SD was 178±71 hours. The correlation coefficient for "David Icterometer" vs "JM103" was 0.91, while the corresponding coefficient for "David Icterometer" vs "Capillary" was 0.96. It was also equivalent to 0.85 for correlation between "JM103" and "Capillary" methods. The David Icterometer measured an average of 2.36 mg/dl levels of bilirubin concentration compared to the JM103 method. The Capillary method showed a lower bilirubin level than the venous concentration (0.91 mg/dl on average). Compared with the "Capillary", the "JM103" measured a slightly higher level of bilirubin with an average 0.57 mg/dl. Conclusion: Due to low difference (less than 1 mg/dl) between "JM103" and the "Capillary methods" for measurement of neonatal bilirubin concentration, these two methods could alternatively be used instead of usual laboratory method.
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    Adiponectin is a Good Marker for Metabolic State among Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Patients
    (Brieflands, 2013-06-30) Hamdollah Karamifar; Narges Habibian; Gholamhosein Amirhakimi; Zohre Karamizadeh; Abbas Alipour
    Objective: Adiponectin is secreted from adipose tissue. This hormone has a fundamental role in pathogenesis of insulin resistance, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic effects. The objectives of this study were to compare serum adiponectin level between type 1 diabetics and healthy people and to assess its related factors, and also to determine the relationship between adiponectin and metabolic state. Methods: This was a case control study involving 60 diabetics (25 good and 35 poor metabolic controlled) and 28 healthy persons (younger than 18 years old). The data about demographic (age and sex), clinical and paraclinical characteristics [body mass index (BMI), duration of disease, puberty state, and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and adiponectin level in serum] were collected. Determinants of adiponectin were assessed using univariate and multiple linear regression analyses. Findings: Mean (±SD) serum adiponectin level in healthy persons, good-controlled and poor-controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus patients were 9.16 (±4.2) μg/cc, 10.89 (±4.48)μg/cc, and 15.92 (±8.26)μg/cc, respectively. Post hoc analysis revealed that differences of adiponectin between poor- and good-controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus patients (P=0.01) and between healthy persons and poor controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus (P
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    Autonomy of Children and Adolescents in Consent to Treatment: Ethical, Jurisprudential and Legal Considerations
    (Brieflands, 2014-06-30) Alireza Parsapoor; Mohammad-Bagher Parsapoor; Nima Rezaei; Fariba Asghari
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    A Case of Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Ia Presented with Recurrent Pericardial Effusion
    (Brieflands, 2014-10-31) Sedat Işıkay; Osman Başpınar; Kutluhan Yılmaz
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    Prevalence of Celiac Disease in Children with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy
    (Brieflands, 2014-10-31) Mozhgan Zahmatkeshan; Mahsa Fallahpoor; Hamid Amoozgar
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    Bilineal Acute Leukemia Associated With Fanconi Syndrome: The First Case Report
    (Brieflands, 2016-06-30) Ghasem Miri-Aliabad; Maryam Sadat-Hosseini; Akbar Dorgalaleh
    Fanconi syndrome is a metabolic disorder involving dysfunction of the renal proximal tubules, resulting in excessive urinary excretion of several metabolites. Various factors may lead to Fanconi syndrome, as it may be a genetic disease with primary or secondary etiologies, or may be acquired. In this study, we report a unique case of Fanconi syndrome with development of a relatively rare acute leukemia, a condition that has not been reported before. The case was an 8-year-old boy with familial occurrence of Fanconi syndrome, presenting with pallor, asthenia, recurrent infections, growth failure, and a variety of biochemical and hematological abnormalities. After physical examination, radiographic studies, and comprehensive laboratory analyses, Fanconi syndrome associated with bilineal acute leukemia, of myeloid and T-lymphoid lineages, was diagnosed.
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    Changes of Platelet Indices in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in Acute Phase and After Two Months Treatment
    (Brieflands, 2016-06-30) Marjan Vakili; Vahid Ziaee; Mohammad Hassan Moradinejad; Seyed Reza Raeeskarami; Farzad Kompani; Tayebeh Rahamooz
    Background: Various indices have been raised as predictors of activity and severity of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Objectives: This study was conducted to investigate the changes of platelet indices in acute phase and two months after treatment in these patients. Patients and Methods: In a cohort study, platelet count, mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW), plateletcrit (PCT) were evaluated in children referred to children’s medical center, Tehran due to juvenile idiopathic arthritis from March 2013 to March 2014 during the acute phase and two months after standard treatment. The statistical data were analyzed by SPSS 19 software, and the significance level was set as P < 0.05. Results: In this study, 55 children (24 boys and 31 girls) with mean ± SD age of 7.50 ± 3.35 years were studied. The mean ± SD value of platelet count was 441872.7 ± 151836.9 in the acute phase and reached 395418.2 ± 119601.6 two months after treatment (P = 0.01). The mean ± SD PCT in the acute phase of various subtypes of the disease was 0.32 ± 0.11, which reached 0.29 ± 0.10 after treatment (P = 0.09). However, the PDW range in different subtypes of the disease reached 13.4 ± 8.0 from 13.9 ± 2.9 and MPV reached 8.7 ± 0.9 from 8.8 ± 1.1 after treatment, but they were not significantly different from the results in the acute phase (P = 0.5). Conclusions: Platelet count is one of the most remarkable indices in JIA. Evaluation of PCT can also help determine the severity of the inflammatory process in the follow-up and treatment process.
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    Comparing the Results of Developmental Screening of 4 to 60-Month-Old Children in Tehran Using Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status and Ages and Stages Questionnaires
    (Brieflands, 2017-04-30) Soheila Shahshahani; Roshanak Vameghi; Firoozeh Sajedi; Akbar Biglarian
    Objectives: This research was designed to evaluate the developmental status of children aged 4 to 60 months in Tehran city by two parent-based developmental screening questionnaires, parents evaluation of developmental status (PEDS) and ages and stages questionnaires (ASQ), and also to determine the consistency coefficient between these two tests. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, PEDS and ASQ were performed on 648 children (350 boys and 298 girls), aged 4 to 60 (mean, 23.5 ± 16.10) months at four health centers in Tehran city. Results: Developmental disorders were observed in 23.1% of children (4.6% delayed and 18.5% suspicious), who were examined by PEDS, and in 26.4% of children, who were examined by ASQ (14.7% delayed and 11.7% suspicious). The estimated values of kappa measure of agreement and Pearson Chi-Square for the results of the two screening tests were 0.30 (P < 0.001) and 115.98 (P < 0.001), respectively. The results of these tests were similar in 93.3%, 94% and 91% of cases in fine motor, gross motor and language domains of development, respectively. Due to the rather large sample size and similarity of the screening results by both questionnaires in 71.5% of cases, it is possible to conclude that this measure is an acceptable one. Conclusions: This study showed that PEDS and ASQ have acceptable agreement, thus it seems that PEDS can be used for children’s developmental screening especially in child care visits.
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    Pathophysiology of the Unexplained Stillbirth
    (Brieflands, 2017-10-31) Anna Maria Lavezzi; Francesco Piscioli
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    Pathophysiology of the Unexplained Stillbirth
    (Brieflands, 2017-10-31) Anna Maria Lavezzi; Francesco Piscioli
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    Efficacy of a Triple Anti-Infective Regimen for Prevention of Complications in Critically Ill Term Neonates
    (Brieflands, 2018-06-30) Bernhard Resch; Kathrin Leonhardt; Berndt Urlesberger
    Background: Aim of the study was to analyze the use of a prophylactic multimodal anti-infective regimen including the probiotic Lactobacillus casei rhamnosus (LCR35) in critically ill term neonates with respect to complications and possible side effects. Methods: This was a retrospective observational STROBE compliant single-center cohort study of all term infants born between 2005 and 2015 that have been admitted within the first 24 hours of life to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and having been hospitalized for at least 7 days. All neonates received a standardized prophylactic anti-infective treatment with enteral probiotics (LCR35), antifungal agents, and oral gentamycin over the study time starting at the first day of life. Perinatal and neonatal data were collected for descriptive analysis. Complications of neonatal intensive care therapy included late-onset necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD), and late-onset sepsis (LOS). Results: Out of 2940 neonates admitted to the neonatal wards 403 fulfilled the inclusion criteria and comprised the study population. Median gestational age was 38 weeks and birth weight 3300 grams, median length of stay 10 days; 246 (61%) neonates needed ventilatory support and 334 (83%) received antibiotic treatment. None of the neonates developed NEC, MODS, VAP, or AAD. Sixteen (4.0%) neonates developed LOS. Blood cultures were all negative for LCR. Breast milk feeding was evident in 13% (2/16) of the neonates with LOS compared to 30% (121/387) in those without LOS (P = 0.055). Conclusions: Over an 11-year period use of a standardized prophylactic anti-infective regimen was safe and resulted in a very low incidence of predefined complications in critically ill term neonates.
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    Long-Term Effect of Nephrocalcinosis on Renal Function and Body Growth Index in Children: A Retrospective Single Center Study
    (Brieflands, 2018-08-31) Zahra Pournasiri; Abbas Madani; Anahita Ghaemi; Zahra Adl; Shadab Salehpour
    Background: Nephrocalcinosis to the presence of calcium salts within renal tissue. Infants and children are more likely to have an underlying etiology for nephrocalcinosis including inherited errors of metabolism, anatomic abnormalities of the urinary tract, renal disorders, vitamin D excess, medication and prematurity. The body growth and renal function have rarely been investigated concerning children with nephrocalcinosis (NC). Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate effect of NC on growth index and kidney function of patients according to its cause. Methods: This study was conducted on twenty-eight now 2-27-year-old patients with NC who were admitted or referred to Loghman Hakim Hospital within 2006 and 2013. The patients’ data were recorded in terms of age, gender, NC etiology, clinical presentation, GFR, standard deviation scores of height and weight, and follow-up period. Data was imported to the SPSS software version 18 and analyzed using statistical tests. Results: Mean age of the participants was 2.5 ± 2.2, ranging from 0.1 to 9.7 years. Fourteen (47%) patients were male. Mean follow-up time period was 7.1 ± 5.2, ranging from 1.0 to 20.9 years. The most common clinical presentations leading to the NC diagnosis were urinary tract infection (25%) and growth retardation among 18% of the patients. The NC was rooted in distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA) regarding 34.5% of the subjects, idiopathic hypercalciuria (IHC) in terms of 17.2% participants, Bartter syndrome in 10.3% and other different factors in 31.1% of the participants and cause of the NC was unknown in 6.9% of the subjects. Mean glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was 75.6 ± 29.1 in presentation and 105.7 ± 21.9 ml/min/1.73m2 in follow-up (P < 0.001). There was no significant decrease in height and weight SDS from the first to last observation. Also, a significant increase of BMI was observed from first to last observation. Conclusions: Findings revealed that nephrocalcinosis has no significant effect on growth index and glomerular filtration within a long term and its impact depends on the underlying causes.
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    BLES Versus Curosurf for Treatment of Respiratory Distress in Preterm Neonates and Their Adverse Effects
    (Brieflands, 2018-08-31) Zeinab Kheradmand Sarokolai; Pedram Niknafs; Farhad Azizzadeh; Bahareh Bahman Bijari; Hamid Mousavi
    Background: Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in preterm neonates that can be diagnosed by clinical and radiographic findings. Surfactants are highly effective for the diminution of neonatal mortality. The question, however, is which type of surfactant is more efficacious. Methods: This was a double-masked randomized clinical trial conducted from November 2015 to November 2016. For this study, 240 preterm neonates with established RDS were recruited who were then equally divided into two major groups. The first group received BLES while the second one received Curosurf. These two major groups were subsequently divided into equal subgroups based on positive and negative maternal history of betamethasone administration. The other demographic characteristics of the enrolled neonates, such as sex, gestational age, and severity of RDS, were matched. Results: The observations showed that maternal betamethasone was associated with the indices like oxygenation index, hospital stay, assisted ventilation, surfactant induced adverse effects, and expenses, but it did not affect the indices such as repetitive doses of surfactants and mortality. The type of applied surfactant was not associated with the aforementioned indices but the expenditure of those receiving BLES was less than that of the opposite group. This could be attributed to the lower cost of BLES. Conclusions: Given the beneficial effects of prenatal corticosteroid administration, it is highly recommended for imminent preterm labor. Furthermore, with respect to almost similar therapeutic efficacy of BLES compared with Curosurf, it can be considered as a valuable candidate for surfactant therapy.
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    Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents with Growth Hormone Deficiency
    (Brieflands, 2018-12-31) Héla Ayadi; Leila Cherif; Imen Hadjkacem; Wiem Kammoun; Khaoula Khemakhem; Souhel Khemekhem; Yousr Moalla; Thouraya Kammoun; Mongia Hachicha; Farhat Ghribi
    Background: The aim of this study was to assess self-esteem in children and adolescents with growth hormone deficiency and to establish the factors influencing self-esteem in children and adolescents with growth hormone deficiency. Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out on 26 children and adolescents, aged 8 to 18, with a total growth hormone deficiency. The Cooper Smith self-esteem inventory was used in this study. Results: Patients with growth hormone deficiency had low self-esteem in more than 50% of the cases. Among the studied factors influencing the self-esteem, such as school performance, disturbance in parent-child and peers-child relationships, perceived by parents, and parents’ acceptance of the illness, there was a correlation in most of the subscales. Conclusions: Growth hormone impaired children and adolescents require psychological counseling and comprehensive care.
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    Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents with Growth Hormone Deficiency
    (Brieflands, 2018-12-31) Héla Ayadi; Leila Cherif; Imen Hadjkacem; Wiem Kammoun; Khaoula Khemakhem; Souhel Khemekhem; Yousr Moalla; Thouraya Kammoun; Mongia Hachicha; Farhat Ghribi
    Background: The aim of this study was to assess self-esteem in children and adolescents with growth hormone deficiency and to establish the factors influencing self-esteem in children and adolescents with growth hormone deficiency. Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out on 26 children and adolescents, aged 8 to 18, with a total growth hormone deficiency. The Cooper Smith self-esteem inventory was used in this study. Results: Patients with growth hormone deficiency had low self-esteem in more than 50% of the cases. Among the studied factors influencing the self-esteem, such as school performance, disturbance in parent-child and peers-child relationships, perceived by parents, and parents’ acceptance of the illness, there was a correlation in most of the subscales. Conclusions: Growth hormone impaired children and adolescents require psychological counseling and comprehensive care.
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    The Evaluation of Pattern-Reversal Visual Evoked Potentials in Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
    (Brieflands, 2019-01-06) Gürkan Gürbüz; Selvinaz Edizer; Aycan Ünalp; Özlem Nalbantoğlu; Selma Tunç; Özlem Bağ; Ünsal Yılmaz; Rana Malatyali; Behzat Özkan
    Background: Asymtomatic santral nervous system disorder is frequently found in patients with diabetes. Neurophysiological tests were found to be objective and sensitive tool for detecting subclinical optic nerve and CNS disorders. Objectives: Our aim is to evaluate of the central nerve conduction changes using visual evoked potentials (VEP) and to demonstrate the effects of various risk factors on VEP parameters in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Methods: Sixty children aged between 6 and 18 years and followed-up with a diagnosis of T1DM were enrolled in the study. Thirty healthy, age-matched children were enrolled as the control group. All patients and controls underwent the pattern reversal visual evoked potentials (PRVEP) test. Patients' HbA1c values, age, sex and duration of disease were evaluated from their hospital files. Results: Both right and left VEP latencies were significantly longer in the diabetic group than in the control group (P = 0.001 and P = 0.001, respectively). The mean duration of T1DM in the patient group was 5.5 years (min: 1 - max: 15). There was a positive correlation between longer VEP latency values and duration of DM, with coefficients of 0.49 for the right eye and 0.513 for the left eye (P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, respectively). Conclusions: We found that optic nerve conduction diminished significantly in children with T1DM. Visual evoked potential datas showed a significant prolongation of the latency of P-100. We recommend that all diabetic children be scanned with neurophysiological tests such as PRVEP for optic neuropathy.
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    How Does Functional Constipation Affect Growth Status in Children?
    (Brieflands, 2019-01-15) Azizollah Yousefi; Shima Mohamadian; Parisa Morovati Sharifabadi; Shahrbanoo Nakhaei; Elahe Norouzi
    Background: There are some evidences suggesting functional constipation-related growth retardation in children, especially in early childhood. Considering high prevalence of constipation, early diagnosis and treatment of constipated patients may improve the quality of life in these children. In this study, weight and height of Iranian children aged 2 to 12 years with functional constipation was evaluated compared to healthy children. Methods: A total of 130 Iranian children aged 2 - 12 years, 65 with functional constipation and 65 as healthy children referred to pediatric gastroenterology clinic during Jan to Dec of 2016, were enrolled in this case-control study. Functional constipation was defined as Rome III criteria. The growth status was evaluated using the growth charts, and Z scores of weight and height for age were recorded, with the consent of parents and child willingness. Results: 65 constipated patients (44 boys, 21 girls) with the mean age of 8.28 ± 3.24 years and 65 healthy children (25 boys, 40 girls) with the mean age of 8.32 ± 3.42 years were evaluated. The mean weight of case group was 23.69 ± 4.14 kg and mean height 126.49 ± 10.34 cm. The mean weight of control group with 31.62 ± 4.85 kg and mean height 153.47 ± 13.88 cm, demonstrated significant difference with the case group. The observed mean weight and height were significantly lower in constipated group and the differences of height-for-age and weight-for-age Z scores were statistically meaningful in constipated and healthy children. Conclusions: Functional constipation in children aged 2 to 12 years may retard their weight and height growth, so early diagnosis and treatment of children with constipation is beneficial in their adequate growth status.