Ashanti L. Franklin

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INTRODUCTION The published experience with minimally invasive techniques to treat injured children is currently small. In this multicenter case series, we aimed to characterize the contemporary role of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in pediatric trauma. MATERIALS AND METHODS After obtaining Institutional Review Board approval at six pediatric regional(More)
BACKGROUND Solid pancreatic pseudopapillary tumors make up 1%-3% of all pancreatic tumors, occur predominantly in females, and usually present in the third and fourth decades of life. Less frequently, these tumors may present in children. Complete surgical excision is the treatment of choice with excellent outcomes. Usage of a laparoscopic approach has(More)
Achalasia is an esophageal motility disorder characterized by failure of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxation and is rare in children. The most common symptoms are vomiting, dysphagia, regurgitation, and weight loss. Definitive diagnosis is made with barium swallow study and esophageal manometry. In adults, endoscopic biopsy is recommended to exclude(More)
Over the last two decades, the prevalence of obesity in children ages 6 to 11 years has almost tripled, and more than tripled in teenagers. The purpose of this study is to define the characteristics of hospitalized obese children and utilization of bariatric surgery. Analysis of the 1998 to 2007 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient(More)
PURPOSE Minimally invasive procedures for enteral access in children have evolved over the years, resulting in various techniques of gastrostomy tube placement. The two most common techniques are laparoscopic gastrostomy (LG) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Our study compares the outcomes of both procedures exclusively in children under the(More)
P-glycoprotein (Pgp), a product of the multi-drug resistance gene MDR1a, is a broad specificity efflux ATP cassette transmembrane transporter that is predominantly expressed in epithelial tissues. Because mdr1a−/− mice tend to develop spontaneous colitis in bacteria-dependent manner, Pgp is believed to have a role in protection of the intestinal epithelium(More)
Massive subcutaneous emphysema (SE), pneumomediastinum (PM), and pneumopericardium (PP) are rare conditions in the pediatric population. Air leak syndrome is a constellation of disorders that include SE, PM, PP, and pulmonary interstitial emphysema. In children, SE, PM, and PP are associated with obstructive airway disease most often in the case of asthma.(More)
Neuroblastoma is the most common neoplasm in the first year of life and almost always arises from the adrenal glands or the sympathetic nervous system chain. We present an original case of an isolated forearm neuroblastoma in a 17-month-old child. The case was not treated with adjuvant chemotherapy after surgical resection because we interpreted it as a(More)
BACKGROUND In adults undergoing gastric bypass surgery, it is routine practice to perform pre-operative testing for Helicobacter pylori infection. Evidence suggests that infection impairs anastomotic healing and contributes to complications. There currently are no data for adolescents undergoing bariatric procedures. Despite few patients with pre-operative(More)