Daniel L Mollitt

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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Pediatric cervical spine injuries are uncommon. Most previous studies have been hampered by the small number of patients available for evaluation. The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence and characteristics of pediatric cervical spine injury utilizing a multiinstitutional pediatric trauma database, and to assess the impact(More)
The ability of the Pediatric Trauma Score (PTS) to accurately predict the degree of injury severity of the injured child was assessed by comparing two separate groups of pediatric trauma victims. The first group consisted of 110 patients evaluated at a regional pediatric trauma center whose data was collected and assessed by a single investigator. The(More)
This report analyzes the course of 146 pediatric patients with colostomies in reference to problems with colostomy formation, management, and subsequent closure. Colostomy was performed predominantly for Hirschsprung's disease (70 cases) and imperforate anus (46 cases). A transverse colostomy was done in 120 patients (82%), and a sigmoid colostomy in the(More)
This study compares outcome from pelvic fractures in children with that of adults. Data for 23,700 children registered in the National Pediatric Trauma Registry (NPTR) were compared with those of 10,720 adults recorded over 5 years in the registry of our level I trauma center. Patients were categorized by open versus closed fracture and by fracture type as(More)
The ability of the Pediatric Trauma Score (P.T.S.) to predict injury severity and mortality was evaluated by analysis of its relationship with the Injury Severity Score (I.S.S.) of 615 children entered into the National Pediatric Trauma Registry (N.P.T.R.). Mean age was 8.2 years and mortality was 3.5%. Mean I.S.S. of survivors was 8.1 in comparison to 59.7(More)
This prospective, randomized, double-blind study compares the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of ampicillin, gentamicin and clindamycin (AGC) or cefotaxime and clindamycin (CC) for the treatment of children with complicated appendicitis. Ninety-seven children were randomized. Forty-seven were assigned to the AGC regimen and 50 received CC. Forty-two(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Failure of the gut barrier and endotoxemia have been implicated in sepsis and multiple organ failure (MOF) syndromes in adults. The contributions of endotoxin (ETX) and proinflammatory cytokines (CKs) to the pathophysiology of disease and the outcomes of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are not clear. We measured ETX and(More)
Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the standard therapy for the management of hydrocephalus. Before the advent of silastic, early abdominal complications were frequent and finally led to the abandonment of this technique for management of hydrocephalus. With the use of silastic shunt tubing, VP shunts have once again gained(More)
Since 1974 nine neonates have been treated for iatrogenic esophageal perforation. They ranged in weight from 480 to 3900 g. Four of them had been resuscitated for meconium aspiration, four were being treated for respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), and one had received only routine postpartum suctioning and gastric aspiration. In five infants, esophageal(More)