Erik G. Pearson

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PURPOSE Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) in children is an infrequently reported, rapidly progressive, and often lethal condition underappreciated in the pediatric population. This underrecognition can result in a critical delay in diagnosis causing increased morbidity and mortality. This study examines the clinical course of patients treated for ACS at(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study is to describe our initial 100 attempted infant thoracoscopic lobectomies for asymptomatic, prenatally diagnosed lung lesions, and compare the results to contemporaneous age-matched patients undergoing open lobectomy. BACKGROUND Infant thoracoscopic lobectomy is a technically challenging procedure, which has only(More)
Compression of the celiac artery by the diaphragmatic crura, the median arcuate ligament, or the fibrous periaortic ganglionic tissue results in a rare constellation of symptoms known as celiac artery compression syndrome (CACS). First described in 1963 by Harjola in a patient with symptoms of mesenteric ischemia, it remains an elusive diagnosis. Patients(More)
Programmed cell death (apoptosis) signaling pathways have been implicated in seizure-induced neuronal death and the pathogenesis of human temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). End-stage DNA fragmentation during cell death may be mediated by nucleases including caspase-activated DNase (CAD), apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) and endonuclease G. In the present study,(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate surgical treatments and outcomes in a multi-institutional cohort of neonates with Hirschsprung's disease (HD). METHODS Using the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) from 1999 to 2009, neonates diagnosed with HD were identified and classified as having a single stage pull-through (SSPT) or multi-stage(More)
Evidence supporting the efficacy of in utero hematopoietic cell transplantation (IUHCT) in a valid large animal model is needed prior to clinical application. The objective of this study was to establish clinically relevant levels of hematopoietic chimerism in a canine model of maternal-to-fetal IUHCT. We first assessed immune and hematopoietic ontogeny(More)
PURPOSE Strictures of the esophagus in children may have multiple etiologies including congenital, inflammatory, infectious, caustic ingestion, and gastroesophageal reflux (peptic stricture [PS]). Current literature lacks good data documenting long-term outcomes in children. This makes it difficult to counsel some patients about realistic treatment(More)
BACKGROUND After acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP), a pancreatic fistula may occur from disconnected pancreatic duct syndrome (DPDS) where a segment of the pancreas is no longer in continuity with the main pancreatic duct. AIM To study the outcome of patients treated using Roux-Y pancreatic fistula tract-jejunostomy for DPDS after ANP. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary hypoplasia and hypertension is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). The etiologic insult occurs early in gestation highlighting the potential of prenatal interventions. We evaluated prenatal pharmacologic therapies in the nitrofen CDH model. METHODS Olive oil or nitrofen were(More)
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in the management of blunt and penetrating pediatric trauma has evolved in the past 30 years. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy possess high levels of diagnostic accuracy with low associated missed injury rates. Currently available data advocate limiting the use of MIS to blunt or penetrating injuries in the hemodynamically(More)