Hsiang-Ju Hsiao

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BACKGROUND Peritonsillar abscess is an acute infection located between the capsule of the palatine tonsil and the superior constrictor muscle of the pharynx. The reports regarding pediatric cases have been scanty. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted to investigate the patients less than 18 years of age hospitalized at a medical center with a final(More)
BACKGROUND Headache is a common complaint in children and is one of the most common reasons for presentation at a pediatric emergency department (PED). This study described the etiologies of patients with headache seen in the PED and determined predictors of intracranial pathology (ICP) requiring urgent intervention. A secondary objective was to develop(More)
BACKGROUND Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) results in high morbidity and mortality globally each year, although it is a vaccine-preventable disease. This study aimed to characterize the clinical features of IPD in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Taiwan. The seven-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) was introduced in the private sector(More)
Decreased ADAMTS 13 activity has been reported in severe sepsis and in sepsis-induced disseminated intravascular coagulation. This study aimed to investigate the role of ADAMTS 13 in different pediatric sepsis syndromes and evaluate its relationship with disease severity and outcome. We prospectively collected cases of sepsis treated in a pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND The purposes of this study were to characterize the symptoms and signs of children with myocarditis at the time of presentation to the hospital and to identify the predictors of death. METHODS This was a 5-year retrospective study in a tertiary hospital. We collected demographic data and clinical symptoms and signs when children with(More)
BACKGROUND Pediatric emergency medicine is a young field that has established itself in recent decades. Many unanswered questions remain regarding how to deliver better pediatric emergency care. The implementation of full-time pediatric emergency physicians is a quality improvement strategy for child care in Taiwan. The aim of this study is to evaluate the(More)
Altered mental status can have many causes, some of which are life threatening, especially in children. In addition to the usual central nervous system and metabolic causes, such as meningitis, encephalitis, seizure, electrolyte imbalance, and inborn errors of metabolism, some less common causes of altered mental status, which if not diagnosed and managed(More)
Children with both headache and hypertension present a relatively rare condition with a broad range of differential diagnoses in pediatric emergency medicine. Some possible diagnoses are potentially life-threatening conditions and merit aggressive evaluation management. We report a case of a 14-year-old girl who presented with headache and hypertension. She(More)