The Indian Journal of Pediatrics Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dept. of Pediatrics, Springer Verlag

Journal description

A Premier Pediatric Journal in India, established in 1933 by the doyen of Pediatrics arena, the Late Dr. K.C Chaudhuri. A monthly publication published from the Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. The Oldest Specialty Journal in India keeping track with the most current trends in the world of Pediatrics.

Current impact factor: 0.92

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 0.919
2012 Impact Factor 0.715
2011 Impact Factor 0.521
2010 Impact Factor 0.502
2009 Impact Factor 0.539
2008 Impact Factor 0.646

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.73
Cited half-life 6.70
Immediacy index 0.15
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.20
Website Indian Journal of Pediatrics website
ISSN 0019-5456
OCLC 52511246
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives To assess the current iodine status among school children in Terai region of Nepal. Methods A cross sectional study was conducted in 2012 among the school children aged 6–12y in three Terai districts (Siraha, Saptari and Jhapa) of eastern Nepal. A total of 1105 casual urine samples were collected from children of different schools of above districts. Urinary iodine excretion was estimated using ammonium persulphate digestion method. Results The median urinary iodine excretion in school children was 226.33μg/L (234.16μg/L, 229.25μg/L and 210.67μg/L in Siraha, Saptari and Jhapa districts respectively). About 12.7% (n = 140) children were found to be iodine deficient and 34.2% (n = 378) children had excessive iodine nutrition. Conclusions There was good improvement in iodine nutrition among children in Terai region, with a large part of population showing excessive iodine nutrition.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1755-x
  • The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1756-9
  • Article: Kerion
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1760-0
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    ABSTRACT: Information on provision of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in critically ill children from developing countries is limited. The authors describe their experience in 17 children with hypotension and acute kidney injury (AKI) with fluid overload or electrolyte imbalance managed by 20 sessions of CRRT. The median (range) age and weight were 6 y (0.75-18) and 20 kg (6.2-42), respectively. All patients were receiving inotropic agents; nine had fluid overload (19 %, range 11-34.1 %) and ten had severe AKI. Median clearance and filter-life were 2171.4 ml/1.73 m(2)/h (1730.6-4405.8) and 69.7 h (2.8-98.3), respectively. Complications were catheter flow related (n = 1), filter clotting (n = 3), hemorrhage (n = 3), hypokalemia (n = 16) and hypophosphatemia (n = 11). Eight patients (47.1 %) survived; the median PRISM III score of survivors was significantly lower than non survivors (10.5 vs.17.0; P 0.02). Renal function recovered in the survivors emphasizing the role of this modality in managing critically ill patients.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1743-1
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    ABSTRACT: To the Editor : Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is also known as hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy type 4 (HSAN4). As per literature of 2012, globally, less than 60 cases have been reported [1-3]. We report 2½-y-old twin girls born of consanguineous marriage, with CIPA syndrome with typical clinical manifestations of pain insensitivity causing self-mutilation, anhidrosis and developmental delay. There was history of self mutilating behavior which started early in infancy with global developmental delay in both of them. They additionally had history of seizures from 6 mo of age. Family history was suggestive of similar disorder in children born of their father’s first marriage (consanguineous) where in all three children were male and died at 10, 11 and 13 y of life respectively with the same complaints. This suggests probable autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. On examination, there were signs of extensive self-mutilation in both children with amputat ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1735-1
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    ABSTRACT: Valid screening tools are needed to identify Indian children and adolescents with mental health problems, both for clinical or research purposes. The present study validated the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in Malayalam across different informants and sub-scales. A sample of 150 children and adolescents seen in a psychiatric clinic for children in Kerala, India was compared to a community sample of 1984 children from six surrounding urban and rural districts. Children in clinic and community samples were screened with the parent-report SDQ; those over 11 y completed the self-report SDQ. The community sample was also screened with the teacher-report SDQ and the clinical sample received formal diagnoses from a child psychiatrist blind to SDQ scores. The discriminative validity of the SDQ was investigated using Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC) curves and by assessing Area Under the Curve (AUC). The SDQ discriminated reliably between clinical and community samples for the SDQ total score and its subscales. Within the clinic sample, 49 % of patients qualified for more than one broad diagnostic grouping. The SDQ discriminated between diagnostic categories in the clinic sample, but did so most effectively for conduct disorders. Based on the cut-offs that generated the highest combined value of sensitivity and specificity, the estimated rate of psychiatric disorder in the community sample was 13.6 % (parent-report) and 7.3 % (self-report). The SDQ is a useful screening tool for child and adolescent mental disorders for Malayalam speakers in Kerala, India.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1727-1
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    ABSTRACT: To the Editor : Chronic adrenal insufficiency is characterized by deficient secretion of glucocorticoids, and often mineralocorticoids by the adrenal glands [1]. Here we are describing a 12-y-old girl who presented with adrenal insufficiency due to adrenal tuberculosis and difficulties encountered during her management.The girl presented to the emergency (ER) with hypotension and history of generalized hyperpigmentation for last 4 mo. She was noted to have hyponatremia and hyperkalemia, and serum cortisol was found to be low. Adrenal insufficiency was diagnosed and she was started on hydrocortisone (10 mg/m2) and fluodrocortisone (0.1 mg/d), to which good clinical and biochemical response was noted. She had a history of contact with tuberculosis. Montoux test was positive and CECT abdomen showed enlarged and necrotic adrenal glands, suggestive of adrenal tuberculosis. The child was started on antitubercular treatment (ATT). After starting ATT, the child started having weakness, letharg ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1742-2
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    ABSTRACT: To the Editor : A 7-mo-old girl was admitted with 1 mo history of symmetric extensor type of jerks in clusters followed by stiffening just after waking up. After the start of sudden jerks, psychomotor development got arrested. She was born at 38 wk of gestation by spontaneous vaginal delivery with a birth weight of 2400 g. She was the first child of healthy nonconsanguineous parents. In the newborn period she was diagnosed with supravalvular aorta stenosis with mild pulmonary stenosis. Her head circumference was 43 cm (50-75p). On physical examination dysmorphic facial features including elfin face, puffy eyes, full cheeks, flat midface, epicanthal folds and long philtrum was noted. Complete blood cell count, biochemical and metabolic tests were normal. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging showed normal findings except thin splenium of corpus callosum. Interictal sleep electroencephalography revealed hypsarrhythmia pattern. She was treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone. She was seizur ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1740-4
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    ABSTRACT: To the Editor : Central nervous system (CNS) tuberculosis is the most dangerous form of tuberculosis. Solitary giant intracranial tuberculoma poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenges.A 4-y-old child presented with features of raised intracranial pressure of 1 mo duration. He was put on 4 drug regime for right parieto-occipital tuberculoma (Fig. 1a). After starting antitubercular therapy his condition worsened rapidly over next 3 wk. Repeat CT scan (Fig. 1b) revealed enlargement of the size of the lesion. His condition did not improve inspite of dexamethasone 2 mg thrice daily and mannitol. He was referred to our centre. MRI of the brain revealed a large rim enhancing lesion, isointense on T1 (Fig. 1c) and hypointense on T2W1 (Fig. 1d) with midline shift. There was history of receiving antitubercular treatment (ATT) for tuberculous meningitis at 2 y of age.Fig. 1(a) CECT head showing a large right temporo-parieto-occipital lesion, (b) CT head showing increase in size of the lesion af ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1736-0
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the efficacy of nebulized magnesium sulfate as a bronchodilator in infants hospitalized with acute bronchiolitis. This three-center double masked randomized clinical trial comprised 120 children with moderate to severe bronchiolitis. They were randomly assigned into two groups: the first group was treated with nebulized magnesium sulfate (40 mg/kg) and nebulized epinephrine (0.1 ml/kg) and the second group (control) was treated with nebulized epinephrine (0.1 ml/kg). The primary outcome was the length of hospital stay. The use of oxygen, temperature, oxygen saturation (SPO2), pulse rate (PR), respiratory rate (RR) and respiratory distress assessment instrument (RDAI) score were measured in the beginning of the study and during hospitalization. The mean (SD) age of 120 infants was 5.1(±2.6) mo and 60% were boys. The length of hospital stay was not different between the two groups (P > 0.01). Use of oxygen supplementation, SPO2 and vital signs were similar in the two groups. Improvement in RDAI score was significantly better in infants treated with nebulized magnesium sulfate than in the other group (P 0.01). Thus, in infants with acute bronchiolitis, the effect of nebulized magnesium sulfate is comparable to nebulized epinephrine. However nebulized magnesium sulfate can improve the clinical score so it may have additive effect to reduce symptoms during hospitalization.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1729-z
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    ABSTRACT: Significant strides have been made on growth hormone (GH) therapy in children and adolescents over the past five decades. The launch of recombinant human GH (rHGH) in 1985 eliminated the risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with cadaveric GH; ensured an ongoing unlimited supply and also increased the number of children eligible for therapy. The indications for rHGH therapy were expanded to include many chronic non-endocrine diseases associated with significant short stature. Despite mounting evidence of efficacy and safety of GH in various growth disorders, the cost of therapy remains the major constraint in developing countries.GH therapy in children with short stature enables them to reach genetic height potential with appropriate pubertal maturation consistent with genetic and ethnic background and target height. Therapy with GH induces rapid catch up growth during the first two to three years of treatment, increasing height velocity two to four-fold above the pretreatment height veloc ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; 82(5). DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1717-3
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    ABSTRACT: In 2010, globally there were 1·73 billion episodes of diarrhea (36 million of which progressed to severe episodes), mostly in developing countries, and 212,000 diarrheal deaths in children younger than five years in India [1]. Underlying malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are risk factors for diarrheal diseases and an underlying cause of 61% of childhood deaths as a result of reduced immunity and delay in recovery [2]. High prevalence of stunting in a population is indicative of zinc deficiency [3]. Zinc plays a compelling biological role in etiopathogenesis of diarrhea due to its substantive role in both non-specific and specific immune functions [4]. Its benefit in reducing the duration of diarrhea, especially in children older than 6 mo has been reported in numerous randomized controlled trials and meta-analysis [5]. It is the only micronutrient that has been recommended by WHO and UNICEF to be coupled with oral rehydration salts for the treatment of all diarrhea episodes a ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; 82(5). DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1704-8
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    ABSTRACT: The survival rate in newborns with congenital esophageal atresia (EA) is about 85-90 %, and it raises over 95 % in the developed countries. The survival rate in developing countries is much lower and the authors describe their experience with 60 newborns. Medical records of 60 newborns (40 boys and 20 girls) with congenital EA were reviewed for the prognostic factors and mortality. The birth weight, mean Apgar score (AS) value, gestational age and birth-operative treatment time had significant influence on the mortality of treated patients (p < 0.05). Thirty five percent newborns had aspirational pneumonia at the moment of hospitalization and 86.7 % of them were operated during the first 48 h. The presence of associated anomalies considerably affected the death rate of treated patients (p < 0.05). The incidence of postoperative complications was similar to those in developed countries but the total mortality was higher (28.3 %); sepsis being the main cause of mortality. The postoperative complications and sepsis significantly influenced the mortality of patients (p < 0.05). Total mortality in newborns with EA was high; sepsis being the most frequent cause of death. The high total mortality was also caused by prematurity, delay in diagnosis, increased incidence of the aspiration pneumonia and shortage of qualified nurses.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1730-6
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    ABSTRACT: Fever is the most common symptom in children and can be classified as fever with or without focus. Fever without focus can be less than 7 d and is subclassified as fever without localizing signs and fever of unknown origin (FUO). FUO is defined as a temperature greater than 38.3 °C, for more than 3 wk or failure to reach a diagnosis after 1 wk of inpatient investigations. The most common causes of FUO in children are infections, connective tissue disorders and neoplasms. Infectious diseases most commonly implicated in children with FUO are salmonellosis, tuberculosis, malaria and rickettsial diseases. Juvenile rheumatic arthritis is the connective tissue disease frequently associated with FUO. Malignancy is the third largest group responsible for FUO in children. Diagnostic approach of FUO includes detailed history and examination supported with investigations. Age, history of contact, exposure to wild animals and medications should be noted. Examination should include, apart from general appearance, presence of sweating, rashes, tonsillitis, sinusitis and lymph node enlargement. Other signs such as abdominal tenderness and hepatosplenomegly should be looked for. The muscles and bones should be carefully examined for connective tissue disorders. Complete blood count, blood smear examination and level of acute phase reactants should be part of initial investigations. Radiological imaging is useful aid in diagnosing FUO. Trials of antimicrobial agents should not be given as they can obscure the diagnosis of the disease in FUO.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1724-4
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the quality of life among thalassemic children and to find out association of quality of life (QOL) with the socio-demographic factors, and clinico-therapeutic profile. This cross sectional descriptive epidemiological study was conducted from July 2011 through June 2012 on 365 admitted thalassemic patients of 5 to 12 y of age in the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. Parents of the children were interviewed using Paediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 Generic Core Scale. Statistically significant variables in bivariate analysis were considered for correlation matrix where independent variables were found inter related. So, partial correlation was done and statistically significant variables in partial correlation were considered for linear regression. The mean age of 365 thalassemic children was 8.3 ± 2.4 y. Multiple linear regressions predicted that only 70.5 % variation of total summary score depended on duration since splenectomy (31.2 % variation), last pre transfusion Hb level (20.7 %), family history of thalassemia (17.3 %) and frequency of blood transfusions (1.3 %). After splenectomy, thalassemic children could lead a better quality of life upto 5 y only. The betterment of the quality of life needs maintaining pre transfusion Hb level above 7 g/dl. Previous experience of the disease among the family members enriches the awareness among them and helps them to take correct decisions timely about the child and that leads to better QOL. More awareness regarding the maintenance of pre transfusion Hb level should be built up among parents and families where such disease has occurred for the first time.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-014-1670-6
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    ABSTRACT: To determine association of corticotrophin releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRHR1) gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), rs242939 (A>G) and rs242941 (G>T) with response to systemic corticosteroids in North Indian asthmatic children during acute exacerbation.This was a hospital based cross-sectional study. Sixty-eight children aged 1 to 12y with acute exacerbation of asthma were included in the study. The study was approved by the institutional ethics committee and written informed consent was obtained from parents/guardians of recruited children. GINA guidelines 2008, were used for classification and treatment of acute exacerbation of asthma. As per the GINA guidelines 2008, children who had good response to injectable corticosteroid were classified as "Corticosteroid Responders" (CR). Rest of the children with incomplete or poor response to injectable corticosteroid were classified as "Corticosteroid Non Responders" (CNR). Among 68 hospitalized children, 45 (66.17 %) children were CR whereas 23 (33.83 %) children were CNR. On analyzing as dominant model, children with one or two copies of mutant allele of SNP rs242941 had statistically significant better response to systemic corticosteroid (OR = 5.00; 95 %CI = 1.32-19.64; p 0.013) as compared to children with no mutant allele. Thus, CRHR1 gene SNP rs242941polymorphism is associated with better response to systemic corticosteroid during acute exacerbation of asthma.
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1702-x
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    ABSTRACT: To the Editor: In the paper “Predictors of Altered Sensorium at Admission in Children with Diabetic Ketoacidosis” [1] there are some inaccuracies.On page 1166, the authors write “… a multi-centric study by Glaser et al. showed that bicarbonate therapy is associated with a greater risk of cerebral edema” according to their reference 3 from 2001. However, in more recent papers the association between bicarbonate therapy and risk of cerebral edema is not mentioned [2, 3]. Recent studies have not shown greater risk of cerebral edema as a consequence of bicarbonate therapy.On the same page, the authors have explained the pathophysiological basis of the negative effects of low blood pH (high concentration of hydrogen ions H+) on the level of consciousness according to their references 8, 9, and 14 to 16. However, surprisingly they conclude that “the causal association and exact pathophysiological mechanism of acidosis induced alteration in sensorium in DKA still remains unexplained … ”. The ...
    The Indian Journal of Pediatrics 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12098-015-1700-z