Ya-Jun Guo

Cardinal Tien Hospital, T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan

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Publications (6)14.83 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to be more vulnerable to various forms of voiding dysfunction and nocturnal enuresis (NE). We attempt to compare the clinical manifestations and attentional performance between ADHD children with NE and those without NE. METHODS: We consecutively enrolled children diagnosed with ADHD in child and adolescent psychiatric clinics. The questionnaires for evaluation of ADHD symptoms and voiding dysfunction symptoms were administered to all study participants. All participants also received the Test Battery for Attention Performance (TAP) for assessment of attentional function. RESULTS: A total of 53 children were enrolled in this study, comprising 47 boys and six girls. The prevalence rate of NE was 28.3%. Children in the NE group had statistically significant higher dysfunctional voiding symptom score (5.40 ± 3.66 vs.3.16 ± 2.74; p = 0.018) and two subscales of "When I wet myself, my underwear is soaked" (p < 0.001) and "I miss having a bowel movement every day" (p = 0.047). There were no significant differences with regard to all psychiatric evaluations between the NE and non-NE groups. In the TAP test, the NE group showed a significantly shorter reaction time in the domain of inhibitory control, working memory, and auditory sustained attention than the non-NE group. CONCLUSION: Children with ADHD have a high prevalence of NE. ADHD children with NE had a significantly higher dysfunctional voiding symptom score and shorter reaction time in most domains of the TAP test. Further study is needed to discern the impact of NE on the neuropsychological function of ADHD children.
    Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 01/2013; 112(1):41-47. · 1.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Current guidelines recommend that hypospadias repair should be performed before age 18 months. This study aims to investigate the trends of surgical timing and to determine what factors are associated with age at surgery. METHODS: The present study utilized a subset of the National Health Insurance Research Database, known as Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005, which contains the data of all paid medical benefit claims over the period from 1997 to 2007 for a subset of one million beneficiaries randomly drawn from the population of 22.72 million individuals in NHI program during any part of calendar year 2005. We analyzed claims data for all subjects with the diagnoses of hypospadias. RESULTS: Among 52,705 live male newborns, 218 were diagnosed with hypospadias and thus were included as subjects in our study. Among them, 89 received repair surgery. Approximately 60.6% of the study subjects received repair after the age of 18 months. Multivariate analysis showed that several factors were significantly associated with age at hypospadias surgery: specialty of clinics where first diagnosis was made; specialty of physician making the first diagnosis, age of physician making the first diagnosis; specialty of surgeon performing the surgery; number of years since surgeon's board certification; urbanization level of subject's residence; modality of surgery; concomitant cryptorchidism; concomitant prematurity and low birth weight; age at diagnosis; and number of well-baby clinic visits. CONCLUSION: This study addresses an important issue of delayed hypospadias surgery in Taiwan, which provides a potential opportunity for improvement in quality of care.
    Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 01/2013; 112(1):48-53. · 1.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We clarified correlations between symptoms of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and voiding dysfunction in children. The study sample consisted of 92 boys and 38 girls 4 to 14 years old who presented at pediatric urology clinics with untreated lower urinary tract symptoms. Parents completed the Swanson, Nolan and Pelham-IV scale. Each subject with a combined score in the first 2 subscales (inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity) at or above the 90th percentile was classified as having symptoms of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. All other cases were classified as nonattention deficit disorder. Voiding dysfunction symptoms were assessed by the Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Scale. Sleep quality was assessed by the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire. We then analyzed correlations between Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Scale and symptoms of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. The group with symptoms of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity had significantly higher scores on the Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Scale overall and in the "cannot wait" subscale compared to the group without attention deficit disorder, as well as poorer sleep quality and lower voiding volumes. Overall Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Scale scores were significantly correlated with overall Swanson, Nolan and Pelham-IV scale scores and also significantly correlated with each of the 3 Swanson, Nolan and Pelham-IV subscales (inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity and oppositional defiant). Overall Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Scale scores and scores on the "cannot wait" and "hurt when pee" subscales were significantly higher for males than for females. Boys with higher scores of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity symptoms tend to have higher Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Scale scores. Lower urinary tract symptoms were significantly correlated with overall Swanson, Nolan and Pelham-IV scores and significantly correlated with each of the 3 subscales. Evaluation of concomitant symptoms of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity in children with lower urinary tract symptoms is an important clinical concern.
    The Journal of urology 12/2011; 187(2):656-61. · 3.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the rate of diagnosis and treatment trends of hypospadias in Taiwan within the first 3 years of life. We used a subset of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, which contains data on all inpatient and outpatient medical benefit claims, for the period 1997 through 2008 for a sample of 1 million individuals randomly drawn from the population of 25.68 million who held membership in the National Health Insurance program during any part of the calendar year 2005. We analyzed claims data for all subjects who were diagnosed with hypospadias through age 3 years. Among 52,705 newborns (individuals whose claims included live birth) 178 were diagnosed with hypospadias within 3 years of birth. Thus, mean incidence was 33.8 per 10,000 live male births. The hypospadias repair rate was 14.3 per 10,000 live male births. There was no significant tendency toward increase or decrease in rates of diagnoses or repairs, or proportion of severe hypospadias. There were significant associations between rates of hypospadias diagnoses and urbanization level of the community where the diagnosis was made. Approximately 54% of patients who underwent surgical repair did so after age 18 months. The nationwide incidence of hypospadias in children younger than 3 years in Taiwan is similar to that reported in previous studies. Delayed diagnosis and treatment of hypospadias are important clinical concerns that warrant further investigation.
    The Journal of urology 02/2011; 185(4):1449-54. · 3.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and voiding function in a cohort of hyperthyroid women. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) imbalance has been thought to cause LUTS in hyperthyroidism. Between January 2008 and December 2008, 65 newly diagnosed, untreated female hyperthyroid patients were enrolled in this study. Another 62 age-matched healthy women were enrolled as a control group. Demographics, LUTS, urinary flow rates, hyperthyroid symptoms, and serum levels of thyroid hormones were recorded before and after the medical treatment for hyperthyroidism. Compared with the control group, the hyperthyroid patients had a higher mean symptom score of frequency (1.15 ± 1.75 vs 0.31 ± 1.05, P = .01), incomplete emptying (0.91 ± 1.47 vs 0.29 ± 1.12, P = .02), straining (1.05 ± 0.85 vs 0.27 ± 0.51, P <.01), voiding symptoms (3.05 ± 3.28 vs 1.06 ± 2.63, P <.01), and total symptoms (5.88 ± 6.17 vs 2.76 ± 4.65, P <.01). Fifty-three (81.5%) of them had an IPSS of <8, while only 12 (18.5%) had an International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) of ≥8. Hyperthyroid women demonstrated a lower mean peak flow rate (25.0 ± 5.3 vs 28.6 ± 6.1 mL/s, P = .02). After treatment, both LUTS and flow rates improved significantly. The severity of LUTS was associated with neither serum levels of thyroid hormone nor other hyperthyroid symptoms. Hyperthyroid women have worse LUTS and lower peak flow rates than healthy controls. However, the severity of LUTS is only mild (IPSS <8) in the majority, and only 18.5% have moderate-to-severe LUTS. Both LUTS and flow rates improve after the treatment for hyperthyroidism. The exact mechanisms of LUTS and/or lower urinary tract dysfunction in hyperthyroidism require further investigation.
    Urology 01/2011; 77(1):50-4. · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and to evaluate risk factors associated with the psychiatric morbidity of these patients. The study group included 52 female patients with a diagnosis of IBS. Fifty-five women without gastrointestinal symptoms were used as controls. LUTS were evaluated using the American Urological Association Symptom Index questionnaire. Psychiatric morbidity was evaluated using a 12-item version of the Chinese Health Questionnaire. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the risk factors associated with psychiatric morbidity in IBS patients. There were no significant differences between the two groups in any of the demographic variables. The most common LUTS in patients with IBS were storage symptoms. These patients had significantly higher scores of frequency, nocturia, urge incontinence, lower maximal flow rate and lower voiding volume (P < 0.05). In addition, significantly higher storage and total American Urological Association Symptom Index questionnaire scores were also noted in IBS patients (P < 0.05). The prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in IBS patients was 28.8%, which was significantly higher than in the control group (20%). The urinary storage symptom score (odds ratio: 1.518; 95% confidence interval: 1.17-1.96; P = 0.002) was significantly correlated with psychiatric morbidity. LUTS are common in IBS patients and have a negative impact on their psychiatric status. Healthcare providers should be aware of the psychological consequences of LUTS in these patients.
    International Journal of Urology 02/2010; 17(2):175-81. · 1.80 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

20 Citations
14.83 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2011–2013
    • Cardinal Tien Hospital
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
    • National Yang Ming University
      • Institute of Health and Welfare Policy
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
    • Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital
      • Department of Urology
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010–2013
    • Taipei City Hospital
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan