Chi-Ning Lee

Chang Gung University, Hsin-chu-hsien, Taiwan, Taiwan

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  • Chi-Ning Lee · Chih-Jen Chen · Kuo-Shu Tang · Fu-Chen Huang
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the clinical and laboratory features of non-typhoid Salmonella (NTS) and Campylobacter jejuni enterocolitis in children and formulate a risk scoring system (with receiver-operating characteristic curve) to facilitate early decision making and avoid antibiotic overuse in C. jejuni enterocolitis. Between January 2008 and December 2011, children (age <18 years) diagnosed as having C. jejuni enterocolitis and NTS enterocolitis in Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital were retrospectively enrolled. Clinical features and laboratory data were collected for analysis and a risk calculation score is created for the identification of Campylobacter infections. A total of 309 cases of C. jejuni enterocolitis and 496 cases of NTS enterocolitis were enrolled. Compared with Salmonella group clinically, the Campylobacter group had older age (81.06 ± 50.65 vs. 32.70 ± 34.88 months, p <; 0.001), more abdominal pain (69.26% vs. 37.5%, p <; 0.001) and more watery diarrhea (79.94% vs. 20.77%, p <; 0.001). In laboratory data, the Campylobacter group had higher level of white blood cell count (11 208 ± 4380 vs. 9095 ± 3598 cell/mm(3), p <; 0.001). Four criteria including age (≥5 years), leukocytosis (≥10 000 cell/mm(3)), abdominal pain and watery diarrhea were identified as good predictors of Campylobacter enterocolitis. When three criteria were fulfilled, Campylobacter enterocolitis was highly suspected and antibiotic could be withheld even when C-reactive protein is high and before stool culture results are known. When four criteria were fulfilled, antibiotic usage was absolutely unnecessary. © The Author [2014]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:
    No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: This study was carried out in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Taiwan, with the aim of reviewing the characteristics and the outcome of liver transplantation (LT) in children with Alagille syndrome (AGS). We performed a retrospective analysis of transplant records of children diagnosed with AGS and undergoing LT between 1987 and 2010. Nine patients underwent living donor LT. Cholestasis and characteristic facies were seen in all patients. Posterior embryotoxon was seen in 4/9 (44.4%), butterfly vertebrae in 3/9 (33.3%), heart defect (pulmonary stenosis in 2) in 3/9 (33.3%), and renal disease in 2/9 (22.2%) patients. Five cases had cholestasis prior to the age of 60 days, whereas four cases had cholestasis after 60 days of age. Iminodiacetic acid scans showed no excretion of isotope into the bowel in four cases and suggested a false diagnosis of biliary atresia. All patients underwent diagnostic laparotomy and liver biopsy. Results of liver biopsy showed characteristic features of paucity of interlobular bile ducts in all patients. Kasai portoenterostomy was not performed in any patient prior to being referred for LT. The mean age at the time of LT was 4.6 years. The 5-year overall survival rate after living donor LT was 88.9%. Our conclusion is that the clinical features of AGS are informative. In addition, histological confirmation is important in the diagnosis. AGS children with severe liver disease had good prognoses with LT.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2013 · Pediatrics & Neonatology
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    ABSTRACT: There has been concern over the effect of vigorous bubbling on the delivery pressure during the operation of the bubble nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system. We investigated the relationship between intra-tubing pressure changes and flow rates in a closed bubble CPAP system in vitro. Using an experimental (in vitro) model, the distal connecting tube of the CPAP system was immersed under the water seal to a depth of 5 cm. Sixteen different flow rates, ranging from 2 L/min to 20 L/min, were tested. The procedure was repeated 10 times at each flow rate, and the intra-tubing pressure was recorded. The intra-tubing pressure within the model increased as the air flow rates were adjusted from 2 L/min to 20 L/min. The relationship was represented by the following equation, pressure (cmH(2)O) = 5.37 + 0.15 x flow rate (L/min) (R(2) = 0.826, p < 0.001). These results demonstrated that the intra-tubing pressure in a bubble CPAP system was highly correlated with flow rate in vitro.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2010 · Pediatrics & Neonatology
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies have demonstrated a positive correlation between foot length (FL) and birth body weight (BBW), birth body length (BBL), and head circumference (HC). However, there is no data on birth FL in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to evaluate FL measurement in Taiwanese neonates as a method of estimating other anthropometric indices. In this retrospective study, we enrolled 256 babies born at our hospital and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital from 2003-2005. Medical records were reviewed for sex, BBW, BBL, HC, gestational age, and birth FL. Ill newborns, small-for-gestational-age babies, or those with poor birth footprints were excluded. FL at birth was measured from the center of the back of the heel to the tip of the big toe. Linear regression analysis was used to investigate the relation of FL to BBW and BBL. The intraclass correlation coefficient was used to assess inter-rater reliability. A total of 256 babies were reviewed. There were 136 male and 120 female neonates. The gestational age was 38.5+/-1.3 (mean+/-standard deviation) weeks, ranging from 35-42 weeks. The BBW was 3137+/-396g. The BBL was 51.1+/-2.1 cm. The HC was 33.5+/-1.7 cm. The FL was 7.4+/-0.46 cm. The regression equation for BBW (y) on FL (x) was as follows: y=486.2+360.4x (p<0.001, r=0.421). The regression equation for BBL (y) on FL (x) was as follows: y=40.1+1.45x (p<0.001, r= 0.305). The regression equation for HC (y) on FL (x) was as follows: y=14.8+2.53x (p<0.001, r=0.423). FL showed excellent reliability, with an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.965 (p<0.001). Our study demonstrated a significant degree of correlation between FL and BBW, BBL and HC. However, it did not reliably estimate BBW, BBL, or HC-the three anthropometric indices were weakly correlated (r<0.5) with FL.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2009 · Pediatrics & Neonatology

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14 Citations
4.95 Total Impact Points


  • 2013-2014
    • Chang Gung University
      Hsin-chu-hsien, Taiwan, Taiwan
  • 2009-2010
    • Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital
      Kao-hsiung-shih, Kaohsiung, Taiwan