Sonja P E Snijders

Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

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    ABSTRACT: Echocardiographic measurements are widely used as outcomes of different studies. The aim of this study was to assess intraobserver and interobserver reliability of echocardiographic measurements in healthy children. We studied 28 children, with a median age of 7.5 years, and inter-quartile range from 3 to 11 years. Intraobserver and interobserver reliability were assessed by repeated measurements of the diameters of the aortic root, the left atrium, and left ventricular end-diastolic structure. We also measured the ventricular end-diastolic septal thickness and the end-diastolic thickness of the left ventricular posterior wall. We calculated intraclass correlation coefficients, with corresponding 95% confidence intervals, and computed Bland and Altman plots, permitting us to derive limits of agreement plus or minus 2 standard deviations for the mean differences in cardiac measurements. We found high intraobserver and interobserver intraclass correlation coefficient, ranging from 0.91 for ventricular septal thickness, with 95% confidence intervals from 0.78 to 0.96, to 0.99 for the diameter of the aortic root, 95% confidence interval from 0.97 to 1.00. Limits of agreement in the Bland and Altman plots ranged from zero millimetres for left ventricular end-diastolic posterior wall thickness to 1.60 millimeters (6.3%) for left atrial diameter. Our study demonstrated good repeatability and reproducibility for ultrasonic measurements of left cardiac structures in children, showing that values obtained for measurement of these structures in both clinical and epidemiological research projects can be confidently accepted.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2009 · Cardiology in the Young
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the investigation reported here was to assess the intraobserver and interobserver variability of renal measurements in children. The study comprised 56 paired measurements in 28 children (median age 7.5 years, range 3.0-15.0 years) without renal or ureterovesical anomalies. Intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility was assessed by repeated measurements of the left and right renal length, width, and thickness. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) with the corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated. Bland and Altman plots were computed to assess the agreement of the measurements. Limits of agreement +/- 2 standard deviations (SD) for the mean differences in renal measurements were derived. Intraobserver ICCs ranged from 0.93 (left and right renal width and right renal thickness) to 0.99 (left renal length), and interobserver ICCs ranged from 0.64 (right renal thickness) to 0.90 (right renal length). Limits of agreement in the Bland and Altman plots ranged from -8.0 to 9.2% (intraobserver left renal width) to the widest limit from -18.0 to 19.2% (interobserver left renal length). Overall, this study demonstrated the good reproducibility and agreement of most renal dimensions in children measured by ultrasound (US). Based on these results, we conclude that US is an appropriate measure to assess renal dimensions in both clinical and epidemiological studies.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2009 · Pediatric Nephrology