Health Related Quality of Life and Neurocognitive Outcomes in the First Year after Pediatric Acute Liver Failure

Sorensen, L. G.; Neighbors, K.; Hardison, R. M.; Loomes, K. M.; Varni, J. W.; Ng, V. L.; Squires, R. H.; Alonso, E. M.

J Pediatr. 2018 Mar 20; 196:129-138.e3


OBJECTIVE: To determine health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and neurocognitive impairment in survivors of pediatric acute liver failure (PALF). STUDY DESIGN: A longitudinal prospective study was conducted. At 6 and 12 months after PALF presentation, surveys of HRQoL were completed for 2- to 19-year-olds and executive functioning for ages 2-16 years. At 12 months, patients 3-16 years of age completed neurocognitive testing. HRQoL scores were compared with a healthy, matched sample. Neurocognitive scores were compared with norms; executive functioning scores were examined categorically. RESULTS: A total of 52 parent-report HRQoL surveys were completed at 6 months, 48 at 12 months; 25 patients completed neurocognitive testing. The median age at 6 months was 7.9 years (range 3.5-15.0), and final diagnosis was indeterminate for 46.2% (n = 24). Self and parent-report on Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Generic and Multidimensional Fatigue scales fell below the healthy sample at 6 months and 12 months (almost all P < .001). Children reported lower mean scores on cognitive fatigue at 12 months (60.91 +/- 22.99) compared with 6 months (73.61 +/- 27.49, P = .006) . The distribution of Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function scores was shifted downward on parent-report (preschool) for all indices at 6 months (n = 14, P

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