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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620846/the-role-of-mast-cells-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Mustafa Yehya, Michel T Torbey
Mast cells are first responders to intracerebral hemorrhage. They release potent mediators that can disrupt the blood-brain barrier promoting injury, vasogenic edema formation, and hematoma exacerbation. Also, mast cells recruit other inflammatory cells that maintain and amplify brain damage. Given their early role in the cascade of events in intracerebral hemorrhage, mast cells may offer an alternative target for antichemotactic interventions.
June 15, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612133/brain-specific-serum-biomarkers-predict-neurological-morbidity-in-diagnostically-diverse-pediatric-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Alicia K Au, Michael J Bell, Ericka L Fink, Rajesh K Aneja, Patrick M Kochanek, Robert S B Clark
BACKGROUND: Unexpected neurological morbidity in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) remains high and is difficult to detect proactively. Brain-specific biomarkers represent a novel approach for early detection of neurological injury. We sought to determine whether serum concentrations of neuron-specific enolase (NSE), myelin basic protein (MBP), and S100B, specific for neurons, oligodendrocytes, and glia, respectively, were predictive of neurological morbidity in critically ill children...
June 13, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612132/hemorrhage-rate-after-external-ventricular-drain-placement-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-time-to-heparin-administration
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Andrew P Gard, Brian D Sayles, J Will Robbins, William E Thorell, Daniel L Surdell
OBJECTIVE: The use of antiplatelet or anticoagulants has previously been shown to increase hemorrhagic complications of ventricular catheterization. Although heparin use 24 h after ventriculostomy appears safe, the safety of heparin immediately (within 4 h) after ventriculostomy is unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the safety of heparin immediately (within 4 h) after ventriculostomy in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients undergoing endovascular treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 46 patients with aneurysmal SAH secondary to aneurysm rupture who required ventriculostomy...
June 13, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612131/three-factor-versus-four-factor-prothrombin-complex-concentrate-for-the-emergent-management-of-warfarin-associated-intracranial-hemorrhage
#4
Daniel Fischer, Jeffrey Sorensen, Gabriel V Fontaine
BACKGROUND: Four-factor prothrombin complex concentrates (PCC) produce a more rapid and complete INR correction compared with 3-factor PCC in patients receiving warfarin. It is unknown if this improves clinical outcomes in the setting of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective cohort study included patients presenting with warfarin-associated ICH reversed with either 4- or 3-factor PCC. The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality...
June 13, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612130/acute-brain-diseases-as-triggers-for-stress-cardiomyopathy-clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes
#5
Deena M Nasr, Sara Tomasini, Abhiram Prasad, Alejandro A Rabinstein
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with neurogenic stress cardiomyopathy (NSC) among patients admitted to our neuroscience intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: Following institutional review board approval, consecutive adult patients admitted to the NICU between 2009 and 2013 with definite and possible NSC were included. Data on patient demographics, baseline clinical information, cardiac function, and laboratory values were collected...
June 13, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573388/medical-management-of-the-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-patient
#6
Jonathan Marehbian, Susanne Muehlschlegel, Brian L Edlow, Holly E Hinson, David Y Hwang
Severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) is a major contributor to long-term disability and a leading cause of death worldwide. Medical management of the sTBI patient, beginning with prehospital triage, is aimed at preventing secondary brain injury. This review discusses prehospital and emergency department management of sTBI, as well as aspects of TBI management in the intensive care unit where advances have been made in the past decade. Areas of emphasis include intracranial pressure management, neuromonitoring, management of paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity, neuroprotective strategies, prognostication, and communication with families about goals of care...
June 1, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569348/black-tar-heroin-skin-popping-as-a-cause-of-wound-botulism
#7
Ihtesham A Qureshi, Mohtashim A Qureshi, Mohammad Rauf Afzal, Alberto Maud, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Salvador Cruz-Flores, Darine Kassar
BACKGROUND: Botulism is a rare potentially fatal and treatable disorder caused by a bacteria-produced toxin that affects the presynaptic synaptic membrane resulting in a characteristic neuromuscular dysfunction. It is caused by either the ingestion of the toxin or the bacteria, inhalation, or wound infection. We present our observations with a descriptive case series of wound botulism secondary to black tar heroin (BTH) injection. METHODS: We report a retrospective single-center case series of 15 consecutive cases of wound botulism presenting to University Medical Center of El Paso...
May 31, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547321/relationship-between-brain-pulsatility-and-cerebral-perfusion-pressure-replicated-validation-using-different-drivers-of-cpp-change
#8
Leanne A Calviello, Nicolás de Riva, Joseph Donnelly, Marek Czosnyka, Peter Smielewski, David K Menon, Frederick A Zeiler
BACKGROUND: Determination of relationships between transcranial Doppler (TCD)-based spectral pulsatility index (sPI) and pulse amplitude (AMP) of intracranial pressure (ICP) in 2 groups of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients (a) displaying plateau waves and (b) with unstable mean arterial pressure (MAP). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with severe TBI and continuous TCD monitoring displaying either plateau waves or unstable MAP from 1992 to 1998...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547320/real-time-noninvasive-monitoring-of-intracranial-fluid-shifts-during-dialysis-using-volumetric-integral-phase-shift-spectroscopy-vips-a-proof-of-concept-study
#9
Chethan P Venkatasubba Rao, Eric M Bershad, Eusebia Calvillo, Nelson Maldonado, Rahul Damani, Sreedhar Mandayam, Jose I Suarez
BACKGROUND: Cerebral edema, which is associated with increased intracranial fluid, is often a complication of many acute neurological conditions. There is currently no accepted method for real-time monitoring of intracranial fluid volume at the bedside. We evaluated a novel noninvasive technique called "Volumetric Integral Phase-shift Spectroscopy (VIPS)" for detecting intracranial fluid shifts during hemodialysis. METHODS: Subjects receiving scheduled hemodialysis for end-stage renal disease and without a history of major neurological conditions were enrolled...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547319/systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-sirs-score-independently-predicts-poor-outcome-in-isolated-traumatic-brain-injury
#10
Tomas Jacome, Danielle Tatum
INTRODUCTION: Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) is frequently observed after various types of acute cerebral injury and has been linked to clinical deterioration in non-traumatic brain injury (TBI). SIRS scores have also been shown to be predictive of length of stay and mortality in trauma patients. We aimed to determine the prognostic utility of SIRS present at admission in trauma patients with isolated TBI. METHODS: This was a 5-year retrospective cohort study of adults (≥18 years) with isolated TBI admitted to a Level II trauma center...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547318/a-systematic-review-of-alpha-2-agonists-for-sedation-in-mechanically-ventilated-neurocritical-care-patients
#11
Alexandre Tran, Henrietta Blinder, Brian Hutton, Shane W English
The use of sedative medications is commonplace in intensive care units (ICUs) and an invaluable clinical tool for the intensive care physician. Sedation for critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients provides an opportunity to reduce anxiety, discomfort as well as ventilator intolerance and dyssynchrony. Alpha-2 agonists in particular have become increasingly popular for use in the neurocritical care population due to their proposed effectiveness in facilitating examinations and procedures as well as reducing the need for adjunctive agents...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484930/heart-shaped-bilateral-medullary-pyramidal-infarction-as-a-pathognomonic-finding-of-anterior-spinal-artery-occlusion
#12
Sammy Searcy, Oluwaseun O Akinduro, Andrew Spector, Jang W Yoon, Benjamin L Brown, William D Freeman
BACKGROUND: Unilateral anterior spinal artery (ASA) occlusion resulting in bilateral medullary pyramidal (BMP) infarction is a rare and devastating stroke subtype. We present two cases highlighting the diagnostic and clinical challenges of BMP infarction. METHODS: Case reports and literature review. RESULTS: A 57-year-old man rapidly had severe vomiting and diarrhea 2 h after a meal. Examination revealed bulbar weakness and areflexic tetraplegia...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484929/functional-mri-for-assessment-of-the-default-mode-network-in-acute-brain-injury
#13
Daniel Kondziella, Patrick M Fisher, Vibeke Andrée Larsen, John Hauerberg, Martin Fabricius, Kirsten Møller, Gitte Moos Knudsen
BACKGROUND: Assessment of the default mode network (DMN) using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may improve assessment of the level of consciousness in chronic brain injury, and therefore, fMRI may also have prognostic value in acute brain injury. However, fMRI is much more challenging in critically ill patients because of cardiovascular vulnerability, intravenous sedation, and artificial ventilation. METHODS: Using resting-state fMRI, we investigated the DMN in a convenience sample of patients with acute brain injury admitted to the intensive care unit...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484928/comparison-of-quantitative-characteristics-of-early-post-resuscitation-eeg-between-asphyxial-and-ventricular-fibrillation-cardiac-arrest-in-rats
#14
Bihua Chen, Gang Chen, Chenxi Dai, Pei Wang, Lei Zhang, Yuanyuan Huang, Yongqin Li
BACKGROUND: Quantitative electroencephalogram (EEG) analysis has shown promising results in studying brain injury and functional recovery after cardiac arrest (CA). However, whether the quantitative characteristics of EEG, as potential indicators of neurological prognosis, are influenced by CA causes is unknown. The purpose of this study was designed to compare the quantitative characteristics of early post-resuscitation EEG between asphyxial CA (ACA) and ventricular fibrillation CA (VFCA) in rats...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484927/ethical-and-legal-considerations-in-the-management-of-an-unbefriended-patient-in-a-vegetative-state
#15
Alexandra Lloyd-Smith Sequeira, Ariane Lewis
BACKGROUND: Patients without surrogates are referred to as "unbefriended." Because these patients do not have representatives to assist with medical decision-making, patient autonomy and self-determination, fundamental concepts of American healthcare, are jeopardized. METHODS: We present a case of an unbefriended patient in a vegetative state and discuss the ethical and legal complications associated with management of unbefriended patients. RESULTS: An unbefriended patient was admitted to our hospital with a cardiac arrest in the setting of an intracerebral hemorrhage...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477152/revisiting-grade-3-diffuse-axonal-injury-not-all-brainstem-microbleeds-are-prognostically-equal
#16
Saef Izzy, Nicole L Mazwi, Sergi Martinez, Camille A Spencer, Joshua P Klein, Gunjan Parikh, Mel B Glenn, Steven M Greenberg, David M Greer, Ona Wu, Brian L Edlow
BACKGROUND: Recovery of functional independence is possible in patients with brainstem traumatic axonal injury (TAI), also referred to as "grade 3 diffuse axonal injury," but acute prognostic biomarkers are lacking. We hypothesized that the extent of dorsal brainstem TAI measured by burden of traumatic microbleeds (TMBs) correlates with 1-year functional outcome more strongly than does ventral brainstem, corpus callosal, or global brain TMB burden. Further, we hypothesized that TMBs within brainstem nuclei of the ascending arousal network (AAN) correlate with 1-year outcome...
May 5, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477151/coagulation-testing-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage-related-to-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
#17
Jan C Purrucker, Timolaos Rizos, Kirsten Haas, Marcel Wolf, Shujah Khan, Peter U Heuschmann, Roland Veltkamp
BACKGROUND: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a life-threatening complication of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC). Little is known about the effect of intensity of anticoagulation on NOAC-ICH. We describe the current use of coagulation testing in the emergency setting and explore associations with baseline size and expansion of hematoma as determined in a previous study. METHODS: Data from the prospective multicenter RASUNOA registry were analyzed...
May 5, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451887/bedside-ultrasound-after-decompressive-craniectomy-a-new-standard
#18
EDITORIAL
Tobias Bobinger, Hagen B Huttner, Stefan Schwab
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439774/albumin-induced-neuroprotection-in-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-the-alias-trial-does-severity-mechanism-and-time-of-infusion-matter
#19
Rakesh Khatri, Mohammad Rauf Afzal, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Alberto Maud, Muhammad Shah Miran, Mohtashim Arbaab Qureshi, Salvador Cruz-Flores, Adnan I Qureshi
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether there is any differential benefit of albumin administration within 2 h of onset of ischemia and in settings (severe ischemia with reperfusion in cardioembolic strokes with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale [NIHSS] ≥15), most representative of experimental models of cerebral ischemia in which albumin was effective in reducing neurological injury. BACKGROUND: High-dose intravenous (IV) albumin treatment for acute ischemic stroke (ALIAS) trial did not show overall clinical benefit in ischemic stroke patients in contrast to preclinical studies; however, models of preclinical studies were not completely followed...
April 24, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432539/early-onset-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-incidence-risk-factors-and-consequences-in-cerebral-oxygenation-and-outcome
#20
Pierre Esnault, Cédric Nguyen, Julien Bordes, Erwan D'Aranda, Ambroise Montcriol, Claire Contargyris, Jean Cotte, Philippe Goutorbe, Christophe Joubert, Arnaud Dagain, Henry Boret, Eric Meaudre
BACKGROUND: Early-onset ventilator-associated pneumonia (EOVAP) occurs frequently in severe traumatic brain-injured patients, but potential consequences on cerebral oxygenation and outcome have been poorly studied. The objective of this study was to describe the incidence, risk factors for, and consequences on cerebral oxygenation and outcome of EOVAP after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, observational study including all intubated TBI admitted in the trauma center...
April 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
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