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Neurocritical Care

Selene Pozzebon, Aaron Blandino Ortiz, Federico Franchi, Stefano Cristallini, Mirko Belliato, Olivier Lheureux, Alexandre Brasseur, Jean-Louis Vincent, Sabino Scolletta, Jacques Creteur, Fabio Silvio Taccone
BACKGROUND: Acute cerebral complications (ACC) of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) are associated with poor long-term neurologic outcome. We described the role of rSO2 monitoring in detecting ACC and desaturations and their relationship with poor outcome when employing VA-ECMO. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients monitored by cerebral frontal near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) (CAS Medical Systems Inc., Branford, CT, USA) during VA-ECMO (November 2008-December 2015)...
March 20, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Daniel Appel, Miriam Seeberger, Edzard Schwedhelm, Patrick Czorlich, Alwin E Goetz, Rainer H Böger, Juliane Hannemann
BACKGROUND: Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) is the major cause of lethality and neuronal damage in patients who survived the primary subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginines (ADMA and SDMA) inhibit nitric oxide production from L-arginine via distinct mechanisms. Elevated ADMA levels are associated with vasospasm after SAH. We aimed to study the time course of ADMA and SDMA in plasma and ventricular cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and their associations with DCI and outcome...
March 20, 2018: Neurocritical Care
David Roh, Chung-Huan Sun, J Michael Schmidt, Edip Gurol, Santosh Murthy, Soojin Park, Sachin Agarwal, E Sander Connolly, Jan Claassen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Primary intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) studies often use hematoma location rather than ICH etiologies when assessing outcome. Characterizing ICH using hematoma location is effective/reproducible, but may miss heterogeneity among these ICH locations, particularly lobar ICH where competing primary ICH etiologies are possible. We subsequently investigated baseline characteristics/outcome differences of spontaneous, primary ICH by their etiologies: cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) and hypertension...
March 19, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Erik Hayman, J Marc Simard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 6, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Xiaohong Wang, Yan Li, Qing Sun, Qiang Sun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 5, 2018: Neurocritical Care
M Munk, F R Poulsen, L Larsen, C H Nordström, T H Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Cerebral mitochondrial dysfunction is prominent in the pathophysiology of severe bacterial meningitis. In the present study, we hypothesize that the metabolic changes seen after intracisternal lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injection in a piglet model of meningitis is compatible with mitochondrial dysfunction and resembles the metabolic patterns seen in patients with bacterial meningitis. METHODS: Eight pigs received LPS injection in cisterna magna, and four pigs received NaCl in cisterna magna as a control...
March 5, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Joseph H Pitcher, John Dziodzio, Joshua Keller, Teresa May, Richard R Riker, David B Seder
BACKGROUND: Hypotension, hyperglycemia, dysoxia, and dyscarbia may contribute to reperfusion injury, and each is independently associated with poor outcome (PO) after cardiac arrest. We investigated whether the combined effects of these physiological derangements are associated with cardiac arrest outcomes. METHODS: This institutional review board-approved retrospective cohort study included consecutive resuscitated cardiac arrest patients that received targeted temperature management at Maine Medical Center from 2013 to 2015...
February 28, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Kaibin Huang, Ziyue Wang, Yong Gu, Zhong Ji, Zhenzhou Lin, Shengnan Wang, Suyue Pan, Yongming Wu
BACKGROUND: Glibenclamide (GBC) improves neurological outcome after cardiac arrest (CA) in rats. In this study, we sought to elucidate the mechanism responsible for the neuroprotective effects of GBC by using a high-field MRI system. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to 10-min asphyxial CA followed by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) as well as conventional T2-weighted imaging was conducted prior to CA and at 24, 48, and 72 h after resuscitation...
February 28, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Baxter B Allen, Peter B Forgacs, Malik A Fakhar, Xian Wu, Linda M Gerber, Srikanth Boddu, Santosh B Murthy, Philip E Stieg, Halinder S Mangat
BACKGROUND: Data on new-onset seizures after treatment of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) patients are limited and variable. We examined the association between new-onset seizures after aSAH and aneurysm treatment modality, as well their relationship with initial clinical severity of aSAH and outcomes. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all aSAH patients admitted to our institution over a 6-year period. 'Seizures' were defined as any observed clinical seizure or electrographic seizure on continuous electroencephalogram (cEEG) recordings, as determined by the reviewing neurophysiologist...
February 26, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Adnan I Qureshi, Mikayel Grigoryan, Muhammad A Saleem, Emrah Aytac, Shawn S Wallery, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Muhammad F K Suri
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of prolonged microcatheter-based local thrombolytic infusion in treatment of patients with cerebral venous thrombosis who achieved no or suboptimal recanalization with transvenous endovascular treatment. METHODS: Data collection: Prospectively registries supplemented by retrospective review. SETTINGS: Three hospitals with tertiary referral base. PATIENTS: Patients who underwent transvenous endovascular treatment for cerebral venous thrombosis...
February 26, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Joseph Driver, Aislyn C DiRisio, Heidi Mitchell, Zachary D Threlkeld, William B Gormley
Seizures due to subdural hematoma (SDH) are a common finding, typically diagnosed using electroencephalography (EEG). At times, aggressive management of seizures is necessary to improve neurologic recovery and outcomes. Here, we present three patients who had undergone emergent SDH evacuation and showed postoperative focal deficits without accompanying electrographic epileptiform activity. After infarction and recurrent hemorrhage were ruled out, seizures were suspected despite a negative EEG. Patients were treated aggressively with AEDs and eventually showed clinical improvement...
February 23, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Luis C Ascanio, Georgios A Maragkos, Brett C Young, Myles D Boone, Ekkehard M Kasper
Stroke in pregnant women has a mortality rate of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 deliveries. Vascular malformations are the most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke in this population; preeclampsia and other risk factors have been identified. However, nearly a quarter of strokes have an undeterminable cause. Spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is less frequent but results in significant morbidity. The main objective of this study is to review the literature on pregnant patients who had a spontaneous ICH. A systematic review of the literature was conducted on PubMed and the Cochrane library from January 1992 to September 2016 following the PRISMA guidelines...
February 23, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Ajit Sarnaik, Nikki Miller Ferguson, A M Iqbal O'Meara, Shruti Agrawal, Akash Deep, Sandra Buttram, Michael J Bell, Stephen R Wisniewski, James F Luther, Adam L Hartman, Monica S Vavilala
BACKGROUND: Although small series have suggested that younger age is associated with less favorable outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), confounders and biases have limited our understanding of this relationship. We hypothesized that there would be an association between age and mortality in children within an ongoing observational, cohort study. METHODS: The first 200 subjects from the Approaches and Decisions for Acute Pediatric TBI trial were eligible for this analysis (inclusion criteria: severe TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale [GCS] score ≤ 8], age 18 years, and intracranial pressure (ICP) monitor placed; exclusion: pregnancy)...
February 23, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Maximiliano A Hawkes, Ivan D Carabenciov, Eelco F M Wijdicks, Alejandro A Rabinstein
BACKGROUND: Data to guide neurointensivists seeing patients with West Nile Neuroinvasive disease (WNND) are lacking. We present a comparatively large series of patients with WNND admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and provide data on their early diagnosis, triage to the ICU and predictors of short-term outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients aged ≥ 18 years old with WNND from January 1999 to November 2016. Demographic and clinical data, the modified Rankin Scale at discharge and disposition were collected...
February 12, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Joshua VanDerWerf, Donna Kurowski, James Siegler, Taneeta Ganguly, Brett Cucchiara
BACKGROUND: Hematoma expansion (HE) occurs in 1/3 of ICH patients and is associated with poor outcome. Intra-hematomal hypodensity (IHH) on CT has been reported to predict HE, as has the "BRAIN" score. We sought to assess the predictive value of these markers alone and in combination. METHODS: We performed a retrospective single-center study of ICH patients with CT < 6 h from onset. Two blinded neurologists assessed IHH on initial CT. Two HE definitions were examined: > 6 ml and > 6 ml or > 33%...
February 6, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Michael Diringer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 22, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Yao Chen, Lin Wang, Yun Zhang, Yaxiong Zhou, Wei Wei, Zhi Wan
BACKGROUND: To determine the cerebral protective effects of mild hypothermia (MH) on cerebral microcirculation. METHODS: We established ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and MH treatment models with rat brain microvascular endothelial cells (RBMECs) in vitro and examined the apoptotic changes. The cultured RBMECs were randomly divided into the control group, I/R group, and MH group, which was further divided into two subgroups: intra-ischemia hypothermia (IIH) and post-ischemia hypothermia (PIH)...
January 11, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Amol Mehta, Benjamin E Zusman, Lori A Shutter, Ravi Choxi, Ahmed Yassin, Arun Antony, Parthasarathy D Thirumala
BACKGROUND: Status epilepticus (SE) has been identified as a predictor of morbidity and mortality in many acute brain injury patient populations. We aimed to assess the prevalence and impact of SE after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in a large patient sample to overcome limitations in previous small patient sample studies. METHODS: We queried the Nationwide Inpatient Sample for patients admitted for ICH from 1999 to 2011, excluding patients with other acute brain injuries...
January 11, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Hannah Hewgley, Stephen C Turner, Joseph E Vandigo, Jacob Marler, Heather Snyder, Jason J Chang, G Morgan Jones
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend that rapid systolic blood pressure (SBP) lowering to 140 mmHg may be considered in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) patients regardless of initial SBP. However, limited safety data exist in patients presenting with varying degrees of severe hypertension. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was an increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) based upon degree of presentation hypertension in ICH patients whose blood pressure was reduced intensively...
January 11, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Michael E Reznik, Ali Mahta, J Michael Schmidt, Hans-Peter Frey, Soojin Park, David J Roh, Sachin Agarwal, Jan Claassen
BACKGROUND: Agitation is common after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and may be independently associated with outcomes. We sought to determine whether the duration of agitation and fluctuating consciousness were also associated with outcomes in patients with SAH. METHODS: We identified all patients with positive Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale (RASS) scores from a prospective observational cohort of patients with SAH from 2011 to 2015. Total duration of agitation was extrapolated for each patient using available RASS scores, and 24-h mean and standard deviation (SD) of RASS scores were calculated for each patient...
January 8, 2018: Neurocritical Care
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