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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405859/effects-of-mild-hypothermia-on-cerebral-large-and-small-microvessels-blood-flow-in-a-porcine-model-of-cardiac-arrest
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Junyuan Wu, Wei Yuan, Jiebin Li, Yongzhen Zhao, Jie Li, Zhenhua Li, Chunsheng Li
BACKGROUND: The effect of mild hypothermia (MH) on microcirculation after resuscitation from cardiac arrest is controversial. The aim of this study was to determine whether MH improves or aggravates the disturbance of cerebral microcirculation. METHODS: Twenty domestic male pigs were randomized into the MH group (n = 8), non-hypothermia (NH) group (n = 8) or sham operation group (n = 4). In the MH group, the animals were initiated rapid intravascular cooling at 1 h after return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) from 8 min ventricular fibrillation, and the core temperature was reduced to 33 °C for 12 h and then rewarmed to 37 °C...
April 12, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382509/predicting-outcome-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-sah-utilizing-the-full-outline-of-unresponsiveness-four-score
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F A Zeiler, B W Y Lo, E Akoth, J Silvaggio, A M Kaufmann, J Teitelbaum, M West
BACKGROUND: Existing scoring systems for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients fail to accurately predict patient outcome. Our goal was to prospectively study the Full Outline of UnResponsiveness (FOUR) score as applied to newly admitted aneurysmal SAH patients. METHODS: All adult patients presenting to Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg from January 2013 to July 2015 (2.5 year period) with aneurysmal SAH were prospectively enrolled in this study. All patients were followed up to 6 months...
April 5, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357637/acute-resective-surgery-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-status-epilepticus
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Maysaa Merhi Basha, Kushak Suchdev, Monica Dhakar, William J Kupsky, Sandeep Mittal, Aashit K Shah
BACKGROUND: To identify the role of acute surgical intervention in the treatment of refractory status epilepticus (RSE). METHODS: Retrospective review of consecutive patients who underwent epilepsy surgery from 2006 to 2015 was done to identify cases where acute surgical intervention was employed for the treatment of RSE. In addition, the adult and pediatric RSE literature was reviewed for reports of surgical treatment of RSE. RESULTS: Nine patients, aged 20-68 years, with various etiologies were identified to have undergone acute surgical resection for the treatment of RSE, aided by electrocorticography...
March 29, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357636/probable-catastrophic-antiphospholipid-syndrome-with-intracerebral-hemorrhage-secondary-to-epstein-barr-viral-infection
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Mark P Plummer, Adam M H Young, Ronan O'Leary, Maxwell S Damian, Andrea Lavinio
BACKGROUND: Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) is a rare, severe variant of antiphospholipid syndrome with a high mortality rate. We report a unique case of CAPS secondary to Epstein-Barr viral (EBV) infection complicated by pulmonary and intracerebral hemorrhage. A review of the CAPS literature relevant to intensive care practice is used to outline a rational approach to diagnosis and management. METHODS: All data are from a single patient admitted to the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in March 2016...
March 29, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352966/cold-blooded-evaluating-brain-temperature-by-mri-during-surface-cooling-of-human-subjects
#7
Eric J Curran, Daniel L Wolfson, Richard Watts, Kalev Freeman
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) confers neurological and survival benefits for post-cardiac arrest patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) who remain comatose. Specialized equipment for induction of hypothermia is not available in the prehospital setting, and there are no reliable methods for emergency medical services personnel to initiate TTM. We hypothesized that the application of surface cooling elements to the neck will decrease brain temperature and act as initiators of TTM...
March 28, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352965/dual-energy-ct-to-diagnose-pseudoedema-in-contrast-induced-encephalopathy-following-cerebral-angiography
#8
Gabriel L Pagani-Estévez, Deena M Nasr, Waleed Brinjikji, Avital Perry, Jennifer E Fugate
BACKGROUND: Contrast-induced encephalopathy (CIE) is a syndrome that may be clinically unrecognized and misdiagnosed as cerebral edema. METHODS: Case report and review. RESULTS: A 72-year-old woman was admitted for elective endovascular embolization of a 10-mm left anterior communicating artery aneurysm. One hour post-procedure, she acutely developed global aphasia. Emergent head computed tomography (CT) and computed tomography-angiography (CTA) showed high attenuation of the left hemispheric subarachnoid spaces interpreted as hemispheric edema; emergent magnetic resonance imaging revealed left hemispheric punctate infarcts...
March 28, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337603/multimodal-outcome-prognostication-after-cardiac-arrest-and-targeted-temperature-management-analysis-at-36%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c
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Spyridoula Tsetsou, Jan Novy, Christian Pfeiffer, Mauro Oddo, Andrea O Rossetti
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) represents the standard of care in comatose survivors after cardiac arrest (CA) and may be applied targeting 33° or 36 °C. While multimodal prognostication has been extensively tested for 33 °C, scarce information exists for 36 °C. METHODS: In this cohort study, consecutive comatose adults after CA treated with TTM at 36 °C between July 2014 and October 2016 were included. A combination of neurological examination, electrophysiological features, and serum neuron-specific enolase (NSE) was evaluated for outcome prediction at 3 months (mortality; good outcome defined as cerebral performance categories (CPC) score of 1-2, poor outcome defined as CPC 3-5)...
March 23, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324264/reverse-locked-in-syndrome
#10
Pooja Raibagkar, Ram V Chavali, Tamara B Kaplan, Jennifer A Kim, Meaghan V Nitka, Sherry H-Y Chou, Brian L Edlow
BACKGROUND: Basilar artery occlusion can cause locked-in syndrome, which is characterized by quadriplegia, anarthria, and limited communication via eye movements. Here, we describe an uncommon stroke syndrome associated with endovascular recanalization of the top of the basilar artery: "reverse locked-in syndrome." METHODS: We report the case of a patient with atypical neurological deficits caused by acute ischemic stroke of the midbrain tegmentum. We perform neuroanatomic localization of the patient's infarcts by mapping the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data onto a brainstem atlas...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324263/decannulation-and-functional-outcome-after-tracheostomy-in-patients-with-severe-stroke-decast-a-prospective-observational-study
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Hauke Schneider, Franziska Hertel, Matthias Kuhn, Maximilian Ragaller, Birgit Gottschlich, Anne Trabitzsch, Markus Dengl, Marcus Neudert, Heinz Reichmann, Sigrid Wöpking
BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy is performed in ventilated stroke patients affected by persisting severe dysphagia, reduced level of consciousness, or prolonged mechanical ventilation. The study aim was to determine the frequency and predictors of successful decannulation and long-term functional outcome in tracheotomized stroke patients. METHODS: A prospective single-center observational study recruited ventilated patients with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324262/coxsackie-b3-b4-related-acute-flaccid-myelitis
#12
Sung-Min Cho, Steven MacDonald, Jennifer A Frontera
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March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324261/prophylactic-anticonvulsants-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jason Mackey, Ashley D Blatsioris, Elizabeth A S Moser, Ravan J L Carter, Chandan Saha, Alec Stevenson, Abigail L Hulin, Darren P O'Neill, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Thomas J Leipzig, Linda S Williams
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prophylactic anticonvulsants are routinely prescribed in the acute setting for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) patients, but some studies have reported an association with worse outcomes. We sought to characterize the prevalence and predictors of prophylactic anticonvulsant administration after ICH as well as guideline adherence. We also sought to determine whether prophylactic anticonvulsants were independently associated with poor outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of primary ICH in our two academic centers...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324260/stroke-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-heartmate-ii-and-heartware-left-ventricular-assist-devices-a-systematic-review
#14
Sung M Cho, Nader Moazami, Jennifer A Frontera
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placement are major causes of morbidity. The incidence and mortality associated with these events stratified by device type have not been systematically explored. METHODS: A systematic review of PubMed was conducted from January 2007 through June 2016 for all English-language articles involving HeartMate II (HMII) and HeartWare LVAD patients. Ischemic stroke and/or ICH incidence (events per patient-year) and associated mortality rates were abstracted for each device type...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251577/neurologic-complications-of-transplantation
#15
Rajat Dhar
Neurologic disturbances including encephalopathy, seizures, and focal deficits complicate the course 10-30% of patients undergoing organ or stem cell transplantation. While much or this morbidity is multifactorial and often associated with extra-cerebral dysfunction (e.g., graft dysfunction, metabolic derangements), immunosuppressive drugs also contribute significantly. This can either be through direct toxicity (e.g., posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome from calcineurin inhibitors such as tacrolimus in the acute postoperative period) or by facilitating opportunistic infections in the months after transplantation...
March 1, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244001/relating-clinical-and-electrophysiological-parameters-in-death-determination-in-a-laboratory-model-of-progressive-hypoxemia
#16
Eugene Park, Elaine Liu, Sam D Shemie, Andrew J Baker
BACKGROUND: Death after withdrawal of mechanical ventilation frequently follows the sequence of progressive hypoxemia and hypotension leading to cardiac arrest. Accurate timing of the determination of death is fundamental to trust in controlled donation after circulatory death (cDCD) programs and is generally based on cessation of circulation (pulselessness), brain function (apnea), and the passage of time. If death is understood to be the unresuscitatable loss of brain function, the clinical determination that death following apnea and pulselessness has occurred is largely inferential...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244000/changes-in-cerebral-perfusion-with-induced-hypertension-in-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-pilot-and-feasibility-study
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Amanda Murphy, Airton Leonardo de Oliveira Manoel, R Loch Macdonald, Andrew Baker, Ting-Yim Lee, Tom Marotta, Walter Montanera, Richard Aviv, Aditya Bharatha
BACKGROUND: The effects of induced hypertension (IH) on cerebral perfusion after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) are unclear. The objectives of this investigation are to: (1) determine whether there are differences in cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV), and mean transit time (MTT) measured with computed tomography perfusion (CTP) before and after IH; (2) evaluate differences in the presence of infarction and clinical outcome between patients with and without IH. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of 25 aneurysmal SAH patients...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243999/physiological-effects-of-early-incremental-mobilization-of-a-patient-with-acute-intracerebral-and-intraventricular-hemorrhage-requiring-dual-external-ventricular-drainage
#18
Sowmya Kumble, Elizabeth K Zink, Mackenzie Burch, Sandra Deluzio, Robert D Stevens, Mona N Bahouth
BACKGROUND: Recent trials have challenged the notion that very early mobility benefits patients with acute stroke. It is unclear how cerebral autoregulatory impairments, prevalent in this population, could be affected by mobilization. The safety of mobilizing patients who have external ventricular drainage (EVD) devices for cerebrospinal fluid diversion and intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is another concern due to risk of device dislodgment and potential elevation in ICP. We report hemodynamic and ICP responses during progressive, device-assisted mobility interventions performed in a critically ill patient with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) requiring two EVDs...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243998/shunt-devices-for-neurointensivists-complications-and-management
#19
G Smith, J Pace, A Scoco, G Singh, K Kandregula, S Manjila, C Ramos-Estebanez
Cerebrospinal fluid diversion has become the mainstay treatment in hydrocephalus for over 50 years. As the number of patients with ventricular shunt systems increases, neurointensivists are becoming the first-line physicians for many of these patients. When symptoms of a shunt malfunction are suspected and access to a neurosurgeon is limited or delayed, workup and temporizing measures must be initiated. The article highlights the functional nuances, complications, and management of current programmable shunt valves and their MRI sensitivity...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243997/safety-and-effectiveness-of-factor-viii-inhibitor-bypassing-activity-feiba-and-fresh-frozen-plasma-in-oral-anticoagulant-associated-intracranial-hemorrhage-a-retrospective-analysis
#20
Ellen B Yin, Benedict Tan, Thuy Nguyen, Miguel Salazar, Kimberly Putney, Pramod Gupta, Jose I Suarez, Eric M Bershad
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulant (OAT)-associated intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is a life-threatening emergency for which prothrombin complex concentrates (PCC) are considered first-line reversal agents. The only approved PCC in the USA for warfarin-associated ICH is non-activated PCC. Little data are available regarding the safety and effectiveness of factor VIII inhibitor bypassing activity (FEIBA) which is an activated prothrombin complex concentrate (aPCC). The aim of this analysis was to assess the safety and effectiveness of FEIBA compared to fresh frozen plasma (FFP) for reversal of OAT-associated ICH...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
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