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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920937/conversion-technique-from-neuroendoscopy-to-microsurgery-in-ventricular-tumors-technical-note
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Pedro Henrique da C F Pinto, Flavio Nigri, Gabriel N Gobbi, Egas M Caparelli-Daquer
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tumors represent a major neurosurgical challenge, making endoscopic approach an invaluable tool as it gained importance due to technological advances. Nevertheless, the method is not exempt of risk and limitations, sometimes requiring an open surgery. Thus, initial measurements must be adopted in order to simplify an eventual need for conversion to open craniotomy. METHODS: Here, we describe a series of 6 patients with ventricular tumors approached by neuroendoscopy where the conversion to microsurgery turned out to be necessary...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916878/burkholderia-contaminans-colonization-from-contaminated-liquid-docusate-colace-in-a-immunocompetent-adult-with-legionnaire-s-disease-infection-control-implications-and-the-potential-role-of-candida-pellucosa
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Burke A Cunha, John Gian, Bertamaria Dieguez, Elsa Santos-Cruz, Daniela Matassa, Steve Gerson, Pat Daniels, Carlos Rosales, Rodger P Silletti
Objective:B. contaminans was cultured from respiratory secretions and liquid docusate (Colace) in a Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patient with community-acquired Legionnaire's disease but not from another bottle given to the patient. Unexpectedly, C. pelliculosa was cultured from two bottles, but not the B. contaminans bottle or respiratory secretions. Methods:B. cepacia, later identified as B. contaminans, was cultured from a bottle of liquid docusate (Colace) dispensed to a non-cystic fibrosis patient...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914805/use-of-subdural-drain-for-chronic-subdural-haematoma-a-4-year-multi-centre-observational-study-of-302-cases
#3
David Yuen Chung Chan, Peter Yat Ming Woo, Calvin Hoi Kwan Mak, Alberto Chi Ho Chu, Charles Churk Hang Li, Natalie Man Wai Ko, Stephanie Chi Ping Ng, Tin Fung David Sun, Wai Sang Poon
Chronic subdural haematoma (CSDH) is a common neurosurgical condition and is more prevalent in the ageing population. Studies have suggested that placement of subdural drains after burr-hole drainage was associated with lower recurrence rates. However, a considerable proportion of surgeons remained unconvinced of the effectiveness of drain placement and concerns exist with the potential complications this additional manoeuvre entails such as infection or bleeding. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of subdural drain on CSDH recurrence and its safety...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910709/management-of-infections-associated-with-neurosurgical-implanted-devices
#4
Anna Conen, Christoph A Fux, Peter Vajkoczy, Andrej Trampuz
Neurosurgical devices are increasingly used. With it, neurosurgical device-related infections gain relevance. As biofilms are involved in implant-associated infections the diagnosis and treatment is challenging and requires specific anti-biofilm concepts and management algorithms. Areas covered: The literature concerning the management of neurosurgical device-associated infections is scarce and heterogeneous treatment concepts are discussed, but no standardized diagnostic and treatment procedures exist. Therefore, we emphasize extrapolating management strategies predominantly from orthopedic device-associated infections, where the concept is better established and clinically validated...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909114/conservative-treatment-of-chronic-subdural-hematoma-in-hiv-associated-thrombocytopenia-with-tranexamic-acid
#5
Raja K Kutty, Anil Kumar Peethambaran, Sunilkumar, M Anilkumar
Chronic subdural hematomas (CSDHs) and its management comprise a majority work in a neurosurgical specialty. The effectiveness of surgery is beyond doubt and sometimes even lifesaving in severe cases. However, the straightforward surgery is sometimes complicated by the associated comorbidities of the patient. Comorbidities in the form of coagulopathies secondary to chronic liver diseases, drugs (warfarin, ecosprin, clopidogrel), thrombocytopenia secondary to systemic illness are always a challenge to deal with in patients with CSDH...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889246/risk-factors-for-propionibacterium-acnes-infection-after-neurosurgery-a-case-control-study
#6
Yuto Haruki, Hideharu Hagiya, Yu Takahashi, Hideyuki Yoshida, Kazuki Kobayashi, Tadato Yukiue, Nobushige Tsuboi, Tetsuhiro Sugiyama
Propionibacterium acnes is increasingly known as a causative organism for post-neurosurgical infection; however, no clinical studies have examined the risk factors associated with P. acnes infections. Clinical data obtained from 14 cases of P. acnes infection and 28 controls infected with other pathogens were analyzed. Craniotomy, malignancy, and prolonged duration of operation were significantly associated with the onset of P. acnes infection. No fatal cases were reported.
November 23, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822762/clinical-practice-audit-concerning-antimicrobial-prophylaxis-in-paediatric-neurosurgery-results-from-a-german-paediatric-oncology-unit
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Katja Weiss, Arne Simon, Norbert Graf, Jakob Schöpe, Joachim Oertel, Stefan Linsler
BACKGROUND: Perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis (PAP) has been identified as an important target for internal audits, concerning the judicious use of antibiotics. Paediatric oncology patients with brain tumours face an increased risk of surgical site infection (SSI) after neurosurgery and receive routine PAP in this setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients younger than 18 years admitted to the paediatric oncology centre (POC) with a neurosurgical intervention...
November 7, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809900/significance-of-nucleic-acid-testing-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-post-neurosurgical-meningitis-caused-by-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-a-case-report
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Ngo Tat Trung, Trinh Van Son, Dao Thanh Quyen, Dang Thi Viet Anh, Vu Viet Sang, Nguyen Xuan Lam, Nguyen Dang Manh, Vuong Phuc Duong, Bui Tri Cuong, Quyen Dang Tuyen, Nguyen Xuan Chinh, Phan Quoc Hoan, Hoang Van Tong, Christian G Meyer, Le Huu Song
BACKGROUND: Neurosurgery may pose the risk of patients' developing nosocomial meningitis caused by infection with hospital pathogens. Rapid detection of the causative pathogens is essential for selecting the appropriate antibiotic treatment. However, the classical culture-based detection of bacterial infection is time-consuming and often fails to establish the correct diagnosis. Molecular techniques offer improved diagnostic means to guide the proper antibiotic therapy. CASE PRESENTATION: A 32-year-old Vietnamese man underwent neurosurgery and subsequently developed meningitis...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798988/global-surgery-for-pediatric-hydrocephalus-in-the-developing-world-a-review-of-the-history-challenges-and-future-directions
#9
Ryan T Muir, Shelly Wang, Benjamin C Warf
OBJECTIVE Pediatric hydrocephalus is one of the most common neurosurgical conditions and is a major contributor to the global burden of surgically treatable diseases. Significant health disparities exist for the treatment of hydrocephalus in developing nations due to a combination of medical, environmental, and socioeconomic factors. This review aims to provide the international neurosurgery community with an overview of the current challenges and future directions of neurosurgical care for children with hydrocephalus in low-income countries...
November 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772821/mycoplasma-hominis-infection-following-neurosurgical-intervention-in-a-patient-with-cord-compression
#10
Fiona Parsonson
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February 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767903/neurosurgical-sequelae-of-domestic-dog-attacks-in-children
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Ramesh Kumar, Frederic W B Deleyiannis, Corbett Wilkinson, Brent R O'Neill
OBJECTIVE The authors' goals in this study were to describe a series of dog attacks on children that required neurosurgical consultation and to better understand the pattern of injuries inflicted, the circumstances that place children at risk for attack, and the dog breeds involved. In addition, the authors review the surgical and medical management of these patients. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective review of all children requiring neurosurgical consultation for dog bite at a regional Level 1 pediatric trauma center over a 15-year period...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756669/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-not-associated-with-outcomes-in-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients-a-case-control-study
#12
Yarelis Alvarado Reyes, Alexandra Perez, Gloria Rodriguez-Vega
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased risk and adverse outcomes in many clinical settings including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and critically ill patients. Therefore we aimed to determine whether vitamin D deficiency had any effect in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) clinical outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective record review was conducted in a tertiary community hospital in Puerto Rico. Adult patients admitted to the neurosurgical intensive care unit (NICU) with a diagnosis of aSAH from January 2013 to July 2014, who had a 25-hydroxyvitamin-D level drawn, were included...
October 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756489/surveillance-of-infection-associated-with-external-ventricular-drains-proposed-methodology-and-results-from-a-pilot-study
#13
H Humphreys, P Jenks, J Wilson, V Weston, R Bayston, C Waterhouse, A Moore
BACKGROUND: The insertion of external ventricular drains (EVDs) is necessary in some neurosurgical patients, but increases the risk of meningitis/ventriculitis. While there are well-recognized risk factors, the proportion of patients who develop meningitis/ventriculitis varies partly due to differences in definitions. A multi-disciplinary working group was established to agree definitions for EVD-associated meningitis/ventriculitis, and a surveillance system was piloted in four centres in the UK and Ireland...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756423/streptococcus-pneumoniae-meningitis-complicated-by-an-intramedullary-abscess-a-case-report-and-review-of-the%C3%A2-literature
#14
Dat T Vo, George F Cravens, Robert E Germann
BACKGROUND: Intramedullary abscess is a rare neurosurgical condition that usually arises in the setting of penetrating trauma to the spinal cord, infected congenital dural sinuses, or tuberculosis. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of a 35-year-old African American male who presented with sepsis and a clinical picture of meningitis. The patient continued to have declining neurological status with decreasing sensation and worsening motor strength in all four extremities...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749670/atlantoaxial-rotatory-subluxation-a-review-for-the-pediatric-emergency-physician
#15
Merritt D Kinon, Rani Nasser, Jonathan Nakhla, Rupen Desai, Jessica R Moreno, Reza Yassari, Carlos A Bagley
Pediatric emergency physicians must have a high clinical suspicion for atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation (AARS), particularly when a child presents with neck pain and an abnormal head posture without the ability to return to a neutral position. As shown in the neurosurgical literature, timely diagnosis and swift initiation of treatment have a greater chance of treatment success for the patient. However, timely treatment is complicated because torticollis can result from a variety of maladies, including: congenital abnormalities involving the C1-C2 joint or the surrounding supporting muscles and ligaments, central nervous system abnormalities, obstetric palsies from brachial plexus injuries, clavicle fractures, head and neck surgery, and infection...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742513/treatment-strategy-based-on-experience-of-treating-intracranial-infectious-aneurysms
#16
Wonhyoung Park, Jae Sung Ahn, Jung Cheol Park, Byung Duk Kwun, Deok Hee Lee
OBJECTIVE: Intracranial infectious aneurysms (IIAs) are a very rare but unique subtype of potentially life-threatening vascular lesion. However, there is no widely accepted standard protocol for their management. We reviewed our treatment experiences of IIAs from 2001 to 2015 and proposed a treatment strategy for future use. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 25 patients with 33 IIAs. All patients had predisposing infectious disease for which the causative organism had been identified...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740598/rescue-procedures-after-suboptimal-deep-brain-stimulation-outcomes-in-common-movement-disorders
#17
Adam M Nagy, Christopher M Tolleson
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a unique, functional neurosurgical therapy indicated for medication refractory movement disorders as well as some psychiatric diseases. Multicontact electrodes are placed in "deep" structures within the brain with targets varying depending on the surgical indication. An implanted programmable pulse generator supplies the electrodes with a chronic, high frequency electrical current that clinically mimics the effects of ablative lesioning techniques. DBS's efficacy has been well established for its movement disorder indications (Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia)...
October 8, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737868/bulbar-dysfunction-and-aspiration-pneumonia-due-to-a-brainstem-haemangioblastoma-an-unusual-complication-of-von-hippel-lindau-disease
#18
Christos Panayi, Nagui Antoun, Richard Sandford
A 44-year-old woman with a history of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a rare inherited neoplasia syndrome, presented acutely to hospital with a productive cough, symptoms of respiratory tract infection and odynophagia (painful swallowing). A chest X-ray confirmed right-sided pneumonia. Investigation of the persistent odynophagia using barium swallow revealed aspiration of the contrast into the lungs and suggested a neurological cause for her chest infection. Clinical assessment and speech and language therapy confirmed a pseudobulbar palsy...
October 13, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729031/meningitis-in-a-chinese-adult-patient-caused-by-mycoplasma-hominis-a-rare-infection-and-literature-review
#19
Menglan Zhou, Peng Wang, Sharon Chen, Bin Du, Jinlong Du, Fengdan Wang, Meng Xiao, Fanrong Kong, Yingchun Xu
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma hominis, a well known cause of neonatal infection, has been reported as a pathogen in urogenital infections in adults; however, central nervous system (CNS) infections are rare. We report here the first case of M. hominis meningitis in China, post neurosurgical treatment for an intracerebral haemorrhage in a 71-year-old male. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 71-year-old man who developed M. hominis meningitis after neurosurgical treatment and was successfully treated with combined azithromycin and minocycline therapy of 2 weeks duration, despite delayed treatment because the Gram stain of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) yielded no visible organisms...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695571/resolution-of-aspergillosis-in-neuroimaging-of-an-immunocompromised-patient-with-pulmonary-and-cerebral-lesions
#20
Mohsen Meidani, Atousa Hakamifard, Amir Hossein Sarrami
Central nervous system (CNS) aspergillosis is uncommon and considered the most lethal form of aspergillosis. Indeed, current therapeutic strategies such as combination antifungal regimen, neurosurgical resection of infected tissue, and removal of infection source fail to improve the unsatisfactory prognosis of CNS aspergillosis in the majority of the patients. The authors describe a case of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis with concomitant CNS lesions that dramatically responded to antifungal therapy and the CNS lesions resolved in follow-up imaging...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
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