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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639000/infections-in-neurocritical-care
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John C O'Horo, Priya Sampathkumar
Neurointensive care (NICU) patients experience complex infectious disease challenges. Central nervous system (CNS) infections are difficult to diagnose and treat, and post-neurosurgical patients are vulnerable to a unique set of healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) in addition to those typical of critically ill patients. The purpose of this review is to summarize the approach to suspected infection in the NICU and discuss management of several infectious syndromes in the NICU setting.
June 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625902/obesity-in-neurosurgery
#2
REVIEW
Mendel D Castle-Kirszbaum, Jin W Tee, Patrick Chan, Martin K Hunn
Obesity is an important consideration in neurosurgical practice. 28.3% of Australian adults are obese and it is estimated that over two-thirds of Australia's population will be overweight or obese by 2025. This review of the effects of obesity on neurosurgical procedures demonstrated that, in patients undergoing spinal surgery, an increased BMI is a significant risk factor for surgical site infection, venous thromboembolism, major medical complications, prolonged length of surgery and increased financial cost...
June 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619005/effects-of-immunonutrition-on-biomarkers-in-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-in-malaysia-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Vineya Rai Hakumat Rai, Lee Fern Phang, Sheau Fung Sia, Amirah Amir, Jeyaganesh S Veerakumaran, Mustafa Kassim Abdulazez Kassim, Rafidah Othman, Pei Chien Tah, Pui San Loh, Mohamad Irfan Othman Jailani, Gracie Ong
BACKGROUND: Head injury is one of the top three diagnosis leading to intensive care unit (ICU) admission in Malaysia. There has been growing interest in using immunonutrition as a mode of modulating the inflammatory response to injury or infection with the aim of improving clinical outcome. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of an immunonutrition on biomarkers (IL-6, glutathione, CRP, total protein and albumin) in traumatic brain injury patients. METHODS: Thirty six patients with head injury admitted to neurosurgical ICU in University Malaya Medical Centre were recruited for this study, over a 6-month period from July 2014 to January 2015...
June 15, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606246/-prevention-first-standardized-diagnosis-and-treatment-strengthen-the-management-of-critical-infection-in-neurosurgical-patients
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J J Wei, X J Ma, D B Zhou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584678/preventive-effect-of-tamsulosin-on-postoperative-urinary-retention-in-neurosurgical-patients
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Azam Basheer, Mohammed Alsaidi, Lonni Schultz, Mokbel Chedid, Muwaffak Abdulhak, Donald Seyfried
BACKGROUND: Postoperative urinary retention (POUR) is common in neurosurgical patients. The use of alpha-blockade therapy, such as tamsulosin, has benefited many patients with a history of obstructive uropathy by decreasing lower urinary tract symptoms such as distension, infections, and stricture formation, as well as the incidence of POUR. For this study, we targeted patients who had undergone spinal surgery to examine the prophylactic effects of tamsulosin. Increased understanding of this therapy will assist in minimizing the morbidity of spinal surgery...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578325/survey-of-techniques-utilized-to-access-ventricular-shunts-and-reservoirs
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Claudia I Martinez, Stephen Fletcher, Manish N Shah, Marcia L Kerr, David I Sandberg
AIMS: This study assessed variations in pediatric neurosurgical technique when accessing shunts and ventricular access devices (VADs). METHODS: A 12-question survey was developed and sent to members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) whose self-identified subspecialty was pediatric neurosurgery. RESULTS: Four hundred and twenty surveys were sent out, and 149 responses were received (35.5% response rate); 95.3% of respondents always use sterile gloves, 55...
June 3, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576711/safety-and-efficacy-of-antibacterial-prophylaxis-after-craniotomy-a-decision-model-analysis
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Amal F Alotaibi, Rania A Mekary, Hasan A Zaidi, Timothy R Smith, Ankur Pandya
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic prophylaxis has revolutionized the safety of neurosurgical procedures in the last century. Today, the clinician's drug of choice prior surgery is often based on the antibiotic's resistance profile and drug-induced complications. METHODS: A decision tree model was developed to compare cefazolin (cephalosporin), vancomycin, or their combination on 90-day mortality post-craniotomy. We modeled the infection type (methicillin-sensitive, methicillin-resistant, or other organisms), antibiotic-related complications that could affect mortality (e...
May 30, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533868/-rare-medico-surgical-emergency-spinal-epidural-abscess-about-3-cases
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Abderrazzak El Saqui, Mohamed Aggouri, Mohamed Benzagmout, Khalid Chakour, Mohamed El Faiz Chaoui
The awareness about infections in the epidural space is increasing thanks to the development of neurosurgery, including MRI. Spinal epidural abscess is a rare pathology but extremely serious from a functional point of view and potentially life threatening. We report three cases of male patients (the first one aged 52 years, the second 57 years and the third 63 years) with diagnosed spinal epidural abscess. Two patients were admitted to the Neurosurgical Emergencies with slow progressive spinal cord compression evolving in the context of infection...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529027/management-of-postneurosurgical-meningitis-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Khetam Hussein, Roni Bitterman, Ben Shofty, Mical Paul, Ami Neuberger
BACKGROUND: Infections complicating neurosurgery pose unacceptable mortality and morbidity. AIMS: To summarize what is known about the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of post-neurosurgical meningitis (PNM). SOURCES: PubMed, references of identified studies and reviews, and personal experience when evidence was lacking. CONTENT: The incidence and pathogen distribution of PNM is highly variable. A shift towards Gram-negative bacteria has been observed with use of antibiotic prophylaxis and antibiotic-coated devices directed mainly against Gram-positive bacteria...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501899/is-there-a-july-effect-in-pediatric-neurosurgery
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Yimo Lin, Rory R Mayer, Terence Verla, Jeffrey S Raskin, Sandi Lam
PURPOSE: The belief that July, when resident physicians' training year begins, may be associated with increased risk of patient morbidity and mortality is known as the "July effect." This study aimed to compare complication rates after pediatric neurosurgical procedures in the first versus last academic quarters in two national datasets. METHODS: Data were extracted from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatrics (NSQIP-P) database for year 2012 for 30-day complication events and the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) for year 2012 for in-hospital complication events after pediatric neurosurgical procedures...
May 13, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488368/a-cluster-of-adenovirus-type-b55-infection-in-a-neurosurgical-inpatient-department-of-a-general-hospital-in-guangdong-china
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Lina Yi, LiRong Zou, Jing Lu, Min Kang, Yingchao Song, Juan Su, Xin Zhang, LiJun Liang, HanZhong Ni, Changwen Ke, Jie Wu
BACKGROUND: Human adenovirus type 55 is a re-emerging human respiratory pathogen that is associated with several respiratory infections outbreaks in military and school populations. In this study, we describe the first HAdV55-associated hospital outbreak documented in Guangdong, China. METHODS: Active surveillance was conducted in the involved neurosurgical inpatient department. All staff and patients in the involved neurosurgical department were surveyed for any symptoms of fever (≥38°C) and enlarged tonsils during the outbreak period...
May 10, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483021/an-outbreak-of-surgical-site-infections-in-a-neurosurgical-ward
#12
Xia Mu, Huai Yang, Jianyi Wang
Objective To survey an outbreak of surgical site infections in a neurosurgery ward of a tertiary hospital. Methods The patients of surgical site infection were investigated individually based on a uniformly designed epidemiological survey form. The distribution of cases was analyzed by characteristic epidemiology,and a case-control study was carried to explore the risk factors. Results A total of 9 patients with surgical site infections from February 5 to March 7,2014 were identified in 68 patients who had received surgery in a neurosurgery ward,yielding a prevalence of 13...
April 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463621/computer-aided-design-computer-aided-manufacturing-skull-base-drill
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William T Couldwell, Joel D MacDonald, Charles L Thomas, Bradley C Hansen, Aniruddha Lapalikar, Bharat Thakkar, Alagar K Balaji
The authors have developed a simple device for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) that uses an image-guided system to define a cutting tool path that is shared with a surgical machining system for drilling bone. Information from 2D images (obtained via CT and MRI) is transmitted to a processor that produces a 3D image. The processor generates code defining an optimized cutting tool path, which is sent to a surgical machining system that can drill the desired portion of bone. This tool has applications for bone removal in both cranial and spine neurosurgical approaches...
May 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452615/predictive-performance-of-the-american-college-of-surgeons-universal-risk-calculator-in-neurosurgical-patients
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Sasha Vaziri, Jacob Wilson, Joseph Abbatematteo, Paul Kubilis, Saptarshi Chakraborty, Khare Kshitij, Daniel J Hoh
OBJECTIVE The American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) universal Surgical Risk Calculator is an online decision-support tool that uses patient characteristics to estimate the risk of adverse postoperative events. Further validation of this risk calculator in the neurosurgical population is needed; therefore, the object of this study was to assess the predictive performance of the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator in neurosurgical patients treated at a tertiary care center...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437812/infection-rate-in-1033-elective-neurosurgical-procedures-at-a-university-hospital-in-south-china
#15
Hongwei Zhu, Xiyao Liu, Zhanxiang Wang
Objective Infection following surgery is a serious complication, especially in neurosurgery. The aim of the study is to report the change of incidence rates of infection in patients undergoing elective neurosurgical procedures at a university hospital in South China as well as the risk factors. Material and Methods The medical records and postoperative courses for patients undergoing 1,033 neurosurgical procedures from 2008 to 2014 were reviewed retrospectively to determine the incidence of neurosurgical infection, the identity of the offending organisms, and the factors associated with infection...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413532/spontaneous-extradural-and-subgaleal-hematoma-a-rare-neurosurgical-crisis-of-sickle-cell-disease
#16
Sudhansu S Mishra, Satya B Senapati, Amiya K Gouda, Sanjay K Behera, Ashis Patnaik
Extradural hematoma (EDH) in absence of trauma is a rare entity with only few cases reported in literature. The various causes reported include: Vascular malformation of dura, coagulopathies, sinus infection, middle ear or orbital infection, and tumor. Occurrence of spontaneous EDH as a complication of sickle cell disease is even much rarer. We report a case with sickle cell disease who presented with spontaneous extradural and subgaleal hematomas following an episode of vaso-oclusive crisis. He was managed successfully with surgery...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403097/predictive-factors-for-surgical-outcome-in-anterior-clinoidal-meningiomas-analysis-of-59-consecutive-surgically-treated-cases
#17
Ju-Hwi Kim, Woo-Youl Jang, Tae-Young Jung, In-Young Kim, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Woo Dae Kang, Seul-Kee Kim, Kyung-Sub Moon, Shin Jung
Despite the advances in the microsurgical technique and anatomical understanding of the anterior and middle skull base, anterior clinoidal meningiomas are still challenging lesions to resect completely and safely due to their intimate relationship with vital neurovascular structures. We report predictive factors for tumor recurrence and postoperative complications based on surgical outcome of patients with anterior clinoidal meningiomas treated at our institution.Fifty-nine consecutive patients with anterior clinoidal meningioma who were surgically treated between March, 1993, and July, 2015, were reviewed retrospectively...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399057/staphylococcus-aureus-central-nervous-system-infections-in-children
#18
Jesus G Vallejo, Alexandra N Cain, Edward O Mason, Sheldon L Kaplan, Kristina G Hultén
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) infections due to Staphylococcus aureus are uncommon in pediatric patients. We review the epidemiology, clinical features, and treatment in 68 patients with a S. aureus CNS infection evaluated at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH). METHODS: Cases of CNS infection in children with positive cerebrospinal fluid cultures or spinal epidural abscess for S. aureus at TCH from 2001-2013 were reviewed. RESULTS: 70 cases of S...
April 10, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379730/paraspinal-edema-is-the-most-sensitive-feature-of-lumbar-spinal-epidural-abscess-on-unenhanced-mri
#19
Anna Shifrin, Qin Lu, Michael H Lev, Timothy M Meehan, Ranliang Hu
OBJECTIVE: Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a serious infection requiring prompt treatment and potential neurosurgical intervention. Although contrast-enhanced spine MRI is the mainstay for diagnosis of SEA, unenhanced MRI is typically performed for patients with nonspecific symptoms or insufficient clinical information. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of imaging features suggestive of SEA at unenhanced spine MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched our database for contrast-enhanced lumbar spine MRI examinations from January 1, 2000, through August 1, 2014, with "epidural abscess" in the report...
April 5, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371170/state-of-the-art-novel-applications-for-cortical-stimulation
#20
REVIEW
Dirk De Ridder, Sanjaya Perera, Sven Vanneste
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation via implanted electrodes that overlie the cortex of the brain is an upcoming neurosurgical technique that was hindered for a long time by insufficient knowledge of how the brain functions in a dynamic, physiological, and pathological way, as well as by technological limitations of the implantable stimulation devices. METHODS: This paper provides an overview of cortex stimulation via implantable devices and introduces future possibilities to improve cortex stimulation...
April 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
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