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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816870/spinal-cord-injury-what-are-the-controversies
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Christopher S Ahuja, Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injuries have a tremendous impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Substantial heterogeneity in the patient population, their presentation and underlying pathophysiology has sparked debates along the care spectrum from initial assessment to definitive treatment. This article reviews spinal cord injury (SCI) management followed by a discussion of the salient controversies in the field. Current care practices modeled on the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons joint section guidelines are highlighted including key recommendations regarding immobilization, avoidance of hypotension, early International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI examination and intensive care unit treatment...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815739/kernicterus-in-a-boy-with-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficiency-a-case-report
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Eduardo López-Corella, Isabel Ibarra-González, Cynthia Fernández-Lainez, Miguel Á Rodríguez-Weber, Sara Guillén-Lopez, Leticia Belmont-Martínez, David Agüero-Linares, Marcela Vela-Amieva
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) is an X-linked urea cycle defect associated with severe and usually fatal hyperammonemia. This study describes a patient with early onset lethal OTCD due to a known pathogenic variant (c.298+1G>A), as well as the novel autopsy finding of kernicterus with relatively low blood concentration of unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) (11.55 mg/dL). The patient was a full-term male with a family history of two previous male siblings who died as newborns after acute neurologic deterioration...
August 16, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811085/the-use-of-phenobarbital-and-other-anti-seizure-drugs-in-newborns
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REVIEW
Mohamed El-Dib, Janet S Soul
Neonatal seizures constitute the most frequent presenting neurologic sign encountered in the neonatal intensive care unit. Despite limited efficacy and safety data, phenobarbital continues to be used near-universally as the first-line anti-seizure drug (ASD) in neonates. The choice of second-line ASDs varies by provider and institution, and is still not supported by sufficient scientific evidence. In this review, we discuss the available evidence supporting the efficacy, mechanism of action, potential adverse effects, key pharmacokinetic characteristics such as interaction with therapeutic hypothermia, logistical issues, and rationale for use of neonatal ASDs...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808927/lymphopaenia-in-cardiac-arrest-patients
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Paola Villois, David Grimaldi, Savino Spadaro, Claudia Righy Shinotsuka, Vito Fontana, Sabino Scolletta, Federico Franchi, Jean-Louis Vincent, Jacques Creteur, Fabio Silvio Taccone
BACKGROUND: A decrease in circulating lymphocytes has been described as a marker of poor prognosis after septic shock; however, scarce data are available after cardiac arrest (CA). The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of lymphopaenia after successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of an institutional database including all adult CA patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) between January 2007 and December 2014 who survived for at least 24 h...
August 14, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808901/the-utility-of-routine-intensive-care-admission-for-patients-undergoing-intracranial-neurosurgical-procedures-a-systematic-review
#5
Cesar Cimonari de Almeida, M Dustin Boone, Yosef Laviv, Burkhard S Kasper, Clark C Chen, Ekkehard M Kasper
BACKGROUND: Patients who have undergone intracranial neurosurgical procedures have traditionally been admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for close postoperative neurological observation. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the evidence for routine ICU admission in patients undergoing intracranial neurosurgical procedures and to evaluate the safety of alternative postoperative pathways. METHODS: We were interested in identifying studies that examined selected patients who presented for elective, non-emergent intracranial surgery whose postoperative outcomes were compared as a function of ICU versus non-ICU admission...
August 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808366/clinical-features-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
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M S Kalaiselvan, M K Renuka, A S Arunkumar
AIMS: The aim of this study was to study the clinical features and outcomes of patients with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: All adult patients admitted to our ICU with acute onset neurologic symptoms with focal vasogenic edema on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were included in the study. Data were collected on demography, coexisting illness, admission severity of illness, neurological symptoms, blood pressure, treatment initiated, and MRI findings...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807442/age-is-related-to-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-ohca-receiving-therapeutic-hypothermia-th
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Se Jong Oh, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Ho Jang, In Cheol Hwang, Jae Hyuk Woo, Yong Su Lim, Hyuk Jun Yang
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the patients' outcomes after cardiac arrest based on age in one center, to determine whether geriatric patients had worse outcomes. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective cohort study. The patients admitted to the intensive care unit on successful resuscitation after OHCA were retrospectively identified and evaluated. RESULTS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients over 18years of-age with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) (>24h) after cardiac arrest who were admitted to the emergency intensive care unit (EICU) and received post-cardiac arrest care between March 2007 and December 2013...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806562/zika-virus-induced-neurological-critical-illness-in-latin-america-severe-guillain-barre-syndrome-and-encephalitis
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Sebastián U Ugarte, Angel Ricardo V Arenas, Bruno C Alvarez, Angela Cubides, Angélica F Luna, Max Arroyo-Parejo, Cayri E Acuña, Agamenón V Quintero, Orlando Ch Villareal, Oscar S Pinillos, Elías Vieda, Manuel Bello, Susana Peña, Carmelo Dueñas-Castell, Gloria M V Rodriguez, Jorge L M Ranero, Rosa L M López, Sandra G Olaya, José C Vergara, Ana Tandazo, Juan P S Ospina, Igor M Leyton Soto, R A Fowler, John C Marshall
Zika virus (ZIKAV) is classically described as causing minor symptoms in adult patients, however neurologic complications have been recognized. The recent outbreak in Central and South America has resulted in serious illness in some adult patients. We report adult patients in Latin America diagnosed with ZIKAV infection admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs). METHODS: Multicenter, prospective case series of adult patients with laboratory diagnosis of ZIKAV in 16 ICUs in 8 countries. RESULTS: Between December 1st 2015 and April 2nd 2016, 16 ICUs in 8 countries enrolled 49 critically ill patients with diagnosis of ZIKAV infection...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806453/neurologic-complications-associated-with-the-zika-virus-in-brazilian-adults
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Ivan Rocha Ferreira da Silva, Jennifer A Frontera, Ana Maria Bispo de Filippis, Osvaldo Jose Moreira do Nascimento
Importance: There are no prospective cohort studies assessing the incidence and spectrum of neurologic manifestations secondary to Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in adults. Objective: To evaluate the rates of acute ZIKV infection among patients hospitalized with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), meningoencephalitis, or transverse myelitis. Design, Setting, and Participants: A prospective, observational cohort study was conducted at a tertiary referral center for neurological diseases in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between December 5, 2015, and May 10, 2016, among consecutive hospitalized adults (>18 years of age) with new-onset acute parainfectious or neuroinflammatory disease...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803441/thermoregulation-disorders-of-central-origin-how-to-diagnose-and-treat
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Marta Zawadzka, Marta Szmuda, Maria Mazurkiewicz-Bełdzińska
Fever is a common symptom in the Intensive Care Unit. At least half of febrile episodes are caused by infection. Excluding infectious etiology and other non-infectious causes of fever, especially in patients with central nervous system (CNS) disorders, attention should be paid to disturbances of thermoregulatory centre. In particular, subarachnoid haemorrhage, cerebral trauma, along with ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke are strongly associated with the development of central fever. Proper, speedy diagnosis of the cause of fever makes it possible to implement preventive measures against the harmful effects of hyperthermia on the CNS and to avoid the consequences of inappropriate treatment...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799206/the-incidence-and-characteristics-of-3-month-mortality-after-intraoperative-cardiac-arrest-in-adults
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M Hur, H-C Lee, K H Lee, J-T Kim, C-W Jung, H-P Park
BACKGROUND: There is little information about clinical outcomes after intraoperative cardiac arrest (IOCA). We determined the incidence and characteristics of 3-month mortality after IOCA. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 238,648 adult surgical patients from January 2005 to December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. Characteristics of IOCA were documented using the Utstein reporting template. RESULTS: IOCA occurred in 50 patients (21/100,000 surgeries)...
August 11, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798922/practical-approach-to-the-patient-with-acute-neuromuscular-weakness
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REVIEW
Rajeev Nayak
Acute neuromuscular paralysis (ANMP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness progressing to maximum severity within several days to weeks (less than 4 wk). Bulbar and respiratory muscle weakness may or may not be present. It is a common neurological emergency which requires immediate and careful investigations to determine the etiology because accurate diagnosis has significant impact on therapy and prognosis. Respiratory failure caused by neuromuscular weakness is considered as more critical than lung disease because its development may be insidious or subtle until sudden decompensation leads to life threatening hypoxia...
July 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794966/synthetic-cannabinoid-induced-acute-respiratory-depression-case-series-and-literature-review
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Mark Henry Alon, Margaret Olibrice Saint-Fleur
Synthetic Cannabinoids are a street drug that is widely attainable and cheap compared to natural cannabis, and has variable potency and unpredictable effects with no commercially available diagnostic test to confirm its presence. Similar to natural cannabis, Synthetic Cannabinoid intoxication can present in several ways with the most common emergency room presentations to be of neurologic and psychiatric manifestation. The respiratory depressive effect of Synthetic Cannabinoids has not been well documented in medical literature...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794524/an-analysis-of-the-predictors-of-mortality-and-morbidity-in-patients-admitted-after-suicidal-hanging-to-an-indian-multidisciplinary-intensive-care-unit
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M K Renuka, M S Kalaiselvan, A S Arunkumar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hanging is a frequently used method to attempt suicide in India. There is a lack of data in the Indian population regarding clinical features and outcomes of suicidal hanging. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factors affecting mortality and morbidity in patients admitted with suicidal hanging to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). METHODS: A 6-year retrospective study of adult patients admitted to the ICU with suicidal hanging was analysed for demographics, mode of hanging, lead time to emergency room (ER) admission, clinical presentation, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores, admission Glasgow coma scale (GCS) and neurological outcomes...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790791/mortality-audit-of-medical-patients-at-armed-forces-hospitals
#15
K V S Hari Kumar, N S Ajai Chandra
The mortality statistics of the medical patients at our tertiary care hospitals are sparse and lacking. We studied the mortality characteristics of the patients admitted to medical wards and intensive care unit at two hospitals based on the available fatal documents. Our objectives include analysis of the cause of death, duration of stay and presence of sepsis. The deceased (103 males, 47 females) had a mean age of 64.6 ± 15.5 yrs and mean duration of stay 7.1 ± 12.3 days. Infections and sepsis syndrome (33%), respiratory (17%), neurological (15%) and cardiovascular disorders (10%) were the top four causes of the mortality...
July 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790009/impact-of-a-visual-aid-on-discordance-between-physicians-and-family-members
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Gabrielle Burelli, Chloé Berthelier, Hélène Vanacker, Léonard Descaillot, Bénédicte Philippon-Jouve, Xavier Fabre, Mahmoud Kaaki, Jean-Charles Chakarian, Alexandre Domine, Pascal Beuret
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the impact of a visual aid on the discordance about prognosis between physicians and family members. METHODS: The study was performed in a general intensive care department with two 6-bed units. In the unit A, family members could consult a visual aid depicting day by day the evolution of global, hemodynamic, respiratory, renal and neurological conditions of the patient on a 10 point scale. In the unit B, they only received oral medical information...
August 5, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782308/a-prospective-observational-study-to-determine-the-prevalence-and-clinical-profile-of-patients-of-hypertensive-crisis-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#17
Santosh B Salagre, Shobha M Itolikar, Kapil Gedam
BACKGROUND: Hypertension can present in crisis form as 'hypertensive urgency'(HU) or as 'hypertensive emergency' (HE). Both the conditions are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. AIM: To evaluate the clinical characteristics, course of illness, end-organ damage and survival outcome in patients with hypertensive crisis. METHODOLOGY: This prospective observational year-long study was conducted after due ethical considerations on 120 adult non-pregnant patients who presented with blood pressure of >180/120 mm Hg in the emergency medical services of a tertiary care hospital...
June 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781918/primary-decompressive-craniectomy-is-associated-with-worse-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury-requiring-acute-surgery
#18
Julius Tapper, Markus B Skrifvars, Riku Kivisaari, Jari Siironen, Rahul Raj
BACKGROUND: The role of decompressive craniectomy in treating raised intracranial pressure (ICP) after traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the differences in prognosis of patients initially treated by decompressive craniectomy, craniotomy, or conservatively. METHODS: We conducted a single-center retrospective study on adult blunt TBI patients admitted to a neurosurgical intensive care unit during 2009-2012. Patients were divided into three groups based on their initial treatment - decompressive craniectomy, craniotomy, and conservative...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780917/filling-a-significant-gap-in-the-cardiac-icu-implementation-of-individualised-developmental-care
#19
Samantha C Butler, Kate Huyler, Aditya Kaza, Chris Rachwal
Mortality rates among children with CHD have significantly declined, although the incidence of neurological abnormalities and neurodevelopmental impairment has increased. Research has focussed on outcomes, with limited attention on prevention and intervention. Although some developmental differences and challenges seen in children with CHD are explained by the cumulative effect of medical complications associated with CHD, many sequelae are not easily explained by medical complications alone. Although cardiac intensive care is lifesaving, it creates high levels of environmental and tactile stimulation, which potentially contribute to adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes...
August 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762591/ean-consensus-review-on-prevention-diagnosis-and-management-of-tick-borne-encephalitis
#20
REVIEW
P Taba, E Schmutzhard, P Forsberg, I Lutsar, U Ljøstad, Å Mygland, I Levchenko, F Strle, I Steiner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an infection of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and transmitted by ticks, with a variety of clinical manifestations. The incidence of TBE in Europe is increasing due to an extended season of the infection and the enlargement of endemic areas. Our objectives are to provide recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis and management of TBE, based on evidence or consensus decisions. METHODS: For systematic evaluation, the literature was searched from 1970 to 2015 (including early online publications of 2016), and recommendations were based on evidence or consensus decisions of the Task Force when evidence-based data were not available...
August 1, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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