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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803513/mechanisms-of-unexpected-death-and-autopsy-findings-in-friedreich-ataxia
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Roger W Byard, John D Gilbert
A 36-year-old woman with a clinical history of Friedreich ataxia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was found unexpectedly dead at her home. The heart showed asymmetric left ventricular hypertrophy, with an interventricular septal thickness of 20-25 mm (the remainder of the left ventricular wall measured 15 mm). Histologically, both ventricles had irregular areas of marked myocyte hypertrophy with associated interstitial fibrosis and focal myofibre disarray. There was neuronal loss within the dentate nucleus of the cerebellum, with vacuolation and axonal loss in the dorsal columns and spinocerebellar tracts of the upper cervical spinal cord...
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797555/to-log-roll-or-not-to-log-roll-that-is-the-question-a-review-of-the-use-of-the-log-roll-for-patients-with-pelvic-fractures
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REVIEW
Inês Filipa da Cunha Rodrigues
Pelvic fractures are one of the most serious injuries in polytrauma - massive haemorrhage is a major complication and the leading cause of death. The assessment and early management of these injuries in the Emergency Department (ED) focuses on the recognition of haemodynamic instability and should follow Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines. The log-roll technique, although an accepted practice in trauma care, has been reported to be inadvisable when a pelvic fracture is suspected. This paper, which includes a case study, briefly explains the pathophysiology and initial management of pelvic fractures...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797317/where-there-is-no-ems-lay-providers-in-emergency-medical-services-care-ems-as-a-public-health-priority
#3
Sierra Debenham, Matthew Fuller, Matthew Stewart, Raymond R Price
By 2030, road traffic accidents are projected to be the fifth leading cause of death worldwide, with 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While high-quality, prehospital trauma care is crucial to reduce the number of trauma-related deaths, effective Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) are limited or absent in many LMICs. Although lay providers have long been recognized as the front lines of informal trauma care in countries without formal EMS, few efforts have been made to capitalize on these networks...
August 11, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790541/critical-carotid-artery-stenosis-in-coronary-and-non-coronary-patients-frequency-of-risk-factors
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Haris Vranic, Amel Hadzimehmedagic, Ilirijana Haxibeqiri-Karabdic, Ermina Mujacic, Muhamed Djedovic
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is one of the largest socio medical problems of modern times. In addition to the third leading cause of death, it is the first cause of non-trauma disability. Numerous studies show a correlation of risk factors and arteriosclerotic lesions in the coronary arteries and carotid arteries. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Study was conducted at the Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Clinic for Cardiology surgery, methodologically cross-sectional study and partly manipulative and clinical prevention study, conducted on a representative sample of 100 patients...
April 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790042/multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-to-investigate-the-usefulness-of-continuous-pneumatic-regulation-of-tracheal-cuff-pressure-for-reducing-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-mechanically-ventilated-severe-trauma-patients-the-agate-study-protocol
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Nicolas Marjanovic, Denis Frasca, Karim Asehnoune, Catherine Paugam, Sigismond Lasocki, Carole Ichai, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Marc Leone, Claire Dahyot-Fizelier, Julien Pottecher, Dominique Falcon, Benoit Veber, Jean-Michel Constantin, Sabrina Seguin, Jérémy Guénézan, Olivier Mimoz
INTRODUCTION: Severe trauma represents the leading cause of mortality worldwide. While 80% of deaths occur within the first 24 hours after trauma, 20% occur later and are mainly due to healthcare-associated infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Preventing underinflation of the tracheal cuff is recommended to reduce microaspiration, which plays a major role in the pathogenesis of VAP. Automatic devices facilitate the regulation of tracheal cuff pressure, and their implementation has the potential to reduce VAP...
August 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780253/biomechanics-of-human-parietal-pleura-in-uniaxial-extension
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Luis E Morales Tenorio, Kelsey J Devine, Jayme Lee, Timothy M Kowalewski, Victor H Barocas
Tension pneumothorax, a major preventable cause of battlefield death, often arises from chest trauma and is treated by needle decompression to release trapped air from the pleural cavity. Surgical simulation mannequins are often employed to train medical personnel to perform this procedure properly. Accurate reproduction of the mechanical behavior of the parietal pleura, especially in response to needle penetration, is essential to maximize the fidelity of these surgical simulators. To date, however, the design of pleura-simulating material has been largely empirical and based on subjective practitioner feel rather than on the tissue properties, which have remained unknown...
July 29, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776222/-surgical-techniques-for-severe-brain-injury-with-special-emphasis-on-polytrauma
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REVIEW
Georg C Clarici
CLINICAL ISSUE: In Austria approximately 2000 people suffer from severe brain injury per year. Brain trauma is the most common cause of death under the age of 45 years. In polytrauma patients the treatment and management of severe brain injury is particularly challenging because the life-threatening injuries of other organ systems significantly influence the timing of surgery and the outcome. The sequence of the necessary surgery is an interdisciplinary decision already made in the emergency room...
August 3, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767544/compensatory-reserve-index-performance-of-a-novel-monitoring-technology-to-identify-the-bleeding-trauma-patient
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Michael Johnson, Abdul Alarhayem, Victor Convertino, Robert Carter, Kevin Chung, Ronald Stewart, John Myers, Daniel Dent, Lilian Liao, Ramon Cestero, Susannah Nicholson, Mark Muir, Martin Schwacha, David Wampler, Mark DeRosa, Brian Eastridge
INTRODUCTION: Hemorrhage is one of the most substantial causes of death after traumatic injury. Standard measures, including systolic blood pressure (SBP), are poor surrogate indicators of physiologic compromise until compensatory mechanisms have been overwhelmed. Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI) is a novel monitoring technology with the ability to assess physiologic reserve. We hypothesized CRI would be a better predictor of physiologic compromise secondary to hemorrhage than traditional vital signs...
August 1, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765270/improving-hospital-death-certification-in-vietnam-results-of-a-pilot-study-of-injury-related-fatalities
#9
Merrilyn Walton, Reema Harrison, Anna Chevalier, Esmond Esguerra, Nguyen Duc Chinh, Haphan Haian, Dang Van Duong, Huong Giang
BACKGROUND: Vietnam has prioritised the establishment of a civil registration system for deaths but as yet is unable to report accurate national statistics for the population of 93.5 million people due to inadequate mortality data. Verbal autopsy data suggest that injury is a third leading cause of death (by International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision chapters) in Vietnam, with road traffic injuries in particular a significant and increasing challenge...
August 1, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762508/mortality-due-to-trauma-in-cats-attending-veterinary-practices-in-central-and-south-east-england
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J L McDonald, I R Cleasby, D C Brodbelt, D B Church, D G O'Neill
OBJECTIVES: To identify important demographic and spatial factors associated with the risk of trauma and, more specifically, road traffic accident-related mortality, relative to other diagnoses in cats. METHODS: A sample of 2738 cats with mortality data derived from the VetCompass primary-care veterinary database was selected for detailed study. Generalised linear models investigated risk factors for mortality due to trauma and due to road traffic accidents versus other causes...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762454/use-of-trauma-scoring-systems-to-determine-the-physician-s-responsibility-in-cases-of-traumatic-death-with-medical-malpractice-claim
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Murat Nihat Arslan, Çisem Kertmen, Deniz Oğuzhan Melez, Durmuş Evcüman, Yalçın Büyük
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injury is near the top of World Health Organization list of leading causes of death, and one of the major factors affecting mortality is the severity of the trauma. During medical intervention for trauma patients, some injuries may be overlooked, and this misstep may be the basis of a malpractice claim. The objective of this study was to provide a new approach to evaluating medical malpractice cases by discussing the benefits of the use of trauma scores. METHODS: Cases of alleged malpractice that were discussed and concluded between 2010 and 2013 were selected from the case archive of the General Committee of the Council of Forensic Medicine (GC of CFM)...
July 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759327/factors-of-pelvic-infection-and-death-in-patients-with-open-pelvic-fractures-and-rectal-injuries
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Wenhao Song, Dongsheng Zhou, Weicheng Xu, Guoming Zhang, Chunhui Wang, Daodi Qiu, Jinlei Dong
BACKGROUND: Open pelvic fractures associated with rectal injuries are uncommon. They often cause serious pelvic infection, even death. This combination of injuries has been reviewed infrequently. Herein, we report factors associated with pelvic infection and death in a group of patients with open pelvic fractures and concurrent rectal injuries. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of patients with open pelvic fractures and rectal injuries who were treated at our institution from January 2010-April 2014...
July 31, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758942/child-supervision-and-burn-outcome-among-admitted-patients-at-major-trauma-hospitals-in-the-gambia
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Edrisa Sanyang, Corinne Peek-Asa, Tracy Young, Laurence Fuortes
Burn-related injuries are a significant burden in children, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where more than 90% of burn-related pediatric deaths occur. Lack of adult supervision of children is a major risk for pediatric burn injuries. The goal of this paper was to examine the general characteristics of burns and identify burn injury outcomes among adult-supervised children compared to those who were not supervised. The study examined burn injury and clinical characteristics among all burn patients admitted to two trauma hospitals in The Gambia, West Africa...
July 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758768/characteristics-of-veterans-and-military-service-members-who-endorse-causing-harm-injury-or-death-to-others-in-the-military
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Philip Held, Randy A Boley, Niranjan S Karnik, Mark H Pollack, Alyson K Zalta
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present research was to examine the demographic and mental health characteristics of veterans and service members who endorsed having caused harm, injury, or death to another person on deployment, while taking these individuals' total number of other lifetime traumas into account. METHOD: Data for the present study were collected as part of the standard clinical evaluation for 228 treatment-seeking veterans and service members. RESULTS: Those who reported having caused harm, injury, or death to another person on deployment (22...
July 31, 2017: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750794/mediastinal-injury-is-the-strongest-predictor-of-mortality-in-mounted-blast-amongst-uk-deployed-forces
#15
A Phillip Pearce, Anthony M J Bull, Jonathon C Clasper
BACKGROUND: Blast injury has been the most common cause of morbidity and mortality encountered by UK forces during recent conflicts. Injuries sustained by blast are categorised by the injuring component of the explosion and depend upon physical surroundings. Previous work has established that head injuries and intra cavity haemorrhage are the major causes of death following exposure to under body (mounted) blast but has yet to explore the precise nature of these torso injuries nor the effect of particular injuries upon survival...
July 19, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749595/morbidity-and-mortality-in-infant-mountain-gorillas-gorilla-beringei-beringei-a-46-year-retrospective-review
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James M Hassell, Dawn Zimmerman, Michael R Cranfield, Kirsten Gilardi, Antoine Mudakikwa, Jan Ramer, Elisabeth Nyirakaragire, Linda J Lowenstine
Long-term studies of morbidity and mortality in free-ranging primates are scarce, but may have important implications for the conservation of extant populations. Infants comprise a particularly important age group, as variation in survival rates may have a strong influence on population dynamics. Since 1968, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP, Inc.) and government partners have conducted a comprehensive health monitoring and disease investigation program on mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo...
July 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749273/a-retrospective-review-of-western-lowland-gorilla-gorilla-gorilla-gorilla-mortality-in-european-zoologic-collections-between-2004-and-2014
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Victoria Strong, Kerstin Baiker, Marnie L Brennan, Sharon Redrobe, Frank Rietkerk, Malcolm Cobb, Kate White
An understanding of the main causes of mortality among captive gorillas is imperative to promoting their optimal care, health, and welfare. A retrospective observational review of mortality among the European zoo-housed western lowland gorilla ( Gorilla gorilla gorilla) population from 2004 to 2014 was carried out. This is the first published study of mortality in this population. Relevant postmortem data were requested from each collection reporting a death during the study period. Age at death enabled grouping into discrete age categories...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749069/fatal-fat-embolism-after-penis-enlargement-by-autologous-fat-transfer-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Brita Zilg, Petra Råsten-Almqvist
Fat embolism is an incidental finding in cases of long bone fractures or other trauma, but it is also associated with liposuction and autologous fat transfer, a procedure where fat from liposuction is injected back into the same patient's face, breast, buttocks or penis. We here present a case of sudden death by fat embolism in a healthy young male, caused by a simple penis enlargement procedure, in which fat was injected into the penis shaft. We suggest that the risk of fat embolization might be higher when pretraumatized tissue is subjected to fat injection, like in this case, where a penis elongation was performed before the fat injection...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745861/mass-spectrometric-imaging-of-ceramides-tracks-therapeutic-response-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#19
Damon Christopher Barbacci, Aurélie Roux, Ludovic Muller, Shelley N Jackson, Jeremy Post, Kathrine Baldwin, Barry Hoffer, Carey Balaban, Shawn Gouty, Brian M Cox, Amina S Woods
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem and the leading cause of death in children and young adults. It also contributes to a substantial number of cases of permanent disability. As lipids make up over 50% of the brain mass and play a key role in both membrane structure and cell signaling, their profile is of particular interest. In this study, we show that advanced mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) has sufficient technical accuracy and reproducibility to demonstrate the anatomical distribution of 50 micron diameter microdomains that show changes in brain ceramide levels in a rat model of controlled cortical impact (CCI) 3 days post injury with and without treatment...
July 26, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743043/neurotrophy-and-immunomodulation-of-induced-neural-stem-cell-grafts-in-a-mouse-model-of-closed-head-injury
#20
Mou Gao, Hui Yao, Qin Dong, Yan Zhang, Yang Yang, Yihua Zhang, Zhijun Yang, Minhui Xu, Ruxiang Xu
Closed head injury (CHI) usually results in severe and permanent neurological impairments, which are caused by several intertwined phenomena, such as cerebral edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, neuronal loss, astroglial scarring and inflammation. We previously reported that induced neural stem cells (iNSCs), similar to neural stem cells (NSCs), can accelerate neurological recovery in vivo and produce neurotrophic factors in vitro. However, the effects of iNSC neurotrophy following CHI were not determined...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
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