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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142631/mortality-and-epidemiology-in-256-cases-of-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-korean-neuro-trauma-data-bank-system-kntdbs-2010-2014
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Hee-Won Jeong, Seung-Won Choi, Jin-Young Youm, Jeong-Wook Lim, Hyon-Jo Kwon, Shi-Hun Song
Objective: Among pediatric injury, brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability. To improve outcomes, many developed countries built neurotrauma databank (NTDB) system but there was not established nationwide coverage NTDB until 2009 and there have been few studies on pediatric traumatic head injury (THI) patients in Korea. Therefore, we analyzed epidemiology and outcome from the big data of pediatric THI. Methods: We collected data on pediatric patients from 23 university hospitals including 9 regional trauma centers from 2010 to 2014 and analyzed their clinical factors (sex, age, initial Glasgow coma scale, cause and mechanism of head injury, presence of surgery)...
November 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114990/contextualisation-of-patient-centred-care-a-comparative-qualitative-study-of-healthcare-professionals-approaches-to-communicating-with-seriously-ill-patients-about-their-dependent-children
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A Dencker, M Kristiansen, B A Rix, P Bøge, T Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
Patients' family relations play an important part in the provision of patient-centred cancer care, not least when healthcare professionals encounter seriously ill patients with dependent children. Little is known about how children are perceived and dealt with in clinical encounters. In this qualitative comparative study, we explore the influence of medical contexts in three Danish hospital wards, haematology, oncological gynaecology and neuro-intensive care, on communication with patients about their children...
November 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104430/pitfalls-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-invasive-pneumococcal-meningoencephalitis-what-we-can-learn-from-a-case
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Pascale S Grzonka, Raoul Sutter
Invasive pneumococcal meningitis is a life-threatening infectious disease affecting the central nervous system. It continues to be the most common type of community-acquired acute bacterial meningitides. Despite advances in neuro-critical care, the case fatality rate remains high. Rapid diagnosis and initiation of antibiotic therapy precludes mortality and long-term neurological sequelae in survivors. However, not all cases are easily recognised, and unanticipated complications may impede optimal course and outcome...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081427/clinical-and-video-head-impulse-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-posterior-circulation-stroke-presenting-as-acute-vestibular-syndrome-in%C3%A2-the-emergency-department
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Ayse Guler, Funda Karbek Akarca, Cenk Eraslan, Ceyda Tarhan, Cem Bilgen, Tayfun Kirazli, Nese Celebisoy
INTRODUCTION: Head impulse test (HIT) is the critical bedside examination which differentiates vestibular neuritis (VN) from posterior circulation stroke (PCS) in acute vestibular syndrome (AVS). Video-oculography based HIT (vHIT) may have aadditional strength in making the differentiation. METHODS: Patients admitted to the emergency department of a tertiary-care medical center with AVS were studied. An emergency specialist and a neurologist performed HIT. vHIT was conducted by an neuro-otology research fellow...
2017: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988019/acute-intermittent-porphyria-after-right-hemi-colectomy
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Shadi Alshammary, Reem Al Dulaijan, Khaldoon Saleh, Hazem Zakaria, Ahmed Eldamati, Norah Alwakeel, Abdulmohsen Al-Mulhim
INTRODUCTION: Acute intermittent porphyria is a rare autosomal dominant metabolic disease. It is caused by a genetic mutation that results in deficiency of porphobilinogen deaminase enzyme, the third enzyme in heme biosynthesis. Acute intermittent porphyria precipitated by surgery is very rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a 24 year-old woman who developed acute intermittent porphyria five days after right hemi-colectomy. Her presentation included neuro-visceral and psychiatric manifestations, and severe hyponatremia...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894384/technology-that-achieves-the-triple-aim-an-economic-analysis-of-the-brainpath%C3%A2-approach-in-neurosurgery
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Sidney P Norton, Evan M Dickerson, Charles G Kulwin, Mitesh V Shah
BACKGROUND: The Triple Aim is defined as: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. The purpose of this analysis was to evaluate the economic value of a new neurosurgical technique, the BrainPath™ approach, for use in patients with subcortical tumors and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: Inpatient length of stay (LOS) data were collected for ICH and brain tumor surgical patient cases between August 2013 and November 2015...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841802/advanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-glioblastoma-a-review
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Gaurav Shukla, Gregory S Alexander, Spyridon Bakas, Rahul Nikam, Kiran Talekar, Joshua D Palmer, Wenyin Shi
Glioblastoma, the most common and most rapidly progressing primary malignant tumor of the central nervous system, continues to portend a dismal prognosis, despite improvements in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies over the last 20 years. The standard of care radiographic characterization of glioblastoma is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is a widely utilized examination in the diagnosis and post-treatment management of patients with glioblastoma. Basic MRI modalities available from any clinical scanner, including native T1-weighted (T1w) and contrast-enhanced (T1CE), T2-weighted (T2w), and T2-fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (T2-FLAIR) sequences, provide critical clinical information about various processes in the tumor environment...
August 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744879/procarbazine-lomustine-and-vincristine-for-recurrent-high-grade-glioma
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REVIEW
Saurabh Parasramka, Goutham Talari, Myrna Rosenfeld, Jing Guo, John L Villano
BACKGROUND: Recurrent high-grade glioma (HGG) carries an extremely poor prognosis. There is no current standard of care or guideline-based recommendations. Nitrosourea-based multidrug chemotherapy or PCV - procarbazine, lomustine (CCNU) and vincristine - is one of the treatment options at recurrence. There has been no meta-analysis which looks at the benefits and harms of PCV chemotherapy in adults with recurrent HGG. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (PCV) chemotherapy with other interventions in adults with recurrent high-grade glioma...
July 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721340/post-intensive-care-syndrome-an-overview
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Gautam Rawal, Sankalp Yadav, Raj Kumar
Survival of critically unwell patients has improved in the last decade due to advances in critical care medicine. Some of these survivors develop cognitive, psychiatric and /or physical disability after treatment in intensive care unit (ICU), which is now recognized as post intensive care syndrome (PICS). Given the limited awareness about PICS in the medical faculty this aspect is often overlooked which may lead to reduced quality of life and cause a lot of suffering of these patients and their families. Efforts should be directed towards preventing PICS by minimizing sedation and early mobilization during ICU...
June 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688998/targeted-temperature-management-in-the-icu-guidelines-from-a-french-expert-panel
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Alain Cariou, Jean-Francois Payen, Karim Asehnoune, Gérard Audibert, Astrid Botte, Olivier Brissaud, Guillaume Debaty, Sandrine Deltour, Nicolas Deye, Nicolas Engrand, Gilles Francony, Stéphane Legriel, Bruno Levy, Philippe Meyer, Jean-Christophe Orban, Sylvain Renolleau, Bernard Vigué, Laure de Saint Blanquat, Cyrille Mathien, Lionel Velly
Over the recent period, the use of induced hypothermia has gained an increasing interest for critically ill patients, in particular in brain-injured patients. The term "targeted temperature management" (TTM) has now emerged as the most appropriate when referring to interventions used to reach and maintain a specific level temperature for each individual. TTM may be used to prevent fever, to maintain normothermia, or to lower core temperature. This treatment is widely used in intensive care units, mostly as a primary neuroprotective method...
July 5, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681208/surgical-considerations-in-the-optimal-management-of-patients-with-malignant-brain-tumors
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REVIEW
Jaclyn J Renfrow, Roy E Strowd, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Carol P Geer, Glenn J Lesser
Advances in technology are revolutionizing medicine and the limits of what we can offer to our patients. In neurosurgery, technology continues to reduce morbidity, increase surgical accuracy, facilitate tissue acquisition, and promote novel techniques for prolonging survival in patients with neuro-oncologic disease. Surgery has been the backbone of glioma diagnosis and treatment by providing adequate, high quality material for precise histologic diagnosis, and genomic characterization in the setting of significant intratumoral heterogeneity, thus allowing personalized treatment selection in the clinic...
August 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631089/targeted-temperature-management-in-the-icu-guidelines-from-a-french-expert-panel
#12
REVIEW
Alain Cariou, Jean-François Payen, Karim Asehnoune, Gerard Audibert, Astrid Botte, Olivier Brissaud, Guillaume Debaty, Sandrine Deltour, Nicolas Deye, Nicolas Engrand, Gilles Francony, Stéphane Legriel, Bruno Levy, Philippe Meyer, Jean-Christophe Orban, Sylvain Renolleau, Bernard Vigue, Laure De Saint Blanquat, Cyrille Mathien, Lionel Velly
Over the recent period, the use of induced hypothermia has gained an increasing interest for critically ill patients, in particular in brain-injured patients. The term "targeted temperature management" (TTM) has now emerged as the most appropriate when referring to interventions used to reach and maintain a specific level temperature for each individual. TTM may be used to prevent fever, to maintain normothermia, or to lower core temperature. This treatment is widely used in intensive care units, mostly as a primary neuroprotective method...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578120/intraspinal-pressure-monitoring-and-extensive-duroplasty-in-the-acute-phase-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Tomasz Tykocki, Łukasz Poniatowski, Marcin Czyż, Michael Koziara, Guy Wynne-Jones
OBJECTIVE: The prognosis in cervical spinal cord injury is poor, and surgical and neurointensive care management need further improvement. Monitoring of the intraspinal pressure (ISP) at an early stage after traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI) is useful clinically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Obtaining continuous spinal cord perfusion pressure (SCPP) measurements based on the difference between mean arterial pressure and ISP allows offering best medical and surgical treatment during this critical phase of tSCI...
September 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497934/cerebral-autoregulation-monitoring-in-acute-traumatic-brain-injury-what-s-the-evidence
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Leanne A Calviello, Joseph Donnelly, Frederick A Zeiler, Eric P Thelin, Peter Smielewski, Marek Czosnyka
Cerebral autoregulation is conceptualized as a vascular self-regulatory mechanism within the brain. Controlled by elusive relationships between various biophysical processes, it functions to protect the brain against potential damages caused by sudden changes in cerebral perfusion pressures and flow. Following events such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), autoregulation may be compromised, potentially leading to an unfavorable outcome. In spite of its complexity, autoregulation has been able to be quantified non-invasively within the neuro-critical care setting with the aid of transcranial Doppler...
August 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449491/characteristics-and-provision-of-care-of-patients-with-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-descriptive-findings-from-the-dacapo-cohort-baseline-and-comparison-with-international-findings
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Frank Dodoo-Schittko, Susanne Brandstetter, Magdalena Brandl, Sebastian Blecha, Michael Quintel, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Stefan Kluge, Patrick Meybohm, Caroline Rolfes, Björn Ellger, Friedhelm Bach, Tobias Welte, Thomas Muders, Kathrin Thomann-Hackner, Thomas Bein, Christian Apfelbacher
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the characteristics and real world life circumstances of ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) patient populations. This knowledge is essential for transferring evidence-based therapy into routine healthcare. The aim of this study was to report socio-demographic and clinical characteristics in an unselected population of ARDS patients and to compare these results to findings from other large ARDS cohorts. METHODS: A German based cross-sectional observational study was carried out...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367540/task-based-regularization-design-for-detection-of-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-cone-beam-ct
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H Dang, J W Stayman, J Xu, A Sisniega, W Zbijewski, X Wang, D H Foos, N Aygun, V E Koliatsos, J H Siewerdsen
Prompt and reliable detection of acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is critical to treatment of a number of neurological disorders. Cone-beam CT (CBCT) systems are potentially suitable for detecting ICH (contrast 40-80 HU, size down to 1 mm) at the point of care but face major challenges in image quality requirements. Statistical reconstruction demonstrates improved noise-resolution tradeoffs in CBCT head imaging, but its capability in improving image quality with respect to the task of ICH detection remains to be fully investigated...
July 2016: Conference Proceedings of International Conference on Image Formation in X-Ray Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265859/new-cancer-pain-treatment-options
#17
REVIEW
Kenneth D Candido, Teresa M Kusper, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cancer pain is often incapacitating and discouraging to patients; is demoralizing to family members and care takers; and is taxing and difficult to subdue for the pain specialists. The consequences of implementing suboptimal treatment are far-reaching; therefore, effective treatment methods are in a great demand. The face of cancer pain management has changed in considerable ways, and interventional procedures have become an integral part of providing multimodal analgesia in cancer pain treatment...
February 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259296/critical-review-of-the-addition-of-tumor-treating-fields-ttfields-to-the-existing-standard-of-care-for-newly-diagnosed-glioblastoma-patients
#18
REVIEW
M Mehta, P Wen, R Nishikawa, D Reardon, K Peters
Since 2005, the standard of care for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM) has consisted of maximal resection followed by radiotherapy plus daily temozolomide (TMZ), followed by maintenance TMZ. In patients selected for clinical trials, median overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) with this regimen is 15-17 months and 6-7 months, respectively. There have been various, largely unsuccessful attempts to improve on this standard of care. With the FDA approval of the tumor-treating fields (TTFields) device, Optune, for recurrent GBM (2011), and the more recent EF-14 interim trial results and approval for newly diagnosed GBM patients, several questions have arisen...
March 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162168/-analysis-of-clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-mechanically-ventilated-patients-with-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis
#19
Y Zhang, Y Y Su, D Q Gao, H Ye
Objective: To explore the clinical characteristics and long-term outcomes of mechanically ventilated patients with anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis. Methods: In this observational study, patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis were enrolled, who were admitted into Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University from Jan 2012 to Jun 2015.All patients accepted tumor screening, symptomatic therapy, and immunotherapy.Outcomes were assessed by modified Rankin Scale (mRS) after immunotherapy every 6 months, and mRS 0-2 was defined as favorable outcome...
January 17, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145850/characterization-of-end-of-life-electroencephalographic-surges-in-critically-ill-patients
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Lakhmir S Chawla, Megan Terek, Christopher Junker, Seth Akst, Bona Yoon, Ermira Brasha-Mitchell, Michael G Seneff
Neuromonitoring devices to assess level of sedation are now used commonly in many hospital settings. The authors previously reported that electroencephalicgraphic (EEG) spikes frequently occurred after the time of death in patients being neuromonitored at the time of cessation of circulation. In addition to the initial report, end-of-life electrical surges (ELES) have been subsequently documented in animal and human studies by other investigators. The frequency, character, intensity, and significance of ELES are unknown...
July 2017: Death Studies
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