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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342925/epidemiology-and-characteristics-of-neurosurgical-conditions-at-mbarara-regional-referral-hospital
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Jihad Abdelgadir, Emily R Smith, Maria Punchak, Joao Ricardo Vissoci, Catherine Staton, Alex Muhindo, David Kitya, Lawrence P Park, Michael M Haglund
BACKGROUND: The unmet surgical need, specifically neurosurgical need, in Uganda is significant, yet only two public hospitals currently perform neurosurgery in the country. This study examines the epidemiology and outcomes of neurosurgical conditions presenting to one of 12 regional referral hospitals in Uganda, in an effort to understand the neurosurgical needs of this population. METHODS: The study was conducted at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH), in southwestern Uganda...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340081/retroocular-and-subdural-hemorrhage-or-hemosiderin-deposits-in-pediatric-autopsies
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Marc R Del Bigio, Susan M Phillips
The presence of hemosiderin in the optic nerve sheath and/or retina is sometimes used to estimate the timing of injury in infants or children with suspected non-accidental head trauma. To determine the prevalence of hemosiderin in deaths not associated with trauma, we performed a prospective study of retroocular orbital tissue, cranial convexity, and cervical spinal cord dura mater in infants and children <2.5 years age. In 53 cases of non-traumatic death, approximately 70% had blood or hemosiderin within the orbital fat, ocular muscles, and parasagittal cranial and/or cervical spinal subdural compartment...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338593/clinical-correlates-to-assist-with-cte-diagnosis-insights-from-a-novel-rodent-repeat-concussion-model
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Gretchen M Thomsen, Ara Ko, Megan Y Harada, Annie Ma, Livia Wyss, Patricia Haro, Jean-Philippe Vit, Pablo Avalos, Navpreet Dhillon, Noell Cho, Oksana Shelest, Eric J Ley
INTRODUCTION: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head injuries. CTE symptoms include changes in mood, behavior, cognition and motor function, however CTE is only currently diagnosed post-mortem. Using a rat model of recurrent traumatic brain injury (TBI) we demonstrate rodent deficits that predict the severity of CTE-like brain pathology. METHODS: Bilateral, closed skull, mild TBI was administered once per week to 35 WT rats, 8 rats received 2 injuries ('2xTBI'), 27 rats received 5 injuries ('5xTBI') and 13 rats were sham controls...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336445/mortality-associated-characteristics-of-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-at-the-university-teaching-hospital-of-kigali-rwanda
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Elizabeth Krebs, Charles J Gerardo, Lawrence P Park, Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Jean Claude Byiringiro, Fidele Byiringiro, Stephen Rulisa, Nathan Thielman, Catherine Staton
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability. TBI patients in low and middle- income countries have worse outcomes than those in high-income countries. We aimed to evaluate important clinical indicators associated with mortality for TBI patients at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (UTHK) Kigali, Rwanda. METHODS: Prospective consecutive sampling of TBI patients presenting to UTHK Accident and Emergency Department were screened for inclusion criteria: reported head trauma, alteration in consciousness, headache, or visible head trauma...
March 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336014/clinical-significance-of-fibrinogen-degradation-product-among-traumatized-patients
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Kouhei Ishikawa, Kazuhiko Omori, Kei Jitsuiki, Hiromichi Ohsaka, Hiroshi Ito, Katsuhito Shimoyama, Toru Fukunaga, Norikazu Urabe, Souichirou Kitamura, Youichi Yanagawa
OBJECTIVE: We retrospectively analyzed trauma patients who were transported by a physician-staffed helicopter (doctor helicopter) to investigate the clinical significance of the fibrinogen degradation product (FDP) level on arrival. METHODS: From February 2011 to July 2016, a medical chart review was retrospectively performed for all patients with trauma who were transported by the doctor helicopter. The subjects were divided into 2 groups: a survival group and a fatal group...
March 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335668/directions-for-use-of-intracranial-pressure-monitoring-in-treatment-of-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-using-data-from-the-japan-neurotrauma-data-bank
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Eiichi Suehiro, Yuichi Fujiyama, Hiroyasu Koizumi, Michiyasu Suzuki
Neuromonitoring can be used to observe intracranial pathological conditions in neurointensive care, but use of intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is low in Japan. In this study, we retrospectively investigated the effects of ICP monitoring in treatment of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) using data from the Japan Neurotrauma Data Bank (JNTDB). The study was conducted in 1,091 subjects enrolled in the JNTDB (Project 2009) from July 2009 to June 2011. The subjects were divided into those treated with and without ICP monitoring in intensive care for severe TBI...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331261/bilateral-traumatic-intracranial-hematomas-and-its-outcome-a-retrospective-study
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Sharad Pandey, Vivek Sharma, Kulwant Singh, Deepa Pandey, Mukesh Sharma, Deepak Bhanudas Patil, Neeraj Shende, Richa Singh Chauhan
The objective of this study was to evaluate the age distribution, mode of injury, type of hematomas, and their surgical outcome in patients with bilateral traumatic head injuries. The present study included 669 cases of traumatic head injury who presented at the neurosurgery emergency out of which 94 cases had bilateral head injuries from the period of August 2009 to April 2014. The data from the hospital computerized database were retrospectively analysed. Cases of bilateral traumatic head injury included 94 patients out of which 88...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329435/face-shield-design-against-blast-induced-head-injuries
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Long Bin Tan, Kwong Ming Tse, Yuan Hong Tan, Mohamad Ali Bin Sapingi, Vincent Beng Chye Tan, Heow Pueh Lee
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been on the rise in recent years due to the increasing use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in conflict zones. Our study investigates the response of a helmeted human head subjected to a blast of 1 atm peak overpressure, for cases with and without a standard polycarbonate (PC) face shield and for face shields comprising of composite PC and aerogel materials and with lateral edge extension. The novel introduction of aerogel into the laminate face shield is explored and its wave-structure interaction mechanics and performance in blast mitigation is analysed...
March 22, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326890/functional-and-molecular-correlates-following-single-and-repeated-rat-closed-head-concussion-indices-of-vulnerability-following-brain-injury
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Andrea Mountney, Angela Boutte, Casandra M Cartagena, William J Flerlage, David Johnson, Chanyang Rho, Xi-Chun M Lu, Angela M Yarnell, Sean R Marcsisin, Jason Sousa, Chau Vuong, Victor E Zottig, Lai Yee Leung, Ying Deng-Bryant, Janice Gilsdorf, Frank C Tortella, Deborah A Shear
Closed-head concussive injury is one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Isolated concussions frequently produce acute neurological impairments; however, individuals typically recover spontaneously within a short time frame. In contrast, brain injuries resulting from multiple concussions can result in cumulative damage and elevated risk of developing chronic brain pathologies, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Increased attention has focused on identification of diagnostic markers that can prognostically serve as indices of brain health after injury, revealing the temporal profile of vulnerability to a second insult...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326242/nasal-lobular-capillary-hemangioma-as-a-complication-after-an-endoscopic-transsphenoidal-gonadotrophin-producing-pituitary-adenoma-resection
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Dalila Forte, Amets Sagarribay Irañeta, Anabela Nabais, António Figueiredo, Manuela Mafra, Victor Gonçalves
Background Lobular capillary hemangioma is a rare benign tumor, most frequently located in the head or neck region, the nasal cavity being uncommonly affected. Its etiopathogenesis is not fully established, although traumatic and hormonal factors have been implied. Case Description A 50-year-old female patient underwent an uneventful endoscopic transsphenoidal removal of a pituitary cystic macroadenoma at our institution. Nasal packing was used in postoperative hemostasis. Histopathology was compatible with a gonadotrophin-producing adenoma...
January 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325100/lateral-ventricle-attenuates-underlying-traumatic-axonal-injury-after-closed-head-injury-in-the-mouse
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James Bouley, Nils Henninger
Using model systems it has been suggested that the lateral ventricles could act as strain relievers and thereby mitigate traumatic axonal injury (TAI) in adjacent tissues by absorbing energy. We describe attenuated TAI at 48 hours after traumatic brain injury within the corpus callosum overlying the lateral ventricle of wild-type C57BL/6 mice subjected to weight-drop closed head injury. Specifically, there was a conspicuous attenuation of TAI beneath the lateral ventricle under the impact center as assessed by beta amyloid precursor protein staining...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324787/interactive-ebooks-in-educating-patients-and-their-families-about-head-injury-regardless-of-age
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Ronald Sahyouni, Amin Mahmoodi, Amir Mahmoodi, Melissa Huang, Diem Kieu Tran, Jefferson W Chen
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common and debilitating injury that is particularly prevalent in patients over 60. Given the influence of head injury on dementia (and vice versa), and the increased likelihood of ground-level falls, elderly patients are vulnerable to TBI. Educational interventions can increase knowledge and influence preventative activity to decrease the likelihood of further TBI. We sought to determine the efficacy of interactive tablet-based educational interventions in elderly patients on self-reported knowledge...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323524/comparison-of-two-predictive-models-for-short-term-mortality-in-patients-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Klara Julia Kesmarky, Cécile Delhumeau, Marie Zenobi, Bernhard Walder
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and the abbreviated injury score of the head region (HAIS) are validated prognostic factors in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study was to compare the prognostic performance of an alternative predictive model including motor GCS, pupillary reactivity, age, HAIS, and presence of multi-trauma for short term mortality with a reference predictive model including motor GCS, pupil reaction and age (IMPACT core model). A secondary analysis of a prospective epidemiological cohort study in Switzerland including patients after severe TBI (HAIS >3) with the outcome death at 14 days was performed...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319479/brainstem-evoked-potential-indices-of-subcortical-auditory-processing-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kathy R Vander Werff, Brian Rieger
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study was to assess subcortical auditory processing in individuals with chronic symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) by measuring auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) to standard click and complex speech stimuli. Consistent with reports in the literature of auditory problems after mTBI (despite normal-hearing thresholds), it was hypothesized that individuals with mTBI would have evidence of impaired neural encoding in the auditory brainstem compared to noninjured controls, as evidenced by delayed latencies and reduced amplitudes of ABR components...
March 17, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316901/symptomatic-parietal-intradiploic-encephalocele-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Chen Shi, Bruno Flores, Stephen Fisher, Samuel L Barnett
Encephalocele is a rare condition that consists of herniation of cerebral matter through openings of dura and skull. A majority of encephaloceles are congenital and manifest in childhood. We present a case of a 45-year-old man presenting with contralateral hemiparesis and found to have an extremely rare phenomenon of a symptomatic posttraumatic parietal intradiploic encephalocele (IE) manifesting 36 years following pediatric traumatic head injury. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed herniation of brain tissue into the intradiploic space...
January 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316319/epileptic-spasms-in-paediatric-post-traumatic-epilepsy-at-a-tertiary-referral-centre
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Jun T Park, Harry T Chugani
To recognize epileptic spasms (ES) as a seizure type after traumatic brain injury (TBI), accidental or non-accidental, in infants and children. In the process, we aim to gain some insight into the mechanisms of epileptogenesis in ES. A retrospective electronic chart review was performed at the Children's Hospital of Michigan from 2002 to 2012. Electronic charts of 321 patients were reviewed for evidence of post-traumatic epilepsy. Various clinical variables were collected including age at TBI, mechanism of trauma, severity of brain injury, electroencephalography/neuroimaging data, and seizure semiology...
March 17, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302282/traumatic-pelvic-fractures-in-children-and-adolescents
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Christopher J DeFrancesco, Wudbhav N Sankar
Although traumatic pelvic fractures in children are relatively rare, these injuries are identified in about 5% of children admitted to level 1 trauma centers after blunt trauma.(1-4) Such injuries differ from adult pelvic fractures in important ways and require distinct strategies for management. While the associated mortality rate for children with pelvic fractures is much lower than that for adults, the patient may require urgent surgical intervention for associated life-threatening injuries such as head trauma and abdominal injury...
February 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298577/trauma-imaging-a-literature-review
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Jason Heath Vela, Christopher Ira Wertz, Kimberly L Onstott, Joss R Wertz
PURPOSE: To inform radiologic technologists about which imaging modalities and examinations are best suited for evaluating specific anatomical structures in patients who have sustained a traumatic injury. METHODS: Two scholarly research databases were searched to identify articles focused on trauma imaging of the head, cervical spine, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis. Articles focused on trauma diagnosis were excluded. Thirty-two articles were selected for analysis. DISCUSSION: Physical examination and plain-film radiographs typically are used to assess nasal bone fracures...
January 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298379/forensic-investigation-into-a-death-post-traumatic-amnesia-in-a-worker-with-a-work-related-head-injury-sustained-in-a-coal-fired-thermal-power-plant-in-india
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Venkiteswaran Muralidhar
This is the first reported case of a work-related head injury in a coal-fired thermal power plant in India. This case highlights the trend of not reporting work injuries due to fears of reprisal from the management team that may include the termination of employment. Post-traumatic amnesia in a worker presenting with head trauma must be recognised by coworkers, so the cause of injury can be elicited early and the victim gets timely medical help. There are few published studies on work-related traumatic brain injury, and they provide no information on either anatomical localisation or signs and symptoms...
March 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298170/concussion-induces-hippocampal-circuitry-disruption-in-swine
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John A Wolf, Brian N Johnson, Victoria E Johnson, Mary E Putt, Kevin D Browne, Constance J Mietus, Daniel P Brown, Kathryn L Wofford, Douglas H Smith, M Sean Grady, Akiva S Cohen, D Kacy Cullen
Hippocampal-dependent deficits in learning and memory formation are a prominent feature of traumatic brain injury (TBI), however the role of the hippocampus in cognitive dysfunction after concussion (mild TBI) is unknown. We therefore investigated functional and structural changes in the swine hippocampus following TBI using a model of head rotational acceleration that closely replicates the biomechanics and neuropathology of closed-head TBI in humans. We examined neurophysiological changes using a novel ex vivo hippocampal slice paradigm with extracellular stimulation and recording in the dentate gyrus and CA1 occurring at 7 days following non-impact inertial TBI in swine...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
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