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Septic encephalopathy

Luiz Eduardo Baggio Savio, Mariana G Juste Andrade, Paola de Andrade Mello, Patrícia Teixeira Santana, Aline Cristina Abreu Moreira-Souza, Janaína Kolling, Aline Longoni, Linda Feldbrügge, Yan Wu, Angela T S Wyse, Simon C Robson, Robson Coutinho-Silva
Sepsis results in unfettered inflammation, tissue damage, and multiple organ failure. Diffuse brain dysfunction and neurological manifestations secondary to sepsis are termed sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE). Extracellular nucleotides, proinflammatory cytokines, and oxidative stress reactions are associated with delirium and brain injury, and might be linked to the pathophysiology of SAE. P2X7 receptor activation by extracellular ATP leads to maturation and release of IL-1β by immune cells, which stimulates the production of oxygen reactive species...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Valentina La Corte, Géraldine Delarue, Emmanuel Chevrillon, Aurore Balan, Béatrice Garcin
OBJECTIVE: Confabulations are described as "a falsification of memory occurring in clear consciousness in association with an organically derived amnesia". We describe production of confabulations in long-term memory in a 51-year-old woman who do not present amnesic syndrome typically associated. The patient was admitted in reanimation unit for septic shock. After 8 days of coma, she presented signs of encephalopathy of Gayet-Wernicke, without cerebral damage on T1 MRI. OBSERVATIONS: At 6 months of acute episode, the patient presents a severe cognitive and behavioural dysexecutive syndrome, with impulsivity, perseverations and environmental dependency...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Susan O'Brien, Jeffrey A Jones, Steven E Coutre, Anthony R Mato, Peter Hillmen, Constantine Tam, Anders Österborg, Tanya Siddiqi, Michael J Thirman, Richard R Furman, Osman Ilhan, Michael J Keating, Timothy G Call, Jennifer R Brown, Michelle Stevens-Brogan, Yunfeng Li, Fong Clow, Danelle F James, Alvina D Chu, Michael Hallek, Stephan Stilgenbauer
BACKGROUND: The TP53 gene, encoding tumour suppressor protein p53, is located on the short arm of chromosome 17 (17p). Patients with 17p deletion (del17p) chronic lymphocytic leukaemia have poor responses and survival after chemoimmunotherapy. We assessed the activity and safety of ibrutinib, an oral covalent inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase, in relapsed or refractory patients with del17p chronic lymphocytic leukaemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma. METHODS: We did a multicentre, international, open-label, single-arm study at 40 sites in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand...
October 2016: Lancet Oncology
Rajesh G Mishra, Tzu-Ling Tseng, Mei-Fang Chen, Po-Yi Chen, Tony J-F Lee
Nitric oxide (NO) overproduction via induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is implicated in vasodilatory shock in sepsis, leading to septic encephalopathy and accelerating cerebral ischemic injury. An abbreviated urea-cycle (L-citrulline-L-arginine-NO cycle) has been demonstrated in cerebral perivascular nitrergic nerves and endothelial cells but not in normal cerebral vascular smooth muscle cell (CVSMC). This cycle indicates that argininosuccinate synthase (ASS) catalyzes L-citrulline (L-cit) conversion to form argininosuccinate (AS), and subsequent AS cleavage by argininosuccinate lyase (ASL) forms L-arginine (L-arg), the substrate for NO synthesis...
September 7, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Guangsheng Wang, Shaodan Wang, Yeting Zhou, Xiaodong Chen, Xiaobo Ma, Daoming Tong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the presence of sepsis associated encephalopathy (SAE) would predict nosocomial coma (NC) and poor outcome in patients with supratentorial intracerebral hemorrhage (SICH). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted. The adult acute SICH patients with or without coma admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Shuyang People' Hospital Affiliated to Xuzhou Medical University from December 2012 to December 2015 were enrolled...
August 2016: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Li-Na Zhang, Xiao-Hong Wang, Long Wu, Li Huang, Chun-Guang Zhao, Qian-Yi Peng, Yu-Hang Ai
BACKGROUND: Despite its high prevalence, morbidity, and mortality, sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) is still poorly understood. The aim of this prospective and observational study was to investigate the clinical significance of calcium-binding protein A8 (S100A8) in serum and tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in diagnosing SAE and predicting its prognosis. METHODS: Data of septic patients were collected within 24 h after Intensive Care Unit admission from July 2014 to March 2015...
July 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Journal
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June 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Anna Sigurtà, Valeria Terzi, Caroline Regna-Gladin, Roberto Fumagalli
We are reporting a case of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) developed in an unusual clinical scenario without the presence of the most described symptoms. PRES is a neurological and radiological syndrome described in many different clinical conditions. In children it has been mostly reported in association with hematological and renal disorders.Our patient was a 15 years old boy, admitted to our intensive care unit for pancreatitis after blunt abdominal trauma.During the stay in the intensive care unit, he underwent multiple abdominal surgical interventions for pancreatitis complications...
May 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
O V Fesenko, A I Sinopal'nikov, V V Filatov, S V Danishevsky, E A Styrt
Septic encephalopathy is a form of general cerebral dysfunction caused by a systemic inflammatory reaction. Its investigation encounters enormous difficulties for the lack of reliable biological markers of neuronal lesions and methods for the evaluation of consciousness in severely ill patients. Hence, the importance of correct clinical interpretation of the character and magnitude of CNS activity. Examples are presented demonstrating the difficulty of interpreting disorders in CNS activity associated with evere community-acquired pneumonia...
2016: Klinicheskaia Meditsina
Chinmaya Kumar Bal, Ripu Daman, Vikram Bhatia
AIM: To determine the predictors of 50 d in-hospital mortality in decompensated cirrhosis patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP). METHODS: Two hundred and eighteen patients admitted to an intensive care unit in a tertiary care hospital between June 2013 and June 2014 with the diagnosis of SBP (during hospitalization) and cirrhosis were retrospectively analysed. SBP was diagnosed by abdominal paracentesis in the presence of polymorphonuclear cell count ≥ 250 cells/mm(3) in the peritoneal fluid...
April 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Tsukasa Tanaka, Azusa Maruyama, Hiroaki Nagase
Infection, whether viral or bacterial, can result in various forms of brain dysfunction (encephalopathy). Septic encephalopathy (SE) is caused by an excessive immune reaction to infection, with clinical features including disturbed consciousness and seizures. Acute encephalopathy with biphasic seizures and late reduced diffusion (AESD) is usually accompanied by viral infection in children and is characterized by biphasic seizures and impaired consciousness. The initial neurologic symptom of AESD is typically a febrile seizure that frequently lasts longer than 30 minutes...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Ryosuke Tsuruta, Yasutaka Oda
The term sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) has been applied to animal models, postmortem studies in patients, and severe cases of sepsis. SAE is considered to include all types of brain dysfunction, including delirium, coma, seizure, and focal neurological signs. Clinical data for sepsis-associated delirium (SAD) have been accumulating since the establishment of definitions of coma or delirium and the introduction of validated screening tools. Some preliminary studies have examined the etiology of SAD...
2016: Journal of Intensive Care
Sara Campos, Dário Gomes, Carlos Sofia
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatic hydrothorax is a rare complication of portal hypertension, but may be potentially severe. Although conservative therapy may be effective, it is not without risk and refractory cases are not rare. The portal decompression achieved by transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) has shown positive results in the treatment of refractory ascites, and in that sense, the analysis of their value in other complications of portal hypertension becomes relevant...
June 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Cheng-Xiang Lu, Ting Qiu, Hua-Sheng Tong, Zhi-Feng Liu, Lei Su, Biao Cheng
Septic encephalopathy (SE) is a diffuse cerebral dysfunction resulting from a systemic inflammatory response, and is associated with an increased risk of mortality. The pathogenesis of SE is complex and multifactorial, but unregulated immune imbalance may be an important factor. The current retrospective study examined the clinical data of 86 patients with severe sepsis who were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Zhongshan Hospital, Xiamen University (Xiamen, China) from January, 2014 to January, 2015. The patients were assigned to SE and non-SE patient groups according to the presence or absence of SE...
March 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Aravinthan Varatharaj, Ian Galea
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) plays a key role in maintaining the specialized microenvironment of the central nervous system (CNS), and enabling communication with the systemic compartment. BBB changes occur in several CNS pathologies. Here, we review disruptive and non-disruptive BBB changes in systemic infections and other forms of systemic inflammation, and how these changes may affect CNS function in health and disease. We first describe the structure and function of the BBB, and outline the techniques used to study the BBB in vitro, and in animal and human settings...
March 16, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
H J Heppner, F Yapan, A Wiedemann
Due to the demographic shift, increasing numbers of geriatric patients are admitted to acute care hospitals of all levels of care. This means that special challenges must be met in the medical care and management of these patients.Immunosenescence and multimorbidity make elderly patients vulnerable to infectious diseases. Urinary tract infections range from "simple" cystitis to pyelonephritis and urosepsis and, at 25%, are the second most common form of infection in geriatric patients. It is often difficult to make a diagnosis because typical symptoms do not always occur...
February 2016: Aktuelle Urologie
Pei-Ming Huang, Shuenn-Wen Kuo, Jin-Shing Chen, Jang-Ming Lee
BACKGROUND: The objective was to analyze the outcomes of thoracoscopic mesh repair for hepatic hydrothorax (HH) at our institution during the past 10 years. METHODS: A total of 63 patients with refractory HH who underwent thoracoscopic mesh onlay reinforcement to repair diaphragmatic defects from January 2005 to December 2014 were included in the study. Mesh covering alone was used in 47 patients and mesh with suturing was used in 16 patients. Patient demographics, Child-Pugh class, and model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score were evaluated to predict morbidity and mortality...
May 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yujie Ma, Bin Ouyang, Xiangdong Guan
OBJECTIVE: To observe the quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) characteristics of the patients with septic shock in intensive care unit (ICU), and to find the early presence and severity of septic-associated encephalopathy (SAE) in these patients. METHODS: During November 2014 to August 2015, 26 cases with septic shock were included from the ICU of the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University.During the same period, 14 healthy volunteers were included as control...
January 19, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Emmanuel Canet, Lara Zafrani, Élie Azoulay
Kidney transplantation is the most common solid organ transplantation performed worldwide. Up to 6% of kidney transplant recipients experience a life-threatening complication that requires ICU admission, chiefly in the late posttransplantation period (≥ 6 months). Acute respiratory failure and septic shock are the main reasons for ICU admission. Cardiac pulmonary edema, bacterial pneumonia, acute graft pyelonephritis, and bloodstream infections account for the vast majority of diagnoses in the ICU. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia is the most common opportunistic infection, and one-half of the patients so infected require mechanical ventilation...
June 2016: Chest
Javier Fernández, Carles Aracil, Elsa Solà, Germán Soriano, Maria Cinta Cardona, Susanna Coll, Joan Genescà, Manoli Hombrados, Rosa Morillas, Marta Martín-Llahí, Albert Pardo, Jordi Sánchez, Victor Vargas, Xavier Xiol, Pere Ginès
Cirrhotic patients often develop severe complications requiring ICU admission. Grade III-IV hepatic encephalopathy, septic shock, acute-on-chronic liver failure and variceal bleeding are clinical decompensations that need a specific therapeutic approach in cirrhosis. The increased effectiveness of the treatments currently used in this setting and the spread of liver transplantation programs have substantially improved the prognosis of critically ill cirrhotic patients, which has facilitated their admission to critical care units...
November 2016: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
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