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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381755/meningitis-and-ventriculitis-due-to-nocardia-araoensis-infection
#1
Fumio Yamamoto, Satoshi Yamashita, Hiroyuki Kawano, Tomio Tanigawa, Yosuke Mihara, Toru Gonoi, Yukio Ando
A 73-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with disturbance of consciousness, fever and headache. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis revealed pleocytosis with neutrophil predominance, increased protein and low glucose. CSF and blood cultures yielded negative results. Antibiotics and antituberculous drugs were started for meningitis. An antimycotic was also added. The patient died from transtentorial hernia 99 days after admission. Autopsy revealed meningitis, ventriculitis and brain abscess, and Nocardia araoensis was detected in pus from the left lateral ventricle...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363833/postoperative-neurosurgical-infection-rates-after-shared-resource-intraoperative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-single-center-experience-with-195-cases
#2
Nikolaj Dinevski, Johannes Sarnthein, Flavio Vasella, Jorn Fierstra, Athina Pangalu, David Holzmann, Luca Regli, Oliver Bozinov
OBJECTIVE: To determine the rate of surgical site infections (SSI) in neurosurgical procedures involving a shared-resource intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (ioMRI) scanner at a single institution derived from a prospective clinical quality management database METHODS: All consecutive neurosurgical procedures that were performed with a high-field, two-room ioMRI between April 2013 and June 2016 were included (N=195; 109 craniotomies and 86 endoscopic transsphenoidal procedures)...
March 28, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348798/primary-pyogenic-ventriculitis-caused-by-neisseria-meningitidis-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
Firza Gronthoud, Ibrahim Hassan, Pippa Newton
Background. Pyogenic ventriculitis is a well-known complication of meningitis, brain abscesses and intraventricular drains. Primary pyogenic ventriculitis is a rare entity and few cases have been described so far. We report the first case of primary pyogenic ventriculitis in an adult caused by Neisseria meningitidis and present an overview of all reported adult primary pyogenic ventriculitis cases in the English literature. Methods. A PubMed search was performed using the terms ependymitis, ventricular empyema, pyocephalus and ventriculitis...
January 2017: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327144/computational-medical-imaging-and-hemodynamics-framework-for-functional-analysis-and-assessment-of-cardiovascular-structures
#4
REVIEW
Kelvin K L Wong, Defeng Wang, Jacky K L Ko, Jagannath Mazumdar, Thu-Thao Le, Dhanjoo Ghista
Cardiac dysfunction constitutes common cardiovascular health issues in the society, and has been an investigation topic of strong focus by researchers in the medical imaging community. Diagnostic modalities based on echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, chest radiography and computed tomography are common techniques that provide cardiovascular structural information to diagnose heart defects. However, functional information of cardiovascular flow, which can in fact be used to support the diagnosis of many cardiovascular diseases with a myriad of hemodynamics performance indicators, remains unexplored to its full potential...
March 21, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275563/neonatal-cranial-sonography-ultrasound-findings-in-neonatal-meningitis-a-pictorial-review
#5
REVIEW
Nishant Gupta, Hemal Grover, Itisha Bansal, Kusum Hooda, Joshua M Sapire, Rama Anand, Yogesh Kumar
Neonatal bacterial meningitis is a common manifestation of late onset neonatal sepsis. Cranial sonography (CRS) has a crucial role in assessment of infants with clinical suspicion of bacterial meningitis as well as follows up of its complications. CRS is performed with high frequency transducer through anterior fontanelle in both coronal and sagittal planes. Various sonographic findings range from echogenic and widened sulci, ventriculomegaly, ventriculitis, hydrocephalus, extra-axial fluid collections, cerebritis and brain abscess...
February 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240684/left-ventricular-myocardial-performance-index-in-prehypertensive-patients-with-normal-coronary-arteries
#6
Erdoğan Yaşar, Hakan Taşolar, Nusret Açikgöz
OBJECTIVES: Prehypertension, which may be the precursor of hypertension, is an important public health problem in the community. Myocardial performance index (MPI) is a noninvasive Doppler measurement of global ventricular function. Thus, our aim was to evaluate left ventricule (LV) functions with the MPI in prehypertensive patients with normal coronary artery angiography. PATIENTS AND MATERIALS: Forty prehypertensive patients (21 women and 19 men), with blood pressures between 120/80 and 139/89 mmHg, and 40 normotensive controls (18 women and 22 men), with blood pressures under 120/80 mmHg, were included in the study...
February 24, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219470/comparing-external-ventricular-drains-related-ventriculitis-surveillance-definitions
#7
Maria M Reyes, Satish Munigala, Emily L Church, Tobias B Kulik, Salah G Keyrouz, Gregory J Zipfel, David K Warren
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the agreement between the current National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definition for ventriculitis and others found in the literature among patients with an external ventricular drain (EVD) DESIGN Retrospective cohort study from January 2009 to December 2014 SETTING Neurology and neurosurgery intensive care unit of a large tertiary-care center PATIENTS Patients with an EVD were included. Patients with an infection prior to EVD placement or a permanent ventricular shunt were excluded...
February 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203777/2017-infectious-diseases-society-of-america-s-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-healthcare-associated-ventriculitis-and-meningitis
#8
Allan R Tunkel, Rodrigo Hasbun, Adarsh Bhimraj, Karin Byers, Sheldon L Kaplan, W Michael Scheld, Diederik van de Beek, Thomas P Bleck, Hugh J L Garton, Joseph R Zunt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187809/management-of-bacterial-central-nervous-system-infections
#9
REVIEW
M C Brouwer, D van de Beek
Bacterial infections of the central nervous system present as a medical emergency, thus requiring rapid diagnosis and immediate treatment. The most prevalent bacterial infections seen in the intensive care unit can be summarized as acute bacterial meningitis, subdural empyema, intracerebral abscess, and ventriculitis, which all commonly involve the brain parenchyma. The infections can either be community-acquired or hospital-acquired, e.g., after neurosurgical intervention, as a complication of severe neurotrauma or related to indwelling cerebrospinal fluid drains...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186476/risk-factors-for-surgical-site-infection-following-nonshunt-pediatric-neurosurgery-a-review-of-9296-procedures-from-a-national-database-and-comparison-with-a-single-center-experience
#10
Brandon A Sherrod, Anastasia A Arynchyna, James M Johnston, Curtis J Rozzelle, Jeffrey P Blount, W Jerry Oakes, Brandon G Rocque
OBJECTIVE Surgical site infection (SSI) following CSF shunt operations has been well studied, yet risk factors for nonshunt pediatric neurosurgery are less well understood. The purpose of this study was to determine SSI rates and risk factors following nonshunt pediatric neurosurgery using a nationwide patient cohort and an institutional data set specifically for better understanding SSI. METHODS The authors reviewed the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric (ACS NSQIP-P) database for the years 2012-2014, including all neurosurgical procedures performed on pediatric patients except CSF shunts and hematoma evacuations...
April 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186474/morbidity-associated-with-30-day-surgical-site-infection-following-nonshunt-pediatric-neurosurgery
#11
Brandon A Sherrod, Brandon G Rocque
OBJECTIVE Morbidity associated with surgical site infection (SSI) following nonshunt pediatric neurosurgical procedures is poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to analyze acute morbidity and mortality associated with SSI after nonshunt pediatric neurosurgery using a nationwide cohort. METHODS The authors reviewed data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric (NSQIP-P) 2012-2014 database, including all neurosurgical procedures performed on pediatric patients...
April 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184993/pathogenic-implications-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-barrier-pathology-in-neuromyelitis-optica
#12
Yong Guo, Stephen D Weigand, Bogdan F Popescu, Vanda A Lennon, Joseph E Parisi, Sean J Pittock, Natalie E Parks, Stacey L Clardy, Charles L Howe, Claudia F Lucchinetti
Pathogenic autoantibodies associated with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) induce disease by targeting aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels enriched on astrocytic endfeet at blood-brain interfaces. AQP4 is also expressed at cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-brain interfaces, such as the pial glia limitans and the ependyma and at the choroid plexus blood-CSF barrier. However, little is known regarding pathology at these sites in NMO. Therefore, we evaluated AQP4 expression, microglial reactivity, and complement deposition at pial and ependymal surfaces and in the fourth ventricle choroid plexus in 23 autopsy cases with clinically and/or pathologically confirmed NMO or NMO spectrum disorder...
April 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108855/causes-of-poor-outcome-in-patients-admitted-with-good-grade-subarachnoid-haemorrhage
#13
Vladimír Beneš, Lubomír Jurák, Radim Brabec, Nina Nechanická, Miroslav Šercl, Ladislav Endrych, Pavel Buchvald, Petr Suchomel
BACKGROUND: Surgical risk in patients with unruptured aneurysms is well known. The relative impact of surgery and natural history of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) on patients in good clinical condition (World Federation of Neurological Surgeons [WFNS] grades 1 and 2) is less well quantified. The aim of this study was to determine causes of poor outcome in patients admitted in good grade SAH. METHODS: A retrospective study of prospectively collected data among WFNS-1 and -2 patients: demographics, SAH and aneurysm-related data, surgical complications and outcome as assesed by the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS)...
March 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051982/single-neurosurgeon-operative-experience-at-craig-joint-theater-hospital-during-the-afghanistan-surge-november-2010-to-april-2011-part-ii-humanitarian-cases
#14
John Joseph Steele
BACKGROUND: The Afghanistan Surge saw NATO troops working with their Afghan partners to remove Taliban governance and replace it with a more democratic model. As part of this endeavor, medical support for both trauma and humanitarian cases was needed. OBJECTIVE: Identify and discuss disease trends to better prepare for future combat medical treatments. METHODS: Retrospective review of operative experience from a neurosurgeon from November 2010 to April 2011...
January 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049348/invasive-mrsa-infections-in-neurosurgical-patients-a-decade-of-progress
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Mairéad Skally, Caoimhe Finn, David O'Brien, Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Karen Burns, Elaine McFadden, Margaret Fitzpatrick, Edmond Smyth, Hilary Humphreys
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important cause of bloodstream infection (BSI), which is declining in many countries, including Ireland. However, it also causes other invasive infections, such as meningitis in neurosurgical patients. It is unclear whether the decline in MRSA BSI is reflected in other invasive infections and in specialist units. AIM: To investigate trends in the incidence of MRSA invasive infection in a national neurosurgical centre over a 10-year period...
January 3, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041618/pyogenic-ventriculitis-and-ventricular-empyema-associated-with-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius-in-a-puppy
#16
S A Headley, L G Pretto-Giordano, D F Nóbrega, C S Altrão, L A Villas-Boas, A A Alfieri, A P F R L Bracarense
A 40-day-old male, blue heeler puppy with hindlimb ataxia, nystagmus, apathy, motor incoordination and hyperaesthesia of the forelimbs died 3 days after the onset of clinical signs. Significant gross findings included cerebellar herniation, cerebral oedema and dilation of the third and right lateral cerebral ventricles due to the accumulation of a purulent exudate. Histopathological examination revealed pyogenic ventriculitis and purulent meningoencephalitis. Pure colonies of a coagulase-positive Staphylococcus were isolated from the purulent cerebral exudate...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024977/external-ventricular-drain-related-infection-in-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#17
Samir Cezimbra Dos Santos, Telmo Tiburcio Fortes Lima, Luciano Werle Lunardi, Marco Antonio Stefani
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to analyze infection rates in patients with spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage who underwent surgical external ventricular drain (EVD) placement. METHODS: This prospective study included 94 consecutive patients who required an EVD for spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage at the Neurosurgery Department of Hospital Cristo Redentor, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. RESULTS: The mean duration of EVD use was 7 days. Overall sample mortality was 45%, and overall infection rate was 36%...
March 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013184/variables-determining-mortality-in-patients-with-acinetobacter-baumannii-meningitis-ventriculitis-treated-with-intrathecal-colistin
#18
MULTICENTER STUDY
Bahadır Ceylan, Ferhat Arslan, Oguz Resat Sipahi, Mustafa Sunbul, Bahar Ormen, İsmail N Hakyemez, Tuba Turunc, Yeşim Yıldız, Hasan Karsen, Gul Karagoz, Recep Tekin, Burcu Hizarci, Vedat Turhan, Sebnem Senol, Nefise Oztoprak, Mesut Yılmaz, Kevser Ozdemir, Sinan Mermer, Omer F Kokoglu, Ali Mert
AIM: To examine the variables associated with mortality in patients with Acinetobacter baumannii-related central nervous system infections treated with intrathecal colistin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This multi-centre retrospective case control study included patients from 11 centres in Turkey, as well as cases found during a literature review. Only patients with CNS infections caused by multidrug-resistant or extensively drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii treated with intrathecal colistin were included in this study...
February 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012890/a-simple-infection-control-protocol-durably-reduces-external-ventricular-drain-infections-to-near-zero-levels
#19
Alexander C Flint, Shahed Toossi, Sheila L Chan, Vivek A Rao, William Sheridan
OBJECTIVE: External ventricular drains (EVDs) historically have a high rate of infection, and EVD infections are a cause of significant morbidity and mortality. We have shown previously that a simple infection control protocol reduced the rate of EVD infections during a 3-year period, and the present study examines whether infection rates were durably reduced over an additional 4 years. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of EVDs placed in the intensive care unit of a tertiary neurosurgical center over an additional 4 year follow-up period...
March 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004332/clinical-and-laboratory-characteristics-for-the-diagnosis-of-bacterial-ventriculitis-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#20
J Hoogmoed, D van de Beek, B A Coert, J Horn, W P Vandertop, D Verbaan
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of nosocomial bacterial ventriculitis in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can be challenging. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study on the diagnostic accuracy of clinical and laboratory characteristics for the diagnosis of bacterial ventriculitis in 209 consecutive patients with an aneurysmal SAH admitted in a tertiary referral center from 2008 to 2010. Diagnostic value of clinical characteristics and inflammatory indexes in CSF and blood were determined for three diagnostic categories: (1) no suspicion for bacterial ventriculitis; (2) clinical suspicion for bacterial ventriculitis, defined as initiation of empirical antibiotic treatment for ventriculitis, but negative CSF cultures; and (3) CSF culture-positive bacterial ventriculitis...
December 21, 2016: Neurocritical Care
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