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Khaled Dajani, Mohammed Almualim, Akshay Menon, Jacqueline Volpi-Abadie, Kierstin Lund
OBJECTIVES: Management of pediatric patients with neurological diagnoses can be challenging for anesthesiologists. We sought to determine whether preexisting neurologic disease could serve as an intrinsic risk factor for prolonged emergence. METHODS: Following institutional review board approval, we conducted a database search from 2012 to 2015. Included were patients aged 0 to 18 years undergoing ambulatory procedures, and carrying neurological diagnoses that profoundly affected their development...
March 2018: Southern Medical Journal
Lena M Napolitano, Venkatakrishna Rajajee, Kyle J Gunnerson, Michael D Maile, Michael Quasney, Robert C Hyzy
Critical care fellowship training in the United States differs based on specific specialty, and includes medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics, emergency medicine and neurocritical care training pathways. We provide an update regarding the number and growth of U.S. critical care fellowship training programs, on-duty residents and certified diplomates, and review the different critical care physician training pathways available to residents interested in pursuing a fellowship in critical care. Data were obtained from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and specialty boards [American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Surgery (ABS), American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)] and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) for the last 16 years (2001-2017)...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
M Welborn, S Farrell, P Knott, E Mayekar, S Mardjetko
Purpose: Little is known about the natural history of spinal deformities in Coffin-Lowry syndrome (CLS). Our goal was to evaluate the spinal deformity progression and clinical impact. Methods: In this institutional review board-approved study, we performed a multinational retrospective review of six male CLS patients, aged 13 to 22 years at final follow-up, for a mean of 7.25 years (3 to 13). Results: All showed delayed skeletal maturity. Three had calcifications of their lower cervical ligamentum flavum, all experienced neural axis abnormalities, including lower extremity weakness, numbness and tingling and in one, quadriparesis...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Maya A Babu, Linda M Liau, E Sander Connolly, Fredric B Meyer
Assuring clinical competence throughout the career of a neurosurgeon is of paramount importance for patient safety. We present the first comprehensive survey of all neurosurgeons board certified through the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) to evaluate perceptions of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). We administered a validated, online, confidential survey to 4899 neurosurgeons (2435 ABNS diplomates participating in MOC, 1440 diplomates certified prior to 1999 [time-unlimited certificates], and 1024 retired diplomates)...
February 9, 2018: Neurosurgery
Anna M Johnson, Sara B Jones, Pamela W Duncan, Cheryl D Bushnell, Sylvia W Coleman, Laurie H Mettam, Anna M Kucharska-Newton, Mysha E Sissine, Wayne D Rosamond
BACKGROUND: Pragmatic randomized clinical trials are essential to determine the effectiveness of interventions in "real-world" clinical practice. These trials frequently use a cluster-randomized methodology, with randomization at the site level. Despite policymakers' increased interest in supporting pragmatic randomized clinical trials, no studies to date have reported on the unique recruitment challenges faced by cluster-randomized pragmatic trials. We investigated key challenges and successful strategies for hospital recruitment in the Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) study...
January 26, 2018: Trials
Jason R Fredriksen, Carrie M Carr, Kelly K Koeller, Jared T Verdoorn, Avi Gadoth, Sean J Pittock, Amy L Kotsenas
PURPOSE: Glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65) has been implicated in a number of autoimmune-associated neurologic syndromes, including autoimmune epilepsy. This study categorizes the spectrum of MRI findings in patients with a clinical diagnosis of autoimmune epilepsy and elevated serum GAD65 autoantibodies. METHODS: An institutional database search identified patients with elevated serum GAD65 antibodies and a clinical diagnosis of autoimmune epilepsy who had undergone brain MRI...
March 2018: Neuroradiology
Priatharisiny Velayutham, Alexandria L Irace, Kosuke Kawai, Pamela Dodrill, Jennifer Perez, Monica Londahl, Lauren Mundy, Natasha D Dombrowski, Reza Rahbar
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of silent aspiration in pediatric patients and identify which diagnoses may be associated with this finding. METHODS: An institutional review board-approved retrospective review was conducted for all patients under the age of 18 who underwent modified barium swallow (MBS) studies at a tertiary children's hospital in 2015. Speech-language pathologists reviewed MBS studies to identify aspiration/silent aspiration on each fluid consistency tested...
December 27, 2017: Laryngoscope
Wenjie Wu, Jingtong Lyu, Xun Liu, Fei Luo, TianYong Hou, Qiang Zhou, Zhilin Li, Yuan Chen, Li Tao Li, Yonghong Zheng, Gaoju Wang, Jianzhong Xu, Zehua Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present multicenter, retrospective study was to assess the safety and effectiveness of different surgery strategies for the treatment of thoracic tuberculosis and to provide a reference for surgical treatment of thoracic tuberculosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study reviewed 394 patients with thoracic tuberculosis who were treated in 6 institutions between January 2000 and January 2015. There were 208 men and 186 women with an average age of 34...
February 2018: World Neurosurgery
Gautam Nayar, Daniel J Blizzard, Timothy Y Wang, Steven Cook, Adam G Back, David Vincent, Isaac O Karikari
OBJECTIVE A previous study found that ultra-low radiation imaging (ULRI) with image enhancement significantly decreases radiation exposure by roughly 75% for both the patient and operating room personnel during minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) (p < 0.001). However, no clinical data exist on whether this imaging modality negatively impacts patient outcomes. Thus, the goal of this randomized controlled trial was to assess pedicle screw placement accuracy with ULRI with image enhancement compared with conventional, standard-dose fluoroscopy for patients undergoing single-level MIS-TLIF...
February 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Carlos A Medina, Lydia A Fein, Christopher J Salgado
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: For transgender men (TGM), gender-affirmation surgery (GAS) is often the final stage of their gender transition. GAS involves creating a neophallus, typically using tissue remote from the genital region, such as radial forearm free-flap phalloplasty. Essential to this process is vaginectomy. Complexity of vaginal fascial attachments, atrophy due to testosterone use, and need to preserve integrity of the vaginal epithelium for tissue rearrangement add to the intricacy of the procedure during GAS...
November 29, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
Ka-Chi Cheung, Vikki Wai-Kee Lau, Ka-Chun Un, Man-Sheung Wong, Kwok-Ying Chan
BACKGROUND: Advanced neurology diseases including motor neuron disease (MND) are usually progressive life-limiting illness and could be devastating for patients, families and caregivers. Although medical technologies, such as enteral feeding and non-invasive ventilation, may prolong life expectancy of the patients, their utilization prompts important ethical questions in regard to their quality of life (QoL). Little attention had been paid on how ACP practice would practically help with patients suffering from different neurology diseases...
October 13, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
Maya A Babu, Linda M Liau, Robert J Spinner, Fredric B Meyer
OBJECTIVE: To present the first wide-scale survey to assess perceptions of testing the aging neurosurgeon. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 4899 neurosurgeons, 2435 American Board of Neurological Surgery Diplomates participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC), 1440 Diplomates certified before 1999 (grandfathered), and 1024 retired Diplomates. We developed an online confidential survey conducted from March 1, 2016, to May 31, 2016. We received 1449 responses overall (30% response rate)...
December 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Gulam Khandaker, Nguyen Van Bang, Trịnh Quang Dũng, Nguyen Thi Huong Giang, Cao Minh Chau, Nguyen Thi Van Anh, Nguyen Van Thuong, Nadia Badawi, Elizabeth J Elliott
INTRODUCTION: The epidemiology, pathogenesis, management and outcomes of cerebral palsy (CP) in low-income and middle-income countries including Vietnam are unknown because of the lack of mechanisms for standardised collection of data. In this paper, we outline the protocol for developing a hospital-based surveillance system modelled on the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) system in Australia. Using PAEDS-Vietnam we will define the aetiology, motor function and its severity, associated impairments, and nutritional and rehabilitation status of children with CP in Hanoi, Vietnam...
November 9, 2017: BMJ Open
Joanne Baerg, Arul Thirumoorthi, Rajaie Hazboun, Rosemary Vannix, Paul Krafft, Alexander Zouros
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to compare the cervical spine (c-spine) pattern of injury and outcomes in children below 3 y with a head injury from confirmed inflicted versus accidental trauma. METHODS: After Institutional Review Board approval, data were prospectively collected between July 2011 and January 2016. Inclusion criteria were age below 3 y, a loss of consciousness, and any one of the following initial head computed tomography (CT) findings (subdural hematoma, intraventricular, intraparenchymal, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or cerebral edema)...
November 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
Werner Poewe
Werner Poewe speaks to Laura Dormer, Editorial Director: Professor Werner Poewe is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Department of Neurology at Innsbruck Medical University in Innsbruck, Austria. He held a Residency in Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from 1977 to 1984. From 1984 to 1985 he teamed up with Gerald Stern and Andrew Lees as a British Council Research Fellow at University College and Middlesex Hospital's Medical School in London to perform clinical studies into levodopa-induced dystonia and pharmacokinetics of levodopa in naive versus L-Dopa treated Parkinson's disease...
October 18, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
Alex Koziarz, Niv Sne, Fraser Kegel, Waleed Alhazzani, Siddharth Nath, Jetan H Badhiwala, Timothy Rice, Paul Engels, Faidi Samir, Andrew Healey, Kamyar Kahnamoui, Laura Banfield, Sunjay Sharma, Kesava Reddy, Gregory W J Hawryluk, Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Saleh A Almenawer
INTRODUCTION: Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) is a significant neurological issue that may lead to permanent neurological sequelae. When evaluating patients with traumatic brain injury, it is crucial to identify those with high ICP in order to expedite ICP lowering measures and maintain adequate cerebral perfusion. Several measures are used to recognise patients with increased ICP including CT scan, MRI, ICP monitor, and lumbar puncture (LP). However, these tests can be invasive, associated with radiation exposure, contraindicated, or not readily available...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
Hugues Duffau
Hugues Duffau is a Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department in the Montpellier University Medical Center and Head of the INSERM 1051 Team "plasticity of the central nervous system, human stem cells and glial tumors" at the Institute for Neurosciences of Montpellier (France). He is an expert in the awake cognitive neurosurgery of slow-growing brain tumors, such as low-grade gliomas, a routine which he has developed since 20 years. His fundamental approach is centered on the concepts of the brain connectomics and neuroplasticity, breaking with the traditional localizationist view of cerebral processing...
July 18, 2017: CNS Oncology
Duncan B Clark, Celia B Fisher, Susan Bookheimer, Sandra A Brown, John H Evans, Christian Hopfer, James Hudziak, Ivan Montoya, Margaret Murray, Adolf Pfefferbaum, Deborah Yurgelun-Todd
Observational neuroimaging studies with children and adolescents may identify neurological anomalies and other clinically relevant findings. Planning for the management of this information involves ethical considerations that may influence informed consent, confidentiality, and communication with participants about assessment results. Biomedical ethics principles include respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Each project presents unique challenges. The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development study (ABCD) collaborators have systematically developed recommendations with written guidelines for identifying and responding to potential risks that adhere to biomedical ethics principles...
June 28, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Benjamin Gory, Laure Huot, Roberto Riva, Paul E Labeyrie, Olivier Levrier, Ariel Lebedinsky, Hervé Brunel, Jean-Yves Gauvrit, Raphael Blanc, Emmanuel Chabert, Laurent Derex, Evelyne Emery, Arnaud Nicolas, Hubert Desal, Georges Rodesch, Francis Turjman
Background and purpose No series reported the mid-term results of Trufill DCS Orbit and Orbit Galaxy detachable coils with independent evaluation. We present the one-year safety and efficacy of these coils in real-life routine clinical practice. Methods A total of 167 patients with 167 aneurysms (39.1% ruptured) were enrolled in the prospective TRULINE study. The primary endpoint was the safety, assessed by the combined morbidity-mortality rate observed since the time of the procedure and up to one-year follow-up...
October 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
David Boyce-Fappiano, Erinma Elibe, Bo Zhao, M Salim Siddiqui, Ian Lee, Jack Rock, Samuel Ryu, Farzan Siddiqui
PURPOSE: To determine the potential benefits and adverse effects associated with reirradiating the spinal cord when at least 1 course of radiation therapy (RT) is stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). METHODS AND MATERIALS: This institutional review board-approved retrospective review included 162 patients (237 reirradiated spine lesions). All patients received SRS at our institution between 2001 and 2013. Electronic medical records were reviewed for clinical exams and radiologic tests (computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging)...
November 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
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