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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742869/ultrasound-non-invasive-measurement-of-intracranial-pressure-in-neurointensive-care-a-prospective-observational-study
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Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Joseph Donnelly, Andrea Lavinio, Arun Gupta, David K Menon, Peter J A Hutchinson, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: The invasive nature of the current methods for monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) has prevented their use in many clinical situations. Several attempts have been made to develop methods to monitor ICP non-invasively. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between ultrasound-based non-invasive ICP (nICP) and invasive ICP measurement in neurocritical care patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective, single-cohort observational study of patients admitted to a tertiary neurocritical care unit...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741220/independent-impact-of-plasma-homocysteine-levels-on-neurological-outcome-following-head-injury
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Sivashanmugam Dhandapani, Ankur Bajaj, Chandrasekar Gendle, Inderjeet Saini, Irwanjeet Kaur, Isha Chaudhary, Jasandeep, Jaspinder Kaur, Geetanjali Kalyan, Manju Dhandapani, Sunil K Gupta
Homocysteine (tHcy) has been hardly studied among patients with head injury. This study was to evaluate whether there is any independent impact of tHcy levels on neurological outcome following head injury in a multivariate model. Patients admitted within 24 h of injury were included in the study, along with 20 age- and gender-matched controls. Plasma levels of tHcy were measured at admission using direct immunoassay. All the variables were analyzed with respect to tHcy levels and outcome according to Glasgow Outcome Score (GOS) at 3 months...
July 24, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739474/traumatic-subaxial-cervical-facet-subluxation-and-dislocation-epidemiology-radiographic-analyses-and-risk-factors-for-spinal-cord-injury
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Ryan D Quarrington, Claire F Jones, Petar Tcherveniakov, Jillian M Clark, Simon J I Sandler, Yu Chao Lee, Shabnam Torabiardakani, John J Costi, Brian J C Freeman
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Distractive-flexion injuries (DFIs) of the subaxial cervical spine are major contributors to spinal cord injury (SCI). Prompt assessment and early intervention of DFIs associated with SCI is crucial to optimize patient outcome; however, neurological examination of patients with subaxial cervical injury is often difficult, as patients commonly present with reduced levels of consciousness. Therefore, it is important to establish potential associations between injury epidemiology and radiographic features, and neurological involvement...
July 21, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739290/implementation-of-the-canadian-ct-head-rule-and-its-association-with-use-of-computed-tomography-among-patients-with-head-injury
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Adam L Sharp, Brian Z Huang, Tania Tang, Ernest Shen, Edward R Melnick, Arjun K Venkatesh, Michael H Kanter, Michael K Gould
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Approximately 1 in 3 computed tomography (CT) scans performed for head injury may be avoidable. We evaluate the association of implementation of the Canadian CT Head Rule on head CT imaging in community emergency departments (EDs). METHODS: We conducted an interrupted time-series analysis of encounters from January 2014 to December 2015 in 13 Southern California EDs. Adult health plan members with a trauma diagnosis and Glasgow Coma Scale score at ED triage were included...
July 21, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738952/medication-errors-in-injured-patients
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Scott C Dolejs, Christopher F Janowak, Ben L Zarzaur
Trauma patients are vulnerable to medication error given multiple handoffs throughout the hospital. The purpose of this study was to assess trends in medication errors in trauma patients and the role these errors play in patient outcomes. Injured adults admitted from 2009 to 2015 to a Level I trauma center were included. Medication errors were determined based on a nurse-driven, validated, and prospectively maintained database. Multivariable logistic regression modeling was used to control for differences between groups...
July 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738936/favorable-outcomes-in-blunt-chest-injury-with-noninvasive-bi-level-positive-airway-pressure-ventilation
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Pascal Udekwu, Sahill Patel, Meagan Farrell, Rhonda Vincent
Recent clinical research in patients with blunt chest injury has focused on the benefits of surgical fixation of rib fractures. Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has been demonstrated to prevent the need for intubation and ventilation in posttraumatic respiratory failure. The preemptive use of NIV in patients with rib fractures has not been extensively studied. Our study evaluated the outcomes of patients with ≥3 rib fractures and hospitalized for ≥ 4 days. Seventy-one patients treated with NIV were compared with 270 patients without NIV...
July 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738126/comparing-plasma-phospho-tau-total-tau-and-phospho-tau-total-tau-ratio-as-acute-and-chronic-traumatic-brain-injury-biomarkers
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Richard Rubenstein, Binggong Chang, John K Yue, Allen Chiu, Ethan A Winkler, Ava M Puccio, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Esther L Yuh, Pratik Mukherjee, Alex B Valadka, Wayne A Gordon, David O Okonkwo, Peter Davies, Sanjeev Agarwal, Fan Lin, George Sarkis, Hamad Yadikar, Zhihui Yang, Geoffrey T Manley, Kevin K W Wang, Shelly R Cooper, Kristen Dams-O'Connor, Allison J Borrasso, Tomoo Inoue, Andrew I R Maas, David K Menon, David M Schnyer, Mary J Vassar
Importance: Annually in the United States, at least 3.5 million people seek medical attention for traumatic brain injury (TBI). The development of therapies for TBI is limited by the absence of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers. Microtubule-associated protein tau is an axonal phosphoprotein. To date, the presence of the hypophosphorylated tau protein (P-tau) in plasma from patients with acute TBI and chronic TBI has not been investigated. Objective: To examine the associations between plasma P-tau and total-tau (T-tau) levels and injury presence, severity, type of pathoanatomic lesion (neuroimaging), and patient outcomes in acute and chronic TBI...
July 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736910/longitudinal-mr-spectroscopy-shows-altered-metabolism-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Andrew A Maudsley, Varan Govind, Gaurav Saigal, Stuart G Gold, Leo Harris, Sulaiman Sheriff
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain trauma is known to result in heterogeneous patterns of tissue damage and altered neuronal and glial metabolism that evolve over time following injury; however, little is known on the longitudinal evolution of these changes. In this study, magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) was used to map the distributions of altered metabolism in a single subject at five time points over a period of 28 months following injury. METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging and volumetric MRSI data were acquired in a subject that had experienced a moderate traumatic brain injury (Glasgow Coma Scale 13) at five time points, from 7 weeks to 28 months after injury...
July 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732652/correlation-of-tenascin-c-concentrations-in-serum-with-outcome-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-humans
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Yuan-Yuan Zhao, Lin Lou, Kai-Chuang Yang, Hai-Bo Wang, Yan Xu, Gang Lu, Hai-Yan He
BACKGROUND: Tenascin-C, a matricellular protein, is involved in brain injury. However, change of tenascin-C concentrations in peripheral blood remains unknown after traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Serum tenascin-C concentrations were measured in 100 healthy controls, 108 severe TBI patients, 79 moderate TBI patients and 32 mild TBI patients. RESULTS: Serum tenascin-C concentrations of patients were significantly higher than those of controls...
July 18, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730555/intermittent-versus-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-acute-methanol-poisoning-comparison-of-clinical-effectiveness-in-mass-poisoning-outbreaks
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Sergey Zakharov, Jan Rulisek, Olga Nurieva, Katerina Kotikova, Tomas Navratil, Martin Komarc, Daniela Pelclova, Knut Erik Hovda
BACKGROUND: Intermittent hemodialysis (IHD) is the modality of choice in the extracorporeal treatment (ECTR) of acute methanol poisoning. However, the comparative clinical effectiveness of intermittent versus continuous modalities (CRRT) is unknown. During an outbreak of mass methanol poisoning, we therefore studied the effect of IHD versus CRRT on mortality and the prevalence of visual/central nervous system (CNS) sequelae in survivors. METHODS: The study was designed as prospective observational cohort study...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726590/a-method-of-managing-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-absence-of-intracranial-pressure-monitoring-the-ice-protocol
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Randall Chesnut, Nancy Temkin, Sureyya Dikmen, Carlos Rondina, Walter Videtta, Gustavo Petroni, Silvia Lujan, Victor Alanis, Antonio Luis Eiras Falcao, Gustavo La Fuente, Luis Gonzalez, Manuel Jibaja, Arturo Lavendez, Freddy Sandi Lora, Roberto Merida, Ricardo Romero, James Pridgeon, Jason Barber, Joan Machamer, Kelley Chaddock
Purpose - The imaging- and clinical-examination (ICE) algorithm used in the BEST TRIP ICP randomized controlled trial is the only prospectively investigated clinical protocol for TBI management without ICP monitoring. As the default literature standard, it warrants careful evaluation. Methods - We present the ICE protocol in detail and analyse the demographics, outcome, treatment intensity, frequency of intervention usage, and related adverse events in the ICE-protocol cohort. Results - The 167 ICE protocol patients were young (median 29 years) with a median Glasgow Coma Scale motor score of 4 but with anisocoria or abnormal pupillary reactivity in 40%...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724361/serum-melatonin-levels-in-survivor-and-non-survivor-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Leonardo Lorente, María M Martín, Pedro Abreu-González, Antonia Pérez-Cejas, Luis Ramos, Mónica Argueso, Jordi Solé-Violán, Juan J Cáceres, Alejandro Jiménez, Victor García-Marín
BACKGROUND: Circulating levels of melatonin in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been determined in a little number of studies with small sample size (highest sample size of 37 patients) and only were reported the comparison of serum melatonin levels between TBI patients and healthy controls. As to we know, the possible association between circulating levels of melatonin levels and mortality of patients with TBI have not been explored; thus, the objective of our current study was to determine whether this association actually exists...
July 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724360/injury-of-ascending-reticular-activating-system-associated-with-delayed-post-hypoxic-leukoencephalopathy-a-case-report
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Sung Ho Jang, Hyeok Gyu Kwon
BACKGROUND: Delayed post-hypoxic leukoencephalopathy (DPHL) is a demyelinating syndrome characterized by neurological relapse after an initial recovery from hypoxic brain injury. We describe a patient with impaired consciousness following DPHL, concurrent with injury of the ascending reticular activating system (ARAS) shown using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). CASE PRESENTATION: A 50-year-old male patient was in a drowsy mental state after exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) for about ten hours...
July 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724200/effect-of-memantine-on-serum-levels-of-neuron-specific-enolase-and-on-the-glasgow-coma-scale-in-patients-with-moderate-traumatic-brain-injury
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Majid Mokhtari, Hossein Nayeb-Aghaei, Mehran Kouchek, Mir Mohammad Miri, Reza Goharani, Arash Amoozandeh, Sina Akhavan Salamat, Mohammad Sistanizad
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and death globally. Despite significant progress in neuromonitoring and neuroprotection, pharmacological interventions have failed to generate favorable results. We examined the effect of memantine on serum levels of neuron-specific enolase (NSE), a marker of neuronal damage, and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in patients with moderate TBI. Patients were randomly assigned to the control group (who received standard TBI management) and the treatment group (who, alongside their standard management, received enteral memantine 30 mg twice daily for 7 days)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723915/key-findings-from-a-prospective-trauma-registry-at-a-regional-hospital-in-southwest-cameroon
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Alain Chichom-Mefire, Obieze C Nwanna-Nzewunwa, Vincent Verla Siysi, Isabelle Feldhaus, Rochelle Dicker, Catherine Juillard
INTRODUCTION: Trauma is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Data characterizing the burden of trauma in Cameroon is limited. Regular, prospective injury surveillance can address the shortcomings of existing hospital administrative logs and medical records. This study aims to characterize trauma as seen at the emergency department (ED) of Limbe Regional Hospital (LRH) and assess the completeness of data obtained by a trauma registry. METHODS AND FINDINGS: From January 2008 to October 2013, we prospectively captured data on injured patients using a strategically designed, context-relevant trauma registry instrument...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721570/task-shifting-the-use-of-laypersons-for-acquisition-of-vital-signs-data-for-clinical-decision-making-in-the-emergency-room-following-traumatic-injury
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Bryce E Haac, Jared R Gallaher, Charles Mabedi, Andrew J Geyer, Anthony G Charles
IMPORTANCE: In resource-limited settings, identification of successful and sustainable task-shifting interventions is important for improving care. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the training of lay people to take vital signs as trauma clerks is an effective and sustainable method to increase availability of vital signs in the initial evaluation of trauma patients. DESIGN: We conducted a quasi-experimental study of patients presenting with traumatic injury pre- and post-intervention...
July 18, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719478/a-review-of-nonfatal-drowning-in-the-pediatric-age-group-a-10-year-experience-at-a-university-hospital-in-saudi-arabia
#17
Faisal O Al-Qurashi, Abdullah A Yousef, Abdullah Aljoudi, Saleh M Alzahrani, Nasser Y Al-Jawder, Abdulrahman K Al-Ahmar, Mosab S Al-Majed, Hussam M Abouollo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nonfatal drowning experience, risk factors, intrahospital assessment and postincidental outcomes for children admitted to King Fahd Hospital of the University, AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia, over a 10-year period. METHODS: Children up to the age of 14 years who were admitted with the diagnosis of nonfatal drowning from July 2005 to June 2015 were included. Data regarding demographics, timing, season and location of drowning, presence of an assigned lifeguard, duration of submersion and transport to hospital, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, initial Glasgow Coma Scale, temperature, pH, blood sugar level, total hospital stay, and discharge status were extrapolated, and their effects on the patient's outcome analyzed...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717095/encephalopathy-associated-with-influenza-b-in-a-healthy-young-man
#18
Masaki Shimamoto, Satoshi Okada, Takeshi Terashima
A 19-year-old man presented with a fever, convulsions, and loss of consciousness at our hospital. The patient had a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 12. Influenza B virus infection was diagnosed using the rapid test kit, and an eight-fold increase in the serum levels of anti-influenza B virus antibody was confirmed using the complement fixation test. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed multifocal high-signal lesions, and an electroencephalogram showed diffuse slowing of the background activity, indicating acute encephalopathy...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715363/decompressive-craniectomy-vs-craniotomy-only-for-intracranial-hemorrhage-evacuation-a-propensity-matched-study
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Faisal Jehan, Asad Azim, Peter Rhee, Muhammad Khan, Lynn Gries, Terence OʼKeeffe, Narong Kulvatunyou, Andrew Tang, Bellal Joseph
BACKGROUND: Decompressive craniectomy (DC) is often performed in conjunction with evacuation of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) to control intracranial pressure (ICP) in patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The efficacy of DC in lowering ICP is well established, however, its effect on clinical outcomes remains controversial. The aim of our study is to assess outcomes in TBI patients undergoing decompressive craniectomy (DC) vs. craniotomy only (CO) for the evacuation of intracranial hemorrhage...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713626/recurrent-hemorrhage-in-hemangioblastoma-involving-the-posterior-fossa-case-report
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Eric Marvin, Asad S Akhter, Jeroen R Coppens
BACKGROUND: Hemangioblastomas (HGBs) are the most common primary intra-axial posterior fossa tumor in adults. Although spontaneous hemorrhage of these tumors is exceedingly rare, despite their vascular nature, we describe a case of recurrent hemorrhage with associated tonsillar herniation, and demonstrate that a surgical approach can provide a suitable outcome. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 54-year-old female with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome presented with acute loss of consciousness and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was 4...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
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