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Multimodal brain monitor

Eva Ceskova, Petr Silhan
In spite of tremendous development in central nervous system research, current treatment is suboptimal, especially in severe mental disorders. In medicine, there are two main methods of improving the health care provided: seeking new treatment procedures and perfecting (optimizing) the existing ones. Optimization of treatment includes not only practical tools such as therapeutic drug monitoring but also implementation of general trends in the clinical practice. New pharmacological options include new more sophisticated forms of monoaminergic drugs, old drugs rediscovered on the base of a better understanding of pathophysiology of mental illnesses, and drugs aimed at new treatment targets...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Gladstone C McDowell, Joseph Winchell
OBJECTIVES: The majority of patients seeking medical care for chronic pain consult a primary care physician (PCP). Because systemic opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with chronic pain, PCPs are attempting to balance the competing priorities of providing adequate pain relief while reducing risks for opioid misuse and overdose. It is important for PCPs to be aware of pain management strategies other than systemic opioid dose escalation when patients with chronic pain fail to respond to conservative therapies and to initiate a multimodal treatment plan...
March 15, 2018: Postgraduate Medicine
Vasilije Stambolija, Martina Miklić Bublić, Marin Lozić, Jakob Nemir, Miroslav Ščap
Background: Low brain tissue oxygen tension (PbtO2 ), or brain hypoxia, is an independent predictor of poor outcome. Increasing inspirational fraction of oxygen could have a significant influence on treating lower PbtO2 . Combined PbtO2 therapy, compared to the approach that focus only on regulation of cerebral perfusion pressure and intracranial pressure, shows better patient outcomes. Monitoring of PbtO2 could be helpful in individualizing treatment, preventing or limiting secondary brain injury, and maintaining better patient outcome...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Adam M H Young, Joseph Donnelly, Xiuyun Liu, Mathew R Guilfoyle, Melvin Carew, Manuel Cabeleira, Danilo Cardim, Matthew R Garnett, Helen M Fernandes, Christina Haubrich, Peter Smielewski, Marek Czosnyka, Peter J Hutchinson, Shruti Agrawal
OBJECTIVE: Computed tomography (CT) of the brain can allow rapid assessment of intracranial pathology after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Frequently in paediatric TBI, CT imaging can fail to display the classical features of severe brain injury with raised intracranial pressure. The objective of this study was to determine early CT brain features that influence intracranial or systemic physiological trends following paediatric TBI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-three patients (mean age, 10 years; range, 0...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Ying Chen, Weihai Xu, Lijuan Wang, Xiaoming Yin, Jie Cao, Fang Deng, Yingqi Xing, Jiachun Feng
BACKGROUND: Neurological deterioration after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is thought to be closely related to increased intracranial pressure (ICP), decreased cerebral blood flow (CBF), and brain metabolism. Transcranial Doppler (TCD) is increasingly used as an indirect measure of ICP, and quantitative EEG (QEEG) can reflect the coupling of CBF and metabolism. We aimed to combine TCD and QEEG to comprehensively assess brain function after ICH and provide prognostic diagnosis. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients with severe acute supratentorial (SAS)-ICH from June 2015 to December 2016...
February 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Sonny Thiara, Donald E Griesdale, William R Henderson, Mypinder S Sekhon
BACKGROUND: Increased cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP)>70 mmHg has been associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Since this reported association, significant changes in ventilation strategies and fluid management have been accepted as routine critical care. Recently, individualized perfusion targets using autoregulation monitoring suggest CPP titration>70 mmHg. Given these clinical advances, the association between ARDS and increased CPP requires further delineation...
February 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Lucia Rivera-Lara, Andres Zorrilla-Vaca, Ryan J Healy, Wendy Ziai, Charles Hogue, Romergryko Geocadin, Batya Radzik, Caitlin Palmisano, Marek A Mirski
OBJECTIVE: Critical care guidelines recommend a single target value for mean arterial blood pressure in critically ill patients. However, growing evidence regarding cerebral autoregulation challenges this concept and supports individualizing mean arterial blood pressure targets to prevent brain and kidney hypo- or hyperperfusion. Regional cerebral oxygen saturation derived from near-infrared spectroscopy is an acceptable surrogate for cerebral blood flow and has been validated to measure cerebral autoregulation...
February 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Maya Harary, Rianne G F Dolmans, William B Gormley
Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is a staple of neurocritical care. The most commonly used current methods of monitoring in the acute setting include fluid-based systems, implantable transducers and Doppler ultrasonography. It is well established that management of elevated ICP is critical for clinical outcomes. However, numerous studies show that current methods of ICP monitoring cannot reliably define the limit of the brain's intrinsic compensatory capacity to manage increases in pressure, which would allow for proactive ICP management...
February 5, 2018: Sensors
Richard Gandee, Chad Miller
Multimodality monitoring provides insights into the critically ill brain-injured patient through the assessment of biochemical, physiological, and electrical data that provides insight into a patient's condition and what strategies may be available to limit further damage and improve the odds for recovery. Modalities utilized include evaluation of intracranial pressure along with cerebral perfusion pressure to determine adequate blood flow; continuous electroencephalography to protect the patient from seizures and to identify early functional manifestations of ischemia and toxicity; transcranial Doppler evaluation for bedside review of circulatory adequacy; tissue oxygen monitoring to establish that brain tissue is receiving adequate oxygen from blood flow; and microdialysis to evaluate the metabolic function of the tissue in areas of concern...
December 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Adriano Barreto Nogueira, Ariel Barreto Nogueira, José Carlos Esteves Veiga, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira
We have recently found that the temperature variability (TV) in the day-night cycle may predict the mean intracranial pressure in the following 24 h (ICP24 ) in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients under multimodality monitoring, sedation, and hypothermia (<35°C). Specifically, we found that ICP24  = 6 (4 - TV) mmHg. TV is the ratio between the coefficient of variation of temperature during the nocturnal and the preceding diurnal periods. This result suggests that the circadian clock reflects brain plasticity mechanisms and its malfunctioning leads to deterioration of the neurologic status...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Asahi Tomitaka, Hamed Arami, Zaohua Huang, Andrea Raymond, Elizette Rodriguez, Yong Cai, Marcelo Febo, Yasushi Takemura, Madhavan Nair
Image-guided drug delivery is an emerging strategy in the field of nanomedicine. The addition of image guidance to a traditional drug delivery system is expected to achieve highly efficient treatment by tracking the drug carriers in the body and monitoring their effective accumulation in the targeted tissues. In this study, we developed multifunctional magneto-plasmonic liposomes (MPLs), a hybrid system combining liposomes and magneto-plasmonic nanoparticles for a triple-modality image-guided drug delivery...
December 21, 2017: Nanoscale
Parmenion P Tsitsopoulos, Sami Abu Hamdeh, Niklas Marklund
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a multidimensional and highly complex disease commonly resulting in widespread injury to axons, due to rapid inertial acceleration/deceleration forces transmitted to the brain during impact. Axonal injury leads to brain network dysfunction, significantly contributing to cognitive and functional impairments frequently observed in TBI survivors. Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a clinical entity suggested by impaired level of consciousness and coma on clinical examination and characterized by widespread injury to the hemispheric white matter tracts, the corpus callosum and the brain stem...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Luiza Filipis, Karima Ait Ouares, Philippe Moreau, Dimitrii Tanese, Valeria Zampini, Andrea Latini, Chun Bleau, Charlie Bleau, Jeremy Graham, Marco Canepari
In brain slices, resolving fast Ca(2+) fluorescence signals from submicron structures is typically achieved using two-photon or confocal scanning microscopy, an approach that limits the number of scanned points. The novel multiplexing confocal system presented here overcomes this limitation. This system is based on a fast spinning disk, a multimode diode laser and a novel high-resolution CMOS camera. The spinning disk, running at 20,000 rpm, has custom-designed spiral pattern that maximises light collection while rejecting out-of-focus fluorescence to resolve signals from small neuronal compartments...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
Niklas Marklund
The most fundamental clinical monitoring tool in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients is the repeated clinical examination. In the severe TBI patient treated by continuous sedation in a neurocritical care (NCC) unit, sedation interruption is required to enable a clinical evaluation (named the neurological wake-up test; NWT) assessing the level of consciousness, pupillary diameter and reactivity to light, and presence of focal neurological deficits. There is a basic conflict regarding the NWT in the NCC setting; can the clinical information obtained by the NWT justify the risk of inducing a stress response in a severe TBI patient? Furthermore, in the presence of advanced multimodal monitoring and neuroimaging, is the NWT necessary to identify important clinical alterations? In studies of severe TBI patients, the NWT was consistently shown to induce a stress reaction including brief increases in intracranial pressure (ICP) and changes in cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Fawaz Al-Mufti, Krishna Amuluru, Abhinav Changa, Megan Lander, Neil Patel, Ethan Wajswol, Sarmad Al-Marsoummi, Basim Alzubaidi, I Paul Singh, Rolla Nuoman, Chirag Gandhi
OBJECTIVE Little is known regarding the natural history of posttraumatic vasospasm. The authors review the pathophysiology of posttraumatic vasospasm (PTV), its associated risk factors, the efficacy of the technologies used to detect PTV, and the management/treatment options available today. METHODS The authors performed a systematic review in accordance with the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines using the following databases: PubMed, Google Scholar, and CENTRAL (the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials)...
November 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
Saurabh Sinha, Eric Hudgins, James Schuster, Ramani Balu
Acute brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability worldwide. Survivors of life-threatening brain injury often face a lifetime of dependent care, and novel approaches that improve outcome are sorely needed. A delayed cascade of brain damage, termed secondary injury, occurs hours to days and even weeks after the initial insult. This delayed phase of injury provides a crucial window for therapeutic interventions that could limit brain damage and improve outcome. A major barrier in the ability to prevent and treat secondary injury is that physicians are often unable to target therapies to patients' unique cerebral physiological disruptions...
November 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
Kartik Prabhakaran, Patrizio Petrone, Gary Lombardo, Christy Stoller, Anthony Policastro, Corrado P Marini
BACKGROUND: Direct transport of patients with severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) to trauma centers (TCs) that can provide definitive care results in lower mortality rates. This study investigated the impact of direct versus nondirect transfers on the mortality rates of patients with sTBI. METHODS: Data on patients with TBI admitted between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013, to our Level I TC were obtained from the trauma registry. Data included patient age, sex, mechanism, and type of injury, comorbidities, Glasgow Coma Scale, Injury Severity scores, prehospital time, time to request and to transfer, time to initiation of multimodality monitoring and goal-directed therapy protocol, dwell time in the emergency department (EDT), and mortality...
November 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
Kamran A Abid, Oluwaseun A Sobowale, Laura M Parkes, Josephine Naish, Geoff J M Parker, Daniel du Plessis, David Brough, Jack Barrington, Stuart M Allan, Rainer Hinz, Adrian R Parry-Jones
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Studies in animal models suggest that inflammation is a major contributor to secondary injury after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Direct, noninvasive monitoring of inflammation in the human brain after ICH will facilitate early-phase development of anti-inflammatory treatments. We sought to investigate the feasibility of multimodality brain imaging in subacute ICH. METHODS: Acute ICH patients were recruited to undergo multiparametric MRI (including dynamic contrast-enhanced measurement of blood-brain barrier transfer constant (K(trans) ) and PET with [(11) C]-(R)-PK11195)...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
Lucia Billeci, Antonio Narzisi, Alessandro Tonacci, Beatrice Sbriscia-Fioretti, Luca Serasini, Francesca Fulceri, Fabio Apicella, Federico Sicca, Sara Calderoni, Filippo Muratori
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterised by impairment in joint attention (JA), which has two components: the response to JA and the initiation of JA. Literature suggests a correlation between JA and neural circuitries, although this link is still largely unexplored in ASD. In this pilot study, we aimed at investigating the neural correlates of responding and initiating JA in high-functioning children with ASD and evaluating the changes in brain function and visual pattern after six months of rehabilitative treatment using an integrated EEG/eye-tracking system...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Matthias Schoenberger, Frederick A Schroeder, Michael S Placzek, Randall L Carter, Bruce R Rosen, Jacob M Hooker, Christin Y Sander
As one of the major excitatory ion channels in the brain, NMDA receptors have been a leading research target for neuroscientists, physicians, medicinal chemists, and pharmaceutical companies for decades. Molecular imaging of NMDA receptors by means of positron emission tomography (PET) with [(18)F]GE-179 quickly progressed to clinical PET studies, but a thorough understanding of its binding specificity has been missing and has thus limited signal interpretation. Here a preclinical study with [(18)F]GE-179 in rodents and nonhuman primates (NHPs) is presented in an attempt to characterize [(18)F]GE-179 signal specificity...
November 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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