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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334996/italian-guidelines-on-the-assessment-and-management-of-pediatric-head-injury-in-the-emergency-department
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REVIEW
Liviana Da Dalt, Niccolo' Parri, Angela Amigoni, Agostino Nocerino, Francesca Selmin, Renzo Manara, Paola Perretta, Maria Paola Vardeu, Silvia Bressan
OBJECTIVE: We aim to formulate evidence-based recommendations to assist physicians decision-making in the assessment and management of children younger than 16 years presenting to the emergency department (ED) following a blunt head trauma with no suspicion of non-accidental injury. METHODS: These guidelines were commissioned by the Italian Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and include a systematic review and analysis of the literature published since 2005...
January 15, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322585/scapular-fractures-in-the-pan-scan-era
#2
Cortlyn Brown, Karim Elmobdy, Ali S Raja, Robert M Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Scapular fractures have been traditionally taught to be associated with significant injuries and major morbidity. As we demonstrated with sternal fracture, pulmonary contusion and rib fracture, increased chest CT utilization and head-to-pelvis CT (pan-scan) protocols in blunt trauma evaluation, however, may diagnose minor, clinically irrelevant scapular fractures, possibly rendering previous teachings obsolete. OBJECTIVES: To determine the 1) percentages of scapular fractures seen on chest CT only (SOCTO) versus seen on both CXR and CT and of isolated scapular fracture (scapular fracture without other thoracic injuries), 2) frequencies of associated thoracic injury with scapular fracture, and 3) proportion of patients admitted, mortality, hospital length of stay, and injury severity scores (ISS), comparing four patient groups: scapular fracture, non-scapular fracture, scapular fracture SOCTO, and isolated scapular fracture...
January 11, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313313/relationship-of-coagulopathy-and-platelet-dysfunction-to-transfusion-needs-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Grace Martin, Dhavan Shah, Nora Elson, Ryan Boudreau, Dennis Hanseman, Timothy A Pritts, Amy T Makley, Brandon Foreman, Michael D Goodman
BACKGROUND: Coagulopathy and platelet dysfunction commonly develop after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Thromboelastography (TEG) and platelet function assays (PFAs) are often performed at the time of admission; however, their roles in assessing post-TBI coagulopathy have not been investigated. We hypothesized that compared to blunt TBI, penetrating TBI would (1) demonstrate greater coagulopathy by TEG, (2) be associated with abnormal PFA results, and (3) require more blood product transfusions...
January 8, 2018: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305711/early-management-of-retained-hemothorax-in-blunt-head-and-chest-trauma
#4
Fong-Dee Huang, Wen-Bin Yeh, Sheng-Shih Chen, Yuan-Yuarn Liu, I-Yin Lu, Yi-Pin Chou, Tzu-Chin Wu
BACKGROUND: Major blunt chest injury usually leads to the development of retained hemothorax and pneumothorax, and needs further intervention. However, since blunt chest injury may be combined with blunt head injury that typically requires patient observation for 3-4 days, other critical surgical interventions may be delayed. The purpose of this study is to analyze the outcomes of head injury patients who received early, versus delayed thoracic surgeries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From May 2005 to February 2012, 61 patients with major blunt injuries to the chest and head were prospectively enrolled...
January 5, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261721/the-multistep-road-to-ventilator-associated-lung-abscess-a-retrospective-study-of-s-aureus-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
#5
Roman Mounier, David Lobo, Julia Voulgaropoulos, Mathieu Martin, Bouziane Aït-Mamar, Valérie Bitot, Paul-Henri Jost, Ron Birnbaum, Biba Nebbad, Fabrice Cook, Gilles Dhonneur
OBJECT: We observed some cases of lung abscess (LA) in ICU patients suffering S.aureus ventilator-associated pneumonia (S.aureus-VAP). We aimed to assess which of the host and/or bacteria-related features are associated with LA. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study from January 2009 to July 2013 in a trauma surgical ICU within a teaching hospital. All adult patients presenting with S.aureus-VAP were included. We compared two groups of patients according to the formation or not of LA concomitantly to S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258783/air-versus-ground-transportation-in-isolated-severe-head-trauma-a-national-trauma-data-bank-study
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Alberto Aiolfi, Elizabeth Benjamin, Gustavo Recinos, Alejandro De Leon Castro, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: The effect of prehospital helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) on mortality has been analyzed previously in polytrauma patients with discordant results. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to compare outcomes in patients with isolated severe blunt traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) transported by HEMS or ground emergency medical services (GEMS). METHODS: We conducted a National Trauma Data Bank study (2007-2014). All adult patients (≥16 years old) who sustained an isolated severe blunt TBI and were transported by HEMS or GEMS were included in the study...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243974/pediatric-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-or-compression-in-the-setting-of-skull-fractures-from-blunt-head-trauma
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David S Hersh, Nir Shimony, Mari L Groves, Gerald F Tuite, George I Jallo, Ann Liu, Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, Thierry A G M Huisman, Ryan J Felling, Joseph A Kufera, Edward S Ahn
OBJECTIVE Pediatric cerebral venous sinus thrombosis has been previously described in the setting of blunt head trauma; however, the population demographics, risk factors for thrombosis, and the risks and benefits of detection and treatment in this patient population are poorly defined. Furthermore, few reports differentiate between different forms of sinus pathology. A series of pediatric patients with skull fractures who underwent venous imaging and were diagnosed with intrinsic cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or extrinsic sinus compression is presented...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203574/blunt-chest-trauma-a-clinical-chameleon
#8
REVIEW
Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Anton Sabashnikov, Mohamed Zeriouh, Yeong-Hoon Choi, Alexander C Bunck, Navid Mader, Thorsten Wahlers
The incidence of blunt chest trauma (BCT) is greater than 15% of all trauma admissions to the emergency departments worldwide and is the second leading cause of death after head injury in motor vehicle accidents. The mortality due to BCT is inhomogeneously described ranging from 9% to 60%. BCT is commonly caused by a sudden high-speed deceleration trauma to the anterior chest, leading to a compression of the thorax. All thoracic structures might be injured as a result of the trauma. Complex cardiac arrhythmia, heart murmurs, hypotension, angina-like chest pain, respiratory insufficiency or distention of the jugular veins may indicate potential cardiac injury...
December 4, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187218/open-stent-graft-repair-with-upper-half-sternotomy-for-blunt-thoracic-aortic-injury-a-case-report
#9
Toshinori Komatsu, Tamaki Takano, Hiromu Kehara, Megumi Fuke, Takamitsu Terasaki, Masayuki Sakaguchi
BACKGROUND: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair is now widely applied to the treatment of blunt aortic injury. However, its long-term outcomes remain unclear. Endoleakage and migration might occur in the long term, especially when younger patients undergo endovascular aortic repair. In open stent grafting, the proximal end of the open stent graft is directly sutured to the native aorta, which may reduce the risk of endoleakage and migration. We applied open stent grafting to the treatment of blunt aortic injury in the subacute phase and herein report the patient's clinical course...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177620/revisiting-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-should-cpr-be-initiated
#10
Katie L Konesky, Weidun Alan Guo
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) represents a unique problem, and poses difficult challenges in the care of trauma patients. Although the literature has suggested that attempted resuscitation from TCA in trauma is futile and consumptive of medical and human resources, studies have recently demonstrated that the outcome of TCA is comparable cardiac arrest secondary to non-traumatic events. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence, predictors, and outcomes following TCA...
November 25, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177168/le-fort-fractures-a-collective-review
#11
REVIEW
Bradley J Phillips, Lauren M Turco
Le Fort fractures constitute a pattern of complex facial injury that occurs secondary to blunt facial trauma.  The most common mechanisms of injury for these fractures, which are frequently associated with drug and alcohol use, include motor vehicle collisions, assault, and falls. A thorough search of the world's literature following PRISMA guidelines was conducted through PubMed and EBSCO databases. Search terms included "Le Fort fracture", "facial", "craniofacial", and "intracranial."  Articles were selected based on relevance and examined regarding etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, complications, and outcomes in adults...
October 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169050/utility-of-post-mortem-computed-tomography-in-clivus-fracture-diagnosis-case-illustration-and-literature-review
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S Zerbo, A Di Piazza, G Lo Re, G L Aronica, S Salerno, R Lagalla
Clivus fractures are usually associated with head blunt trauma due to traffic accident and falls. A 23 - year-old man died immediately after a smash-up while he was stopping on his motorcycle. Post-mortem Computed tomography (PMCT), performed before autopsy, revealed a complex basilar skull base fractures associated with brainstem and cranio-vertebral junction injuries, improving the diagnostic performance of conventional autopsy. Imaging data were re-assessable and PMCT offers the possibility to perform multiplanar and volume rendered reconstructions, increasing forensic medicine knowledge related to traumatic injuries...
November 16, 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159600/early-seizure-prophylaxis-in-traumatic-brain-injuries-revisited-a-prospective-observational-study
#13
Desmond Khor, Jinglan Wu, Quanqiu Hong, Elizabeth Benjamin, Shuiming Xiao, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacological prophylaxis for early seizures following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a recommendation in the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines. However, several studies have challenged the efficacy and safety of this practice, resulting in varied practice across centers around the world. The purpose of the present study was to compare the incidence of early clinical seizures following TBI, between two large centers, a US Center that practises routine seizure prophylaxis and a Chinese Center that does not use seizure prophylaxis following TBI...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157219/a-new-multiple-trauma-model-of-the-mouse
#14
Stefanie Fitschen-Oestern, Sebastian Lippross, Tim Klueter, Matthias Weuster, Deike Varoga, Mersedeh Tohidnezhad, Thomas Pufe, Stefan Rose-John, Hagen Andruszkow, Frank Hildebrand, Nadine Steubesand, Andreas Seekamp, Claudia Neunaber
BACKGROUND: Blunt trauma is the most frequent mechanism of injury in multiple trauma, commonly resulting from road traffic collisions or falls. Two of the most frequent injuries in patients with multiple trauma are chest trauma and extremity fracture. Several trauma mouse models combine chest trauma and head injury, but no trauma mouse model to date includes the combination of long bone fractures and chest trauma. Outcome is essentially determined by the combination of these injuries...
November 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147771/maximum-striking-velocities-in-strikes-with-steel-rods-the-influence-of-rod-length-rod-mass-and-volunteer-parameters
#15
T X Trinh, S Heinke, C Rode, S Schenkl, M Hubig, G Mall, Holger Muggenthaler
In blunt force trauma to the head caused by attacks with blunt instruments, contact forces can be estimated based on the conservation of momentum if impact velocities are known. The aims of this work were to measure maximum striking velocities and to examine the influence of rod parameters such as rod mass and length as well as volunteer parameters such as sex, age, body height, body mass, body mass index and the average amount of physical exercise. Steel rods with masses of 500, 1000 and 1500 g as well as lengths of 40, 65 and 90 cm were exemplarily tested as blunt instruments...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147634/intracranial-ischemic-infarct-due-to-blunt-force-trauma-in-a-high-school-football-player
#16
Brandon I Esianor, Ali S Haider, Margaret I Engelhardt, Tijani Osumah, Steven Vayalumkal, Richa Thakur, Dean Leonard, Jeffrey Haithcock, Kennith F Layton
Ischemic stroke is an uncommon cause of death among teenagers and young adults; however, the etiologies differ when compared to ischemic strokes in older individuals. Large-vessel atherosclerosis and small-vessel disease causing ischemic stroke are rare for the teenage population, while cervicocerebral arterial dissections account for up to 20% of ischemic strokes. Here, we present the case of a 16-year-old male who developed internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) after a head injury and subsequently developed ischemic stroke and seizures...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089165/a-case-of-intrauterine-lethal-fetal-injury-after-attempted-suicide-of-the-mother
#17
Lucia Tattoli, Giancarlo Di Vella, Biagio Solarino
Traumatic injuries in pregnancy such as abdominal trauma, pelvic fractures and penetrating trauma are major causes of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. The most common causes of trauma during pregnancy are motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults, gunshots, and burns. Pregnancy itself has been identified as a risk factor for trauma, together with a younger age, drug use, alcohol use, and domestic violence. We report the case of a 46-year-old woman, 34 weeks pregnant, who attempted suicide by jumping from a flyover, immediately after a probably deliberate traffic collision with the guardrail...
October 18, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089154/low-yield-of-clinically-significant-injury-with-head-to-pelvis-computed-tomography-in-blunt-trauma-evaluation
#18
Shelby P Murphy, Noah Hawthorne, David Haase, Chika Chiku, Jason Wen, Robert M Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Many trauma centers have adopted routine head-to-pelvis computed tomography (CT) imaging for the evaluation of adults with blunt trauma. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the yields of detecting clinically significant injuries (CSIs) with CT in >1 anatomic region. METHODS: We conducted this observational cohort study of all trauma activation patients >14 years of age who received CT imaging during blunt trauma evaluation at a Level 1 trauma center from April to October 2014...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071378/comparison-of-pecarn-and-catch-clinical-decision-rules-in-children-with-minor-blunt-head-trauma
#19
Ö Bozan, G Aksel, H A Kahraman, Ö Giritli, S E Eroğlu
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE: Computerized brain tomography (CBT) imaging plays a key role in the management of patients with head trauma, and there is an indication for CBT in moderate and severe injuries. However, it is difficult to determine an indication for CBT in patients with minor head trauma. The primary aim of this study is to compare the efficiency of the most commonly used clinical decision rules: the guidelines of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), and those of the Canadian Assessment of Tomography for Childhood Head Injury (CATCH)...
October 25, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040202/re-examination-of-a-battlefield-trauma-golden-hour-policy
#20
Jeffrey T Howard, Russ S Kotwal, Alexis R Santos, Matthew J Martin, Zsolt T Stockinger
BACKGROUND: Most combat casualties who die, do so in the prehospital setting. Efforts directed toward alleviating prehospital combat trauma death, known as killed in action (KIA) mortality, have the greatest opportunity for eliminating preventable death. METHODS: 4,542 military casualties injured in Afghanistan from September 11, 2001 to March 31, 2014 were included in this retrospective analysis to evaluate proposed explanations for observed KIA reduction following a mandate by Secretary of Defense Robert M...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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