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J van der Naalt, W L Draijer, C A M van Bennekom
Identification of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is important since 85,000 patients visit the emergency department with a head trauma annually. Although most patients recover well, 15-20% of the patients with head trauma develop persistent symptoms that interfere with resumption of daily activities. It is particularly important to identify the clinical signs that define mild TBI. Presence of anterograde amnesia after the injury, for example, is an important clinical diagnostic sign to establish the diagnosis of TBI...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484418/blast-exposure-white-matter-integrity-and-cognitive-function-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-combat-veterans
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Iliyan Ivanov, Corey Fernandez, Effie M Mitsis, Dara L Dickstein, Edmund Wong, Cheuk Y Tang, Jessie Simantov, Charlene Bang, Erin Moshier, Mary Sano, Gregory A Elder, Erin A Hazlett
The long-term effects of blast exposure are a major health concern for combat veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We used an optimized diffusion tensor imaging tractography algorithm to assess white matter (WM) fractional anisotropy (FA) in blast-exposed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (n = 40) scanned on average 3.7 years after deployment/trauma exposure. Veterans diagnosed with a blast-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) were compared to combat veterans with blast exposure but no TBI diagnosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468224/rapid-spontaneously-resolving-acute-subdural-hematoma
#3
Qi Gan, Hexiang Zhao, Hanmei Zhang, Chao You
INTRODUCTION: This study reports a rare patient of a rapid spontaneously resolving acute subdural hematoma. In addition, an analysis of potential clues for the phenomenon is presented with a review of the literature. PATIENT PRESENTATION: A 1-year-and-2-month-old boy fell from a height of approximately 2 m. The patient was in a superficial coma with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 8 when he was transferred to the authors' hospital. Computed tomography revealed the presence of an acute subdural hematoma with a midline shift beyond 1 cm...
May 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429236/the-course-of-headache-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-headache-due-to-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Chang-Ki Hong, Jin-Yang Joo, Yu Shik Shim, Sook Young Sim, Min A Kwon, Yong Bae Kim, Joonho Chung
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the long-term course of headache in patients with moderate-to-severe headache due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). We evaluated the course of headache in patients with moderate-to-severe headache due to mild TBI. METHODS: Since September 2009, patients with TBI prospectively rated their headache using a numeric rating scale (NRS). From the database containing 935 patients with TBI between September 2009 and December 2013, 259 patients were included according to following criteria: (1) newly onset moderate-to-severe headache (NRS ≥ 4) due to head trauma; (2) age ≥ 15 years; (3) Glasgow Coma Scale ≥ 13; (4) transient loss of consciousness ≤ 30 min; and (5) radiographic evaluation, such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance image...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418820/case-241-hemiparkinsonism-hemiatrophy-spect-with-99m-tc-trodat-1-and-muscle-mr-imaging-abnormalities
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Thiago Cardoso Vale, Flávia Cristina de Lima Pinto, José Luiz Pedroso, Marília Alves Dos Reis, Ilza Rosa Batista, Rodrigo Affonseca Bressan, René Leandro Magalhães Rivero, Renato Adam Mendonça, Orlando G Barsottini
History A 43-year-old right-handed man presented with a history of progressive mild left-sided weakness and slowness of movements. Symptoms began 4 years earlier, and the patient noticed a progressive decline in his daily routine due to gait difficulties in the past year. There was no history of head trauma, surgery, drug therapy, smoking, or alcohol abuse, nor was there any relevant family history. Examination revealed normal cognition (29 of 30 points on the Mini-Mental State Examination and 27 of 30 points on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment) and normal cerebellar, sensory, cranial nerve, and autonomic function...
May 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416072/-a-scandinavian-guideline-for-initial-management-of-minimal-mild-and-moderate-head-trauma-in-children
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Christina Rosenlund, Christina Engel Høi-Hansen, Kaare Engell Lundstrøm, Alfred Peter Born, Ole Pedersen, Ramona Åstrand
The Scandinavian Neurotrauma Committee has recently published an evidence- and consensus-based guideline for the management of minor and moderate head trauma in children. They aim is to select children for computed tomography (CT) scan, observation or early discharge, with the attempt to reduce the number of CT scans in children without missing any significant intracranial injury in need for treatment. A flow chart of the guidelines and a help sheet has been developed for clinical use. Suggestions for in-hospital observation and parental information are also presented...
April 3, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413696/prevalence-of-potential-sports-associated-risk-factors-in-swiss-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
#7
Nina Feddermann-Demont, Astrid Junge, Konrad P Weber, Michael Weller, Jiří Dvořák, Alexander A Tarnutzer
OBJECTIVES: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been reported to occur with increased incidence amongst physically active people. The role of extrinsic risk factors as physical activity, head trauma and drug/pesticide-exposure in the pathophysiology of ALS and especially in the context of practising sports remains controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively studied exposure to extrinsic factors in 92 ALS patients in the presymptomatic stage. Metabolic equivalents (METs) were calculated and the association of physical activity, drug intake, head trauma and participation in specific sports (football [soccer], ice hockey) with age at symptom-onset was evaluated...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395008/derivation-and-validation-of-a-serum-biomarker-panel-to-identify-infants-with-acute-intracranial-hemorrhage
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Rachel Pardes Berger, Brian J Pak, Mariya D Kolesnikova, Janet Fromkin, Richard Saladino, Bruce E Herman, Mary Clyde Pierce, David Englert, Paul T Smith, Patrick M Kochanek
Importance: Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death from physical abuse. Missing the diagnosis of abusive head trauma, particularly in its mild form, is common and contributes to increased morbidity and mortality. Serum biomarkers may have potential as quantitative point-of-care screening tools to alert physicians to the possibility of intracranial hemorrhage. Objective: To identify and validate a set of biomarkers that could be the basis of a multivariable model to identify intracranial hemorrhage in well-appearing infants using the Ziplex System...
April 10, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393708/minor-head-trauma-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department-decision-making-nodes
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Mario Mastrangelo, Fabio Midulla
BACKGROUND: Minor head trauma is one of the leading cause of access to pediatric emergency departments with only a limited quote of patients resulting in clinically relevant brain injuries. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review is to guide physicians involved in the management of pediatric head trauma towards a correct clinical approach. METHODS: A Pubmed/Medline search was realized through different entries including "minor head trauma" or "mild head trauma", "minor head injury" or "mild head injury", "acute head trauma"...
April 4, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387644/medical-necessity-of-routine-admission-of-children-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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Jared D Ament, Krista N Greenan, Patrick Tertulien, Joseph M Galante, Daniel K Nishijima, Marike Zwienenberg
OBJECTIVE Approximately 475,000 children are treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the US each year; most are classified as mild TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale [GCS] Score 13-15). Patients with positive findings on head CT, defined as either intracranial hemorrhage or skull fracture, regardless of severity, are often transferred to tertiary care centers for intensive care unit (ICU) monitoring. This practice creates a significant burden on the health care system. The purpose of this investigation was to derive a clinical decision rule (CDR) to determine which children can safely avoid ICU care...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384927/inflammation-and-outcome-in-traumatic-brain-injury-does-gender-effect-on-survival-and-prognosis
#11
Taraneh Naghibi, Mina Mohajeri, Faramarz Dobakhti
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) accounts for the majority of trauma deaths and there has been increased interest in the understanding the role of prognostic factors. C-Reactive Protein (CRP) level increases rapidly in response to trauma. AIM: Aim of the present study was to indicate the role of CRP as a predictor of outcome in TBI patients based on their gender category. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study in a surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in one of the Zanjan University of Medical Science hospital was designed...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375912/disorders-of-taste-and-smell
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Ronald DeVere
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article aims to educate clinical neurologists on the importance of taste and smell disorders in clinical neurology. These disorders commonly occur in head trauma, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases such as idiopathic Parkinson disease and dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer disease, just to name a few. This article covers the basic anatomy of smell and taste, notes the important points of taking a proper history, and discusses smell and taste testing, which are inexpensive, minimally time-consuming procedures...
April 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367840/the-effect-of-irrigation-solutions-on-recurrence-of-chronic-subdural-hematoma-a-consecutive-cohort-study-of-234-patients
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Masashi Kuwabara, Takashi Sadatomo, Kiyoshi Yuki, Keisuke Migita, Yasutaka Imada, Kiyoharu Shimizu, Takeshi Hara, Hideo Oba, Kaoru Kurisu
Chronic subdural hematomas (CSDHs) occur often in elderly persons and can occur with mild head trauma. With burr-hole irrigation as standard treatment, symptoms usually improve and can be cured, and outcomes are good, but postoperative recurrences are a common problem. This study investigated the effectiveness and recurrence rates when using artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACF) instead of normal saline (NS) as an irrigation solution for burr-hole irrigation in patients with CSDH. This prospective study included 234 consecutive patients who underwent initial surgical treatment by burr-hole irrigation for a CSDH between April 2008 and June 2015...
March 30, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347679/chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-the-cellular-sequela-to-repetitive-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Alexander R Vile, Leigh Atkinson
This review aims to integrate current literature on the pathogenic mechanisms of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) to create a multifactorial understanding of the disease. CTE is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, classed as a tauopathy, although it appears the pathogenic mechanisms are more complex than this. It affects those with a history of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. Currently, there are no treatments for CTE and the disease can only be affirmatively diagnosed in post mortem. Understanding the pathogenesis of the disease will provide an avenue to explore possible treatment and diagnostic modalities...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343797/early-brain-edema-is-a-predictor-of-in-hospital-mortality-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#15
Brian Tucker, Jill Aston, Megan Dines, Elena Caraman, Marianne Yacyshyn, Mary McCarthy, James E Olson
BACKGROUND: Identifying patients who may progress to a poor clinical outcome will encourage earlier appropriate therapeutic interventions. Brain edema may contribute to secondary injury in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and thus, may be a useful prognostic indicator. OBJECTIVE: We determined whether the presence of brain edema on the initial computed tomography (CT) scan of TBI patients would predict poor in-hospital outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of all trauma patients with nonpenetrating head trauma at a Level I Trauma Center...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343463/prospective-head-to-head-study-of-three-computerized-neurocognitive-assessment-tools-part-2-utility-for-assessment-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-emergency-department-patients
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Lindsay D Nelson, Robyn E Furger, Peter Gikas, E Brooke Lerner, William B Barr, Thomas A Hammeke, Christopher Randolph, Kevin Guskiewicz, Michael A McCrea
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of three computerized neurocognitive assessment tools (CNTs; i.e., ANAM, DANA, and ImPACT) for assessing mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in patients recruited through a level I trauma center emergency department (ED). METHODS: mTBI (n=94) and matched trauma control (n=80) subjects recruited from a level I trauma center emergency department completed symptom and neurocognitive assessments within 72 hr of injury and at 15 and 45 days post-injury...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336445/mortality-associated-characteristics-of-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-at-the-university-teaching-hospital-of-kigali-rwanda
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Elizabeth Krebs, Charles J Gerardo, Lawrence P Park, Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Jean Claude Byiringiro, Fidele Byiringiro, Stephen Rulisa, Nathan Thielman, Catherine Staton
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability. TBI patients in low and middle- income countries have worse outcomes than those in high-income countries. We aimed to evaluate important clinical indicators associated with mortality for TBI patients at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (UTHK) Kigali, Rwanda. METHODS: Prospective consecutive sampling of TBI patients presenting to UTHK Accident and Emergency Department were screened for inclusion criteria: reported head trauma, alteration in consciousness, headache, or visible head trauma...
March 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274861/defining-the-biomechanical-and-biological-threshold-of-murine-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-using-chimera-closed-head-impact-model-of-engineered-rotational-acceleration
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Dhananjay R Namjoshi, Wai Hang Cheng, Asma Bashir, Anna Wilkinson, Sophie Stukas, Kris M Martens, Tom Whyte, Zelalem A Abebe, Kurt A McInnes, Peter A Cripton, Cheryl L Wellington
CHIMERA (Closed Head Impact Model of Engineered Rotational Acceleration) is a recently described animal model of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that primarily produces diffuse axonal injury (DAI) characterized by white matter inflammation and axonal damage. CHIMERA was specifically designed to reliably generate a variety of TBI severities using precise and quantifiable biomechanical inputs in a nonsurgical user-friendly platform. The objective of this study was to define the lower limit of single impact mild TBI (mTBI) using CHIMERA by characterizing the dose-response relationship between biomechanical input and neurological, behavioral, neuropathological and biochemical outcomes...
March 6, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269244/portable-video-oculography-device-for-implementation-in-sideline-concussion-assessments-a-prototype
#19
Joshua D Fischer, Dawie J van den Heever
Concussion is currently a serious health problem and can lead to severe brain dysfunction. There is a definite need for sensitive and reliable tests to detect and evaluate the subtle changes in brain function caused by concussion. This study details the development of a low cost portable eye tracking device that can aid in the detection of concussions. The device evaluates ocular motor function and can be used on the sidelines of sporting events to give a quick indication of the severity of head trauma. It can further be used to evaluate and monitor mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and aid in the return to play decision making process...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240672/transient-osteoporosis-of-the-hip-on-fdg-pet-ct
#20
Gary A Ulaner, Peter Sawan
Transient osteoporosis of the hip (TOH) is characterized by bone pain, osteopenia, and bone marrow edema in the absence of trauma. We present a 59-year-old man with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who underwent F-FDG PET/CT. F-FDG PET/CT demonstrated mildly FDG-avid lymph nodes consistent for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, as well as FDG-avidity in the right femoral head with corresponding osteopenia, rather than a focal lytic lesion. MR demonstrated bone marrow edema consistent with TOH. TOH is benign and self-limiting...
May 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
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