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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943422/epidemiology-management-and-functional-outcomes-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Jessica Eaton, Asma Bilal Hanif, Joanna Grudziak, Anthony Charles
BACKGROUND: Trauma accounts for 4.7 million deaths each year, with an estimated 90% of these occurring in LMICs. Approximately half of trauma-related deaths are due to central nervous system injury. OBJECTIVE: Because a thorough understanding of TBI in LMICs is essential to mitigate TBI-related mortality, we established a clinical and radiographic database to characterize TBI in our low-income setting. METHODS: This is a review of prospectively collected data from Kamuzu Central Hospital, a tertiary care center in the capital of Malawi...
September 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943289/serum-lipocalin-2-concentrations-and-mortality-of-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Liang-Jun Shen, Jing Zhou, Mi Guo, Chun-Song Yang, Qi-Chen Xu, Qing-Wei Lv, Song-Bin Yang, Hang-Bin Huang
BACKGROUND: Lipocalin-2 is related to acute brain injury. We assessed the prognostic value of serum lipocalin-2 in head trauma. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 115 controls and 115 patients with severe traumatic brain injury. Trauma severity was assessed by Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores at baseline. Thirty-day mortality and overall survival time were recorded. RESULTS: Compared with the controls, serum lipocalin-2 concentrations were significantly increased in the patients...
September 21, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939250/not-every-trauma-patient-with-a-radiographic-head-injury-requires-transfer-for-neurosurgical-evaluation-application-of-the-brain-injury-guidelines-to-patients-transferred-to-a-level-1-trauma-center
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Gweniviere Kayla Capron, Mary Beth Voights, Henry R Moore, Derek B Wall
BACKGROUND: Patients with radiographically-identified traumatic brain injury are often transferred to our regional trauma center for neurosurgical evaluation, yet few injuries require neurosurgical intervention. Transfer is costly, inconvenient, and potentially risky in inclement weather. We propose that previously-published brain injury guidelines (BIG)(1) can help to determine which patients could avoid mandatory transfer. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients transferred between January 2012 and December 2013 was performed...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937917/head-impact-exposure-measured-in-a-single-youth-football-team-during-practice-drills
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Mireille E Kelley, Joeline M Kane, Mark A Espeland, Logan E Miller, Alexander K Powers, Joel D Stitzel, Jillian E Urban
OBJECTIVE This study evaluated the frequency, magnitude, and location of head impacts in practice drills within a youth football team to determine how head impact exposure varies among different types of drills. METHODS On-field head impact data were collected from athletes participating in a youth football team for a single season. Each athlete wore a helmet instrumented with a Head Impact Telemetry (HIT) System head acceleration measurement device during all preseason, regular season, and playoff practices...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937343/effaced-enigmata
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Grant Gillett
Severe head injury or brain injury presents clinical neuroscientists with a unique challenge. Based on an objective assessment of cognitive and neurological function, it is sometimes hard to recognize our patients as members of our moral community (actually or potentially) but we treat them as if that were is the case, and, therefore, as if they need rescuing. Thus their existences as enigmata-beings who may or may not reveal themselves to us through social and personal function realized in conversations and relationships-are in doubt...
October 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937323/clinical-characteristics-and-temporal-profile-of-recovery-in-patients-with-favorable-outcomes-at-6-months-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Aditya Vedantam, Claudia S Robertson, Shankar P Gopinath
OBJECTIVE Early withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment due to expected poor prognosis is responsible for the majority of in-house deaths in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). With increased focus on the decision and timing of withdrawal of care in patients with severe TBI, data on early neurological recovery in patients with a favorable outcome is needed to guide physicians and families. METHODS The authors reviewed prospectively collected data obtained in 1241 patients with head injury who were treated between 1986 and 2012...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936067/external-validation-of-the-rotterdam-computed-tomography-score-in-the-prediction-of-mortality-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Jose D Charry, Jesus D Falla, Juan D Ochoa, Miguel A Pinzón, Jorman H Tejada, Maria J Henriquez, Juan Pablo Solano, Camilo Calvache
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a public health problem. It is a pathology that causes significant mortality and disability in Colombia. Different calculators and prognostic models have been developed to predict the neurological outcomes of these patients. The Rotterdam computed tomography (CT) score was developed for prognostic purposes in TBI. We aimed to examine the accuracy of the prognostic discrimination and prediction of mortality of the Rotterdam CT score in a cohort of trauma patients with severe TBI in a university hospital in Colombia...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933213/repeated-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-potential-mechanisms-of-damage
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Brooke Fehily, Melinda Fitzgerald
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) represents a significant public healthcare concern, accounting for the majority of all head injuries. While symptoms are generally transient, some patients go on to experience long-term cognitive impairments and additional mild impacts can result in exacerbated and persisting negative outcomes. To date, studies using a range of experimental models have reported chronic behavioral deficits in the presence of axonal injury and inflammation following repeated mTBI; assessments of oxidative stress and myelin pathology have thus far been limited...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930819/recovery-of-an-injured-corticobulbar-tract-in-a-patient-with-stroke-a-case-report
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Sungho Jang, Jonghoon Kim, Yousung Seo, Soyoung Kwak
RATIONALE: The corticobulbar tract (CBT) is known to be involved in the motor function of the non-oculomotor cranial nuclei and controls the muscles of the face, head, and neck. Several studies have reported injury of the CBT in patients with brain injury, however, little is known about recovery of the injured CBT. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 59-year-old right-handed male underwent decompressive craniectomy for management of brain swelling and intracerebral hemorrhage following an infarction in the left middle cerebral artery territory...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930492/time-trends-in-concussion-symptom-presentation-and-assessment-methods-in-high-school-athletes
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Dustin W Currie, Matthew J Kraeutler, John B Schrock, Eric C McCarty, R Dawn Comstock
BACKGROUND: Concussion rates have increased significantly over the past decade. This may reflect an increase in the knowledge and diagnosis of the symptoms of a concussion rather than a true increase in the incidence. Assessing trends in the way that concussions are presenting to and being identified by clinicians over the same period may provide additional insight into the apparent rise in concussions. PURPOSE: To evaluate patterns of change in concussion symptom presentation, diagnostic/evaluation methods, and symptom resolution time reported for United States high school athletes from the 2007-2008 through 2014-2015 academic years...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926944/coach-cv-the-seven-clinical-phenotypes-of-concussion
#11
Neil Craton, Haitham Ali, Stephane Lenoski
Our understanding of the diverse physiological manifestations of concussion is changing rapidly. This has an influence on the clinical assessment of patients who have sustained a concussion. The 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport states that numerous post-injury clinical findings, such as cognitive deficits, post-traumatic headaches, dizziness, difficulties with oculomotor function, and depression have all been associated with a poorer prognosis in concussed patients. This demonstrates that there are several potential clinical manifestations after head injury warranting clinical evaluation...
September 16, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924069/-a-case-of-transoral-penetrating-head-injury-from-a-crossbow-fired-arrow
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Naoto Nakamura, Yuichi Fujita, Satoshi Nakamizo, Yoshio Sakagami, Ken Okazaki, Kouta Kida
Penetrating head injuries are extremely rare in Japan. The authors describe a case involving a penetrating head injury from an arrow fired from a crossbow. A 52-year-old man who had shot himself transorally in a suicide attempt was admitted to the authors' hospital. On admission, he was conscious and exhibited no neurological deficits. The end of the arrow was visible inside his oral cavity. Computed tomography revealed the arrow had penetrated the right cerebellum and occipital lobe, resulting in a very small hematoma...
September 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921622/national-survey-on-managing-minor-childhood-traumatic-head-injuries-in-the-netherlands-shows-low-guideline-adherence-and-large-inter-hospital-variations
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Nicky Niele, Lonneke Willemars, Marlies van Houten, Frans B Plötz
More than 12,000 children are seen in Dutch emergency departments with a mild traumatic head injury (MTHI) every year. In The Netherlands, the paediatric MTHI guidelines are primarily based on the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network study (1). The guidelines define several criteria, based on the patient's age, to help clinicians to decide whether they need to perform a computed tomography (CT) scan (2). This national study determined the adherence to the guidelines and the reasons why clinicians deviated from them...
September 16, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921171/high-fibrin-fibrinogen-degradation-product-to-fibrinogen-ratio-is-associated-with-28-day-mortality-and-massive-transfusion-in-severe-trauma
#14
D H Lee, B K Lee, S M Noh, Y S Cho
PURPOSE: There is a lack of association between coagulation biomarkers and long-term mortality in severe trauma. We aimed to investigate the association between coagulation biomarkers on admission and outcome of late stage of trauma. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included patients admitted with severe trauma between 2012 and 2015. We used the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) of coagulation biomarkers to determine 28-day mortality...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919828/jugular-bulb-oxygen-saturation-correlates-with-full-outline-of-responsiveness-score-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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Tjokorda Gde Agung Senapathi, Made Wiryana, Ketut Sinardja, Ketut Wibawa Nada, Ida Bagus Krisna Jaya Sutawan, Christopher Ryalino, Aloysius Alphonso
BACKGROUND: Maintaining brain oxygenation status is the main goal of treatment in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Jugular venous oxygen saturation (SjvO2) monitoring is a technique to estimate global balance between cerebral oxygen supply and its metabolic requirement. Full Outline of Responsiveness (FOUR) score, a new consciousness measurement scoring, is expected to become an alternative for Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in evaluating neurologic status of patients with severe traumatic head injury, especially for those under mechanical ventilation...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919762/risk-of-post-traumatic-epilepsy-after-severe-head-injury-in-patients-with-at-least-one-seizure
#16
Wei Chen, Ming-De Li, Gui-Fang Wang, Xia-Feng Yang, Lin Liu, Fan-Gang Meng
BACKGROUND: To explore the incidence and risk factors, including type of seizures for post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective follow-up study of patients discharged from Liaocheng People's Hospital between March 2011 and June 2015 with a diagnosis of post-traumatic seizures. Risk factors for PTE were evaluated in 68 inpatients by using Kaplan-Meier curves and the Cox model. RESULTS: Complete clinical information was available for 68 patients...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915305/trauma-epidemiology-of-women-in-puerto-rico-2002-2011
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Sofía Muns-Aponte, Omar García-Rodríguez, Ediel O Ramos-Meléndez, Pablo Rodríguez-Ortiz
OBJECTIVE: Recent literature has suggested that trauma is heterogenic and that physiological response to it differs between sexes. The study represented in this manuscript aimed to describe gender differences in the mortality rates of trauma patients at the Puerto Rico Trauma Hospital (PRTH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study performed at PRTH. A total of 14,874 injured patients admitted to the hospital from 2002 to 2011 were included in the sample and divided into 2 groups, based on sex...
September 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913606/ranges-of-injury-risk-associated-with-impact-from-unmanned-aircraft-systems
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Eamon T Campolettano, Megan L Bland, Ryan A Gellner, David W Sproule, Bethany Rowson, Abigail M Tyson, Stefan M Duma, Steven Rowson
Regulations have allowed for increased unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations over the last decade, yet operations over people are still not permitted. The objective of this study was to estimate the range of injury risks to humans due to UAS impact. Three commercially-available UAS models that varied in mass (1.2-11 kg) were evaluated to estimate the range of risk associated with UAS-human interaction. Live flight and falling impact tests were conducted using an instrumented Hybrid III test dummy. On average, live flight tests were observed to be less severe than falling impact tests...
September 14, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912029/inclusion-of-highest-glasgow-coma-scale-motor-score-in-mortality-risk-adjustment-for-benchmarking-of-trauma-center-performance
#19
David Gomez, James P Byrne, Aziz S Alali, Wei Xiong, Chris Hoeft, Melanie Neal, Harris Subacius, Avery B Nathens
BACKGROUND: The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score is the most widely utilized measure of traumatic brain injury (TBI) severity. Currently, the arrival GCS motor score (mGCS) is used in risk-adjustment models for external benchmarking of mortality. However, there is evidence that the highest mGCS in the first 24 hours after injury might be a better predictor of death. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of including highest mGCS on the performance of risk-adjustment models and subsequent external benchmarking results...
September 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910889/-clinical-features-of-traumatic-optic-neuropathy-in-265-cases
#20
M Chen, Y Jiang, J F Wen, N Li, J Qiu, N K Zhang, J B Ju
Objective: To analyze the clinical features and the pathogenetic law of traumatic optic neuropathy through epidemiologic study. Methods: 265 cases (275 eyes) with TON treated in Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University from April 1999 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Multiple Logistic regression analyses were used to evaluate potential prognostic factors on visual acuity. Results: TON occured mostly in young (194/265, 73.21%) man (235/265, 88...
September 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
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