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Neurology ICU

Tellen D Bennett, Rebecca R Dixon, Cory Kartchner, Peter E DeWitt, Yamila Sierra, Diane Ladell, Allison Kempe, Desmond K Runyan, J Michael Dean, Heather T Keenan
OBJECTIVES: In children with traumatic brain injury, 1) to describe the hospital discharge functional outcome and change from baseline function using the Functional Status Scale and 2) to determine any associations between discharge Functional Status Scale and age, injury mechanism, neurologic examination, imaging, and other predictors of outcome. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study, May 2013 to November 2015. SETTING: Two U.S. children's hospitals designated as American College of Surgeons level 1 pediatric trauma centers...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Christian Svendsen Juhl, Martin Ballegaard, Morten H Bestle, Peer Tfelt-Hansen
Meralgia paresthetica (MP) is a mononeuropathy of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) caused by external compression of the nerve during its course close to the anterior superior iliac spine. We present a case of a patient with acute respiratory distress induced by Legionella pneumonia who was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) for mechanical ventilation. In the ICU, the patient received one session of prone position ventilation for 8.5 consecutive hours. At evaluation six months later, the patient reported persistent bilateral numbness of the anterolateral thigh, which he complained had begun right after he woke up at the ICU...
2016: Case Reports in Critical Care
Santoshi Billakota, Saurabh R Sinha
INTRODUCTION: Continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring is used in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting to detect seizures, especially nonconvulsive seizures and status epilepticus. The utility and impact of such monitoring in non-ICU patients are largely unknown. METHODS: Hospitalized patients who were not in an ICU and underwent cEEG monitoring in the first half of 2011 and 2014 were identified. Reason for admission, admitting service (neurologic and nonneurologic), indication for cEEG, comorbid conditions, duration of recording, EEG findings, whether an event/seizure was recorded, and impact of EEG findings on management were reviewed...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Andrew A Udy, Chelsey Vladic, Edward Robert Saxby, Jeremy Cohen, Anthony Delaney, Oliver Flower, Matthew Anstey, Rinaldo Bellomo, David James Cooper, David V Pilcher
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to describe in-hospital mortality in subarachnoid hemorrhage patients requiring ICU admission. Secondary aims were to identify clinical characteristics associated with inferior outcomes, to compare subarachnoid hemorrhage mortality with other neurological diagnoses, and to explore the variability in subarachnoid hemorrhage standardized mortality ratios. DESIGN: Multicenter, binational, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Data were extracted from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation Adult Patient Database...
October 3, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Michael A Bohl, James Forseth, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is a common second-line or third-line vasopressor used in critically ill neurosurgical patients. Neurosurgical indications include hyperdynamic therapy for vasospasm, maintenance of cerebral perfusion pressure in patients with intracranial hypertension, and prevention of hypotension in patients with sepsis. CASE DESCRIPTION: A series of six neurosurgical patients receiving AVP infusions developed severe but transient diabetes insipidus (tDI) after cessation of AVP...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Laurent Lonjaret, Marine Guyonnet, Emilie Berard, Marc Vironneau, Françoise Peres, Sandrine Sacrista, Anne Ferrier, Véronique Ramonda, Corine Vuillaume, Franck Emmanuel Roux, Olivier Fourcade, Thomas Geeraerts
INTRODUCTION: After elective craniotomy for brain tumour surgery, patients are usually admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for monitoring. Our goal was to evaluate the incidence and timing of neurologic and non-neurologic postoperative complications after brain tumour surgery, to determine factors associated with neurologic events and to evaluate the timing and causes of ICU readmission. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective, observational and analytic study enrolled 188 patients admitted to the ICU after brain tumour surgery...
October 4, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Bhawna Gupta, Ali Dodge-Khatami, Juan Tucker, Mary B Taylor, Douglas Maposa, Miguel Urencio, Jorge D Salazar
BACKGROUND: Antegrade cerebral perfusion (ACP) typically is used with deep hypothermia for cerebral protection during aortic arch reconstructions. The impact of ACP on cerebral oxygenation and serum creatinine at a more tepid 25 °C was studied in newborns and children. METHODS: Between 2010 and 2014, 61 newborns and children (<5 years old) underwent aortic arch reconstruction using moderate hypothermia (25.0±0.9 °C) with ACP and a pH-stat blood gas management strategy...
July 2016: Translational pediatrics
Xiaoping Lin, Zhijun Xu, Pengfei Wang, Yan Xu, Gensheng Zhang
Neurogenic pulmonary edema (NPE) is occasionally observed in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI); however, this condition is often underappreciated. NPE is frequently misdiagnosed due to its atypical clinical performance, thus delaying appropriate treatment. A comprehensive management protocol of NPE in patients with TBI has yet to be established. The current study reported the case of a 67-year-old man with severe TBI who was transferred to our intensive care unit (ICU). On day 7 after hospitalization, the patient suddenly suffered tachypnea, tachycardia, systemic hypertension and hypoxemia during lumbar cistern drainage...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Nissar Shaikh, M A Rhaman, Ali Raza, Adel Shabana, Mahommad Faisal Malstrom, Ghanem Al-Sulaiti
BACKGROUND: High spinal cord injury (HSCI) is one of the devastating traumatic injuries. 80% of these patients are young male, and 93% will have major neurological disabilities. There is a paucity of literature about prolonged bradycardia in HSCI patients. The aim of this study was to know the prevalence, risk factors, precipitating factors for prolonged bradycardia in the HSCI patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients who were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a tertiary hospital, with spinal cord injury above level of dorsal (D4) were enrolled in this study prospectively...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Richard Nicollas, Eric Moreddu, Claire Le Treut-Gay, Stéphane Roman, Julien Mancini, Jean-Michel Triglia
INTRODUCTION: The goal of this retrospective study is to compare the management and outcome of surgical treatment of laryngotracheal stenosis in children and infants with and without an associated neurological disorder. PATIENTS AND METHOD: In a series of children operated on for subglottic stenosis (SGS), patients with an associated neurological disorder were identified. The following criteria were compared in children with and without neurological disease: grade of stenosis, age, technique (Crico-Tracheal Resection (CTR), Laryngo-Tracheo-Plasty (LTP) in single and 2 stage, laser), analyzing duration, preoperative tracheostomy, decannulation rate, preoperative gastrostomy, and number of days in intensive care unit and in hospital...
September 29, 2016: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Archana Hinduja, Kenneth Habetz, Sunil Kumar Raina, Ryan T Fitzgerald
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is an acute neurological syndrome that requires prompt, aggressive management to improve outcomes. Our aim was to identify factors that would necessitate care in the intensive care unit (ICU) in patients with PRES and the outcomes on discharge following ICU stay. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records and radiological data of adult PRES patients admitted to our tertiary care medical center. We dichotomized them into two groups based on their need for ICU care and compared their clinical, laboratory, imaging characteristics and discharge outcomes...
September 28, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Sylvain Fazilleau
OBJECTIVE: Early verticalization in ICU is recommended [1] but not documented in brain-damaged people. Using a verticalization table involves risks and stresses in this context. The main objective was to determine the safety and feasibility of in-bed verticalization in neurological intensive care. Secondary objectives were to study the immediate, hemodynamic, and respiratory impacts, as well as the effects on awakening. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Observational study in a neurological intensive care unit...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Stephen Trevick, Minjee Kim, Andrew Naidech
The Neuro-ICU is a multidisciplinary location that presents peculiar challenges and opportunities for patients with life-threatening neurological disease. Communication skills are essential in supporting caregivers and other embedded providers (e.g., neurosurgeons, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists), through leadership. Limitations to prognostication complicate how decisions are made on behalf of non-communicative patients. Cognitive dysfunction and durable reductions in health-related quality of life are difficult to predict, and the diagnosis of brain death may be challenging and confounded by medications and comorbidities...
November 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Christopher S Graffeo, Avital Perry, Eelco F M Wijdicks
BACKGROUND: Intracranial subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and spinal subdural hematoma (SDH) are rare complications of spine surgery, thought to be precipitated by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hypotension in the setting of an intraoperative durotomy or postoperative CSF leak. Considerable clinical variability has been reported, requiring a high level of clinical suspicion in patients with a new, unexplained neurologic deficit after spine surgery. METHODS: Case report...
September 22, 2016: Neurocritical Care
Patricia Kipnis, Benjamin J Turk, David A Wulf, Juan Carlos LaGuardia, Vincent XLiu, Matthew M Churpek, Santiago Romero-Brufau, Gabriel J Escobar
: Patients in general medical-surgical wards who experience unplanned transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU) show evidence of physiologic derangement 6 to 24 hours prior to their deterioration. With increasing availability of electronic medical records (EMRs), automated early warning scores (EWSs) are becoming feasible. OBJECTIVE: To describe the development and performance of an automated EWS based on EMR data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a discrete-time logistic regression model to obtain an hourly risk score to predict unplanned transfer to the ICU within the next 12 hours...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Ghulam Hussain, Hammad Azam, Mirza Ahmad Raza Baig, Naseem Ahmad
OBJECTIVES: To see the early post-operative outcomes of off-pump versus on-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery. METHODS: This retrospective analytical study was conducted at Ch. Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology Multan, Pakistan. Our Primary outcome variables were; necessity of inotropic support, nonfatal myocardial infarction, ICU stay, nonfatal stroke, new renal failure requiring dialysis and death within 30 days after operation. There were two groups of patients; Group-I (On-pump group) and Group-II (Off-pump Group)...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Giovanni Mistraletti, Michele Umbrello, Stefania Anania, Elisa Andrighi, Alessandra Di Carlo, Federica Martinetti, Serena Barello, Giovanni Sabbatini, Paolo Formenti, Tommaso Maraffi, Francesco Marrazzo, Alessandra Palo, Giacomo Bellani, Riccarda Russo, Silvia Francesconi, Federico Valdambrini, Marco Cigada, Francesca Riccardi, Egidio A Moja, Gaetano Iapichino
BACKGROUND: International guidelines recommend systematic assessment of pain, agitation/sedation and delirium with validated scales for all ICU patients. However, these evaluations are often not done. We have created an e-learning training platform for the continuous medical education, and assessed its efficacy in increasing the use of validated tools by all medical and nursing staff of the participating ICUs during their daily practice. METHODS: Multicenter, randomized, before and after study...
September 20, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Hua-Yu Zhang, Dong Liu, Hao Tang, Shi-Jin Sun, Shan-Mu Ai, Wen-Qun Yang, Dong-Po Jiang, Lian-Yang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) is a disease with high morbidity and mortality among critically ill patients. The study's objectives were to explore the prevalence of IAH and physicians' awareness of the 2013 World Society of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS) guidelines in Chinese intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: A cross-sectional study of four ICUs in Southwestern China was conducted from June 17 to August 2, 2014. Adult patients admitted to the ICU for more than 24 h, with bladder catheter but without obvious intravesical pressure (IVP) measurement contraindications, were recruited...
2016: Military Medical Research
Xueping Chen, Jin-Mei Li, Fan Liu, Qiong Wang, Dong Zhou, Xiaohui Lai
Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis (anti-NMDAR encephalitis) is the most common type of immune-mediated encephalitis. This study aimed to assess the incidence and mortality of anti-NMDAR encephalitis in intensive care unit (ICU) to evaluate the clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, managements and outcomes, and to compare these characteristics with patients with non-anti-NMDAR encephalitis admitted to ICU. Patients admitted to the neurological ICU with suspected encephalitis were included between January 1, 2012 and July 31, 2015...
September 12, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Alexandre Tran, Henrietta Blinder, Brian Hutton, Shane English
BACKGROUND: Sedation is an important consideration in the care of the neurocritically ill patient. It provides anxiety and relief, facilitates procedures and nursing tasks, and minimizes intolerance of mechanical ventilation. Alpha-2 agonists such as dexmedetomidine and clonidine have been shown to be an effective alternative in the general critical care population by reducing duration of mechanical ventilation and length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU), as compared to traditional sedative agents such as propofol or benzodiazepines...
2016: Systematic Reviews
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