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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217834/case-report-of-a-migrating-bullet-an-unusual-cause-of-postmortem-confusion
#1
Dennis J Chute, Kia Newman, Robert J Bready, Eric D Benjamin
Migrating bullets are rare sequelae of penetrating gunshot wounds. Such cases have been described in the neurosurgical literature because they can produce complications in the management of patients such as decline in neurologic status, delays in rehabilitation, and difficulties in bullet removal. In contrast, few postmortem reports have described this phenomenon. We report a case of a gunshot wound in which the projectile entered the left side of the head and traversed to the right frontal area as documented by CT scan on hospital admission...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217389/management-of-parturients-in-active-labor-with-arnold-chiari-malformation-tonsillar-herniation-and-syringomyelia
#2
Ramsis F Ghaly, Tatiana Tverdohleb, Kenneth D Candido, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic
BACKGROUND: Arnold-Chiari malformation Type 1 (ACM-1) in parturients is a topic of ongoing discussion between obstetricians and anesthesiologists. The primary unanswered question remains; How should the anesthesia provider proceed with labor analgesia and anesthesia for cesarean section when confronted with an advanced, asymptomatic, or minimally symptomatic case of ACM-1 during labor? CASE DESCRIPTION: A 24-year-old, ASA II, G1P0 full-term parturient presented to Labor and Delivery for vaginal delivery...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217159/managing-tracheal-extubation-in-infants-with-stridor-and-congenital-neuraxial-anomalies
#3
Deepti Saigal, Pragati Ganjoo, Megha U Sharma, Daljit Singh
Stridor is a serious complication of congenital neuraxial anomalies, which though, can get completely resolved with early neurosurgical correction of the anomaly. However, stridor relief may or may not be achieved soon after surgery. Persistent postoperative stridor can potentially cause extubation failure that may be difficult to handle in small children. There are no extubation guidelines for difficult pediatric airways as yet, and fewer appropriate airway-assist devices for routine use. Management of an infant with occipital encephalocele, hydrocephalus and bilateral abductor vocal cord palsy, who developed post-extubation respiratory distress due to stridor is discussed, together with the relevant tracheal extubation issues in such cases...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197790/surgical-treatment-of-anterior-cranial-fossa-dural-arterio-venous-fistulas-davfs-a-two-centre-experience
#4
Pietro Meneghelli, Alberto Pasqualin, Luigi Andrea Lanterna, Claudio Bernucci, Roberto Spinelli, Gianluigi Dorelli, Piergiuseppe Zampieri
BACKGROUND: Anterior cranial fossa dural arterio-venous fistulas (DAVFs) represent 6% of all intracranial DAVFs; characteristically they show an aggressive behaviour with high risk of intracranial haemorrhage. Peculiar anatomical features, such as feeding by the ethmoidal arteries and the pattern of venous drainage (frequently with varices that mimic aneurysmal dilatation), can be evaluated in detail only by digital subtraction angiography (DSA), which represents the "gold standard" in the diagnosis of such cranial fistulas...
February 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194134/chronic-trigemino-cardiac-reflex-an-underestimated-truth
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REVIEW
Tumul Chowdhury, Bernhard Schaller
The trigemino-cardiac reflex (TCR) is a brainstem reflex that manifests as adverse cardiorespiratory events upon the stimulation of sensory branches of the fifth cranial nerve. This reflex is mainly investigated in different neurosurgical procedures and intervention. This reflex is commonly considered as an acute and mild physiological response. On the other hand, more devastating and chronic nature of this reflex is largely underreported and unknown. Therefore, this article aims to provide the comprehensive understanding of the chronic form of TCR, its manifestations, and management by literature search...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193628/management-of-endocrine-disease-neuroendocrine-surveillance-and-management-of-neurosurgical-patients-non-pituitary
#6
Aoife Garrahy, Mark Sherlock, Chris J Thompson
Advances in the management of traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid haemorrhage and intracranial tumours have led to improved survival rates and an increased focus on quality of life of survivors. Endocrine sequelae of the acute brain insult and subsequent neurosurgery, peri-operative fluid administration and/or cranial irradiation are now well described. Unrecognized acute hypopituitarism, particularly ACTH/cortisol deficiency and diabetes insipidus, can be life-threatening. While hypopituitarism may be transient, up to 30% of survivors of TBI have chronic hypopituitarism, which can diminish quality of life and hamper rehabilitation...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192567/development-and-internal-validation-of-a-clinical-risk-score-for-treating-children-with-mild-head-trauma-and-intracranial-injury
#7
Jacob K Greenberg, Yan Yan, Christopher R Carpenter, Angela Lumba-Brown, Martin S Keller, Jose A Pineda, Ross C Brownson, David D Limbrick
Importance: The appropriate treatment of children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and intracranial injury (ICI) on computed tomographic imaging remains unclear. Evidence-based risk assessments may improve patient safety and reduce resource use. Objective: To derive a risk score predicting the need for intensive care unit observation in children with mTBI and ICI. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective analysis of the prospective Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) head injury cohort study included patients enrolled in 25 North American emergency departments from 2004 to 2006...
February 13, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187810/management-of-infections-associated-with-neurocritical-care
#8
L Rivera-Lara, W Ziai, P Nyquist
The reported incidence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the neurointensive care unit (NICU) ranges from 20% to 30%. HAIs in US hospitals cost between $28 and $45 billion per year in direct medical costs. These infections are associated with increased length of hospital stay and increased morbidity and mortality. Infection risk is increased in NICU patients due to medication side-effects, catheter and line placement, neurosurgical procedures, and acquired immune suppression secondary to steroid/barbiturate use and brain injury itself...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187809/management-of-bacterial-central-nervous-system-infections
#9
M C Brouwer, D van de Beek
Bacterial infections of the central nervous system present as a medical emergency, thus requiring rapid diagnosis and immediate treatment. The most prevalent bacterial infections seen in the intensive care unit can be summarized as acute bacterial meningitis, subdural empyema, intracerebral abscess, and ventriculitis, which all commonly involve the brain parenchyma. The infections can either be community-acquired or hospital-acquired, e.g., after neurosurgical intervention, as a complication of severe neurotrauma or related to indwelling cerebrospinal fluid drains...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187800/management-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#10
N Etminan, R L Macdonald
Spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) affects people with a mean age of 55 years. Although there are about 9/100 000 cases per year worldwide, the young age and high morbidity and mortality lead to loss of many years of productive life. Intracranial aneurysms account for 85% of cases. Despite this, the majority of survivors of aneurysmal SAH have cognitive deficits, mood disorders, fatigue, inability to return to work, and executive dysfunction and are often unable to return to their premorbid level of functioning...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187795/management-of-the-comatose-patient
#11
E F M Wijdicks
Coma has many causes but there are a few urgent ones in clinical practice. Management must start with establishing the cause and an attempt to reverse or attenuate some of the damage. This may include early neurosurgical intervention, efforts to reduce brain tissue shift and raised intracranial pressure, correction of markedly abnormal laboratory abnormalities, and administration of available antidotes. Supporting the patient's vital signs, susceptible to major fluctuations in a changing situation, remains the most crucial aspect of management...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185969/joseph-buford-pennybacker-cbe-md-frcs-1907-1983-continuing-sir-hugh-cairns-oxford-legacy-and-pioneer-of-the-modern-management-of-cerebral-abscesses
#12
REVIEW
Ravindran Visagan, Harold Ellis
The authors examine the life and contribution of Joseph Buford Pennybacker to British neurosurgery and the modern management of cerebral abscesses. Pennybacker's inspirational journey began with him aspiring to Ephraim McDowell. It saw him cross the Atlantic, learn medicine at Edinburgh, train in neurology at Queen Square in London and learn neurosurgery under Sir Hugh Cairns in Oxford. He navigated a successful career through World War Two and together with Cairns established the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford as a highly esteemed neurosurgical unit...
February 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169966/perioperative-management-of-adult-patients-with-external-ventricular-and-lumbar-drains-guidelines-from-the-society-for-neuroscience-in-anesthesiology-and-critical-care
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Abhijit V Lele, Amie L Hoefnagel, Nina Schloemerkemper, David A Wyler, Nophanan Chaikittisilpa, Monica S Vavilala, Bhiken I Naik, James H Williams, Lakshmikumar Venkat Raghavan, Ines P Koerner
External ventricular drains and lumbar drains are commonly used to divert cerebrospinal fluid and to measure cerebrospinal fluid pressure. Although commonly encountered in the perioperative setting and critical for the care of neurosurgical patients, there are no guidelines regarding their management in the perioperative period. To address this gap in the literature, The Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology & Critical Care tasked an expert group to generate evidence-based guidelines. The document generated targets clinicians involved in perioperative care of patients with indwelling external ventricular and lumbar drains...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163504/main-neurosurgical-pathologies-in-benin-republic
#14
Hugues Jean Thierry Gandaho, Madougou Soumaila, Isaac Hoinsou-Hans, Gautier M M Djrolo, Audrey A S Zevounou, Amos O Adeleye
BACKGROUND: Benin republic is a very low-income French-speaking country in West Africa The development of Neurosurgery in the Republic of Benin took off with the arrival of the first Beninese neurosurgeons in the year 2003. AIMS: This study aims to evaluate patients' attendance in a public neurosurgical center, and appreciate populations' affordability to a new specialty. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: In the year 2004, the Benin Armed Forces established the first Department of Neurosurgery in the Nation's Military Teaching Hospital...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162257/-intramedullary-astrocytomas-a-french-retrospective-multicenter-study
#15
F Parker, C Campello, J-P Lejeune, P David, A Herbrecht, N Aghakhani, M Messerer
AIM: The authors report the results of a multicenter retrospective series with a long-term follow-up and the analysis of clinical, radiological, surgical data as well as the complementary treatments in patients with intramedullary astrocytomas (IA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all the patients with IA operated on between 1984 and 2011 at 7 French centers (Kremlin-Bicêtre, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, and Nîmes)...
February 2, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162253/-intramedullary-ependymomas-a-french-retrospective-multicenter-study-of-221%C3%A2-cases
#16
N Aghakhani, M Messerer, P David, A Herbrecht, F Parker
AIM: Intramedullary ependymomas (IE) are the most frequent intramedullary tumors in the adult population. The gold standard treatment is to obtain gross total removal without any new postoperative neurological deficit. The authors report the results of a multicenter series with a long-term follow-up and the analysis of clinical, radiological, surgical data as well as the complementary treatments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of adult patients with IE operated on between January 1984 and December 2011 at 7 French centers (Bordeaux, Kremlin-Bicêtre, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, and Nîmes) was performed...
February 2, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161014/neuroglial-intramedullary-tumors-the-collaboration-between-neurosurgeons-and-neuropathologists
#17
G Cossu, C Lacroix, C Adams, R T Daniel, F Parker, M Messerer
Intramedullary tumors constitute approximately 5% of spinal tumors and about 80% are of neuroglial origin. We reviewed our series of adult patients with spinal neuroglial intramedullary tumors operated on between 1984 and 2011 at the neurosurgical department of Bicêtre hospital. The histopathological records for 196 patients were retrospectively analyzed. The majority of tumors were ependymomas (68%) and astrocytomas (27.5%). The importance of a proper and detailed neuropathological diagnosis is the key to define patient management...
February 1, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143693/factors-associated-with-adverse-outcomes-in-patients-with-traumatic-intracranial-hemorrhage-and-glasgow-coma-scale-of-15
#18
Natalie Kreitzer, Kimberly Hart, Christopher J Lindsell, Brittany Betham, Yair Gozal, Norberto O Andaluz, Michael S Lyons, Jordan Bonomo, Opeolu Adeoye
Patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) with associated intracranial injury, or complicated mTBI, are at risk of deterioration. Clinical management differs within and between institutions. We conducted an exploratory analysis to determine which of these patients are unlikely to have an adverse outcome and may be future targets for less resource intensive care. This single center retrospective cohort study included patients presenting to the ED with blunt complicated mTBI between January 2001 and December 2010...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137546/burr-hole-drainage-for-chronic-subdural-hematoma-under-low-dose-acetylsalicylic-acid-a-comparative-risk-analysis-study
#19
Maria Kamenova, Edin Nevzati, Katharina Lutz, Armando Dolp, Javier Fandino, Luigi Mariani, Jehuda Soleman
BACKGROUND: Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is one of the most common neurosurgical diseases typically affecting elderly people. Many of these patients present with coronary artery disease (CAD) and receive antiplatelet therapy, usually Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). Despite growing clinical relevance, there is still a lack of data focusing on the perioperative management of such patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare the peri- and postoperative bleeding and cardiovascular complication rates of patients undergoing burr-hole drainage for cSDH with and without discontinuation of low-dose ASA...
January 27, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137542/developing-the-first-highly-specialized-neurosurgical-center-of-excellence-in-trujillo-peru-work-in-progress-first-four-months-results
#20
Joham Choque-Velasquez, Roberto Colasanti, Virginia Baffigo-Torre, Luisa Estela Sacieta-Carbajo, Jacqueline Olivari-Heredia, Yolanda Falcon-Lizaraso, Juan Huber Mallma-Torres, Humberto Elera-Florez, Juha Hernesniemi
BACKGROUND: Economic, cultural, and geographical reasons usually limit the access to specialized health centers in developing countries, especially in rural areas. Peruvian health system indicators still highlight significant unmet clinical need for neurosurgical patients. Our project is to develop the first highly specialized neurosurgical center in the EsSalud hospital of Trujillo, with the goal to improve the treatment of neurosurgical diseases in that region, thus optimizing their outcomes while decreasing expensive and risky patients transfer to the neurosurgical departments in the capital district...
January 27, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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