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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446065/late-recovery-from-permanent-vegetative-state-in-the-context-of-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-a-case-report-exploring-objective-and-subjective-aspects-of-recovery-and-rehabilitation
#1
Nathan Anthony Illman, Sarah Crawford
This article provides a detailed outline of the recovery of a young male patient during his emergence from a vegetative state (VS) 19 months after suffering a severe traumatic brain injury. Several similar cases have been documented, but these tend not to consider the subjective experience of the patient or family; our aim was therefore to provide a detailed account that emphasises our neuropsychological exploration of the impact of the injury on this person, and looks at the experience of his mother along the timeline from his accident to the end of a successful period in rehabilitation...
April 26, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442781/spreading-depolarization-remarkably-exacerbates-ischemia-induced-tissue-acidosis-in-the-young-and-aged-rat-brain
#2
Ákos Menyhárt, Dániel Zölei-Szénási, Tamás Puskás, Péter Makra, M Tóth Orsolya, Borbála É Szepes, Réka Tóth, Orsolya Ivánkovits-Kiss, Tihomir P Obrenovitch, Ferenc Bari, Eszter Farkas
Spreading depolarizations (SDs) occur spontaneously in the cerebral cortex of subarachnoid hemorrhage, stroke or traumatic brain injury patients. Accumulating evidence prove that SDs exacerbate focal ischemic injury by converting zones of the viable but non-functional ischemic penumbra to the core region beyond rescue. Yet the SD-related mechanisms to mediate neurodegeneration remain poorly understood. Here we show in the cerebral cortex of isoflurane-anesthetized, young and old laboratory rats, that SDs propagating under ischemic penumbra-like conditions decrease intra and- extracellular tissue pH transiently to levels, which have been recognized to cause tissue damage...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441973/treatment-limiting-decisions-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-in-a-norwegian-regional-trauma-center
#3
Annette Robertsen, Reidun Førde, Nils Oddvar Skaga, Eirik Helseth
BACKGROUND: Treatment-limiting decisions (TLD) for severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) have been sparsely studied. This study determine prevalence, main reason for, categories and timing of TLDs in a Norwegian regional trauma setting. METHODS: A retrospective study of a 2-year cohort of 579 sTBI patients admitted to Oslo University Hospital (OUH). Prospectively collected data in the OUH Trauma Registry were combined with retrospective data from a chart review regarding TLDs...
April 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438658/antioxidants-reduce-neurodegeneration-and-accumulation-of-pathologic-tau-proteins-in-the-auditory-system-after-blast-exposure
#4
Xiaoping Du, Matthew B West, Qunfeng Cai, Weihua Cheng, Donald L Ewert, Wei Li, Robert A Floyd, Richard D Kopke
Cochlear neurodegeneration commonly accompanies hair cell loss resulting from aging, ototoxicity, or exposures to intense noise or blast overpressures. However, the precise pathophysiological mechanisms that drive this degenerative response have not been fully elucidated. Our laboratory previously demonstrated that non-transgenic rats exposed to blast overpressures exhibited marked somatic accumulation of neurotoxic variants of the microtubule-associated protein, Tau, in the hippocampus. In the present study, we extended these analyses to examine neurodegeneration and pathologic Tau accumulation in the auditory system in response to blast exposure and evaluated the potential therapeutic efficacy of antioxidants on short-circuiting this pathological process...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435903/non-aneurysmal-and-non-traumatic-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-after-attempted-suicide-by-incomplete-hanging
#5
Tae Hu Kim, Soo Hoon Lee, Dong Hoon Kim, Seong Chun Kim, Wonyoungyong Jin, So Yeon Kim, Sang Heon Shin, Sang Bong Lee
Hanging is a common method of suicide that is being reported more frequently in many countries. Several complications including injuries to the cervical spine, neck vessels, and brain can occur after attempted suicide by hanging. There are only a few reports of brain computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of hanging victims. The most common abnormality was diffuse cerebral edema. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is an atypical complication by suicidal hanging. We report a case of a female patient who presented to an emergency department with altered mental status after attempting suicide by incomplete hanging...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430849/performance-and-symptom-validity-testing-as-a-function-of-medical-board-evaluation-in-u-s-military-service-members-with-a-history-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#6
Patrick Armistead-Jehle, Wesley R Cole, Robert L Stegman
Objective: The study was designed to replicate and extend pervious findings demonstrating the high rates of invalid neuropsychological testing in military service members (SMs) with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) assessed in the context of a medical evaluation board (MEB). Method: Two hundred thirty-one active duty SMs (61 of which were undergoing an MEB) underwent neuropsychological assessment. Performance validity (Word Memory Test) and symptom validity (MMPI-2-RF) test data were compared across those evaluated within disability (MEB) and clinical contexts...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429734/neuroprotective-pentapeptide-cn-105-is-associated-with-reduced-sterile-inflammation-and-improved-functional-outcomes-in-a-traumatic-brain-injury-murine-model
#7
Daniel T Laskowitz, Haichen Wang, Tony Chen, David T Lubkin, Viviana Cantillana, Tian Ming Tu, Dawn Kernagis, Guanen Zhou, Gary Macy, Bradley J Kolls, Hana N Dawson
At present, there are no proven pharmacological treatments demonstrated to improve long term functional outcomes following traumatic brain injury(TBI). In the setting of non-penetrating TBI, sterile brain inflammatory responses are associated with the development of cerebral edema, intracranial hypertension, and secondary neuronal injury. There is increasing evidence that endogenous apolipoprotein E(apoE) modifies the neuroinflammatory response through its role in downregulating glial activation, however, the intact apoE holoprotein does not cross the blood-brain barrier due to its size...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426348/traumatic-brain-injury-and-lifetime-suicidality-applying-the-interpersonal-psychological-theory-perspective
#8
Claire N Bryson, Robert J Cramer, Adam T Schmidt
The present paper investigates the traumatic brain injury (TBI)-suicide link, assessing whether: (a) TBI accounts for variance in suicide risk, and (b) The Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide can be applied to TBI status. Matched case-control procedures applied to archival college student health data identified TBI and non-TBI subsamples (84 total). Individuals with a TBI possessed higher suicide risk than those without. Even accounting for the relative influence of strong suicide risk factors (i...
April 20, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422900/the-association-between-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-perceptions-of-deployment-related-injury-in-veterans-with-and-without-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#9
Nazanin H Bahraini, Lindsey L Monteith, Holly R Gerber, Jeri E Forster, Trisha A Hostetter, Lisa A Brenner
OBJECTIVES: To examine whether the association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and injury perceptions (ie, consequences, emotional representations, and coherence) differs for Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) compared with Veterans with non-TBI (ie, orthopedic). PARTICIPANTS: Eighty Veterans injured during post-9/11 deployments. DESIGN: Observational, 2×2 factorial design. MAIN MEASURES: Injury histories ascertained using the Ohio State University TBI-Identification Method and Deployment Injury Questionnaire; Injury Perception Questionnaire-Revised (injury perceptions); Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (PTSD diagnosis); and PTSD Symptom Checklist-Civilian Version (PTSD symptoms)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416497/prognostication-in-critically-ill-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-the-tbi-prognosis-multicentre-feasibility-study
#10
Alexis F Turgeon, François Lauzier, Ryan Zarychanski, Dean A Fergusson, Caroline Léger, Lauralyn A McIntyre, Francis Bernard, Andrea Rigamonti, Karen Burns, Donald E Griesdale, Robert Green, Damon C Scales, Maureen O Meade, Martin Savard, Michèle Shemilt, Jérôme Paquet, Jean-Luc Gariépy, André Lavoie, Kesh Reddy, Draga Jichici, Giuseppe Pagliarello, David Zygun, Lynne Moore
OBJECTIVE: Severe traumatic brain injury is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in young adults. Assessing long-term neurological outcome after such injury is difficult and often characterised by uncertainty. The objective of this feasibility study was to establish the feasibility of conducting a large, multicentre prospective study to develop a prognostic model of long-term neurological outcome in critically ill patients with severe traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study...
April 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414248/factors-that-predict-discharge-recommendations-following-paediatric-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#11
Rachel M Roberts, Jessica Bunting, Mark Pertini
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To investigate factors that predict discharge recommendations for children and adolescents who present to an Australian paediatric Emergency Department (ED) following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). RESEARCH DESIGN: Retrospective data base analysis. METHODS: The study retrospectively analysed an ED database to test the relationship between injury risk factors (symptoms, Glasgow Coma Scale, prior TBI, mechanism of injury and Computed Tomography scan), non-injury risk factors (sex, age, socio-economic status (SES)) and discharge recommendations of 2807 children and adolescents (0-18 years) who presented to a children's hospital ED over a three year period with mTBI...
April 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396091/targeting-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-cns-injury-using-methylene-blue-still-a-magic-bullet
#12
Hemendra J Vekaria, Lora Talley Watts, Ai-Ling Lin, Patrick G Sullivan
Complex, multi-factorial secondary injury cascades are initiated following traumatic brain injury, which makes this a difficult disease to treat. The secondary injury cascades following the primary mechanical tissue damage, are likely where effective therapeutic interventions may be targeted. One promising therapeutic target following brain injury are mitochondria. Mitochondria are complex organelles found within the cell, which act as powerhouses within all cells by supplying ATP. These organelles are also necessary for calcium cycling, redox signaling and play a major role in the initiation of cell death pathways...
April 7, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390515/chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-known-causes-unknown-effects
#13
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Diego Iacono, Sharon B Shively, Brian L Edlow, Daniel P Perl
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neuropathologic diagnosis typically made in human brains with a history of repetitive traumatic brain injury (rTBI). It remains unknown whether CTE occurs exclusively after rTBI, or whether a single TBI (sTBI) can cause CTE. Similarly, it is unclear whether impact (eg, motor vehicle accidents) and non-impact (eg, blasts) types of energy transfer trigger divergent or common pathologies. While it is established that a history of rTBI increases the risk of multiple neurodegenerative diseases (eg, dementia, parkinsonism, and CTE), the possible pathophysiologic and molecular mechanisms underlying these risks have yet to be elucidated...
May 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388862/increased-expression-of-epileptiform-spike-wave-discharges-one-year-after-mild-moderate-or-severe-fluid-percussion-brain-injury-in-rats
#14
Thomas Joseph Sick, Joseph Wasserman, Amade Bregy, Justin Sick, W Dalton Dietrich, Helen M Bramlett
In this study, we describe increased expression of cortical epileptiform spike/wave discharges in rats 1 year after mild, moderate, or severe fluid percussion traumatic brain injury (fpTBI). Groups of rats consisted of animals that had received mild, moderate, or severe fpTBI, or sham operation 1 year earlier than electrocorticographic (ECoG) recordings. Additionally, we included a group of age-matched naïve animals. ECoG was recorded from awake animals using epidural electrodes implanted on the injured hemisphere (right), sham-operated hemisphere (right) or right hemisphere in naïve animals...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388492/the-impact-of-military-service-and-traumatic-brain-injury-on-the-substance-use-norms-of-army-reserve-and-national-guard-soldiers-and-their-spouses
#15
J A Devonish, D L Homish, B M Vest, R C Daws, R A Hoopsick, G G Homish
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use are highly prevalent conditions among military populations. There is a significant body of evidence that suggests greater approval of substance use (i.e., norms) is related to increased substance use. The objective of this work is to understand the impact of TBI and military service on substance use norms of soldiers and their partners. Data are from the baseline assessment of Operation: SAFETY, an ongoing, longitudinal study of US Army Reserve/National Guard (USAR/NG) soldiers and their partners...
March 24, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385926/critical-care-air-transport-team-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-short-term-outcomes-during-flight-for-operation-iraqi-freedom-operation-enduring-freedom
#16
L Renee Boyd, J Borawski, J Lairet, A T Limkakeng
INTRODUCTION: Our understanding of the expertise and equipment required to air transport injured soldiers with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) continue to evolve. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of characteristics, interventions required and short-term outcomes of patients with severe TBI managed by the US Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom between 1 June 2007 and 31 August 2010...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385479/opportunity-to-reduce-transfer-of-patients-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-to-a-level-1-trauma-center
#17
Brian J Yun, Benjamin A White, H Benjamin Harvey, Anand M Prabhakar, Jonathan D Sonis, McKinley Glover, Emily Vallillo, Sun Choi, Pierre Borczuk, Ali S Raja
OBJECTIVE: Current guidelines do not address the disposition of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and resultant intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). Emergency medicine clinicians working in hospitals without neurosurgery coverage typically transfer patients with both to a trauma center with neurosurgery capability. Evidence is accruing which demonstrates that the risk of neurologic decompensation depends on the type of ICH and as a result, not every patient may need to be transferred...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383469/the-neurovascular-complexity-index-as-a-potential-indicator-of-traumatic-brain-injury-severity-a-case-series-study
#18
Jeffrey T Howard, Jud C Janak, Vladislav Bukhman, Claudia Robertson, Iurii Frolov, Corinne D Nawn, Alicia M Schiller, Victor A Convertino
BACKGROUND: Multimodal monitoring of brain physiology following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) shows promise as a strategy to improve management and outcomes of TBI patients within civilian and military trauma. Valid and reliable measures of different aspects of brain physiology following a TBI could prove critical to accurately capturing these changes. METHODS: Using a case-series design with a healthy control group comparison, we evaluated a new proprietary algorithm called the neurovascular complexity index (NCI) using transcranial Doppler to noninvasively obtain measures of cerebral blood flow variability (CBFV)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382256/prognostication-of-traumatic-brain-injury-outcomes-in-older-trauma-patients-a-novel-risk-assessment-tool-based-on-initial-cranial-ct-findings
#19
Stanislaw P Stawicki, Thomas R Wojda, John D Nuschke, Ronnie N Mubang, James Cipolla, William S Hoff, Brian A Hoey, Peter G Thomas, Joan Sweeney, Daniel Ackerman, Jonathan Hosey, Steven Falowski
INTRODUCTION: Advanced age has been traditionally associated with worse traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcomes. Although prompt neurosurgical intervention (NSI, craniotomy or craniectomy) may be life-saving in the older trauma patient, it does not guarantee survival and/or return to preinjury functional status. The aim of this study was to determine whether a simple score, based entirely on the initial cranial computed tomography (CCT) is predictive of the need for NSI and key outcome measures (e...
January 2017: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376701/mild-and-mild-to-moderate-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi-induced-significant-progressive-and-enduring-multiple-comorbidities
#20
Jiamei Hou, Rachel Nelson, Zachary Wilkie, Golam Mustafa, Shigeharu Tsuda, Floyd J Thompson, Prodip K Bose
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can produce life-long disabilities including anxiety, cognitive, balance, and motor deficits. The experimental model of closed head TBI (cTBI) induced by weight drop / impact acceleration is known to produce hallmark TBI injuries. However, comprehensive long-term characterization of co-morbidities induced by graded mild to mild/moderate intensities using this experimental cTBI model has not been reported. The present study used two intensities of weight drop (1.0 m and 1.25 m/450 g) to produce cTBI in a rat model to investigate initial and long-term disability of four comorbidities: anxiety, cognitive, vestibulomotor, and spinal reflex that related to spasticity...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
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