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Trauma, emergency surgery

Marisa de Carvalho Borges, Tharsus Dias Takeuti, Guilherme Azevedo Terra, Betânia Maria Ribeiro, Virmondes Rodrigues-Júnior, Eduardo Crema
Background: Surgical trauma triggers an important postoperative stress response characterized by significantly elevated levels of cytokines, an event that can favor the emergence of immune disorders which lead to disturbances in the patient's body defense. The magnitude of postoperative stress is related to the degree of surgical trauma. Aim: To evaluate the expression of pro-inflammatory (TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-1β, and IL-17) and anti-inflammatory (IL-4) cytokines in patients submitted to conventional and single-port laparoscopic cholecystectomy before and 24 h after surgery...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Rei-Yeuh Chang, Chien-Chang Chen, Wei-Pang Hsu, Pei-Ching Hsiao, Han-Lin Tsai, Ping-Gune Hsiao, Jiann-Der Wu, How-Ran Guo
BACKGROUND: Avulsion of the aortic valve commissure as a cause of acute aortic valve regurgitation is mostly due to trauma, infective endocarditis, or ascending aortic dissection. Nontraumatic avulsion of the aortic valve commissure is very rare. We reviewed the literature and analyzed potential risk factors of nontraumatic avulsion. CASE PRESENTATION: An 80-year-old male with hypertension was seen in the emergency department with acute onset dyspnea. Echocardiogram revealed left ventricular hypertrophy with adequate systolic function, prolapse of the noncoronary cusp, and incomplete coaptation of the right coronary and noncoronary cusps with severe aortic valve regurgitation...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Daisuke Kudo, Shigeki Kushimoto, Atsushi Shiraishi, Hiroshi Ogura, Akiyoshi Hagiwara, Daizoh Saitoh
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether preinjury medication with antithrombotic agents was related to an increase in hemostatic interventions in patients with severe trauma without traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Consecutive trauma patients who were admitted to the emergency departments of the study hospitals with an injury severity score ≥16 were enrolled in this retrospective, observational, multicenter study of coagulation in the acute phase of severe trauma...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Hsiang-I Wang, Giou-Teng Yiang, Chin-Wang Hsu, Jen-Chun Wang, Chien-Hsing Lee, Yu-Long Chen
BACKGROUND: Thyroid storm, an endocrine emergency, remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. It is recognized to develop as a result of several factors, including infection, surgery, acute illness, and rarely, trauma. Recognition of thyroid storm in a trauma patient is difficult because the emergency physician usually focuses on managing more obvious injuries. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: We present a case of trauma-related thyroid storm and review the previous literature on posttraumatic thyroid storm to delineate risk factors of the disease...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Naranpurev Mendsaikhan, Tsolmon Begzjav, Ganbold Lundeg, Martin W Dünser
CONTEXT: The epidemiology and outcome of critical illness in Mongolia remain undefined. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and outcome of critical illness in Mongolia. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This is a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study including 19 Mongolian centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and outcome data of patients >15 years admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) were collected during a 6-month period...
July 2016: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
Sei Yano, Yasuchika Aoki, Atsuya Watanabe, Takayuki Nakajima, Makoto Takazawa, Hiroyuki Hirasawa, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Koichi Nakagawa, Arata Nakajima, Hiroshi Takahashi, Sumihisa Orita, Yawara Eguchi, Takane Suzuki, Seiji Ohtori
Pelvic ring fractures are defined as life-threatening injuries that can be treated surgically with external or internal fixation. The authors report on an 81-year-old woman with an unstable pelvic fracture accompanying multiple traumas that was successfully treated with a less invasive procedure. The patient was injured in a traffic accident and sustained a total of 20 fractures, including pelvic ring, bilateral rib, and lumbar transverse processes fractures, and multiple fractures of both upper and lower extremities...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Brian Jarrett, Michael Secko
BACKGROUND: Choroid detachment is a rare disease process that has a multitude of etiologies; usually related to recent ophthalmological surgery, eye trauma, corneal ulcers, or intraocular pressure-lowering agents. Point-of-care ocular ultrasound has high utility and accuracy in diagnosing pathology of the eye. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a patient who presented with vision loss caused by a choroid detachment diagnosed on point-of-care ultrasound because fundoscopic examination was limited due to cataracts...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Menno V Huisman, John Fanikos
As expected with all antithrombotic agents, there is a risk of bleeding complications in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) because of the DOAC itself, acute trauma, invasive procedures, or underlying comorbidities. For many bleeding events, a prudent course of action will be to withdraw the DOAC, then "wait and support" the patient, with the expectation that the bleeding event should resolve with time. Likewise, DOAC therapy may be interrupted ahead of a planned procedure, the stopping time being dependent on the agent involved and the patient's renal function...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Vivek Kumar Kankane, Gaurav Jaiswal, Tarun Kumar Gupta
Pneumocephalus is commonly seen after head and facial trauma, ear infections, and tumors of the skull base or neurosurgical interventions. In tension pneumocephalus, the continuous accumulation of intracranial air is thought to be caused by a "ball valve" mechanism. In turn, this may lead to a mass effect on the brain, with subsequent neurological deterioration and signs of herniation. Tension pneumocephalus is considered a life-threatening, neurosurgical emergency burr-hole evacuation was performed and he experienced a full recovery...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Madison M Hunt, Austin M Stevens, Kristine W Hansen, Stephen J Fenton
PURPOSE: To expedite flow of injured children suspected to require operative intervention, a "trauma 1 OP" (T1OP) activation classification was created. The purpose of this study was to review this strategy at a level 1 pediatric trauma center. METHODS: A retrospective review of T1OP activations between 2003 and 2015 was performed. Children suspected of requiring neurosurgical intervention were classified as trauma 1 OP neuro (T1OP(N)). Comparisons were made to trauma 1 (T1) patients who required emergent operative intervention, excluding orthopedic injuries...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
C X Hua, Y F Cui
Due to the large surgical trauma and postoperative complications, the perioperative management of pancreaticoduodenectomy has been one of the urgent problems to be solved by the surgeons. With the development of modern medicine, enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) comes into being, basing on anti-stress mechanism and multi-disciplinary team, and the perioperative management of pancreaticoduodenectomy has been optimized and improved continuously. The surgeons through a range of measures that had evidence-based medicine basis to mitigate the extent of surgical trauma stress, reduce the incidence of postoperative complications, shorten patient recovery time previously healthy state, and achieve maximize benefit for patients...
October 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Matthew P Cheng, Marc-Christian Domingo, Simon Lévesque, Cedric P Yansouni
BACKGROUND: There are increasing data regarding Terrisporobacter glycolicus as an emerging anaerobic pathogen. However, the few published cases to date usually report it as part of a polymicrobial infection. Here, we describe the first reported monomicrobial surgical site infection with this bacterium. Identification methods, taxonomy, and clinical management of this rarely identified pathogen are also discussed. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy 66-year-old sustained an open olecranon fracture of his left arm after trauma...
September 29, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kátia Sheylla Malta Purim, Luiza DE Martino Cruvinel Borges, Ana Carolina Possebom
Knowledge of the profile and professional integration of new graduates enables adjustments in medical education. This study evaluated 107 graduates from a private institution in the Brazilian South region, using a self-administered electronic questionnaire. There were similar participation of young physicians of both genders and higher male concentration in general surgery. Graduates are inserted in the public and private labor market. Most do extra shifts in emergency services and trauma surgery, where there is greater need for clinical and surgical skills...
July 2016: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
Daniel C Steinemann, Andreas Zerz, Michel Adamina, Walter Brunner, Andreas Keerl, Antonio Nocito, Andreas Scheiwiller, Rene Spalinger, Stephan A Vorburger, Sebastian H Lamm
BACKGROUND: Single-incision laparoscopy (SIL) and natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) aim at reducing surgical access trauma. To monitor the introduction of emerging technologies, the Swiss Association for Laparo- and Thoracoscopic Surgeons launched a database in 2010. The current status of SIL and NOTES in Switzerland is reported, and the techniques are compared. METHODS: The number and type of procedures, surgeon experience, their impressions of performance, conversion, and complications between 2010 and 2015 are described...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
P Manodh, D Prabhu Shankar, Devadoss Pradeep, Rajan Santhosh, Aparna Murugan
BACKGROUND: Maxillofacial fractures occur in a significant proportion worldwide and can occur as an isolated injury or in combination with other severe injuries including cranial, spinal, and upper and lower body injuries requiring prompt diagnosis with possible emergency interventions. The epidemiology of facial fractures varies with regard to injury type, severity, and cause and depends on the population studied. Hence, understanding of these factors can aid in establishing clinical and research priorities for effective treatment and prevention of these injuries...
September 23, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Marc Maegele, Oliver Grottke, Herbert Schöchl, Oliver A Sakowitz, Michael Spannagl, Jürgen Koscielny
BACKGROUND: Direct (non-vitamin-K-dependent) oral anticoagulants (DOAC) are given as an alternative to vitamin K antagonists (VKA) to prevent stroke and embolic disease in patients with atrial fibrillation that is not due to pathology of the heart valves. Fatal hemorrhage is rarer when DOACs are given (nonvalvular atrial fibrillation: odds ratio [OR] 0.68; 95% confidence interval [95% CI: 0.48; 0.96], and venous thromboembolism: OR 0.54; [0.22; 1.32]). 48% of emergency trauma patients need an emergency operation or early surgery...
September 5, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Stella Y Chung, Aditya Sood, Mark S Granick
BACKGROUND: Traumatic hand injuries represent approximately 20% of emergency department visits; yet, access to emergency care remains inadequate. Recent surveys from several states report a wider availability of hand specialists providing elective care than emergency care. The authors aim to examine this phenomenon in the state of New Jersey and whether there is a national trend toward disproportionate availability between emergency and elective hand coverage. METHODS: A survey was conducted of all New Jersey hospitals, excepting university hospitals, in August 2014...
2016: Eplasty
Seong Woo Hong, Yeo Goo Chang, Byungmo Lee, Woo Yong Lee
Spontaneous bleeding from a short gastric artery in the absence of pre-disposing trauma is reported very rarely. To the best of our knowledge, the published literature includes only 14 cases. Young men comprise almost all of the patients, and were induced by vomiting or gagging. The patients usually required emergent surgery. Our patient, a 32-year-old man, was diagnosed with spontaneous hemoperitoneum due to short gastric artery tearing after a few instances of vomiting. We managed him conservatively including fluid, vitamin K and antifibrinolytic agent without surgery...
September 25, 2016: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
Lena M Napolitano, Thomas W Biester, Gregory J Jurkovich, Jo Buyske, Mark A Malangoni, Frank R Lewis
BACKGROUND: There are no specific Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education General Surgery Residency Program Requirements for rotations in surgical critical care (SCC), trauma, and burn. We sought to determine the experience of general surgery residents in SCC, trauma, and burn rotations. METHODS: Data analysis of surgical rotations of American Board of Surgery general surgery resident applicants (n = 7,299) for the last 8 years (2006 to 2013, inclusive) was performed through electronic applications to the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination...
October 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Greg Hambright, Vaidehi Agrawal, Phillip L Sladek, Suzanne M Slonim, Michael S Truitt
BACKGROUND: Acute care surgeons (ACS) often care for patients with limited access to health care. They may not participate in preventative screenings and interventions (PSIs) such as mammography, colonoscopy, or pneumococcal vaccinations (VAs). We sought to identify barriers to compliance and determine if ACS have an opportunity to facilitate PSI participation. METHODS: All patients evaluated by an ACS were considered for inclusion in the study. Patients meeting national PSI inclusion criteria were enrolled...
August 3, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
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