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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529911/severe-trauma-in-the-geriatric-population
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Juan Antonio Llompart-Pou, Jon Pérez-Bárcena, Mario Chico-Fernández, Marcelino Sánchez-Casado, Joan Maria Raurich
Geriatric trauma constitutes an increasingly recognized problem. Aging results in a progressive decline in cellular function which leads to a loose of their capacity to respond to injury. Some medications commonly used in this population can mask or blunt the response to injury. Falls constitute the most common cause of trauma and the leading cause of trauma-related deaths in this population. Falls are complicated by the widespread use of antiplatelets and anticoagulants, especially in patients with brain injury...
May 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527504/telehealth-in-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-a-narrative-review
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Adam S Tenforde, Jaye E Hefner, Jodi E Kodish-Wachs, Mary A Iaccarino, Sabrina Paganoni
Telehealth refers to health care interactions that leverage telecommunication devices to provide medical care outside the traditional face-to-face, in-person medical encounter. Technology advances and research have expanded use of telehealth in health care delivery. Physical medicine and rehabilitation providers may use telehealth to deliver care to populations with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions, commonly treated in both acute care and outpatient settings. Patients with impaired mobility and those living in locations with reduced access to care may particularly benefit...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527261/-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-report-of-a-fatal-case-and-analysis-of-predictive-factors-of-a-poor-prognosis
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Moisés Ulises Torres, Ligia Victoria Delgado, Natalia Giraldo, Piedad Urueña, Sergio Franco, Olga Helena Hernández
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is an illness with multiple causes and distinctive clinicalradiological characteristics that should be known by intensivists and emergency room physicians for a timely diagnosis and treatment. A fatal case of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is presented, and the risk factors related to the outcome are identified.A 60-year-old man without a relevant medical history arrived at the emergency room presenting with depressed consciousness, seizures, and high blood pressure...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512614/postoperative-contralateral-hematoma-in-patient-with-acute-traumatic-brain-injury
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Myeong-Jin Oh, Je Hoon Jeong, Dong-Seong Shin, Sun-Chul Hwang, Soo Bin Im, Bum-Tae Kim, Won-Han Shin
OBJECTIVE: Head injury is a leading cause of death and disability in subjects who suffer a traumatic accident. Contralateral hematomas after surgery for traumatic brain injury are rare. However, an unrecognized, these hematomas can cause devastating results. We presented our experience of these patients and discussed diagnosis and management. METHODS: This study included 12 traumatic patients with acute traumatic brain injury who developed delayed contralateral hematoma after evacuation of an acute hematoma...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511969/the-current-role-of-decompressive-craniectomy-for-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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S Honeybul, K M Ho, C R P Lind, G R Gillett
There is little doubt that decompressive craniectomy can reduce mortality however, the results of a recent study has provided more evidence to inform the debate regarding clinical and ethical concerns that it merely converts death into survival with severe disability or in a vegetative state. The recently published RESCUEicp trial compared last-tier secondary decompressive craniectomy with continued medical management for refractory intracranial hypertension after severe traumatic brain injury. Patients were randomly assigned to decompressive craniectomy with medical therapy or to receive continued medical therapy with the option of adding barbiturates...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504109/severe-traumatic-brain-injury-targeted-management-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Nino Stocchetti, Marco Carbonara, Giuseppe Citerio, Ari Ercole, Markus B Skrifvars, Peter Smielewski, Tommaso Zoerle, David K Menon
Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is currently managed in the intensive care unit with a combined medical-surgical approach. Treatment aims to prevent additional brain damage and to optimise conditions for brain recovery. TBI is typically considered and treated as one pathological entity, although in fact it is a syndrome comprising a range of lesions that can require different therapies and physiological goals. Owing to advances in monitoring and imaging, there is now the potential to identify specific mechanisms of brain damage and to better target treatment to individuals or subsets of patients...
June 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503462/predictors-for-depressive-mood-in-geriatric-patients-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Je Kyung Kim, Na Young Kim, Yong Wook Kim
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors for depressive mood in geriatric patients after traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: A retrospective review of patients' medical charts was performed in TBI patients who were older than 60 years and referred to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Severance Hospital in 2002-2016. The patients were classified into two groups based on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS): non-depressive group (0≤GDS≤16) and depressive group (17≤GDS≤30)...
April 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501413/managing-traumatic-brain-injury-translating-military-guidelines-to-the-wilderness
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Edward J Otten, Warren C Dorlac
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury on the battlefield. Much of what medics do to manage these injuries on the battlefield can be translated to other austere environments, such as wilderness or disaster settings. The recognition and diagnosis of TBI can be difficult even in the hospital, but basic understanding of how to define a TBI and prevent secondary injuries can be accomplished with relatively few resources and little training. This article outlines what a TBI is and how to manage it in the field...
May 10, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489701/pediatricians-knowledge-attitudes-and-behaviors-to-screening-children-after-complicated-mild-tbi-a-survey
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Heather T Keenan, Susan L Bratton, Rebecca R Dixon
OBJECTIVE: To understand pediatricians' attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors about the care of children with complicated mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). PARTICIPANTS: A total of 3500 pediatricians randomly selected from the American Medical Association Master File. DESIGN: It was a cross-sectional survey. MAIN MEASURES: A survey developed to assess pediatricians' attitudes toward following children with complicated mild TBI for cognitive and behavioral sequelae; their knowledge of TBI sequelae; and their usual evaluation and management of children after TBI...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484927/ethical-and-legal-considerations-in-the-management-of-an-unbefriended-patient-in-a-vegetative-state
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Alexandra Lloyd-Smith Sequeira, Ariane Lewis
BACKGROUND: Patients without surrogates are referred to as "unbefriended." Because these patients do not have representatives to assist with medical decision-making, patient autonomy and self-determination, fundamental concepts of American healthcare, are jeopardized. METHODS: We present a case of an unbefriended patient in a vegetative state and discuss the ethical and legal complications associated with management of unbefriended patients. RESULTS: An unbefriended patient was admitted to our hospital with a cardiac arrest in the setting of an intracerebral hemorrhage...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484551/self-inflicted-stab-with-a-knife-an-unusual-mode-of-penetrating-brain-injury
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Zeeshan Qazi, Bal Krishna Ojha, Anil Chandra, Sunil Kumar Singh, Chhitij Srivastava, Nishant Verma, Tushar B Patil
Self-inflicted penetrating injuries have been very rarely described in the medical literature. We describe a middle-aged woman, who had driven a long knife inside her skull with the help of a brick. She had done this to get relief from chronic headache, which was troubling her for 10 years. Patient was hemodynamically stable and had Glassgow Coma scale score of 15. She was immediately operated to remove the knife and evacuate the acute subdural hematoma. Patient made a steady postoperative recovery. Psychiatric and neurological evaluation in the postoperative period revealed features of mixed anxiety and depressive disorder with migraine, for which she was started on treatment...
April 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480662/impact-of-neurointensivist-co-management-on-the-clinical-outcomes-of-patients-admitted-to-a-neurosurgical-intensive-care-unit
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Jeong Am Ryu, Jeong Hoon Yang, Chi Ryang Chung, Gee Young Suh, Seung Chyul Hong
Limited data are available on improved outcomes after initiation of neurointensivist co-management in neurosurgical intensive care units (NSICUs) in Korea. We evaluated the impact of a newly appointed neurointensivist on the outcomes of neurosurgical patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). This retrospective observational study involved neurosurgical patients admitted to the NSICU at Samsung Medical Center between March 2013 and May 2016. Neurointensivist co-management was initiated in October 1 2014...
June 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480110/point-of-care-testing-in-the-acute-management-of-traumatic-brain-injury-identifying-the-coagulopathic-patient
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Yair M Gozal, Christopher P Carroll, Bryan M Krueger, Jane Khoury, Norberto O Andaluz
BACKGROUND: The use of anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications has become increasingly common and is a well-established risk factor for worsening of hemorrhages in trauma patients. The current study addresses the need to investigate the efficacy of point-of-care tests (POC) as an adjunct to conventional coagulation testing in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. METHODS: A retrospective review of 190 TBI patients >18 years of age who underwent both conventional and POC testing as part of their admission coagulopathy workup was conducted...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469499/a-case-of-statin-associated-autoimmune-myopathy
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Alexander J Sweidan, Anthony Leung, Cassandra J Kaiser, Sarah J Strube, Andrei N Dokukin, Stephen Romansky, Sassan Farjami
A 70-year-old previously independent man developed progressive proximal leg weakness resulting in a fall at home suffering traumatic brain injury. He was prescribed a statin medication two years prior, but this was discontinued on admission to the hospital due to concern for statin myopathy. His weakness continued to progress while in acute rehabilitation, along with the development of dysphagia requiring placement of gastrostomy tube and respiratory failure requiring tracheostomy. Corticosteroids and intravenous immunoglobulin were administered without response...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466119/critical-care-management-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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REVIEW
Matthew B Bevers, W Taylor Kimberly
Ischemic stroke accounts for approximately 85% of all strokes. Although severe strokes constitute a minority of cases, they are associated with a majority of the subsequent disability and death. Reperfusion therapy with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or endovascular thrombectomy is a mainstay of acute stroke management. Intensive care management of stroke is focused on reducing complications of reperfusion, such as hemorrhagic transformation, and minimizing secondary brain injury, including brain edema and progressive stroke...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457980/reversal-of-trauma-induced-coagulopathy-using-first-line-coagulation-factor-concentrates-or-fresh-frozen-plasma-retic-a-single-centre-parallel-group-open-label-randomised-trial
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Petra Innerhofer, Dietmar Fries, Markus Mittermayr, Nicole Innerhofer, Daniel von Langen, Tobias Hell, Gottfried Gruber, Stefan Schmid, Barbara Friesenecker, Ingo H Lorenz, Mathias Ströhle, Verena Rastner, Susanne Trübsbach, Helmut Raab, Benedikt Treml, Dieter Wally, Benjamin Treichl, Agnes Mayer, Christof Kranewitter, Elgar Oswald
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of trauma-induced coagulopathy is important; however, the optimal therapy is still not known. We aimed to compare the efficacy of first-line therapy using fresh frozen plasma (FFP) or coagulation factor concentrates (CFC) for the reversal of trauma-induced coagulopathy, the arising transfusion requirements, and consequently the development of multiple organ failure. METHODS: This single-centre, parallel-group, open-label, randomised trial was done at the Level 1 Trauma Center in Innsbruck Medical University Hospital (Innsbruck, Austria)...
April 27, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452700/presentation-workup-and-management-of-penetrating-transorbital-and-transnasal-injuries-a-case-report-and-systematic-review
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Saied Ghadersohi, Elisabeth H Ference, Kara Detwiller, Robert C Kern
BACKGROUND: A foreign body (FB) penetrating intracranially after passing transorbitally or transnasally is a rare occurrence. However, otolaryngologists are increasingly being asked to participate in the care of these patients for both endoscopic removal of the object and repair of any skull base defects. OBJECTIVE: To assess the presentation, workup, and management of transnasal or transorbital penetrating FB injury. METHODS: Systematic review of the presentation, workup, and management of transnasal or transorbital penetrating FB injury; plus, a case report of a 53-year-old woman with a transorbital penetrating rose bush branch...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437224/structure-process-and-culture-of-intensive-care-units-treating-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-survey-of-centers-participating-in-the-american-college-of-surgeons-trauma-quality-improvement-program
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Aziz S Alali, Victoria A McCredie, Todd G Mainprize, David Gomez, Avery B Nathens
Outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) differs substantially between hospitals. Explaining this variation begins with understanding the differences in structures and processes of care, particularly at intensive care units (ICUs) where acute TBI care takes place. We invited trauma medical directors (TMDs) from 187 centers participating in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (ACS TQIP) to complete a survey. The survey domains included ICU model, type, availability of specialized units, staff, training programs, standard protocols and order sets, approach to withdrawal of life support, and perceived level of neurosurgeons' engagement in the ICU management of TBI...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435989/aggressive-medical-management-of-acute-traumatic-subdural-hematomas-before-emergency-craniotomy-in-patients-presenting-with-bilateral-unreactive-pupils-a-cohort-study
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Arturo Chieregato, Alessandra Venditto, Emanuele Russo, Costanza Martino, Giovanni Bini
BACKGROUND: The outcome of patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acute traumatic subdural hematoma (aSDH) admitted to the emergency room with bilaterally dilated, unreactive pupils (bilateral mydriasis) is notoriously poor. METHODS: Of 2074 TBI patients consecutively admitted to our facility between 1997 and 2012, 115 had a first CT scan with aSDH, unreactive bilateral mydriasis, and a Glasgow Coma Score of 3 or 4. Sixty-two patients were unoperated and died within hours or a few days...
April 24, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433414/diffusion-tensor-imaging-findings-and-cognitive-function-following-hospitalised-mixed-mechanism-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lucy Oehr, Jacqueline Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis of the relationship between microstructural damage and cognitive function following hospitalised mixed-mechanism (HMM) mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). DATA SOURCES: PsycInfo, Embase, and Medline were used to find relevant empirical papers published between January 2002 to January 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Studies that examined the specific relationship between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and cognitive test performance were included...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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