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Neurosurgery, neurology

Samuel Carbunaru, Robert S Eisinger, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, Dana Bassan, Amin Cervantes-Arriaga, Mayela Rodriguez-Violante, Daniel Martinez-Ramirez
Objectives: Impulse control disorders (ICDs) are common among patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Risk factors identified for developing ICDs include young age, family history, and impulsive personality traits. However, the association of these potentially disabling disorders with nondopaminergic drugs and sleep disorders has been understudied. Our objective was to examine the association between ICDs and nondopaminergic medications and sleep disorders. Methods: We conducted an observational study of 53 patients with PD from the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Stephen T Casper
OBJECTIVE: To review the intellectual history of concussion from the mid-19th century to the opening decade of the 21st century. BACKGROUND: Head injuries (HI) and their acute and long-term effects have been investigated for centuries, with major reviews of the topic appearing by 1870. Thus, while it has long been acknowledged that chronic traumatic encephalopathy was first described by Harrison Martland in 1928, an examination of the history of concussion research up to Martland's seminal report places his studies in a deeper historical context...
March 14, 2018: Headache
J S Zhang, L Qu, Q Wang, Q P Gui, Y Z Hou, G C Sun, F Y Li, Z Z Zhang, X L Chen, J Zhang, Z H Sun, X G Yu, B N Xu
Objective: To investigate the clinical value of multimodal navigation-based virtual reality (MNVR) in the needle biopsy of intracranial eloquent lesions. Methods: From January 2016 to January 2017, 20 patients with intracranial deep-seated lesions involving eloquent brain areas underwent MNVR-aided needle biopsy at Department of Neurosurgery, People's Liberation Army General Hospital. Preoperatively, MNVR was used to propose and revise the biopsy planning. Intraoperatively, navigation helped trajectory avoid the eloquent structures...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Jeffrey J Pasternak, William L Lanier
We provide a synopsis of innovative research, recurring themes, and novel experimental findings pertinent to the care of neurosurgical patients and critically ill patients with neurological diseases. We cover the following broad topics: general neurosurgery, spine surgery, stroke, traumatic brain injury, monitoring, and anesthetic neurotoxicity.
April 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Christopher M Bonfield, Rachel Pellegrino, Jillian Berkman, Robert P Naftel, Chevis N Shannon, John C Wellons
OBJECTIVE Both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery (AANS/CNS Pediatric Section) and the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) annual meetings provide a platform for pediatric neurosurgeons to present, discuss, and disseminate current academic research. An ultimate goal of these meetings is to publish presented results in peer-reviewed journals. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the publication rates of oral presentations from the 2009, 2010, and 2011 AANS/CNS Pediatric Section and ISPN annual meetings in peer-reviewed journals...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Norman Ma, Sarah Mills, Craig McBride, Roy Kimble, Michael Redmond
BACKGROUND: Skateboarding is a popular recreation among children and adolescents. Injuries that result in presentation to emergency departments are varied including head injuries. The study aims to assess the type and severity of neurological damage to the brain and spine in children from injuries incurred while using a skateboard. METHODS: After obtaining Ethics approval, a retrospective case review was performed of all admissions to all Brisbane, Australia public hospital neurosurgery departments of children 18 years and less who experienced injuries to the brain and spine for the years 2010-2014...
March 6, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Elena Vetlova, Denis A Golbin, Andrey V Golanov, Alexander A Potapov, Sergey M Banov, Natalia Antipina, Valery V Kostjuchenko, Dmitry Y Usachev, Artem Y Belyaev, Sergey Goryaynov
INTRODUCTION:  Preoperative stereotactic radiosurgery (pre-SRS) is a recent advancement in the strategy for brain metastasis (BM) management, and available data demonstrate the advantages of pre-SRS before postoperative radiation treatment, including lower rates of local toxicity, leptomeningeal progression, and a high percentage of local control. The authors presented the results of pre-SRS in patients with BM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen patients with BM (11 female and eight male) have been treated at N...
December 26, 2017: Curēus
Jun-Hui Chen, Pei-Pei Li, Li-Kun Yang, Lei Chen, Jie Zhu, Xu Hu, Yu-Hai Wang
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the clinical efficacy of and optimal therapeutic strategy for ventricular intracranial pressure monitoring (V-ICPM) in patients with traumatic bifrontal contusions (TBCs). METHODS: From 8760 patients with a traumatic brain injury treated between January 2010 and January 2016, a retrospective analysis was performed on 105 patients with TBC who underwent V-ICPM and 282 TBC patients who did not. All patients underwent treatment at the 101st Hospital of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Wuxi, China)...
February 28, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Ozlem Devrim Balaban, Menekse Sila Yazar, Erkan Aydin, Ruken Agachanli, Huseyin Yumrukcal
Context: The concept of posttraumatic growth (PTG) is important to focus on positive outcomes of a challenging process like caregiving. Aims: The aim of the present study is to investigate the factors inclusively considered to be related to PTG in primary caregivers of schizophrenic patients. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional study was conducted with caregivers of patients with schizophrenia between January 2013 and February 2014 at a mental health hospital...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Mohamed Macki, Mohamed Fakih, Pridvi Kandagatla, Ilan Rubinfeld, Victor Chang
OBJECTIVE: Because of the healthcare initiative on quality improvement projects in academic healthcare, this study explores the impact of different postgraduate years (PGYs) on unexpected re-operation rates. METHODS: Using National Surgical Quality Improvement Program 2005-2014, adult neurosurgical cases were divided into subspecialties: spine, open-vascular, cranial, and functional. Comparison groups: cases involving junior residents [PGY 1-PGY 3], mid-level residents [PGY 4+PGY 5], and senior residents [PGY 6+PGY 7]...
February 21, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Sonia Tejada, Shivaram Avula, Benedetta Pettorini, Dawn Henningan, Laurence Abernethy, Conor Mallucci
BACKGROUND: The intraoperative magnetic resonance scanner (ioMR) was introduced in our unit in 2009, and has been used routinely since then. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to describe indications, radiological features, and clinical outcomes of the patients operated on with ioMRI and analyze our experience. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a prospective surgical database has been performed, including surgical procedure, intent, radiological reports, need for second-look surgery, and complications, supplemented by further review of the clinical notes and the scans...
February 19, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Hitoshi Mutai, Tomomi Furukawa, Ayumi Wakabayashi, Akihito Suzuki, Tokiji Hanihara
Background As the population continues to age rapidly, clarifying the factors affecting the prognosis in very elderly stroke patients is essential to enhance the quality of their rehabilitation. Objectives To compare the functional recovery of elderly stroke patients classified into three age groups and to identify the predictors of functional recovery in the very elderly following acute inpatient rehabilitation. Methods Observational study: We collected data on 461 stroke patients in the neurology and neurosurgery ward and classified them into three age groups (65-74, 75-84, and ≥ 85 years)...
February 19, 2018: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Timothé Guilavogui, Alioune Camara, Elhadj Marouf Diallo, Akoï Koïvogui, Aminatou Barry, Koligna Zoumanigui, Alpha Ahmadou Diallo, Alexandre Delamou, Moussa Koulibaly
The study aims to describe the organizational framework of International Medical Evacuation (IME), the profile of persons evacuated, and the associated cost of IME in Guinea. This was a descriptive study of IME policy in Guinea. We described the politico-structural organization of IME and the profile of patient accessing IME through the Ministry of Health (MOH: 2001-2015) and through the National Social Security Fund (NSSF: 2011-2015). From 1958 to 1992 since the health system was restricted, the country negotiated the free medical treatment with Socialist countries...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Jack Rock, Roberta Glick, Isabelle M Germano, Robert Dempsey, John Zervos, Tyler Prentiss, Matthew Davis, Ernest Wright, Kyi Hlaing, Myat Thu, Zaw Wai Soe, Win Myaing
BACKGROUND: For the first time in Southeast Asia, a Fundamentals of Neurosurgery Boot Camp was held at the University of Medicine 1 in Yangon, Myanmar, February 24-26, 2017. The aim of this course was to teach and train fundamental skills to neurosurgery residents. METHODS: The Myanmar Neurosurgical Society, the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery, the Society for Neurological Surgeons, The University of Medicine 1 in Yangon, Myanmar and the Henry Ford Department of Neurosurgery developed a two-day resident training course...
February 10, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Maya A Babu, Linda M Liau, E Sander Connolly, Fredric B Meyer
Assuring clinical competence throughout the career of a neurosurgeon is of paramount importance for patient safety. We present the first comprehensive survey of all neurosurgeons board certified through the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) to evaluate perceptions of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). We administered a validated, online, confidential survey to 4899 neurosurgeons (2435 ABNS diplomates participating in MOC, 1440 diplomates certified prior to 1999 [time-unlimited certificates], and 1024 retired diplomates)...
February 9, 2018: Neurosurgery
Ethan G Brown, S Andrew Josephson, Noriko Anderson, Mary Reid, Melissa Lee, Vanja C Douglas
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a frequent and detrimental complication of inpatient hospitalization. Multicomponent intervention in selected groups has been shown to prevent and treat delirium, though little data exists on the effect of intervention in neurological patients. We studied the efficacy of a multicomponent delirium care pathway implemented on a largely neurology and neurosurgery hospital ward among unselected patients. METHODS: We incorporated a multicomponent delirium care pathway into the workflow of a university hospital for patients older than 50 years...
February 12, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
John Gaitanis, Tomo Tarui
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an overview of the most common nervous system malformations and serves as a reference for the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: Major advances have occurred in recognizing the genetic basis of nervous system malformations. Environmental causes of nervous system malformations, such as perinatal infections including Zika virus, are also reviewed. Treatment for nervous system malformations begins prior to birth with prevention...
February 2018: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Linda W Xu, Silvia D Vaca, Juliet Nalwanga, Christine Muhumuza, Daniel Vail, Benjamin J Lerman, Joel Kiryabwire Surg, Hussein Ssenyonjo, John Mukasa, Michael Muhumuza, Michael M Haglund, Gerald Grant
BACKGROUND: In the past decade, neurosurgery in Uganda experienced increasing surgical volume and a new residency training program. While research has examined surgical capacity, minimal data exists on the patient population treated by neurosurgery and their eventual outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Patients admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital neurosurgical ward over two years (2014 and 2015) were documented in a prospective database. 1167 were discharged with documented phone numbers, thus eligible for follow-up...
February 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Frank J Attenello, Ian A Buchanan, Timothy Wen, Daniel A Donoho, Shirley McCartney, Steven Y Cen, Alexander A Khalessi, Aaron A Cohen-Gadol, Joseph S Cheng, William J Mack, Clemens M Schirmer, Karin R Swartz, J Adair Prall, Ann R Stroink, Steven L Giannotta, Paul Klimo
OBJECTIVE Excessive dissatisfaction and stress among physicians can precipitate burnout, which results in diminished productivity, quality of care, and patient satisfaction and treatment adherence. Given the multiplicity of its harms and detriments to workforce retention and in light of the growing physician shortage, burnout has garnered much attention in recent years. Using a national survey, the authors formally evaluated burnout among neurosurgery trainees. METHODS An 86-item questionnaire was disseminated to residents in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons database between June and November 2015...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Laure Bretsztajn, Wladyslaw Gedroyc
Magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) allows for precise non-invasive thermal ablation of target tissues for a wide range of clinical applications. It is an innovative and rapidly expanding technology which has already established itself as an effective and safe incisionless alternative in the treatment of various soft tissue tumours, with many more research studies underway to extend its therapeutic envelope. The non-invasiveness of the procedure makes FUS particularly attractive in functional neurosurgery, where existing treatment options are not suitable for all patients...
February 8, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
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