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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159600/early-seizure-prophylaxis-in-traumatic-brain-injuries-revisited-a-prospective-observational-study
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Desmond Khor, Jinglan Wu, Quanqiu Hong, Elizabeth Benjamin, Shuiming Xiao, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
INTRODUCTION: Pharmacological prophylaxis for early seizures following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a recommendation in the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines. However, several studies have challenged the efficacy and safety of this practice, resulting in varied practice across centers around the world. The purpose of the present study was to compare the incidence of early clinical seizures following TBI, between two large centers, a US Center that practises routine seizure prophylaxis and a Chinese Center that does not use seizure prophylaxis following TBI...
November 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147634/intracranial-ischemic-infarct-due-to-blunt-force-trauma-in-a-high-school-football-player
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Brandon I Esianor, Ali S Haider, Margaret I Engelhardt, Tijani Osumah, Steven Vayalumkal, Richa Thakur, Dean Leonard, Jeffrey Haithcock, Kennith F Layton
Ischemic stroke is an uncommon cause of death among teenagers and young adults; however, the etiologies differ when compared to ischemic strokes in older individuals. Large-vessel atherosclerosis and small-vessel disease causing ischemic stroke are rare for the teenage population, while cervicocerebral arterial dissections account for up to 20% of ischemic strokes. Here, we present the case of a 16-year-old male who developed internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) after a head injury and subsequently developed ischemic stroke and seizures...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110977/clinical-mimics-an-emergency-medicine-focused-review-of-syncope-mimics
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Diana K Coleman, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Syncope is an event that causes a transient loss of consciousness (LOC) secondary to global cerebral hypoperfusion. The transient nature of the event can make diagnosis in the emergency department (ED) difficult, as symptoms have often resolved by time of initial presentation. The symptoms and presentation of syncope are similar to many other conditions, which can lead to difficulty in establishing a diagnosis in the ED. OBJECTIVE: This review evaluates patients presenting with a history concerning for possible syncope, mimics of syncope, and approach to managing syncope mimics...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051871/bilateral-divergent-shoulder-s-fracture-dislocation-case-in-an-ischemic-stroke-patient
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Atchi Walla, Faré Gnandi-Piou, Pilakimwé Egbohou, Komi Assogba, Mawuko Quacoe
INTRODUCTION: The literature review revealed that nowadays only about 15 cases of bilateral shoulder dislocation associated with the fracture of the upper end of the humerus have been published. The triad of lesional mechanism designated by the triple syndrome E composed of epilepsy, electrocution, and external trauma was the circumstances noted in which these fractures dislocations occur with migration of the two humeral heads either forward or backward. CASE REPORT: An architect of 36-year-old, right-handed, was admitted in emergency department for loss of knowledge of progressive installation...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042939/aphasic-status-epilepticus-as-the-sole-symptom-of-epilepsy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ji-Qing Qiu, Yu Cui, Li-Chao Sun, Zhan-Peng Zhu
Aphasia is a common symptom encountered by neurologists. However, the presence of aphasia as the sole manifestation of partial status epilepticus is rare. The present study reports a case of aphasic status epilepticus in a 27-year-old right-handed female who presented after the abrupt onset of aphasia, which had persisted for 1.5 days. The patient's medical history included head trauma followed by a craniectomy and cranioplasty. Computed tomography scans revealed a lesion in the patient's left parietal lobe, and an electroencephalogram showed a spike and slow wave pattern in the left hemisphere of the brain during aphasia...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991830/development-and-validation-of-an-empiric-tool-to-predict-favorable-neurologic-outcomes-among-picu-patients
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Punkaj Gupta, Mallikarjuna Rettiganti, Jeffrey M Gossett, Jennifer Daufeldt, Tom B Rice, Randall C Wetzel
OBJECTIVES: To create a novel tool to predict favorable neurologic outcomes during ICU stay among children with critical illness. DESIGN: Logistic regression models using adaptive lasso methodology were used to identify independent factors associated with favorable neurologic outcomes. A mixed effects logistic regression model was used to create the final prediction model including all predictors selected from the lasso model. Model validation was performed using a 10-fold internal cross-validation approach...
October 6, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948121/novel-use-of-an-image-guided-stereotactic-approach-in-trauma-for-localization-of-transcranial-bullet
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Dat T Vo, George F Cravens, Robert E Germann
Penetrating brain injuries from gunshot wounds can carry a poor prognosis and require an aggressive, multifaceted approach to obtain a good prognosis and outcome. An initial evaluation requires appropriate imaging studies followed by management and prophylaxis against increased intracranial pressure, infection, and seizures. Surgical management is then followed to ensure the watertight closure of any wounds, removal of any areas of hematoma, and removal of any potential areas of infection. In this paper, we report the case of a patient who presented with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and then received aggressive medical and surgical management...
July 21, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941835/pharmacoresistance-with-newer-anti-epileptic-drugs-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-with-hippocampal-sclerosis
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Michael S Pohlen, Jingxiao Jin, Ronnie S Tobias, Atul Maheshwari
This study aims to evaluate the overall prognosis, prognostic factors, and efficacy of treatment in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS) who have access to third generation anti-epileptic drugs but not to epilepsy surgery. Eighty-five MTLE-HS patients were retrospectively placed into a seizure-free (seizure-free for >1year) or drug-resistant group, and the two groups were compared on the basis of age, sex, age at onset of seizures, duration of epilepsy, side of lesion, handedness, EEG findings, history of CNS infection, history of febrile convulsions, history of head trauma, history of cognitive impairment, family history of seizures, number of current anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), total number of AED trials, and presence of individual AEDs...
November 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919762/risk-of-post-traumatic-epilepsy-after-severe-head-injury-in-patients-with-at-least-one-seizure
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Wei Chen, Ming-De Li, Gui-Fang Wang, Xia-Feng Yang, Lin Liu, Fan-Gang Meng
BACKGROUND: To explore the incidence and risk factors, including type of seizures for post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective follow-up study of patients discharged from Liaocheng People's Hospital between March 2011 and June 2015 with a diagnosis of post-traumatic seizures. Risk factors for PTE were evaluated in 68 inpatients by using Kaplan-Meier curves and the Cox model. RESULTS: Complete clinical information was available for 68 patients...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865250/delay-in-diagnosis-of-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-in-adults-a-post-hoc-study
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Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Jennifer Tinker
PURPOSE: The aim of the current post hoc study was to investigate factors associated with delay in diagnosis of adult patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). METHODS: We retrospectively investigated all patients with PNES admitted to the epilepsy-monitoring unit at the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center from 2012 through 2016. We identified the median time to diagnosis of PNES and divided the patients into two groups. We studied factors associated with delay in diagnosis of PNES...
October 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762701/epilepsy-treatment-options
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Gerald Liu, Nicole Slater, Allen Perkins
The occurrence of a single seizure does not always require initiation of antiepileptic drugs. Risk of recurrent seizures should guide their use. In adults, key risk factors for recurrence are two unprovoked seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart, epileptiform abnormalities on electroencephalography, abnormal brain imaging, nocturnal seizures, or an epileptic syndrome associated with seizures. In children, key risk factors are abnormal electroencephalography results, an epileptic syndrome associated with seizures, severe head trauma, and cerebral palsy...
July 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740997/guidelines-for-bystander-first-aid-2016
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Jen Heng Pek
Cardiac life support is a form of first aid for cardiac emergencies. However, research and evidence in this field is lacking compared with other forms of first aid. Having identified the common emergencies that are encountered in the hospital, based on the available evidence, we have put together what could be an evidence-based approach to the first aid management of some of these common emergencies, viz. breathlessness, chest pain, allergies, stroke, heat injury, poisoning, unconsciousness, seizures, and trauma situations such as bleeding, wounds, contusions, head injury, burns and fractures...
July 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733757/the-clinico-radiological-spectrum-of-dyke-davidoff-masson-syndrome-in-adults
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Zeynep Özözen Ayas, Kıyasettin Asil, Ruhsen Öcal
Dyke-Davidoff-Masson syndrome (DDMS) is characterized by cerebral hemiatrophy, seizure, contralateral hemiplegia/hemiparesis, and mental retardation. In this study, clinical and radiological investigations of seven patients who were diagnosed with DDMS as adult age were evaluated and discussed. Seven patients (four male, three female) were included. The mean age ± SD of the patients was 46 ± 21 years. Clinical presentation of six patients was epileptic seizure. One patient was presented with head trauma due to a fall...
July 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732255/can-head-trauma-trigger-adult-onset-rasmussen-s-encephalitis
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Derrick Soh, Dennis J Cordato, Andrew F Bleasel, Peter Brimage, Roy G Beran
Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE) is a rare unilateral inflammatory brain disorder that causes progressive neurocognitive deterioration and refractory epilepsy including epilepsia partialis continua (EPC). We describe a patient with a unique presentation, where right upper limb EPC due to RE began within 2weeks of a concussive left frontal head injury, in a 36-year-old female without other identifiable etiology, no prior neurological deficit nor suggestion of intracranial pathology or infection, and no preceding seizures...
September 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716274/head-ct-findings-at-a-public-hospital-in-rural-haiti
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Yannis K Valtis, Maggie F Cochran, Louine Martineau, Bregenet Lamour, Jeffrey B Mendel, Aaron L Berkowitz
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging is often unavailable in low-income countries, creating challenges for precise diagnosis of neurologic disease in individual patients, and impeding acquisition of precise neuroepidemiologic data for program and policy development. METHODS: We analyzed reports from 3614 head CTs performed between July 2013 and January 2016 at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a public academic hospital in rural Haiti, extracting patients' age, study indication, and radiologic findings...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711375/the-prevalence-of-orodental-trauma-during-epileptic-seizures-in-terms-of-dental-treatment-survey-study
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Dominika Gawlak, Joanna Łuniewska, Wiktoria Stojak, Anahit Hovhannisyan, Anna Stróżyńska, Katarzyna Mańka-Malara, Marcin Adamiec, Andrzej Rysz
INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. Seizures that occur during attacks may lead to head injuries. It is crucial to establish proper prophylactic management against trauma occurrence, as nowadays prevention is not sufficient. AIM: Assessment of the frequency of head and intraoral trauma during epileptic seizures and to evaluate factors that may predispose to injuries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The questionnaire was carried out among 106 patients with epilepsy...
June 29, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690961/a-unique-presentation-of-an-intracranial-abscess-secondary-to-retained-projectile-after-debridement-with-dural-closure
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Jason Milton, Victor Awuor
Patients with penetrating head trauma with retained projectiles develop intracranial abscesses as a common complication. The most common presentation is a suddenly worsening headache. The most common pathogen identified is staphylococcus. Outcomes are related to adherence of Matson's tenets. This case study details the presentation of a 19-year-old patient that presented to the neurological surgery clinic without neurologic deficits. Further questioning revealed complaints of intermittent diffuse headaches with bilateral upper extremity shock-like sensation for two weeks...
June 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675560/neuroinflammation-imaging-markers-for-epileptogenesis
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Matthias J Koepp, Eric Årstad, Jens P Bankstahl, Stefanie Dedeurwaerdere, Alon Friedman, Heidrun Potschka, Teresa Ravizza, William H Theodore, Tallie Z Baram
Epilepsy can be a devastating disorder. In addition to debilitating seizures, epilepsy can cause cognitive and emotional problems with reduced quality of life. Therefore, the major aim is to prevent the disorder in the first place: identify, detect, and reverse the processes responsible for its onset, and monitor and treat its progression. Epilepsy often occurs following a latent period of months to years (epileptogenesis) as a consequence of a brain insult, such as head trauma, stroke, or status epilepticus...
July 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607820/incidental-choroid-plexus-papilloma-in-a-child-a-difficult-decision
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Avra S Laarakker, Jonathan Nakhla, Andrew Kobets, Rick Abbott
BACKGROUND: Choroid plexus tumors (CPT) in the pediatric population are usually discovered in symptomatic patients often with symptoms of increased intracranial pressure, with hydrocephalus as the most common presentation, along with seizures, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or focal neurological deficit. Most CPTs are found to be benign choroid plexus papillomas (CPP), whereas a small number are intermediate and malignant choroid plexus carcinomas (CPC). Total surgical resection is the established definitive treatment for symptomatic CPP...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584610/the-usefulness-of-nap-sleep-recording-during-routine-electroencephalography-an-audit-study
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Sami Farah Al-Rawas, Khidir M Abdelbasit, Huda Hussain Al-Lawati, Rajesh Poothrikovil, Amal Khalfan Al-Rawahi, Abdul Aleem Khan, Robert Shane Delamont
OBJECTIVES: A measure to increase the electroencephalogram (EEG) outcome includes a short period of nap sleep during a routine standard EEG with the aim of increasing its sensitivity to interictal abnormalities or provoking seizures. As part of an ongoing auditing of our EEG data, we aimed to investigate the contribution of nap sleep during routine outpatient department based EEGs requested for a variety of reasons. METHODS: EEG data at the Department of Clinical Physiology at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman, from July 2006 to December 2007 and from January 2009 to December 2010 (total 42 months) were reviewed...
May 2017: Oman Medical Journal
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