I came across this useful little review in Kidney International Reports covering a subject I always find difficult to grasp: sodium disturbances and their influence on the brain. The article delves into the matter in a concise and understandable way, making it just about manageable even for an anaesthetist.
Excellent and widely read overview of sedation regimes in acute brain injury. Find the article by Oddo et al in Critical Care here.
From our fellow anaesthetist Lars Prag Antonsen comes this eye-opening essay on cognitive processes and how we apply them in high-pressure settings. Very relevant for anaesthetic practice as well as being an enjoyable read. Find the full-text article in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association here.
A recently published review  by our Danish colleagues sums up the more recent trials on the subject of anaesthetic technique for endovascular treatments of ischaemic stroke. Previous publications, many of which are based largely on observational or retrospective data, have suggested harm from general anaesthesia (GA) for these procedures, when compared with conscious sedation… Continue reading Anaesthesia for Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischaemic Stroke: Still Controversial?
In the last issue of Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology, there is an interesting article discussing elevated serum lactate during craniotomies. Brallier et al performed a retrospective cohort study of elective adult craniotomy cases (436 patients). They found that elevated intraoperative serum lactate in craniotomy patients is associated with new neurological deficits (odds ratio, 2.11) and longer length… Continue reading Elevated serum lactate during craniotomies…
Here’s a few resources on anaesthesia for awake craniotomies that have recently come to our attention, thanks to some of our colleagues: The first, from UpToDate, was updated this year. The second is part of the British Journal of Anaesthesia’s Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain series. It dates back to 2013 but is still… Continue reading Awake Craniotomy: Useful Resources
Does choice of anaesthetic approach have an impact on neurological outcomes in stroke patients? This article, recently published in Stroke, examines outcomes in patients undergoing endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke, randomised to either conscious sedation or general anaesthesia. Retrospective material till now has suggested poorer outcomes in patients subjected to full anaesthesia when compared… Continue reading AnStroke Trial: Anaesthesia vs. Sedation for Endovascular Treatment of Ischemic Stroke