Acute Cerebrovascular Conditions · Ischaemic Stroke · Neuroprotection · Thermoregulation

Addition of hypothermia to decompressive hemicraniectomy is not useful in MCA stroke – JAMA

This study, recently published in JAMA, revealed no beneficial effect from hypothermia as an adjunct to decompressive hemicraniectomy in the setting of middle cerebral artery stroke. In fact, the authors’ findings even suggest harm. Find the article here.

Neurocritical Care · Neuroprotection · Neurotrauma · Traumatic Brain Injury

Glycaemic Control Targets After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Hermanides and colleagues recently reviewed all available evidence on blood glucose targets in the TBI patient. Read their finding in this article in Critical Care. When comparing strict glycaemic regimens with more liberal strategies they found no significant differences in patient-important outcomes, contrary to earlier findings. They did reveal an increased risk of hypoglycaemia, however.… Continue reading Glycaemic Control Targets After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

ICP/CPP management · Neurocritical Care · Neuroprotection · Neurotrauma · Thermoregulation · Traumatic Brain Injury

POLAR RCT – Don’t Worry, Thermoregulation Isn’t Dead Quite Yet

POLAR RCT is probably the most anticipated neurotrauma trial of the year and its findings were finally presented at this year’s ESICM congress in Paris. Before I comment on what POLAR RCT is all about, it’s worth taking some time to consider what this trial is NOT about. It does not deal specifically with TBI… Continue reading POLAR RCT – Don’t Worry, Thermoregulation Isn’t Dead Quite Yet

Acute Cerebrovascular Conditions · Basic Sciences & Physiology · Neurocritical Care · Neuromonitoring · Neuroprotection

Lactate Improves Cerebral Perfusion After Acute Brain Injury – Recent Clinical Trial in Crit Care Med

Lactate is well-known as an important energy substrate for brain tissue and plays a key role in neuroenergetics. Experimental data have shown that exogenous lactate administration may improve metabolism in injured brain cells, and possibly has neuroprotective properties. Till now there has been a paucity of human clinical studies on this subject. Carteron et al… Continue reading Lactate Improves Cerebral Perfusion After Acute Brain Injury – Recent Clinical Trial in Crit Care Med

Neurocritical Care · Neuroprotection · Neurotrauma · Traumatic Brain Injury

Lancet Neurology – Special Issue Dedicated to TBI

I realise that this is old news by now, but I┬┤ve somehow neglected to put out this excellent collection of articles on NeuroScand. The November issue of Lancet Neurology is dedicated in its entirety to traumatic brain injury and features a number of inspiring and thought-provoking editorials. Essential reading for the neurotrauma enthusiast.