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Friday, October 3, 2014

TBI or Sports Brain Injuries-Diagnosis without Opening the Skull?

My Editorial and Review on Recent Trends in Brain Damage is next, in the mean time, this is the latest news about Traumatic Brain Injruy (TBI) and how Spreading Depolarization can be tapped using neuromonitoring and how that can be used to understand and interpret the brain damage without opening the skull, what I meant is without a neurosurgery?.
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I have not yet drafted the Editorial as I earlier mentioned, but some day soon.
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Researchers Show EEG's Potential to Reveal Depolarizations Following TBI


CINCINNATI—The potential for doctors to measure damaging "brain tsunamis” in injured patients without opening the skull has moved a step closer to reality, thanks to pioneering research at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute.

The research team, led by Jed Hartings, PhD, research associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the UC College of Medicine, has shown that spreading depolarizations—electrical disturbances that spread through an injured brain like tsunami waves—can be measured by the placement of electroencephalograph (EEG) electrodes on the scalp. The team demonstrated the effectiveness of the noninvasive technique by making simultaneous invasive recordings from electrodes that were placed directly on the surface of the brain in 18 patients who had undergone surgery following a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
"We can see clearly when spreading depolarizations occur with invasive recordings,” Hartings says. "And when we looked at this data side by side with the non-invasive EEG recordings, it just jumped out at us. When you look at the scalp EEG the right way, evidence of the spreading depolarization could be seen.”
The discovery has the potential to revolutionize bedside neuro-monitoring by enabling doctors to measure spreading depolarizations, which lead to worse outcomes, in patients who do not require surgery. At present, only about 10 to 15 percent of patients with TBI undergo surgery and are candidates for intracranial monitoring.

2 comments:

  1. very useful info non-invasive technique have always proved useful in past and this post also shows how it can be used for treating traumatic brain injuries...great post and a great blog
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