David J. Bronster

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BACKGROUND Neurological impairment is a major source of morbidity and mortality following orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). We reviewed our experience with neurologic complications among our first 463 consecutive adult OLT recipients. METHODS Between September 1988 and October 1993, 463 adult patients underwent OLT. Data on incidence, time of onset,(More)
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is a rare complication generally associated with headache and acute changes in blood pressure. We present a case of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome where diagnosis was delayed because the patient also had preeclampsia and an inadvertent dural puncture, both associated with headache. The clinical(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence, topography, and mechanisms of stroke, independent predictors, and late outcome after cardiac valve operations. We retrospectively analyzed prospectively collected data from 2,808 patients (mean age 63 +/- 15 years, n = 1,610, 55% men) who underwent valve surgery with or without concomitant coronary artery(More)
Neurologic complications are frequent after liver transplantation and are the cause of significant morbidity and mortality. A substantial proportion of the neurologic complications encountered after transplant is iatrogenic--the consequence of the harsh therapeutic interventions required to maintain function of the transplanted liver. The preoperative(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies on stroke after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) provide limited data about the timing (early vs delayed) of this event and findings of brain imaging analysis. This information is of significant importance because it provides insight into the etiology of stroke, potentially allowing the development of preventive measures.(More)
Six weeks after liver transplantation, a 51-year-old man developed a slowly progressive hemiparesis with deteriorating mental status and seizures. Successive computed tomography (CT) scans of the brain revealed unilateral nonenhancing white matter lucencies that gradually coalesced and progressed to both hemispheres. Brain biopsy results were consistent(More)
Primary intraosseous hemangiomas are benign, vascular malformations that account for approximately 1% of all primary bone neoplasms. These tumors are mostly found in vertebral bodies and are rarely seen in the calvarium, where they represent 0.2% of bony neoplasms. When found in the skull, they tend to present with vague symptoms and do not have the typical(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data exist regarding the epidemiology and prognosis of seizures in adults after cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to define preoperative predictors of seizures and impact on postoperative outcomes. METHODS A prospective database of 2,578 consecutive adults who underwent cardiac surgery at a single institution between April 2007(More)
Stroke is uncommon after orthotopic liver transplantation. We offer the first report, to our knowledge, of two posttransplant patients with stroke associated with elevated anticardiolipin antibodies, and we discuss their management, including the use of immunosuppression and antithrombotic therapy. We suggest that anticoagulation is the treatment of choice(More)
A 30-year-old parturient requested epidural analgesia during labor. Immediately after the epidural space was presumably identified using the loss-of-resistance-to-air technique, she reported severe back pain, followed by neck pain, which progressed to severe unrelenting headache. An emergency computerized tomographic (CT) scan performed during labor showed(More)