Kerri L LaRovere

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We describe a 14-year-old boy with acute transverse myelitis after breakthrough varicella infection, despite immunization with the Varicella zoster virus vaccine 8 years earlier. He recovered fully after treatment with intravenous corticosteroids and acyclovir. To our knowledge, there are no previously reported cases of postvaricella acute transverse(More)
Pediatric neurocritical care is developing specialization within pediatric intensive care and pediatric neurology practice, and the evolving clinical expertise has relevance to training and education in both fields. We describe a model of service using a Neurology Consulting Team in the intensive care unit setting. Medical records were reviewed from a(More)
Transcranial Doppler sonography is a noninvasive, real-time physiologic monitor that can detect altered cerebral hemodynamics during catastrophic brain injury. Recent data suggest that transcranial Doppler sonography may provide important information about cerebrovascular hemodynamics in children with traumatic brain injury, intracranial hypertension,(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW A major advantage of transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound is its ability to measure cerebral hemodynamics noninvasively at the patient's bedside. This article summarizes the basic physics and variables used during TCD, recent pediatric data published on the use of TCD in stroke and cerebrovascular disorders and how it may impact diagnosis(More)
BACKGROUND We report our use of portable head computed tomography (CT) and the diagnostic yield and radiation dose from head CT in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). METHODS 204 PICU patients underwent head CT during 2008-2009. Therapeutic interventions and resource intensity during CT were categorized. Severity of illness was summarized using the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cerebral emboli are one potential cause of acute brain injury in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) undergoing cardiac catheterization. In this pilot study using transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography, we sought to evaluate the incidence, burden, and circumstances of cerebral high-intensity transient signals (HITS),(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify and review clinical studies using transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography in children with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). We identified 16 articles from January 2005 to July 2015 that met inclusion (TBI, five or more cases in case series, subjects <18 years old,(More)
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