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BACKGROUND Using decompressive craniectomy as part of the treatment regimen for severe traumatic brain injury (STBI) has become more common at our Level I trauma center. This study was designed to examine this practice with particular attention to long-term functional outcome. METHODS A retrospective review of prospectively collected data was performed(More)
PURPOSE To study the short-term effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on brain activation and cerebral blood flow by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). METHODS Five patients (three women, two men; mean age, 35.4 years) who were treated for medically refractory epilepsy with VNS, underwent fMRI. All patients had a nonfocal brain MRI.(More)
BACKGROUND : Treatment of odontoid fractures remains controversial. There are conflicting data in the literature with regard to timing of operative fixation (OP), as well as whether OP should be performed. Within our own institution, treatment is variable depending largely on surgeon preference. This study was undertaken in an attempt to develop management(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of plasma-derived human thrombin and bovine thrombin for achieving hemostasis during surgery. METHODS Adults (N = 305) with > or = 1 mild or moderate bleeding site not manageable by conventional modalities during elective cardiovascular, neurologic, or general surgical procedures at multiple study centers were(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective review. OBJECTIVE To report on the safety of repetitive transcranial electric stimulation (RTES) for eliciting motor-evoked potentials during spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Theoretical concerns over the safety of RTES have hindered broader acceptance of transcranial electric motor-evoked potentials (tceMEP), despite(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the model and the feasibility of newborn hearing and ocular disease simultaneous screening program and to study the birth prevalence of newborn hearing loss and newborn ocular diseases. METHODS The universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) was performed using transient otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) in well baby nursery and by a(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the clinical strategies for the screening of newborn eye diseases and obtain information concerning the incidence of newborn ocular diseases. METHODS Newborns in a baby-friendly nursery were evaluated for mass screening of eye diseases 2 to 7 days after birth (including reaction to light stimulation, external ocular examination and(More)
1116 Journal of Thoracic Oncology ® • Volume 10, Number 7, July 2015 CASE OF THE MONTH SUBMISSION A 39-year-old woman nonsmoker presented in August 2007 with chest wall discomfort. Computed tomography (CT) revealed right upper lobe parenchymal and pleural abnormalities as well as mediastianal lymphadenopathy. Bronchoscopy and mediastinoscopy yielded a(More)
BACKGROUND The native crystalline lens is the principal shield against ultraviolet radiation (UV), damage to the human retina. Every year in the United States, more than one million patients undergo removal of the natural lens in the course of cataract surgery (phakectomy), at which time an intraocular lens (IOL) is placed in the lens capsule. The IOL(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the feasibility of applying flash visual evoked potentials (FVEPs) for visual function test newborns and infants and bring out the consultable laboratory values of FVEPs. The technology of FVEP could be used as diagnostic tests for those who failed the screening and the infants who were cared for in the NICU. METHODS 41 normal(More)