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Awake for Aneurysm Brain Surgery, Better Results?

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – "Awake" brain surgery may improve treatment of brain aneurysms, researchers say. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. It's commonly treated with a surgical technique known as "clipping" while the patient is under general anesthesia. But a team of researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri found that "awake brain surgery," using what's called conscious sedation, might improve results. Testing the procedure on 30 aneurysm patients, study leader Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf and his team were able to communicate with the patients and test their brain function during surgery. During the operation, surgeons open the skull and clip the artery below the aneurysm so blood can no longer enter it. This causes the blood vessel to shrink and prevents it from rupturing. A ruptured aneurysm can lead to serious disability or ... Read more

Related support groups: Cerebral Aneurysm, Neurosurgery, Seizure Prophylaxis During or Following Neurosurgery

Removing Part of Skull After Severe Head Injury Brings Mixed Results

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – Removing part of the skull to relieve pressure in the brain following a severe head injury can save a person's life, but the patient is often left permanently disabled, a new clinical trial has determined. Doctors frequently turn to craniectomy for patients who are suffering from brain swelling as a result of traumatic head injury, but little is known about whether the procedure spares these patients from long-term brain damage. The new trial found it can drastically reduce risk of death, with about 30 percent of patients dying following the procedure compared to 52 percent of those treated with standard medical care. However, people treated with a craniectomy were three times more likely to wind up in a vegetative state (6 percent vs. 2 percent), and often were as likely to suffer long-term disabilities as patients receiving standard medical care, the study ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Head Injury, Head & Neck Surgery, Neurosurgery, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Seizure Prophylaxis During or Following Neurosurgery, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Wearable Devices Aim to Monitor Epileptic Seizures

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Wearable devices aimed at tracking seizures in epilepsy patients are being developed, researchers report. Three such devices – a patch, an arm band system and wrist-worn monitors – were reviewed in three separate studies and presented this week at an American Epilepsy Society meeting in Philadelphia. They do not yet have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval as medical devices for recording seizures. However, their success could be very helpful to neurologists treating patients with epilepsy, said Dr. Clifford Segil, a neurologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Segil was not involved in the research. "Wearable technology being used by neurologists is not as up-to-date as technology being used by cardiologists in 2015," Segil said. "Seizures are a very diverse group of disorders, which are not easily managed, and work ... Read more

Related support groups: Seizures, Epilepsy, Seizure Prevention, Seizure Prophylaxis, Status Epilepticus, Diagnosis and Investigation, West Syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Seizure Prophylaxis During or Following Neurosurgery

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