Catastrophic Neurologic Disorders in the Emergency Department

Catastrophic Neurologic Disorders in the Emergency Department

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This unique text takes a comprehensive approach to the care of patients with neurologic catastrophes immediately after their entry into the emergency department. Wijdicks discusses clinical evaluations, triage, and emergency procedures in detail, and covers many other topics. For this thoroughly updated second edition, he has added eight new chapters, seven of which appear in an entirely new first section on the evaluation of presenting symptoms indicating urgency. The conversational titles of these chapters echo common requests for urgent consultation (e.g. "short of breath," "can't walk or stand," "confused and febrile"). A special feature of this section is the use of algorithms and decision trees in triage - to help the physician make a very fast and yet informed decision. The remaining two sections of the book cover the evaluation and management of evolving catastrophes in the neuraxis and catastrophic neurologic disorders due to specific causes. There is a final new chapter on forensic neurology. This practical handbook will continue to be an invaluable guide for neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, emergency physicians, and their residents and fellows. The third volume in the author's trilogy on critical care neurology, it combines the images of a neuroradiology text with the practical advice of an emergency neurology manual without compromising academic more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 20.3mm | 861.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 8pp colour plates; numerous halftones
  • 0195168801
  • 9780195168808

Review quote

." . . Wijdicks offers an interesting and very practical insight of neurology in the emergency room . . . an excellent source of inspiration for teaching. All the doctors (from students to consultants) who have to walk through an emergency department should have this book on their bookshelves." --Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatryshow more

Table of contents

PART I: EVALUATION OF PRESENTING SYMPTOMS INDICATING URGENCY; 1. Short of Breath; 2. Can't Walk or Stand; 3. See Nothing, See Double, See Shapes and Images; 4. Spinning; 5. Twitching and Spasms; 6. A Terrible Headache; 7. Confused and Febrile; PART II: EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT OF EVOLVING CATASTROPHES IN THE NEURAXIS; 8. Altered Arousal and Coma; 9. Brain Edema; 10. Status Epilepticus and Recurrent Seizures; 11. Acute Obstructive Hydrocephalus; 12. Acute Spinal Cord Compression; PART III: CATASTROPHIC NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS DUE TO SPECIFIC CAUSES; 13. Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; 14. Intracerebral Hematoma; 15. Major Ishemic Stroke Syndromes; 16. Acute Bacterial Infections of the Central Nervous System; 17. Acute Encephalitis; 18. Acute White Matter Diseases; 19. Traumatic Brain and Spine Injury; 20. Forensic Neurologic Injuryshow more