Intracranial Abscess

Dept. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Federal Armed Forces Hospital D-89070 Ulm Germany Abstract Intracranial abscesses (cerebral abscess, epi- and subdural empyema) are described in the literature to have an overall mortality of 10 - 36 . A high percentage of the surviving patients is persistently suffering from neurological deficits. Starting from on anecdotal case, up to now, our group treated 21 consecutive unselected patients with intracranial abscesses (ICA) by adjuvant...

Anaerobic necrotizing fasciitis

Although the term necrotizing fasciitis was coined by Meleney in 1924 to designate gangrene related to haemolytic Streptococci29, since Wilson (1952)30 it is now used for a sub-cutaneous infection spreading along the deep fascia, causing secondary skin lesions and sparing muscles until late stages of infection. Many terms have been coined necrotizing fasciitis31-34 clostridial cellulitis35,36 non-clostridial crepitant cellulitis37 synergistic necrotizing cellulitis , and for penis and scrotum...

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Literature review

The rationale for using HBO in acute traumatic ischemia is to increases tissue oxygen tensions in hypoxic tissues to levels which make it possible for the host responses to become functional. With HB0 at 240 kPa the haemoglobin-borne oxygen content is increased only from 19,8 ml of oxygen per dl blood to 20,4 ml O2, whereas plasma and tissue oxygen tensions increase tenfold. The resulting effect is that oxygen diffusion distance from capillaries is increased by a threefold factor (Krogh19)....

Effects of HBO on the host defence mechanisms

Hamblen47 carried out the first experimental study of the effects of HBO on osteomyelitis in rats. In 1980, in a rabbit model for osteomyelitis, Mader showed how HBO (100 O2 at 2 ata) improved the bactericidal activity of the PMN's against Staphylococci and how intramedullary PO2 increased from 20 mmHg in normoxia to 104 mmHg at 2 ata48. In an in vitro study carried out at the same time, after increasing pressure of oxygen from 45 to 150 mmHg for two hours, the bactericidal activity of PMN's...

Risk factors

An important risk factor associated with osteoradionecrosis is the total radiation dose. Several authors found a total radiation dose greater than 6570 Gy as increasing the risk of osteoradionecrosis , - . Bedwinek found no osteoradionecrosis when the dose was less than 60 Gy, and 9 for doses greater than 70 Gy. Morrish37 found 0 incidence less than 65 Gy, 27.6 (dentulous patients) and 6.6 (edentulous patients) for 65 to 75 Gy, and 84.6 (dentulous patients) and 50 (edentulous patients) for...

Features of diffusion

At the microvascular level the delivery of oxygen to the tissues is achieved by diffusion. The driving force determining the amount of diffusion is the difference in partial pressures of the blood between the capillary and the mitochondria in adjacent cells. The quantity of diffusing agent per unit time (J) is proportional to the surface of diffusion (F), the absolute temperature (T) and the ideal gas constant (R) and inversely proportional to the viscosity of the solvents and the radius (r) of...

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Several authors have studied the use of hyperbaric oxygen in patients with radiation cystitis174'178'206-221 (Table 2.2.8-3). Bevers206 reported a prospective study of 40 patients most of them required transfusion. Patients had received unsuccessful treatments clot evacuation, electrocoagulation, alum, tranexamic acid. They received 20 sessions of 100 oxygen at 3 bar pressure for 90 minutes, 5 or 6 times a week. In 4 patients, 40 sessions were given because of persistence of symptoms. Hematuria...

History Of Hyperbaric Medicine

Service d'Urgence Respiratoire, de R animation M dicale et de M decine Hyperbare, H pital Calmette, Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire, Lille, France Hyperbaric Medicine goes back a long way, since its history derives from the history of diving which dates back to ancient times. The history of Hyperbaric Medicine has been closely linked with the development of technology for underwater activities and the advance in knowledge about the physical laws and physiological mechanisms of breathing...

Crush injury

Crush injuries occur when a part of the body is subjected to a high degree of energy or pressure. It happens usually after being hit by a heavy object or being squeezed between two objects. The greater the energy involved the more severe the tissue damage. Two or more tissues muscle, bone, skin, nerve involved Injury severe enough that tissue survival is questionable If tissue recovers, functional deficits are likely Gradient of injury from minimal to irreversible with a partial viable grey...

Contents

Physical and Pathophysiological Bases of Hyperbaric B. Ratzenhofer-Komenda, J. Niinikoski, M. Hamilton-Farell 1.1. Physics of Hyperbaric Pressure 15 W. Welslau 1.2. Biochemistry of Oxygen 25 1.3. Physiologic Effects of Increased Barometric Pressure 31 W. Welslau 1.4. Physiologic Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Oxygen Transport and Tissue Oxygen Pressure 49 B. Ratzenhofer-Komenda, R. Favory, W. Welslau, F.M. Smolle-J ttner, D. Mathieu 1.5. Physiologic Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Hemodynamics...

Mechanisms of hyperoxic vasoconstriction

Hyperoxic vasoconstriction does not seem to be of reflexive in origin. Differences in regional distribution, the vascular site of action88 and the decrease in sympathetic activity during hyperoxia11-13,89 argue against this theory. All authors agree that hyperoxic vasoconstriction is linked to regulatory mechanisms acting at the level of the microcirculation units. Whalen amp Nair81,82, were the first to show that cellular PO2 in muscles underwent no change in hyperoxia and that this was due to...