Hydrocephalus Association Award

Since 1989, the Hydrocephalus Association has been awarding the Resident’s Prize. This prize is awarded each year to the most promising hydrocephalus-related research paper presented by a neurosurgical resident at the Pediatric Section meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS).

This year I was lucky enough win this prestigious award with the abstract titled “CRISPR/Cas9-Based Development of progressive hydrocephaly (prh) Rat Model of Hydrocephalus.” I would like to thank the Mangano/Goto lab for making this possible, and thanks to our collaborators who helped us with this amazing research.

Resident’s Prize

Bilateral Fixed and Dilated Pupils

                          

We all know that the dreaded bilateral fixed and dilated pupils is a sign of something bad after a traumatic event.  But how bad is it?   When you see this sign, what do you tell the family?  Will their son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, ever be the same?  Well doctor, how bad is it?

One study suggests that if a trauma patient who has bilateral fixed and dilated pupils on scene with a true GCS3, they have no real appreciable chance of survival. It would be wise to discuss comfort care measures at this point. Only 6 in this study survived and all of them had a GCS higher than 3 at some point in their care.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.proxy.libraries.uc.edu/pubmed?term=19070839