Tagged: icu

Holy osmosis!

Yep, it usually looks as cookie cutter as that. Right smack in the middle of the pons. But not always… Osmotic demyelination syndrome, previously known as central pontine myelinolysis, is a rare but terrifying...

Still worsening after stroke?

800,000. That is the number of strokes that occur in the US every year. In approximately one-third of these cases, the  patient’s symptoms will continue to deteriorate several days after onset. And the risk of neurologic deterioration...

When the brain breaks your heart

I am more of a stroke guy myself. As an over-generalization, I see the heart as the organ responsible for maintaining adequate brain function. When the heart fails, the brain fails. But sometimes, we...