Dear fellow neurologists,
Neuropenews has changed the policy regarding the Grand Rounds section. As you might remember, in the beginning there was an open invitation for written presentations of unsolved or controversial cases. Most case reports have then actually been obtained by active individual invitation to heads of departments across Europe, who have recruited their junior staff. No spontaneous flow of cases was obtained in the course of 2013. Thus, obviously, publishing “unsolved/ open cases” to help European neurologists without easy access to senior expertise in some particular field has not been accepted as an attractive option by our readers. We have published in 2013 the good quality patient reports obtained till November 2013. Neuropenews remains open to neurologists if they propose an interesting unresolved neurologic case for discussion. (Please send your case to email@example.com). For your interest, the regular case will from now on be contributed by eBrain. (See below). You are welcome to propose your interesting solved cases to them.
Ebrain is free of charge for all EFNS and ENS members. In order to get your access token, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
David B. Vodusek, Neuropenews Editor
EBRAIN ANNOUNCES THE CASE OF THE MONTH
A new facility is being launched by ebrain – the case of the month. These cases are intended to educational and enjoyable. Try it out!
This month we have focused on the subject of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). This condition, formerly known as both Benign Intracranial Hypertension and Pseudotumour Cerebri is managed by neurologists, opthalmologists, radiologists and neurosurgeons.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension This 20 minute e-learning session written by Dr Mark Weatherill and includes self assessment questions. To view this, link on: http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=106
Additionally you may wish to look at our newly released virtual patient case. Here you have to decide how to manage a patient with IIH to avoid the risks of the patient coning, going blind or dying. http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=721
Perhaps you are expert at managing this condition but…
Can you recognise papillodoema? http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=366
Do you know how to do a lumbar puncture? http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=42,
How about subtemporal decompression? http://www.ebrainjnc.com/learning/course/view.php?id=522
Here are some questions to test your knowledge:
1. Which drug is commonly used to treat IIH?
2. How does this drug work?
3. What are the important side effects?
4. What can interventional radiologists do to help?
5. What are the risk factors for developing IIH?
What is ebrain?
Ebrain is an enormous elearning programme aimed at neurologists and other members of EFNS and ENS. It was developed in association with the EFNS and ENS, and based in London in the office British Joint Neurosciences Council.
It is a non-profit project, and author, module editor or clinical lead has been paid (only the technical and admin staff are paid). All content has been provided free and it is a tribute to the academic spirit in Britain and Europe.
How do I get access?
You have access if you are a member of EFNS or ENS! EFNS or ENS are providing free access to all their members,
Simon Thomson, Consultant Neurosurgeon