A podcast series for Australian neurology trainees aimed at smoothing out the steep learning curve. Each episode is an interview with a subspecialty expert, and covers the common scenarios a neurology trainee might face in their first week.
Supported by the ANZAN education committee.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension with Dr Anthony Fok
Expert neuroophthalmologist Dr Anthony Fok takes us through the common but commonly vexing condition of intracranial atherosclerosis. We talk about how to assess IIH patients, how to manage them medically, when surgery is required, what to do when they don't tolerate the usual medications and more!
Encephalitis with Dr Chris Kyndt
Dr Chris Kyndt lends his wisdom on how to deal with those tricky referrals regarding confusion and delirium. Which ones do you LP? When should you immunosuppress on spec. Listen in to find out.
Primary Progressive Aphasias with A/Prof David Darby
We run through the primary progressive aphasias with A/Prof David Darby. Listen in as David demystifies how to differentiate logopenic aphasia, semantic variant and non-fluent variant.
A long episode but absolutely packed full of pearls about how to take a history, examine, use cognitive tools and employ imaging in these patients. Then we go through some cases where David shows us how it's done.
Lumbar punctures and CSF interpretation with Dr Prashanth Ramachandran
We discuss all sorts of quandaries and myths related to lumbar punctures and CSF interpretation with Dr Prashanth Ramachandran. Specific topics covered include: lumbar punctures on antiplatelets/anticoagulants, lumbar punctures in the setting of intracranial masses, post-LP leptomeningeal enhancement, investigation of acute meningoencephalitis, investigation of chronic meningoencephalitis, acellular elevated protein, chronic idiopathic meningitis, post-ictal lymphocytic pleocytosis and HaNDL.
Evaluation for causes of stroke with Professor Vincent Thijs
Professor Vincent Thijs takes us through his approach to working up stroke patients for secondary causes. We discuss embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS), aortic arch atheroma, intracranial atherosclerosis, patent foramen ovale, vasculitis, which investigations are the highest yield and general approaches to different types of patients. Enjoy!
ICU referrals with Dr Chris Dwyer
Dr Chris Dwyer answers a registrar's questions about how to deal with common ICU referrals - including prognostication in hypoxic brain injury and traumatic brain injury, along with how to pronounce brain death.