EDUCATION CORNER

Highlights from the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology

Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC
SNACC Representative to the JNA Editorial Board

Alana Flexman, MC
Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC

As the official journal of SNACC, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology has a long history of publishing original and review articles relevant to the SNACC membership. Dr. Martin Smith is the Editor-in-Chief. Subscribe to the JNA e-Table of Contents here: and follow JNA on Twitter @JNeurosurgAnes.

We are pleased to share several updates from the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology with the SNACC membership.

Reviewer Acknowledgement Dr. Martin Smith, JNA Editor-in-Chief, provides the following reviewer acknowledgement in this issue, many of whom are SNACC members. All reviewers in 2019 are acknowledged in the Supplemental Digital Content of this issue. As always, if you are interested in serving as a reviewer for JNA, please contact Dr. Martin Smith directly.

“On behalf of the Editorial board and staff of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology, I would like to thank the 145 reviewers who contributed their time and expertise to the Journal during 2019. These reviewers provided insightful, constructive and timely commentary on new and revised manuscripts. Their critiques underpin the scientific quality of JNA and are much appreciated by our authors.”
 – Dr. Martin Smith, JNA Editor-in-Chief

Online access Since January 2020, all SNACC memberships have included online access to the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (print subscriptions are still available at additional cost if requested). This new feature will provide easy and rapid access to valuable JNA content for all our members.

Featured JNA Content Editor-in-Chief Dr. Martin Smith has highlighted several articles in the next issue of JNA. Look out for these articles in the upcoming Editor’s Choice in the April issue of JNA.

  • Drummond, J. Cardiac Output: The Neglected Stepchild of the Cerebral Physiology Family. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2020; 32 (2): 93-94.

    In this thought-provoking editorial, Dr. John Drummond discusses the role of cardiac output in modulating cerebral blood flow, and the potential mechanisms for this relationship.

  • Pasternak, JJ. Neuroanesthesiology Update. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 2020; 32 (2): 97-119.

    A consistent favorite, Dr. Jeff Pasternak offers his annual review of the neuroanesthesiology literature.
    This is the most comprehensive annual review of perioperative neuroscience available.

  • Kofke WA, Rajagopalan S, Ayubcha D, Balu R, Cruz-Navarro J, Manatpon P, and Mahanna-Gabrielli E. Defining a Taxonomy of Intracranial Hypertension: Is ICP More Than Just a Number? J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2020;32(2):120-31.

    In this review, these authors propose a novel, formal taxonomy of intracranial hypertension that uses three distinct pathophysiological subsets: Increased cerebral blood volume, masses and edema, and hydrocephalus.
  • Krishnamoorthy V, Chaikittisilpa N, Lee J, Mackensen GB, Gibbons EF, Laskowitz D, Hernandez A, Velazquez E, Lele AV and Vavilala MS. Speckle Tracking Analysis of Left Ventricular Systolic Function Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Prospective Observational Cohort Study. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2020;32(2):156-61.

    These authors found that myocardial strain was common in the first week after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury when assessed using Speckle tracking. This novel technique appears to be more sensitive than LVEF in detecting myocardial injury and could prove useful in this high-risk populations.

As the official journal of SNACC, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology has a long history of publishing original and review articles relevant to the SNACC membership. Dr. Martin Smith is the Editor-in-Chief. Subscribe to the JNA e-Table of Contents here and follow JNA on Twitter (@JNeurosurgAnes).

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