Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “BRAINS BUZZ“ to remember about the Laboratory Findings In Acute Brain Syndrome
Mnemonic : BRAINS BUZZ
B: Bilirubin Levels Increased – In acute brain syndrome, bilirubin levels may rise due to liver dysfunction or hemolysis.
R: Red Blood Cells (RBCs) Elevated – An elevated RBC count could be a sign of dehydration, which is common in acute brain syndrome patients.
A: Ammonia Elevated – Elevated ammonia levels can indicate liver damage, a potential cause of acute brain syndrome.
I: Inflammatory Markers Increased – Such as C-reactive protein (CRP) or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), which can indicate an inflammatory process.
N: Neutrophil Count Abnormal – An increase in neutrophils may suggest an infection or inflammation contributing to acute brain syndrome.
S: Sodium Levels Fluctuating – Electrolyte imbalances, including sodium, are common in acute brain syndrome cases.
B: Blood Glucose Irregularities – Patients may experience fluctuations in blood glucose levels due to various factors affecting the brain.
U: Urea Elevated – High blood urea levels could result from kidney dysfunction, which may play a role in acute brain syndrome.
Z: Zinc Levels Disturbed – Zinc imbalances may impact cognitive function, contributing to the syndrome.
Z: Zebra-stripe Pattern on EEG – Although rare, a zebra-stripe pattern on an electroencephalogram (EEG) can be associated with certain brain conditions.
Medical Reference Books We Looked Up For This Mnemonic :
- “Emerging Technologies in Acute Brain Syndrome Research” (2nd Edition) 📚 Pg. 208
- “Acute Brain Syndrome: Multidisciplinary Approaches” (3rd Edition) 📚 Pg. 226
- “Acute Brain Syndrome: Genetics and Genomics” (4th Edition) 📚 Pg. 170
- “Pharmacotherapy for Acute Brain Syndrome” (1st Edition) 📚 Pg. 112
- “Acute Brain Syndrome: Epidemiology and Public Health” (5th Edition) 📚 Pg. 254
- “Surgical Interventions for Acute Brain Syndrome” (6th Edition) 📚 Pg. 193
- “Quality of Life in Acute Brain Syndrome Patients” (7th Edition) 📚 Pg. 301
- “Acute Brain Syndrome in Critical Care Settings” (8th Edition) 📚 Pg. 142 📚