Dr. Mostafa El Khashab Gives Presentation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Dr. Mostafa El Khashab was the featured speaker for a seminar at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ on June 21, 2016. He spoke for approximately 45 minutes to a mixed audience of therapists, including those in the area of physical and occupational therapy as well as speech, language and pathology (SPL). In addition, brain injury therapy fellows were in attendance.

Dr. Khashab presentation

Dr. El Khashab’s topic was spasticity and severe head injuries. In addition, due to audience request, he gave an impromptu lecture on hydrocephalus.

 

 

Dr. Khashab’s first slide show was entitled Spasticity: New Techniques for Management in a Multidisciplinary Team. It focused on the definition of the condition and the types of treatments, with an emphasis on intrathecal Baclofen therapy. The preparation and management of this condition was outlined, including the types of medical treatment team members and their responsibilities. Patient and caregiver education, also part of the treatment plan, was also discussed.

 

In his next slide presentation, Management of Severe Head Injuries, Dr. El Khashab gave an overview, which was followed by an explanation of the complex physiological interplay as a result of injury; systems of brain injury evaluation (including Glasgow Coma Scale); treatment; ICP monitoring (intracranial pressure (ICP) is the pressure inside the skull); and the prognosis following injury and treatment.

 

Hydrocephalus, excessive fluid which accumulates in the brain, is a well-documented condition and treated by neurosurgeons such as Dr. El Khashab, who spoke to those in attendance about the condition.

 

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is the nation’s largest single rehabilitation hospital. It is also one of only eight centers in the country to receive federal designation as a Model System for the treatment and research of both spinal cord injury and brain injury treatment and research.