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Brain death in the newborn. Current perspectives.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9395867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Brain death can be diagnosed in the full-term newborn, even when less than 7 days of age. An observation period of 48 hours is recommended to confirm the diagnosis. If an EEG is isoelectric or if a CBF study shows no flow, the observation period can be shortened to 24 hours. Although there are few cases of preterm infants who are brain dead, it is likely that the same time frame would be applicable. Based on available data, the risk of misdiagnosis appears exceedingly low. There have been few instances of neonates or older infants who showed minimal transient clinical or EEG recovery but with no meaningful neurologic function and all died within brief periods of time.
S Ashwal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in perinatology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0095-5108     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Perinatol     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-23     Completed Date:  1997-12-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501306     Medline TA:  Clin Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  859-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Flow Velocity
Brain / metabolism
Brain Death / diagnosis*,  metabolism,  physiopathology
Cerebrovascular Circulation
Infant, Newborn
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Neurologic Examination

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