Document Detail

Decompressive craniectomy for elevated intracranial pressure and its effect on the cumulative ischemic burden and therapeutic intensity levels after severe traumatic brain injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20386136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) can cause brain ischemia and compromised brain oxygen (PbtO2 < or = 20 mm Hg) after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
OBJECTIVE: We examined whether decompressive craniectomy (DC) to treat elevated ICP reduces the cumulative ischemic burden (CIB) of the brain and therapeutic intensity level (TIL).
METHODS: Ten severe TBI patients (mean age, 31.4 +/- 14.2 years) who had continuous PbtO2 monitoring before and after delayed DC were retrospectively identified. Patients were managed according to the guidelines for the management of severe TBI. The CIB was measured as the total time spent between a PbtO2 of 15 to 20, 10 to 15, and 0 to 10 mm Hg. The TIL was calculated every 12 hours. Mixed-effects models were used to estimate changes associated with DC.
RESULTS: DC was performed on average 2.8 days after admission. DC was found to immediately reduce ICP (mean [SEM] decrease was 7.86 mm Hg [2.4 mm Hg]; P = .005). TIL, which was positively correlated with ICP (r = 0.46, P < or = .001), was reduced within 12 hours after surgery and continued to improve within the postsurgical monitoring period (P </= .001). The duration and severity of CIB were significantly reduced as an effect of DC in this group. The overall mortality rate in the group of 10 patients was lower than predicted at the time of admission (P = .015).
CONCLUSION: These results suggest that a DC for increased ICP can reduce the CIB of the brain after severe TBI. We suggest that DC be considered early in a patient's clinical course, particularly when the TIL and ICP are increased.
Gregory M Weiner; Michelle R Lacey; Larami Mackenzie; Darshak P Shah; Suzanne G Frangos; M Sean Grady; Andrew Kofke; Joshua Levine; James Schuster; Peter D Le Roux
Related Documents :
18831756 - Rapid progression of traumatic bifrontal contusions to transtentorial herniation: a cas...
2325356 - Neurological outcome after a severe herpes simplex encephalitis treated with acyclovir ...
3364156 - Clinical course and prognosis of pseudotumor cerebri. a prospective study of 24 patients.
9337126 - Indomethacin in the management of elevated intracranial pressure: a review.
1866696 - Hemodynamic effects of varied graft diameters in the venous system.
15482346 - Circulating endogenous cannabinoid anandamide and portal, systemic and renal hemodynami...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1524-4040     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-24     Completed Date:  2010-12-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1111-8; discussion 1118-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / complications*,  diagnosis,  physiopathology
Craniotomy / methods*,  standards
Decompression, Surgical / methods,  standards
Hypoxia-Ischemia, Brain / diagnosis,  etiology*,  surgery*
Intracranial Hypertension / etiology*,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Middle Aged
Oxygen / metabolism
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Postoperative Period
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Primary malignant melanoma at unusual sites: an institutional experience with review of literature.
Next Document:  A real-time monitoring system for the facial nerve.