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Diagnosis and management of brain death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  444869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Finland was the first country in which brain death was legally accepted. Since 1975, 37 cases of brain death had been recorded in a university hospital in Finland, and these were reviewed. The cause for brain death was intracranial bleeding in 32 cases, other cerebrovascular disorder in two, and intracranial neoplasm in three. In 21 brain death was diagnosed clinically. In 16 cases confirmatory investigations (electroencephalography, cerebral angiography) were needed. After brain death had been established artificial support was withdrawn in 15 patients and organ transplantation was carried out in 10. In 12 patients, however, diagnosis of brain death did not influence management, though the heart stopped beating on average 25 hours after diagnosis. The Finnish criteria for brain death seem to be reliable and suitable for routine use.
M Kaste; M Hillbom; J Palo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical journal     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0007-1447     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Med J     Publication Date:  1979 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-08-16     Completed Date:  1979-08-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372673     Medline TA:  Br Med J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  525-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain Death*
Diagnosis, Differential
Legislation, Medical
Middle Aged

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