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Prediction of cerebral vasospasm in patients presenting with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a review.
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PMID:  15792502     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral vasospasm is a devastating medical complication of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). It is associated with high morbidity and mortality rates, even after the aneurysm has been treated. A substantial amount of experimental and clinical research has been conducted in an effort to predict and prevent its occurrence. This research has contributed to significant advances in the understanding of the mechanisms leading to cerebral vasospasm. The ability to accurately and consistently predict the onset of cerebral vasospasm, however, has been challenging. This topic review describes the various methodologies and approaches that have been studied in an effort to predict the occurrence of cerebral vasospasm in patients presenting with SAH. METHODS: The English-language literature on the prediction of cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal SAH was reviewed using the MEDLINE PubMed (1966-present) database. RESULTS: The risk factors, diagnostic imaging, bedside monitoring approaches, and pathological markers that have been evaluated to predict the occurrence of cerebral vasospasm after SAH are presented. CONCLUSION: To date, a large blood burden is the only consistently demonstrated risk factor for the prediction of cerebral vasospasm after SAH. Because vasospasm is such a multifactorial problem, attempts to predict its occurrence will probably require several different approaches and methodologies, as is done at present. Future improvements in the prevention of cerebral vasospasm from aneurysmal SAH will most likely require advances in our understanding of its pathophysiology and our ability to predict its onset.
Christopher G Harrod; Bernard R Bendok; H Hunt Batjer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1524-4040     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-28     Completed Date:  2006-05-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  633-54; discussion 633-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Intracranial Aneurysm / etiology*
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / complications*
Vasospasm, Intracranial / epidemiology,  etiology*

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