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Neurosurgical Considerations on the Brain Mechanisms of Consciousness

  • K. Kristiansen
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In clinical neurosurgery consciousness and the different aspects of disturbed consciousness accompanying injuries and diseases of the brain, are of paramount significance. Unconsciousness is the most important symptom associated with injuries to the head, and is the central factor in the concussion syndrome. The change in the state of consciousness in patients with acute cranio-cerebral trauma is the only reliable clinical sign upon which depends the question of indications for surgical intervention. But also in less fulminant lesions the vigilance of the neurosurgical staff is concentrated upon disturbances of consciousness, ranging from the hardly perceptible but diagnostically significant alterations to the most extreme aberrations from the normal awareness in the waking state.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kristiansen
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  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUllevål HospitalOsloNorway

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