Sphingolipids in the Progress of Head Injury - A Preliminary Report

  • R. Preger
  • G. Schwarzmann
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 10)


Sphingolipids are complex lipids with one long chain sphingoid base containing one amino group. Glycosphingolipids such as cerebroside (ce) as well as sulfatide (su) and sphingomyelin (spm), a phosphosphingolipid, are the main constituents of the white matter of the brain. The main glycolipids of the white matter of the brain are galactolipids whereas almost all systemic organs e.g. serum contain glucolipids i.e. they are not synthesized in the brain but in different organs (4).


Head Injury Severe Head Injury Sphingoid Base Subdural Hemorrhage Cerebral Contusion 
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