Causes and Consequences of Raised Intracranial Pressure in Head Injuries

  • G. M. Teasdale
  • A. D. Mendelow
  • S. Galbraith
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There is still disagreement about the value of monitoring and treating Intracranial Pressure (ICP) in severely head injured patients (Stuart et al. 1983). This reflects continuing uncertainties about what mechanisms are responsible for increased ICP, if these differ in different injuries, and also doubts about the relationship between ICP and brain damage. We review a range of investigations we have performed on severely injured adults in order to study changes in the volumes of the intracranial constituents that may indicate raised ICP after head injury. The results provide a basis for understanding the causes and consequences of traumatic intracranial hypertension.


Cerebral Blood Flow Head Injury Intracranial Pressure Cerebral Blood Volume Brain Damage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Teasdale
    • 1
  • A. D. Mendelow
    • 1
  • S. Galbraith
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Neurological SciencesSouthern General HospitalGlasgowUK

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