Cerebral protection during neurosurgical operations

  • J. Hamer
Conference paper


The neurosurgeon is not infrequently confronted with cerebral complications after cadio-vascular surgery. This is mainly due to intracranial hematoma which developed after cardiac emboli, cerebral infarction and secondary hemorrhage or to the sometimes disastrous effects of anticoagulants. Cerebral protection is therefore a challenge to both the cardiovascular surgeon and the neurosurgeon. Neuroprotection encompasses three aspects:
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    Neuromonitoring for early detection of factors which cause “secondary brain trauma” (see Table 1)

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    Pharmacological therapy to raise the threshold of ischemic damage (see Table 2)

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    Preliminary procedures to prevent a primary lesion during neurosurgical dissection.



Cerebral Blood Flow Intracranial Pressure Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Circulatory Arrest Giant Aneurysm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Hamer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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