Prognostic Signs During Continuous Monitoring of the Ventricular Fluid Pressure in Patients With Severe Brain Injury

  • S. A. Tsementzis
  • A. Gordon
  • F. J. Gillingham
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 28)


Continuous monitoring of the intracranial pressure (ICP) may be of value in the prognosis of severe brain damage. High pressures have been recorded in those severe brain injuries in which the ICP has been measured, and neurosurgeons have stressed the close relationship between the level of intracranial hypertension and clinical deterioration (Lundberg et al. 1965, Vapalhati and Troupp 1971, Jorgensen 1973). There are, however, examples in the literature of patients with very severe head injuries with a normal ICP (Jennett and Johnston 1972). In other words, while the absolute level of ICP may be indicative of severe brain damage, it cannot alone be used as a prognostic criterion.


Intracranial Hypertension Choroid Plexus Cerebral Blood Volume Severe Brain Injury Severe Brain Damage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Tsementzis
    • 1
  • A. Gordon
    • 2
  • F. J. Gillingham
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Surgical NeurologyUniversity of EdinburghScotland
  2. 2.Departments of Surgical NeuropathologyUniversity of EdinburghScotland

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