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Brain Edema as a Neurological Problem—I

  • Hans Hoff
  • Kurt Jellinger

Abstract

Brain edema (BE) is still an unsolved problem both pathogenetically and clinico-therapeutically. It is a frequent and dangerous reaction of the brain to various pathogenic noxae and general conditions traversing the field of neurology. Cerebral edema, therefore, becomes one of the most acute problems of clinical medicine as well as basic scientific research. Clinical neurologists most frequently observe symptomatic BE following cranial injuries and in connection with cerebral tumors. Circulatory disorders, inflammatory diseases and intoxications, as well as many other cerebral and general diseases, are often associated with BE. Its importance as a neurological problem lies first in its etiological and biological diversity which is contrasted with a relatively uniform, hardly pathognomonic, clinical syndrome. Secondarily the importance of cerebral edema rests in its severe consequences and complications for function and structure of the central nervous system, and above all in its acute, vital danger by the concurrent increase in intracranial pressure.

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Intracranial Pressure Brain Edema Cerebral Edema Edema Formation Cerebral Tissue 
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