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Hypoxia and Brain Edema

Some Anesthesiological Correlations
  • K. Steinbereithner


One of the main tasks confronting the anesthesiologist at all times is to prevent hypoxemia or, in other words, to continuously safeguard adequate oxygenation of all organs, above all the brain, as is expressed in the well-known slogan: “Give blood to the heart and oxygen to the brain!” In doing so he finds himself in a peculiar situation: he treats acute and chronic hypoxia of varying degrees and many times he can ascertain the correctness of his treatment only on the basis of the clinical success without having at his disposal verified experimental data. In spite of extensive research it is, for instance, still a matter of controversy whether or not there is a close causal interrelationship between hypoxia and cerebral edema. Experimental data on the morphological relationships are still scanty and partly contradictory.


Cardiac Arrest Oxygen Tension Brain Edema Chronic Hypoxia Acute Hypoxia 
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