Prediction of Outcome After Head Injury—A Critical Review
For many hundreds of years, while doctors had little to offer in the way of therapy, their chief value to society lay in their ability to predict the outcome of diseases or injuries. Such predictions were based largely on personal experience, then supplemented by the written experience of others. During the past ten years a large number of reports have appeared in which the outcomes of head injuries of different but specified degrees of severity have been the principal topic. Outcome has been correlated with the status of patients on admission and considerable strides have been made in the methods of predicting outcome of head injury of a given degree of severity. Indeed, the lessons learned in these predictive exercises are now being applied with profit to the study of outcome following subarachnoid hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, intracranial infections and posthypoxic brain damage.
KeywordsHead Injury Glasgow Coma Scale Brain Damage Severe Head Injury Comatose Patient
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