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Type: Journal article
Title: Diffuse axonal injury in head trauma
Author: Blumbergs, P.
Jones, N.
North, J.
Citation: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 1989; 52(7):838-841
Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
Issue Date: 1989
ISSN: 0022-3050
1468-330X
Organisation: Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
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Peter C. Blumbergs, Nigel R. Jones and John B. North
Abstract: Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) as defined by detailed microscopic examination was found in 34 of 80 consecutive cases of head trauma surviving for a sufficient length of time to be clinically assessed by the Royal Adelaide Hospital Neurosurgery Unit. The findings indicate that there is a spectrum of axonal injury and that one third of cases of DAI recovered sufficiently to talk between the initial head injury producing coma and subsequent death. The macroscopic "marker" lesions in the corpus callosum and dorsolateral quadrants of the brainstem were present in only 15/34 of the cases and represented the most severe end of the spectrum of DAI.
Keywords: Brain; Brain Stem; Corpus Callosum; Axons; Humans; Brain Damage, Chronic; Brain Edema; Brain Injuries; Brain Concussion; Coma; Nerve Degeneration
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030001373
DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.52.7.838
Appears in Collections:Centre for Automotive Safety Research publications

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