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Type: Journal article
Title: Further Investigations into the speed of cerebral swelling following blunt cranial trauma
Author: Byard, R.
Gabrielian, L.
Helps, S.
Thornton, E.
Vink, R.
Citation: Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2012; 57(4):973-975
Publisher: Amer Soc Testing Materials
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0022-1198
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Roger W. Byard, Levon Gabrielian, Stephen C. Helps, Emma Thornton, and Robert Vink
Abstract: An anesthetized sheep model of traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been developed to assess early changes in intracranial pressure (ICP) following closed head injury. Immediately after TBI, a transient (<10 min) hypertensive response occurred, followed by significant and prolonged systemic hypotension. ICP demonstrated a biphasic response, being seven times baseline values of 8 ± 2 mm Hg 10 min after injury, decreasing to 25 ± 2 mm Hg by 30 min, and then increasing to values exceeding 30 mm Hg by 4 h postinjury. ICP was always significantly higher than baseline values, which combined with hypotension, reduced cerebral perfusion pressure to less than 60% of normal. This early and sustained increase in ICP after craniocerebral trauma acutely alters cerebral perfusion pressure and brain oxygenation and provides a potential pathophysiological explanation for immediate clinical manifestations in humans following significant TBI.
Keywords: forensic science; traumatic brain injury; intracranial pressure; blunt craniocerebral trauma; lucid interval; impact; shaking
Rights: © 2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
RMID: 0020120564
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02109.x
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