Recognizing Brain Injury

Recognizing Brain Injury

Eelco F.M. Wijdicks

Print publication date: Jan 2014

ISBN: 9780199928743

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This resource is the first of four titles on the core principles of acute neurology, and is a primer - and a great deal more - on how to clinically recognize acute brain injury and to treat its consequences. Acute brain injury often changes the dynamics of cerebral blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid mechanics and eventually intracranial pressure; additionally, acute brain and spine injury impacts on heart function, blood pressure control, breathing regulation and even gastric and bladder function. This resource shows how it is necessary to not only understand these fundamentals, but also how certain measures could influence or correct these manifestations. Major concepts are illustrated to facilitate understanding, and each chapter concludes with a section that explains its relevance to clinical practice.