What are the treatment options for patients with increased intracranial pressure (ICP) secondary to closed head injury?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Patient position, hyperventilation, hyperosmolar therapy, and, rarely, barbiturate coma may be used, as in patients with increased ICP secondary to closed head injury. Hemicraniectomy has been shown to decrease mortality and disability among patients with large hemispheric infarctions associated with life-threatening edema. [118, 119, 120, 121]

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