Ocular pneumoplethysmography in head-injured patients.
Severe head injury is frequently associated with multiple trauma. In the comatose patient, endotracheal intubation and ventilator support are often required, if there is associated dyssynchronous spontaneous effort. The latter is managed with therapeutic (drug) paralysis. An elaborate life-support and monitoring system coupled with controlled paralysis limits the mobility of the patient for diagnostic procedures, and a continuing reevaluation of neurological status is difficult. Under these circumstances the ocular pneumoplethysmograph provides a simple rapid noninvasive assessment of ocular blood flow, and this reflects cerebral blood flow and alterations in brain compliance. Alterations in the therapeutic regimen can be based on these observations.
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Gee, W., Rhodes, M., Denstman, F. J., Jaeger, R. M., Tilly, D. A., Stephens, H. W., Morrow, R. A., & Lin, F. Z. (1983). Ocular pneumoplethysmography in head-injured patients. Journal of neurosurgery, 59(1), 46–50. https://doi.org/10.3171/jns.1983.59.1.0046
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery