Decompressive craniectomy as a therapeutic option in the treatment of hemispheric stroke.

TitleDecompressive craniectomy as a therapeutic option in the treatment of hemispheric stroke.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
JournalCurrent atherosclerosis reports
Volume7
Issue4
Pagination296-304
Date Published2005 Jul
ISSN1523-3804
AbstractEven though severe hemispheric stroke represents a small subtype of ischemic stroke, the extreme morbidity and mortality necessitate aggressive management strategies to improve outcome. Decompressive craniectomy is an important therapeutic tool with demonstrated effects in significantly reducing intracranial hypertension and mortality from herniation related to cerebral edema and elevated intracranial pressure. Its effect on functional outcome and quality of life varies, but there is evidence to suggest beneficial effects in younger patients and in patients treated earlier. Although more prospective data are required to further identify specific indications for the procedure, it represents an important tool in treatment of nondominant hemispheric stroke.
PubMed Linkhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15975323?dopt=Abstract
Short TitleCurr Atheroscler Rep