Early prognostication in acute brain damage: Where is the evidence?

Atul A. Kalanuria, Romergryko G. Geocadin

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Early prognostication in acute brain damage remains a challenge in the realm of critical care. There remains controversy over the most optimal methods that can be utilized to predict outcome. The utility of recently reported prognostic biomarkers and clinical methods will be reviewed. Recent Findings: Recent guidelines touch upon prognostication techniques as part of management recommendations. In addition to novel laboratory values, there have been few reports on the use of clinical parameters, diagnostic imaging techniques, and electrophysiological techniques to assist in prognostication. Summary: Although encouraging, newer markers are not capable of providing accurate estimates on outcomes in acute injuries of the central nervous system. Traditional markers of prognostication may not be applicable in the light of newer and effective therapies (i.e. hypothermia). Substantial research in the field of outcome determination is in progress, but these studies need to be interpreted with caution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent opinion in critical care
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • biomarkers
  • brain
  • injury
  • outcome
  • prognostication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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