Effects of closed-chest cardiac massage on intracranial pressure.

M. C. Rogers, S. K. Nugent, G. L. Stidham

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Closed-chest cardiac massage results in a marked increase in intrathoracic pressure and unusual patterns of blood flow. Among the physiological consequences of these changes appears to be a marked increase in intracranial pressure associated with chest compression as documented by the following patient case studies. While temporary, the marked nature of this rise in intracranial pressure suggests that the technique of closed-chest massage may, in itself, be responsible for clinically significant alterations in cerebral hemodynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-456
Number of pages3
JournalCritical care medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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