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Management of Head Trauma*

Paul E. Marik, MD, FCCP; Joseph Varon, MD, FCCP; Todd Trask, MD
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*From the Department of Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Marik), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Department of Emergency Services (Dr. Varon) and Neurosurgical ICU (Dr. Trask), The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX.

Correspondence to: Paul Marik, MD, FCCP, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 640A Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261; e-mail: maripe@ccm.upmc.edu



Chest. 2002;122(2):699-711. doi:10.1378/chest.122.2.699
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and death in most Western nations and consumes an estimated $100 billion annually in the United States alone. In the last 2 decades, the management of TBI has evolved dramatically, as a result of a more thorough understanding of the physiologic events leading to secondary neuronal injury as well as advances in the care of critically ill patients. However, it is likely that many patients with TBI are not treated according to current treatment principles. This article presents an overview of the current management of patients with TBI.

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