Elevated Intracranial Pressure, Management of

A. Hassan, M. N. Diringer

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Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) represents one of the most serious complications of acute brain injury, contributing a significant degree of morbidity and mortality in this patient population. Etiologies of elevated ICP can range from mass lesions and cerebral edema to accumulation of fluid in the ventricular and vascular intracranial compartments. Owing to its deleterious effects on outcome, elevated ICP is considered to be a medical and surgical emergency, requiring prompt recognition and appropriate management. Management strategies for elevated ICP include maintenance of adequate perfusion/ventilation/temperature control, neurosurgical intervention, sedation, osmotic therapy, and hyperventilation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Cerebral blood volume
  • Cerebral edema
  • Cerebral perfusion pressure
  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Compliance
  • Cushing's triad
  • Decompressive craniectomy
  • Herniation
  • Hypertonic saline
  • Hyperventilation
  • Intracranial pressure
  • Mannitol
  • Monro-Kellie doctrine
  • Osmotic therapy
  • Ventriculostomy


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