Effect of Decompressive Craniectomy on Perihematomal Edema in Patients with Intracerebral HemorrhageReportar como inadecuado

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Perihematomal edema contributes to secondary brain injury in the course of intracerebral hemorrhage. The effect of decompressive surgery on perihematomal edema after intracerebral hemorrhage is unknown. This study analyzed the course of PHE in patients who were or were not treated with decompressive craniectomy.


More than 100 computed tomography images from our published cohort of 25 patients were evaluated retrospectively at two university hospitals in Switzerland. Computed tomography scans covered the time from admission until day 100. Eleven patients were treated by decompressive craniectomy and 14 were treated conservatively. Absolute edema and hematoma volumes were assessed using 3-dimensional volumetric measurements. Relative edema volumes were calculated based on maximal hematoma volume.


Absolute perihematomal edema increased from 42.9 ml to 125.6 ml 192.8% after 21 days in the decompressive craniectomy group, versus 50.4 ml to 67.2 ml 33.3% in the control group Δ at day 21 = 58.4 ml, p = 0.031. Peak edema developed on days 25 and 35 in patients with decompressive craniectomy and controls respectively, and it took about 60 days for the edema to decline to baseline in both groups. Eight patients 73% in the decompressive craniectomy group and 6 patients 43% in the control group had a good outcome modified Rankin Scale score 0 to 4 at 6 months P = 0.23.


Decompressive craniectomy is associated with a significant increase in perihematomal edema compared to patients who have been treated conservatively. Perihematomal edema itself lasts about 60 days if it is not treated, but decompressive craniectomy ameliorates the mass effect exerted by the intracerebral hemorrhage plus the perihematomal edema, as reflected by the reduced midline shift.

Autor: Christian Fung , Michael Murek , Pascal P. Klinger-Gratz, Michael Fiechter, Werner J. Z’Graggen, Oliver P. Gautschi, Marwan El-

Fuente: http://plos.srce.hr/


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