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Comparison of intracranial pressure measured simultaneously within the brain parenchyma and cerebral ventricles

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We report a 48-year-old man treated for acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) wherein intracranial pressure (ICP) was measured simultaneously within the ventricular cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the brain parenchyma (PAR). Single pressure waves within the continuous pressure signal were identified with determination of the single wave parameters pulse amplitude (i.e. pressure difference between diastolic minimum pressure and systolic maximum pressure), mean pressure (i.e. mean pressure from beginning to ending minimum diastolic minimum pressure), and latency (i.e. rise time from diastolic minimum pressure to systolic maximum pressure). A total of 218,589 CSF/PAR single pressure wave pairs were analyzed. For these CSF/PAR wave pairs the mean difference in pulse pressure amplitude was –0.13 mmHg [95% confidence interval (CI) –0.13 to –0.12 mmHg], mean difference in mean single wave pressure –0.71 mmHg (95% CI –0.74 to –.68 mmHg), and mean difference in latency –0.01 seconds (95% CI –0.01 to –.01 seconds). Hence, in this patient monitoring ICP within the ventricular CSF or brain parenchyma gave similar results. Moreover, the comparisons of single CSF/PAR wave pulse pressure amplitudes gave no evidence of a pressure gradient from brain parenchyma to the ventricular CSF in this patient.

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Brean A, Eide PK, Stubhaug A. Comparison of intracranial pressure measured simultaneously within the brain parenchyma and cerebral ventricles.

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Brean, A., Eide, P. & Stubhaug, A. Comparison of intracranial pressure measured simultaneously within the brain parenchyma and cerebral ventricles. J Clin Monit Comput 20, 411–414 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10877-006-9047-7

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