Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 417–428 | Cite as

Medicolegal Complications of Apnoea Testing for Determination of Brain Death

  • Ariane LewisEmail author
  • David Greer
Original Research


Recently, there have been a number of lawsuits in the United States in which families objected to performance of apnoea testing for determination of brain death. The courts reached conflicting determinations in these cases. We discuss the medicolegal complications associated with apnoea testing that are highlighted by these cases and our position that the decision to perform apnoea testing should be made by clinicians, not families, judges, or juries.


Brain death Apnoea testing Consent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Neurology and NeurosurgeryNYU Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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