Evidence-based guideline update: Determining brain death in adults
Eelco F.M. Wijdicks, MD, PhD, Panayiotis N. Varelas, MD, PhD, Gary S. Gronseth, MD, David M. Greer, MD, MA
The objective of this article is to to provide an update of the 1995 American Academy of Neurology guideline with regard to the following questions: Are there patients who fulfill the clinical criteria of brain death who recover neurologic function? What is an adequate observation period to ensure that cessation of neurologic function is permanent? Are complex motor movements that falsely suggest retained brain function sometimes observed in brain death? What is the comparative safety of techniques for determining apnea? Are there new ancillary tests that accurately identify patients with brain death?
Neurology June 8, 2010 vol. 74 no. 23 1911-1918
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