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Crash course in head trauma Part 2: Treatment and diagnostic aids

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Vol 4 - Issue 1
Written by Mark Lowrie MA VetMB MVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
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Crash course in head trauma Part 2: Treatment and diagnostic aids

Traumatic brain injury is a dynamic process and therefore serial physical and
neurological examinations are essential in order to appropriately assess and treat
these patients. The majority of patients will be successfully and adequately managed in
primary care facilities. However, referral to an intensive care unit in a timely manner
should be considered in some patients. As detailed in part one of this series of articles,
the initial (primary) brain injury is due to the direct trauma (or contact injury) and is
usually not amenable to therapy. However, these injuries can result in obvious external
wounds so it becomes important not to get carried away with management of these
primary injuries. Management should instead be directed at the prevention of the
secondary brain injury and supportive care. Imminently life threatening problems and
those that quickly lead to secondary brain injury (e.g. hypoxia and hypotension) must
also be assessed and treated quickly before therapy for the primary brain injury is
instituted as discussed in part two of this series. This article describes the interventions
that can be considered in patient management.

All our Tutored Online CPD Courses are written and taught by an expert in the relevant field. The tutor for this course is:

Mark Lowrie MA VetMB MVM DipECVN MRCVS RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology