OBJECTIVE To study coping strategies, social support and life orientation in patients following moderate and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in relation to health-related quality of life. SUBJECTS Eighty-five patients with moderate or severe TBI and 68 control persons. METHODS Estonian versions of the COPE-D test, the Brief Social Support… (More)
It is suggested that reduced intracranial compliance may be present even when measured ICP is normal and may precede clinical deterioration. Our findings reflect a decompensation of hydrodynamic parameters more pronounced 4-7 postictal days, when compliance is reduced not only in patients with poor clinical condition, but also in patients with Hunt-Hess… (More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To study longitudinal changes in psychological coping strategies, social support, life orientation and health-related quality of life in the late period after traumatic brain injury (TBI). SUBJECTS Thirty-one patients with TBI who were first investigated on average 2.3 years after injury and were prospectively followed on average 5.7… (More)
The authors have analysed the computerized tomography (CT) findings and their correlation with the clinical state, early and late outcome in children and adolescents with head injuries (HI). This study represents clinical and CT data of 82 consecutive HI patients under 18 years of age. Among them 51 (62%) were boys and 31 (38%) girls. The application of CT… (More)
Brain damage is usually associated with behavioral deficits. However, there is an increasing amount of evidence that lesions of some brain regions are associated with improvements instead of impairments of certain behaviors. We report the results of a study of free recall performance in subjects with traumatic brain injury. One-fourth of the subjects… (More)
The CSF dynamics were studied in 18 patients with severe head injury who remained comatose over 6 hours after trauma (GCS less than 8). Amount of brain oedema was estimated by CT tomodensitometry. In addition, CSF parameters of PVI. Elastance (E), compliance (C) and resorption resistance (R) were calculated from serial bolus infusion tests. We observed a… (More)
Brain oedema of different pathogenesis cannot be differentiated with CSF infusion tests. In cases with periventricular oedema the CSS viscoelastic parameters are changed more towards the decompensated state than in cases with perifocal oedema.