An ethical dilemma in the ICU: Retrieving semen from a brain dead patient

  title={An ethical dilemma in the ICU: Retrieving semen from a brain dead patient},
  author={Bernadetta Moser and Georg Roeggla},
  journal={Wiener klinische Wochenschrift},
a 49-year-old man was brought to the ICU after a sudden collapse in a comatose state. His Glasgow coma score was 5/15 at first contact by the emergency medical system. He was sedated and intubated by the emergency physician. Computed tomography showed massive subarachnoidal bleeding on the basis of a ruptured aneurysm. Neurosurgical therapy (clipping) was primarily successful, but from day 3 his pupils were fixed and dilated. In due course, brain stem death was confirmed according to our brain… CONTINUE READING


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