[Prolonged hypothermia in refractory intracranial hypertension. Report of one case].


The use of hypothermia after cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation is a standard clinical practice, however its use for neuroprotection has been extended to other conditions. We report a 23-year-old male with intracranial hypertension secondary to a parenchymal hematoma associated to acute hydrocephalus. An arterial malformation was found and embolized. Due to persistent intracranial hypertension, moderate hypothermia with a target temperature of 33°C was started. After 12 hours of hypothermia, intracranial pressure was controlled. After 13 days of hypothermia a definitive control of intracranial pressure was achieved. The patient was discharged 40 days after admission, remains with a mild hemiparesia and is reassuming his university studies.

DOI: 10.4067/S0034-98872012000200011

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@article{Rovegno2012ProlongedHI, title={[Prolonged hypothermia in refractory intracranial hypertension. Report of one case].}, author={Maximiliano Rovegno and Jos{\'e} Luis Valenzuela and Patricio T Mellado and Max Andresen}, journal={Revista medica de Chile}, year={2012}, volume={140 2}, pages={219-24} }