Pulmonary dysfunction after cerebral injury.

  title={Pulmonary dysfunction after cerebral injury.},
  author={Robert H. Demling and Reimer Riessen},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  volume={18 7},
Pulmonary dysfunction is a common complication of severe head injury. The degree of initial hypoxemia which develops appears to correspond with the location and magnitude of the head injury. If unrecognized and not aggressively treated, the hypoxic insult will magnify the cerebral insult. A severe postinjury hypermetabolic state also develops and, if unrecognized and not managed aggressively with nutritional support, can also lead to severe catabolism, increased infection, and further lung… CONTINUE READING


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