The spectrum of encephalopathy in critical illness.

  title={The spectrum of encephalopathy in critical illness.},
  author={Robert A. Moffitt Johns Hopkins University David Stevens and Peter J. Pronovost},
  journal={Seminars in neurology},
  volume={26 4},
Beyond the cerebral impact of cardiac arrest, recent research indicates a high prevalence of neurological disturbances such as delirium and coma among patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). These disturbances, grouped here under the term "encephalopathy," may be overlooked while attention is devoted to reversing life-threatening imbalances in cardiac and pulmonary function. Nevertheless, there is ample evidence that encephalopathy is an independent predictor of mortality. Factors… CONTINUE READING


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