Unusual movements, "spontaneous" breathing, and unclear cerebral vessels sonography in a brain-dead patient: a case report.

@article{Bohatyrewicz2007UnusualM,
  title={Unusual movements, "spontaneous" breathing, and unclear cerebral vessels sonography in a brain-dead patient: a case report.},
  author={Romuald Bohatyrewicz and Anna Walecka and Andrzej Bohatyrewicz and Maciej Żukowski and Stanisław Kepiński and Ewa Marzec-Lewenstein and Marcin Sawicki and Janusz Kordowski},
  journal={Transplantation proceedings},
  year={2007},
  volume={39 9},
  pages={2707-8}
}
A patient with a brain injury fulfilled all clinical criteria for brainstem death diagnosis. Two standard sets of tests were performed; according to Polish regulations, the patient could be declared brain dead. However, shortly after the completion of the tests and before the final brain death declaration, 6 triggered "assisted" breaths/min were noticed. After careful analysis of the ventilator settings, it was concluded that low trigger sensitivity and airway pressure oscillations during heart… CONTINUE READING