Opening the skull” of patients after head injury reduces risk of death from brain swelling

Traumatic brain injury is a serious injury to the brain, often caused by road traffic accidents, assaults or falls. It can lead to dangerous swelling in the brain which, in turn, can lead to brain damage or even death. A team led by researchers at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, and based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, recruited over 400 traumatic brain injury patients over a ten-year period from the UK and another 19 countries worldwide. They then randomly assigned the patients to one of two groups for treatment – craniectomy or medical management. In research published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers report that six months after the head injury, just over one in four patients (27%) who received a craniectomy had died…


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