Head injuries
• A head injury is any trauma that leads to  injury of the scalp, skull, or brain. These  injuries can range from a minor ...
• Head injury can be classified as either closed or  penetrating.• In a closed head injury, the head sustains a  blunt for...
• Learning to recognize a serious head  injury, and implementing basic first aid,  can make the difference in saving  some...
Pathophysiology•   Direct trauma.•   Cerebral contusion.•   Intracerebral shearing.•   Cerebral edema.•   I.C.H•   Hydroce...
Traumatic Head Injury
Cerebral Edema• Cellular response to injury   – Primary injury   – Secondary injury      • Hypoxic-ischemic injury        ...
The main factors which determine the        severity of cerebral injury are:•    Distortion of the brain.•    Mobility of ...
Brain injury:– Concussion.
ContusionLaceration
The Secondary pathology:•   Intracranial :    –   Brain swelling.    –   Necrosis. Ischemia.    –   Hematoma.    –   Vascu...
•   Extracranial :    –   Resp. failure, increase CO2.    –   Systemic B/P    –   Fluid, isotonic.    –   Temperature
• For a mild head injury, no specific treatment  may be needed. However, closely watch the  person for any concerning symp...
• If a child begins to play or run immediately  after getting a bump on the head, serious  injury is unlikely. However, as...
• Signs of deterioration:  – Becomes unusually drowsy  – Develops a severe headache or stiff neck  – Vomits more than once...
Skull fractures•   Simple fracture.•   Comminuted linear fracture of the vault.•   Skull base linear fracture.•   Depresse...
• Compound depressed fracture:  – Antibiotics.  – Anti tetanus prophylaxis.  – Surgery. Urgent.• Closed depressed fracture
Closed depressed fracture       Indication of surgery:•   Dural tear•   Brain compression...    (Dural venous    sinuses.)...
Missile injuries:•   Scalp injury.•   Depressed skull fracture.•   I.C.H.•   Brain injury.
Management of Traumatic Head Injury• Maximize oxygenation and ventilation• Support circulation / maximize cerebral perfusi...
Monitoring• Serial neurologic  examinations• Circulation /  Respiration• Intracranial Pressure• Radiologic Studies• Labora...
Circulatory Support:Maintain Cerebral Perfusion Pressure            6            5Number of 4                             ...
Lowering ICP                           Brain      Blood                            CSF        Mass• Evacuate hematoma     ...
•   Reduce edema•   Promote venous return•   Reduce cerebral metabolic rate•   Reduce activity associated with    elevated...
Management on head injuries• Minor head injury
Indications for admission to hospital:•   Loss of consciousness.•   Persistent drowsiness.•   Focal neurological deficit.•...
Management•   Observation.•   Bed elevated 20.•   Mild fluid restriction.
Severe head injury• It depends on the patient’s neurological  state and the intracranial pathology  resulting from the tra...
•       If there is no surgical lesion, or        following the operation:    –        Observation and GCS chart    –     ...
–       Management of conditions resulted from        head injury    •     Severe hyponatraemia due to excessive fluid    ...
• Temperature control, pyrexia due to  hypothalamic damage or traumatic SAH  or infection or from CSF leak and  meningitis
–       Nutrition:    •     During the initial 2-3 days the fluid therapy          will include 1.5-2 liters of 5% dextros...
– Routine care of the unconscious patient,  bowel, bladder and skin.– Intracranial monitoring in more severe  cases.
surgery.Head injury.(dr.ari)
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surgery.Head injury.(dr.ari)

  1. 1. Head injuries
  2. 2. • A head injury is any trauma that leads to injury of the scalp, skull, or brain. These injuries can range from a minor bump on the skull to a devastating brain injury.
  3. 3. • Head injury can be classified as either closed or penetrating.• In a closed head injury, the head sustains a blunt force by striking against an object• In a penetrating head injury, an object breaks through the skull and enters the brain. (This object is usually moving at a high speed like a windshield or another part of a motor vehicle.)
  4. 4. • Learning to recognize a serious head injury, and implementing basic first aid, can make the difference in saving someones life.• In patients who have suffered a severe head injury, there is often one or more other organ systems injured. For example, a head injury is sometimes accompanied by a spinal injury.
  5. 5. Pathophysiology• Direct trauma.• Cerebral contusion.• Intracerebral shearing.• Cerebral edema.• I.C.H• Hydrocephalus
  6. 6. Traumatic Head Injury
  7. 7. Cerebral Edema• Cellular response to injury – Primary injury – Secondary injury • Hypoxic-ischemic injury – Injured neurons have increased metabolic needs – Concurrent hypotension and hypoxemia – Inflammatory response
  8. 8. The main factors which determine the severity of cerebral injury are:• Distortion of the brain.• Mobility of brain in relation to skull and meninges.• Configuration of interior of skull.• Deceleration and acceleration.• The pre-existing state of brain (elderly).
  9. 9. Brain injury:– Concussion.
  10. 10. ContusionLaceration
  11. 11. The Secondary pathology:• Intracranial : – Brain swelling. – Necrosis. Ischemia. – Hematoma. – Vascular changes. – Coning. – Coup & Counter-coup.
  12. 12. • Extracranial : – Resp. failure, increase CO2. – Systemic B/P – Fluid, isotonic. – Temperature
  13. 13. • For a mild head injury, no specific treatment may be needed. However, closely watch the person for any concerning symptoms over the next 24 hours.• The symptoms of a serious head injury can be delayed. While the person is sleeping, wake him or her every 2 to 3 hours and ask simple questions to check alertness
  14. 14. • If a child begins to play or run immediately after getting a bump on the head, serious injury is unlikely. However, as with anyone with a head injury, closely watch the child for 24 hours after the incident.
  15. 15. • Signs of deterioration: – Becomes unusually drowsy – Develops a severe headache or stiff neck – Vomits more than once – Loses consciousness (even if brief) – Behaves abnormally
  16. 16. Skull fractures• Simple fracture.• Comminuted linear fracture of the vault.• Skull base linear fracture.• Depressed fracture. by: -falling objects. -Assault with a heavy blunt tool. -Missile injury. -R.T.A
  17. 17. • Compound depressed fracture: – Antibiotics. – Anti tetanus prophylaxis. – Surgery. Urgent.• Closed depressed fracture
  18. 18. Closed depressed fracture Indication of surgery:• Dural tear• Brain compression... (Dural venous sinuses.)• Compound.• Cosmetic.
  19. 19. Missile injuries:• Scalp injury.• Depressed skull fracture.• I.C.H.• Brain injury.
  20. 20. Management of Traumatic Head Injury• Maximize oxygenation and ventilation• Support circulation / maximize cerebral perfusion pressure CPP=MSP-ICP• Decrease intracranial pressure• Decrease cerebral metabolic rate
  21. 21. Monitoring• Serial neurologic examinations• Circulation / Respiration• Intracranial Pressure• Radiologic Studies• Laboratory Studies
  22. 22. Circulatory Support:Maintain Cerebral Perfusion Pressure 6 5Number of 4 GoodHypotensive ModerateEpisodes 3 Severe 2 Vegetative 1 Dead 0 Outcome Kokoska et al. (1998), Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 33(2)
  23. 23. Lowering ICP Brain Blood CSF Mass• Evacuate hematoma Bone• Drain CSF – Intraventricular catheters use is limited by degree of edema and ventricular effacement• Craniotomy – Permanence, risk of infection, questionable benefit
  24. 24. • Reduce edema• Promote venous return• Reduce cerebral metabolic rate• Reduce activity associated with elevated ICP
  25. 25. Management on head injuries• Minor head injury
  26. 26. Indications for admission to hospital:• Loss of consciousness.• Persistent drowsiness.• Focal neurological deficit.• Skull fracture.• Persisting nausea & vomiting• Elderly & infant.• W.
  27. 27. Management• Observation.• Bed elevated 20.• Mild fluid restriction.
  28. 28. Severe head injury• It depends on the patient’s neurological state and the intracranial pathology resulting from the trauma.• Clinical assessment and CT scan• Evacuation of any hematomas
  29. 29. • If there is no surgical lesion, or following the operation: – Observation and GCS chart – Decrease intracranial brain swelling • Airway management • Elevation of the head of the bed 20º • Fluid and electrolyte balance • Blood replacement with colloid or blood and not crystalloid • No steroids
  30. 30. – Management of conditions resulted from head injury • Severe hyponatraemia due to excessive fluid intake or inappropriate excessive secretion of ADH • Hypernatraemia due to inadequate fluid intake. • Diabetes insipidus
  31. 31. • Temperature control, pyrexia due to hypothalamic damage or traumatic SAH or infection or from CSF leak and meningitis
  32. 32. – Nutrition: • During the initial 2-3 days the fluid therapy will include 1.5-2 liters of 5% dextrose • After 3-4 days by nasogastric feeding
  33. 33. – Routine care of the unconscious patient, bowel, bladder and skin.– Intracranial monitoring in more severe cases.

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