bannerHON
img
HONnews
HONnews
img PATIENT / PARTICULIER img PROFESSIONNEL DE SANTE img WEBMESTRE img
img
 
img
HONcode sites
Khresmoi - new !
HONselect
News
Conferences
Images

Themes:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Browse archive:
2017: O S A J J M A M F J
2016: D N O

 
  Other news for:
Craniocerebral Trauma
 Resources from HONselect
New Tool Gauges Likely Survival After Gunshot to the Head
One possible factor: how well a patient's pupils respond to light, study suggests

By Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new tool may help doctors determine a patient's chances of survival after a gunshot wound or other penetrating injury to the brain, researchers report.

Based on their work, the researchers say two factors strongly predict survival: how well a patient's pupils respond to light and how well a patient can move in response to stimuli, such as withdrawing from pain or obeying commands.

"Gunshot wounds are the number one cause of penetrating traumatic brain injuries," said study author Dr. Susanne Muehlschlegel, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

"Much of our knowledge about surviving such injuries comes from the battlefield, not from shootings among civilians. Being better able to determine the average person's chance of survival could help doctors and families make important decisions about medical treatment," she explained.

The researchers created the tool by analyzing the medical records of more than 400 people, average age 33, who suffered a penetrating wound -- mostly gunshots -- to the brain.

Overall, the Surviving Penetrating Injury to the Brain (SPIN) Score was 96 percent accurate in predicting survival, according to the study.

The results were published online Oct. 26 in the journal Neurology.

The researchers found that the risk of death was 80 percent higher if a gunshot wound to the brain was self-inflicted. Also, for unknown reasons, women had a 76 percent higher chance of survival than men.

"More research is needed to validate the SPIN-Score, so for now, it remains a preliminary prediction tool," Muehlschlegel said in a journal news release. "Still, developing this tool is an important step toward improving overall outcomes."

More information

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has more on gunshot wounds to the head.

SOURCE: Neurology, news release, Oct. 26, 2016

Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. URL:http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=716088

Resources from HONselect: HONselect is the HON's medical search engine. It retrieves scientific articles, images, conferences and web sites on the selected subject.
Wounds and Injuries
Head
Brain
Wounds, Gunshot
Research Personnel
Brain Injuries
Wounds, Penetrating
The list of medical terms above are retrieved automatically from the article.

Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
Be advised that HealthDay articles are derived from various sources and may not reflect your own country regulations. The Health On the Net Foundation does not endorse opinions, products, or services that may appear in HealthDay articles.


Home img About us img MediaCorner img HON newsletter img Site map img Ethical policies img Contact