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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 361949, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Routine Follow-Up Cranial Computed Tomography for Deeply Sedated, Intubated, and Ventilated Multiple Trauma Patients with Suspected Severe Head Injury

1Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Oberduerrbacher Straße 6, 97080 Wuerzburg, Germany
2Department of Intensive Care Medicine, HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch Schwanebecker Chaussee 50, 13125 Berlin, Germany
3Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Oberduerrbacher Straße 6, 97080 Wuerzburg, Germany
4Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Josef-Schneider-Straße 11, 97080 Würzburg, Germany

Received 10 April 2013; Accepted 9 October 2013; Published 20 January 2014

Academic Editor: Fausto Catena

Copyright © 2014 Thomas Erik Wurmb et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Missed or delayed detection of progressive neuronal damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have negative impact on the outcome. We investigated whether routine follow-up CT is beneficial in sedated and mechanically ventilated trauma patients. Methods. The study design is a retrospective chart review. A routine follow-up cCT was performed 6 hours after the admission scan. We defined 2 groups of patients, group I: patients with equal or recurrent pathologies and group II: patients with new findings or progression of known pathologies. Results. A progression of intracranial injury was found in 63 patients (42%) and 18 patients (12%) had new findings in cCT 2 (group II). In group II a change in therapy was found in 44 out of 81 patients (54%). 55 patients with progression or new findings on the second cCT had no clinical signs of neurological deterioration. Of those 24 patients (44%) had therapeutic consequences due to the results of the follow-up cCT. Conclusion. We found new diagnosis or progression of intracranial pathology in 54% of the patients. In 54% of patients with new findings and progression of pathology, therapy was changed due to the results of follow-up cCT. In trauma patients who are sedated and ventilated for different reasons a routine follow-up CT is beneficial.