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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2010 Apr;21(2):291-303. doi: 10.1016/

The role of transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in the diagnosis and management of vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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  • 1Division of Neurosciences Critical Care, Departments of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Meyer 8-140, 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.


Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) is a tool employed by the neurosurgeon and neurointensivist in the management of vasospasm in the intensive care unit after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. A review of the current indications, monitoring parameters, indices, and relevance of modern TCD technology is provided, as well as algorithms for the use of TCD ultrasonography in the management of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Other current uses of TCD ultrasonography are also discussed in the setting of neurocritical care.

Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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