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Neurology. 2005 Feb 22;64(4):725-7.

Early mortality following spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage.

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Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit, Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


The authors reviewed the charts of 1,421 patients with cerebral hemorrhage to determine the cause of death. Limitation or withdrawal of life-sustaining interventions was the most common cause of death (68%) followed by brain death (28%). Neurologic reasons were the most common cause of delayed decisions to withdraw or limit therapy. Brain death was more common in African Americans, whereas life-sustaining interventions were withdrawn or limited early more often in whites.

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