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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Jun;115(6):695-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.08.010. Epub 2012 Aug 19.

Predictors of tracheostomy in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage.

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Department of Neurology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, United States. shadiyaghi@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

One third of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) require mechanical ventilation; in most, tracheostomy may be necessary. Limited data exist about predictors of tracheostomy in ICH. The aim of our study is to identify predictors of tracheostomy in ICH.

METHODS:

We reviewed medical records of patients seen in our institution between 2005 and 2009, using ICD-9 codes for ICH, for admission clinical and radiological parameters. A stepwise logistic regression model was used to identify tracheostomy predictors.

RESULTS:

Ninety patients with ICH were included in the analysis, eleven of which required tracheostomy. Patients requiring a tracheostomy were more likely to have a large hematoma volume (≥30mL) (63.4% vs. 29.1%, p=0.037), intraventricular hemorrhage (81.8% vs. 27.8%, p<0.0001), hydrocephalus (81.8% vs. 8.8%, p<0.0001), admission GCS<8 (81.8% vs. 5.1%, p<0.0001), intubation≥14 days (54.5% vs. 1.27%, p<0.0001) and pneumonia (63.6% vs. 17.7%, p=0.003). Stepwise logistic regression yielded admission GCS (OR=80.55, p=0.0003) and intubation days (OR=87.49, p<0.006) as most important predictors.

CONCLUSION:

We could potentially predict the need for tracheostomy early in the course of ICH based on the admission GCS score; duration of intubation is another predictor for tracheostomy. Early tracheostomy could decrease the time, and therefore risks of prolonged endotracheal intubation and length of hospital stay.

PMID:
22910395
DOI:
10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.08.010
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