Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar
On-line version ISSN 1561-3046
QUINTANAL CORDERO, Nelson et al. Cranioencephalic traumatism: a five-year study. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2006, vol.35, n.2, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3046.
Six thousand five hundred and forty eight patients, who went to the emergency room of “Dr Luis Díaz Soto” with a diagnosis of cranioencephalic trauma, were studied regardless of the severity of injure and of associated multiple lesions. Of this number, 19,62 % were children. The most frequent cause was traffic accident. Slight cranioencephalic trauma prevailed and only 383 patients presented with moderate to severe traumatism. 18,35 % of cases required hospitalization and 4,54 % needed some type of urgent surgery. Forty two percent of patients suffering cranioencephalic traumatism died and also 27,61 % of operated patients deceased. Respiratory sepsis was the most frequent complication. Good results were achieved in 47,71 % of cases with severe cranioencephalic traumatism and in 98,41 % of the studied patients in general.
Keywords : Neurosurgical emergencies; cranioencephalic trauma; behaviour.