JOURNAL ARTICLE

Normal cerebral radionuclide angiogram in a child with electrocerebral silence

M J Blend, D G Pavel, J R Hughes, W S Tan, L L Lansky, G J Toffol
Neuropediatrics 1986, 17 (3): 168-70
3762874
Pediatric neurologists agree that the determination of brain death in children, and especially retarded children, is difficult and that the criteria used in adult brain death may not be sufficient in pediatric cases. An unusual case of sustained electrocerebral silence on electroencephalogram (EEG) in a three-year-old retarded comatosed child with preserved intracerebral perfusion documented by a series of cerebral radionuclide angiograms (CRAG) is presented. The EEG showing electrocerebral silence represents loss of cerebrum (cortex) function (Barlow 1976). This absence of cortical function is demonstrated even though intracranial circulation is shown to be intact. We believe that the correlative studies presented accurately document a discordance between apparent loss of cortical function in a child as indicated by electrocerebral silence in the face of preserved cerebral blood flow. It is suggested that when evaluating brain death in retarded children with known cerebral atrophy, special emphasis should be placed on the CRAG and that the EEG should be read with caution.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article

Discussion

You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read
3762874
×

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.

×

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.