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Computed Tomographic Angiography for Determination of Brain Death

Yu, Sung-Lin MD*; Lo, Yuk-Keung MD*†; Lin, Shoa-Lin MD†§; Lai, Ping-Hong MD; Huang, Wei-Chun MD†§

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: July-August 2005 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 528-531
doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000165795.07109.52
Neuroimaging: Case Report
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A 69-year-old woman developed deep coma and brain stem areflexia after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Due to unstable vital signs, she was not a candidate for an apnea test. Computed tomographic angiography revealed absence of intracranial circulation, and brain death was diagnosed.

From the *Department of Neurology Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Republic of China, †National Yang-Ming University, School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China; ‡Department of Radiology; Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Republic of China, and §Intensive Care Unit, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Received for publication March 29, 2005; accepted April 4, 2005.

Reprints: Shoa-Lin Lin, Intensive Care Unit, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, No. 386, Dar-Chung 1st Road, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, 813, R.O.C (e-mail: sllin@isca.vghks.gov.tw).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.