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Table 3 Mean ICP recorded per day during the first 3 days of barbiturate coma

From: Pentobarbital versus thiopental in the treatment of refractory intracranial hypertension in patients with traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial

Drug Day Mean ICP (n[%])
   <20 mmHg 20 to 30 mmHg >30 mmHg
Thiopental 1 10 46 11 50 1 5
  2 15 71 4 19 2 10
  3 12 63 6 32 1 5
Pentobarbital 1 9 41 8 36 5 23
  2 8 38 9 43 4 19
  3 6 43 8 57 0 0
  1. Mean intracranial pressure (ICP) is the arithmetic mean of ICP data recorded during every 24-hour period, according to Stocchetti's criteria [13]. Data are presented as number of cases and as a percentage of the total number of cases each day.