The RESCUEicp decompressive craniectomy trial
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Published: 13 March 2009
The RESCUEicp study (Randomised Evaluation of Surgery with Craniectomy for Uncontrollable Elevation of Intracranial Pressure) aims to provide Class 1 randomised evidence as to whether decompressive craniectomy is effective for the management of patients with raised and refractory intracranial pressure (ICP) following traumatic brain injury.
Over 170 patients have been recruited to date. At present we have achieved 97% data collection and 94% follow up. The study is ongoing.
Randomising patients with traumatic brain injury to decompressive craniectomy versus optimal medical management is feasible. Whether the operation is effective and safe remains to be seen. We would welcome more centers' participation.
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