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Abnormal pupillary activity in a brainstem-dead patient.

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The pupils in brainstem-dead patients are classically fixed and dilated. We present a case of a brainstem-dead patient whose pupils displayed persistent asynchronous pupillary constriction and dilatation independent of external physical stimuli. Central causes for the phenomenon were excluded leaving an unexplained peripheral cause as the most likely explanation. Early recognition of this phenomenon prevents delay in the diagnosis of brainstem death, lessening to some extent the distress for ...

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10.1093/bja/86.5.717

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Neuroscience
Role:
Author
Journal:
British journal of anaesthesia
Volume:
86
Issue:
5
Pages:
717-720
Publication date:
2001-05-05
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EISSN:
1471-6771
ISSN:
0007-0912
URN:
uuid:0557ed75-67f0-4c8c-bd19-6eef368f493c
Source identifiers:
241256
Local pid:
pubs:241256

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