Alcohol in Traumatic Brain Injury: Toxic or Therapeutic?

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Summary of "Alcohol in Traumatic Brain Injury: Toxic or Therapeutic?"

Alcohol (EtOH) poses a challenge in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) given its metabolic and neurologic impact. Studies have had opposing results regarding mortality and complication rates in the intoxicated TBI patient. We hypothesized that trauma mechanism, brain injury severity, and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) would influence the impact of EtOH on mortality in TBI.


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Name: The Journal of surgical research
ISSN: 1095-8673
Pages: 196-204


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