Differentiate the Source and Site of Intracranial Pressure Measurements Using More Precise Nomenclature

Neurocrit Care. 2019 Apr;30(2):239-243. doi: 10.1007/s12028-018-0613-x.


Background: Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is fundamental for neurocritical care patient management. For many years, ventricular and parenchymal devices have been available for this aim. The purpose of this paper is to review the published literature comparing ICP recordings via an intraventricular catheter or an intraparenchymal (brain tissue) catheter.

Methods: Literature search of Medline, CINAHL, Embase, and Scopus was performed in which manuscripts discussed both ICP monitoring via an intraventricular catheter and ICP monitoring through intraparenchymal (brain tissue) catheter. Keywords and MeSH terms used include critical care, intracranial pressure, ICP, monitoring, epidural catheter, intracranial hypertension, ventriculostomy, ventricular drain, external ventricular drain, and physiologic monitoring.

Results: Eleven articles met inclusion criteria. The published literature shows differences in simultaneously recorded ICP between the intraventricular and intraparenchymal sites.

Conclusions: We propose two new terms that more accurately identify the anatomical site of recording for the referenced ICP: intracranial pressure ventricular (ICP-v) and intracranial pressure brain tissue (ICP-bt). Further delineation of the conventional term "ICP" into these two new terms will clarify the difference between ICP-v and ICP-bt and their respective measurement locations.

Keywords: Brain injuries; Intracranial pressure; Neurocritical care; Neurophysiological monitoring.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Pressure*
  • Neurophysiological Monitoring / methods*