Head injuries in the elderly

Brain Inj. Feb-Mar 1995;9(2):187-93. doi: 10.3109/02699059509008191.

Abstract

Two hundred and sixty-three consecutive head-injured patients aged over 65 years, admitted to a neurosurgical service, are reported. In contrast to younger age group the main cause was falls concomitant with a high rate of cardiovascular pre-existing disorders. The distribution of causes and grim results justify, in our opinion, regarding head injury in the elderly as a distinct entity requiring special surgical, medical, organizational and ethical considerations.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain Concussion / etiology
  • Brain Concussion / mortality
  • Brain Concussion / rehabilitation
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / etiology*
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / mortality
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / rehabilitation
  • Brain Injuries / etiology*
  • Brain Injuries / mortality
  • Brain Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome