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Brainstem death and organ donation

M.J. Lindop

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1709

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Brainstem death and organ donation

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Brain death in the United States of America is defined as the ‘irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brainstem … that are clinically ascertainable’; in the United Kingdom the definition focuses on brainstem function. Half of those who fulfil the necessary clinical criteria will have a cardiac arrest despite intensive treatment within 24 h, and this happens to almost all within 72 h....

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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